In 1911, physicist George de Hevesy suspected his landlady was bulking up his meals with leftovers; he proved it by sprinkling radioactive material over his dinner and detecting it in the next dayโ€™s portion tech.snmjournals.org/contโ€ฆ
Hellbrunn Palace in Austria is filled with water powered automation and hidden fountains including jets that spray up through dinner guests seats en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Helโ€ฆ
A "Bean-Feast" is an informal term for a celebratory meal or party, especially an annual summer dinner given by an employer to their employees. Now the song from Willy Wonka makes sense! en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beaโ€ฆ
Groucho Marx and T.S.Eliot were fond penpals but hadn't met because life got in the way. When they did at last meet for dinner at Eliot's house, it didn't go well. All that Groucho wanted to talk about was Shakespeare and The Wasteland. But T.S. Eliot wanted to hear about Duck Soup. historynet.com/encounter-โ€ฆ
Russian President Boris Yeltsin once got so drunk at a state dinner that he drummed on Kyrgyzstan President Askar Akayev's bald head, using dinner spoons. reuters.com/article/us-ruโ€ฆ
Today I learned about the Three Emperors Dinner, which consisted of 16 courses with eight wines served over eight hours, and included Ortolan, which is a bird that is force feed and drowned in brandy. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thrโ€ฆ
Alan Alda met his wife of over 60 years at a dinner party when they were the only two guests who ate the rum cake after it fell on the kitchen floor. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alaโ€ฆ
The charity Citymeals on wheels was founded by mid 1900s American food icons, Gael Greene and James Beard. They started by spending $35,000 to provide 6,000 needy elders with Christmas dinners and the project's success inspired them. As of 2016 Citymeals had an annual budget of $20 million. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Citโ€ฆ
In 1953, Swanson overestimated the number of frozen turkeys that it would sell on Thanksgiving by 260 tons. The company decided to slice up the extra meat and repackage it--creating the first ever TV dinner. smithsonianmag.com/historโ€ฆ
In 1323, the Mexica - founders of the Aztec Empire - asked the King of Culhuacan for his daughter. The Mexica sacrificed her, believing that would make the princess into a deity. During a festival dinner, a priest came out wearing her flayed skin. Upon seeing this, the King expelled the Mexica en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hisโ€ฆ
Today I learned about โ€œDinner For Oneโ€ a 1962 British comedy TV sketch that has become a very popular New Years viewing tradition in Germany, Austria, and in Scandinavian countries while remaining obscure in its native country. wikipedia.org/wiki/Dinnerโ€ฆ
Origin of the whoopee cushion can be traced back to the teenage Roman emperor Elagabalus, who regularly pulled the practical joke at aristocratic dinner parties. His guards were soon fed up with these antics and he lost the respect of his people. He was assassinated at the age of 18. historyandheadlines.com/mโ€ฆ
The first artifical sweetener Saccharin was discovered on accident when a chemist forgot to wash his hands after work and tasted something "unspeakably sweet" during supper. He dropped his dinner and went on to taste every beaker in his lab, which luckily for him contained nothing poisonous. todayinsci.com/F/Fahlbergโ€ฆ
Lincoln loved cats so much that he once fed them from the table during a formal White House dinner. When his wife told him that it was โ€œshameful in front of their guests,โ€ he replied โ€œIf the gold fork was good enough for former President James Buchanan, I think it is good enough for Tabby.โ€ mentalfloss.com/article/8โ€ฆ
The Princeton Disaster, where President John Tyler was almost killed when a gun on the USS Princeton exploded, when firing a salute, killing several members of his cabinet who had been attending a dinner party aboard, celebrating the annexation of Texas into the Union. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johโ€ฆ
When Leo Tolstoy became a vegetarian, two of his children followed, but his wife and aunt didn't. He didn't pressure them, but sometimes teased them. His aunt once came to dinner and found a knife and a chicken on her chair. Tolstoy said "We knew you wanted chicken, but none of us would kill it" veg.ca/1998/09/07/historyโ€ฆ
Today I learned about two boys from Dublin who travelled to New York via London on their own while evading authorities at only 8 and 10 years of age. They told their mother they wouldnโ€™t go far as she had the dinner on. joe.ie/amp/movies-tv/the-โ€ฆ
On Thanksgiving 1926, President Calvin Coolidge pardoned the raccoon meant for dinner, named her Rebecca and kept her as a pet at the White House. An escape artist, she often led staff on chases throughout the president's home and loved to sit in a bathtub and play with a bar of soap. whitehousehistory.org/racโ€ฆ
Actor Robert Pattinson dealt with an obsessed fan who had been camping outside his apartment by taking her out on a dinner date. "I just complained about everything in my life and she never came back." today.com/popculture/twilโ€ฆ
Aluminum was once so valuable that Napoleon III served dinner to his most honored guests on aluminum plates, while the less distinguished were served on gold and silver plates. latimes.com/archives/la-xโ€ฆ
During the Great Depression Al Capone started one of the first soup kitchens, called โ€œFree Soup Coffee & Doughnuts for the Unemployed." Caponeโ€™s soup kitchen served breakfast, lunch and dinner to an average of 2,200 Chicagoans every day. history.com/news/al-caponโ€ฆ
In 1998 celebrity chef Gino D'Acampo was convicted of burgling musician Paul Young's home. He served two years in prison before later finding fame. He has subsequently apologised to Young, who accepted and suggested that he invite him to dinner in his restaurant. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ginโ€ฆ
Today I learned of the Sophia Loren - Jayne Mansfield photo that caused an international sensation in 1957. Loren was being welcomed to Hollywood by Paramount at a dinner at Romanoff's in Beverly Hills. 20th Century Fox was promoting Mansfield as the blonde-bombshell successor to Marilyn Monroe. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jayโ€ฆ
Maria Theresa of Austria had her children inoculated against smallpox after the epidemic of 1767. This changed the negative perception of inoculation among Austrian physicians. Maria Theresa also held a dinner in her palace for the first 65 children who had been inoculated in Austria. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marโ€ฆ
Abraham Lincoln almost went with the-fated Donner Party to California but didn't because his wife didn't want him to. Soon after the Dinner Party left, he won his first and only term as Congressman nationalgeographic.com/neโ€ฆ
Dinner (and prime-time television) in Spain starts as late as 10pm because it is in the wrong time zone. In 1940, General Francisco Franco moved clocks one hour forward in solidarity with Nazi Germany but the residents never bothered to adjusted their dinner time to match the new time zone. bbc.com/travel/story/2017โ€ฆ
At an Ancient Grecian dinner party, people wiped their greasy hands with a piece of bread called apomagdalia. Upon finishing, they threw itโ€”along with any other scrapsโ€”on the floor for the dogs. mentalfloss.com/article/6โ€ฆ
The French penal colony portrayed in the movie Papillion would feed the dead prisoners to the sharks surrounding the island. They rang a dinner bell for the sharks! documentarytube.com/articโ€ฆ
Lionel Richie was working on a song for weeks and was trying to figure out the main hook following the lyrics "come on and sing along." He later had dinner at a friend's house and as he was leaving to go back to the studio, he said he had to work "all night long." Then he had a Eureka moment. youtu.be/YVei_vE8e1Y?t=21โ€ฆ
George Clooney gave away 1 million dollars to 14 of his closest friends in a briefcase at a dinner party money.com/george-clooney-โ€ฆ
Mel Gibson had no idea how to do a Scottish accent for Braveheart so he had dinner in Sean Connery's home and learned from the master sundaypost.com/news/scottโ€ฆ
David Hume, at a dinner party, once openly questioned whether anyone could truly be an atheist. His host, the Baron d'Holbach, revealed that Hume was sitting at a table with seventeen atheists. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barโ€ฆ
In 1926 President Coolidge and his wife were gifted a raccoon as a Thanksgiving dinner gift. They did not want to eat her, so they named Rebecca and kept her as a pet. She had free range of The White House and would go on trips with the couple. whitehousehistory.org/racโ€ฆ
Throughout the 16th and 17th century, a Goose or Capon (castrated/neutered cockerel) was commonly served for Christmas dinner in England. The rich sometimes dined on Peacock or Swan. Popular history tells of Henry VIII being the first English monarch to have a Turkey for Christmas. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chrโ€ฆ
In 1926 President Calvin Coolidge was given a raccoon to eat for Thanksgiving dinner, but he chose to keep it as a pet and named it Rebecca atlasobscura.com/articlesโ€ฆ
One evening, while rushing for dinner after a long day at the lab, Constantin Fahlberg, a chemist at Johns Hopkins, forgot to wash his hands that had traces of benzoic sulfimide. This compound made his dinner taste sweet, and thatโ€™s how he discovered the artificial sweetener Saccharin. todayinsci.com/F/Fahlbergโ€ฆ
There were men-only 'executive' flights until the 70s with cocktails, complimentary cigars and steak dinners viewfromthewing.com/uniteโ€ฆ
In 1954, when the Swanson TV dinner was first sold in retail outlets, it was controversial: men wrote to the company complaining that they preferred their wives cook from scratch like their mothers did as opposed to the "just heat and serve" meal. eater.com/2014/8/21/62144โ€ฆ
In 2013 In lieu of Money, Toyota helped Food Bank-which is the countries largest anti-hunger charity-by improving the system at Food Bank and cut down the wait time for dinner to 18 minutes from as long as 90. Toyota used "Kaizen" (continuous improvement) instead of just giving a check. nytimes.com/2013/07/27/nyโ€ฆ
The most expensive city for a date night (dinner for two, bottle of wine, two cinema tickets, taxi back home) is Oslo, Norway, at $159, while the cheapest is Ankara, Turkey, at $36 elitesingles.com/mag/relaโ€ฆ
In 1992, President George H.W. Bush had become so sick during a dinner that he vomited all over the Japanese PMโ€™s lap. splinternews.com/lets-notโ€ฆ
Mary Shelley, Lord Byron and John Polidori wrote 'Frankenstein', 'Darkness' and 'The Vampyre' respectively after Byron issued a ghost story challenge during a dinner party in Switzerland bl.uk/romantics-and-victoโ€ฆ
Today I learned about Huginn and Muninn (Old Norse for "thought" and "mind"), a pair of ravens that fly all over the world and bring information to the god Odin. The birds would depart at dawn and return at dinner-time to sit on Odin's shoulders and inform him of events on Midgard (Earth). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hugโ€ฆ
Mike Tyson once threatened to beat up Michael Jordan while out to dinner with him (and Mike Ditka, Don King, and Richard Dent) because Michael Jordan had briefly dated Mike Tyson's ex-wife years before Tyson even met and married her. sportscasting.com/the-stoโ€ฆ
In November 1926, President Calvin Coolidge pardoned a raccoon intended for his Thanksgiving dinner and adopted it as a presidential pet. history.com/news/the-thanโ€ฆ
One medium McDonald's milk shake contains 630 calories, the same as a whole average dinner meal. One milkshake also contains 90g sugar which is more than your daily maximum recommended sugar intake of around 75g. fastfoodnutrition.org/mcdโ€ฆ
Pineapples were once so rare and exotic during the 18th century they used mainly for display at dinner parties, rather than being eaten, and were used again and again until they began to rot. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pinโ€ฆ
In ancient Hawaii it was forbidden for men to eat with women and women were not allowed to eat certain food. The taboo was broken in 1819 when King Kamehameha II had a dinner party with women. They named this festive dinner a Luau. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luaโ€ฆ
Steve McQueen was supposed to attend the dinner party where the Manson family murdered Sharon Tate and others, but skipped it after he "ran into a chickie and decided to go off with her instead" esquire.com/uk/culture/fiโ€ฆ
Until 1970, United Airlines had โ€˜men only' flights featuring complimentary cigars, cocktails and a full-course steak dinner in the exclusive company of other men (besides the stewardesses, of course). viewfromthewing.boardingaโ€ฆ

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