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
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
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
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
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
There were men-only 'executive' flights until the 70s with cocktails, complimentary cigars and steak dinners viewfromthewing.com/uniteโ€ฆ
If the Queen pops her handbag on the table at dinner, it reportedly means she wants dinner to end within the next five minutes. If it goes on the floor, rumour has it, she's tired of the conversation and wants to be whisked off quickly by her lady-in-waiting. standard.co.uk/insider/roโ€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
Actor Robert Pattinson dealt with an obsessed fan who had been camping outside his apartment by taking her out on a dinner date. today.com/popculture/twilโ€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
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
Following the buyout of K.F.C in 1971, Colonel Sanders disliked their food so much that he developed plans to franchise โ€œThe Colonelโ€™s Ladyโ€™s Dinner Houseโ€ restaurant (which he opened with his wife in Kentucky, in 1968) as a competitor. Followed by Sanders suing the new owners for $122 million. history.com/news/8-facts-โ€ฆ
One may eat breakfast, lunch or dinner in the sky in Dubai while suspended 50 meters in the air. khaleejtimes.com/nation/dโ€ฆ
Colgate once tried to expand their product line by making frozen dinners. "Colgate Kitchen Entrees" remains one of the worst brand expansion attempts in history. huffpost.com/entry/6-hilaโ€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 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
Today I learned about Frank "Sugarchile" Robinson, who taught himself to play piano at the age of two, played with Lionel Hampton when he was 5, was the first black entertainer at the White House Correspondents dinner when he was 8, recorded for Capitol Records (with two hits) from 9-12 then retired from music. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sugโ€ฆ
Rich Ancient Romans would eat dinner from a reclined position, on a chaise lounge esque furniture they called "kline" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Triโ€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
That, while the U.S. government pays for State dinners, the President pays for his own meals and snacks. The First Family is billed at the end of each month. thedailymeal.com/entertaiโ€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
Half of President John Tylerโ€™s cabinet along with several congressmen were killed instantly when a cannon malfunctioned and exploded during a Potomac River dinner cruise. President Tyler personally assisted with the rescue efforts and married a girl he carried away on his back history.com/.amp/this-dayโ€ฆ
Today I learned of the Disappearance of West Point Cadet Richard Calvin Cox, who signed out to have dinner with an acquaintance on January 14, 1950, and was never seen again. He remains the only West Point Cadet to have disappeared without a trace. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Disโ€ฆ
Sylvester Stallone taught John Travolta how to be fit in 1983, Stallone in later years began to refer actors who want to gain weight to dinner at his old friends home to help them fatten up people.com/archive/cover-โ€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
Suzanne Vega's original a capella version of Tom's Dinner was used to tune the MP3 audio format. mentalfloss.com/article/1โ€ฆ
In an attempt to add allure to his Presidency, Richard Nixon held an extravagant dinner party for abdicated King Edward VIII and Wallis Simpson. It was an embarrassing flop becoming known as the ""White house dinner party from hell." englishmanlovesamerica.coโ€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
Today I learned of "Dinner for One", the most frequently repeated television programme ever. It is a decades-long December 31st tradition in numerous countries but is virtually unknown in the UK and the USA en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dinโ€ฆ
Pineapples were so rare a sight in the 1700's they were a symbol of wealth. The few that were cultivated in hothouses were worth about five thousand pounds ($8000) each. They weren't eaten, but were rented out by the aristocracy as a table centerpiece at dinner parties. thespruceeats.com/historyโ€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
The younger generations in Norway have coined the term โ€œfredagstacoโ€ to describe the cultural phenomenon of starting the weekend off with a servingโ€”or twoโ€”of tacos. The taco is by far the most popular dinner on Friday in Norwayโ€”even surpassing the infamous frozen Grandiosa pizza. norwegianamerican.com/fooโ€ฆ
Japanese people traditionally eat at KFC for Christmas dinner, thanks to a successful marketing campaign 40 years ago. KFC is so popular that customers must place their Christmas orders 2 months in advance. abcnews.go.com/Business/Wโ€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
Charlemagne had a cloth made of asbestos and would play tricks on people at dinner because it wouldn't burn. io9.gizmodo.com/the-sordiโ€ฆ
President Coolidge and his wife had a pet raccoon named Rebecca who lived with them in the White House. Rebecca was supposed to be eaten for 1926 Thanksgiving dinner, but they adopted her instead. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rebโ€ฆ
In 2012, International Criminal Court (ICC) almost used Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt to lure out dangerous guerrilla leader, Joseph Kony, with an invitation of a private dinner. vice.com/amp/en_uk/articlโ€ฆ
After Christian Poincheval and his friends expelled foul-smelling farts during their dinner in 2006, Poincheval decided to research on how to make farts smell good. Eventually, he started selling pills that make you produce intestinal gas that smells like chocolates or even roses. huffpost.com/entry/christโ€ฆ
KFC is so popular for Christmas dinner in Japan that people have to pre-order their dinners weeks in advance or wait in lines for hours to get their chicken. bbc.com/capital/story/201โ€ฆ
Most popular Dutch Christmas song is about family eating boy's pet rabbit for Christmas dinner en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flaโ€ฆ
Adolf Hitler was a movie buff who would stay up watching foreign movies and sometimes not go to sleep until 10 in the morning. This meant that he wouldn't get out of bed until some time in the afternoon. His first meeting of the day was therefore at his breakfast, which to his guests was dinner. historytoday.com/miscellaโ€ฆ
Chicken Dinner candy bars originally sold for 10 cents, the high end of the candy piece market. In 1926, advertising experts came up with the idea of putting Chicken Dinner signs, and big colorful chickens, on automobiles and driving them around cities drumming up excitement. candyprofessor.com/2010/1โ€ฆ
When Al Capone discovered that three of his men were conspiring against him, he invited them over for dinner. After a night of drinking, Capone beat the men with a baseball bat and then ordered his bodyguards to shoot them, a scene that was included in the 1987 film The Untouchables. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Al_โ€ฆ
Roasted crocodiles exist in the Philippines. Instead of the traditional roasted pig (โ€œlechonโ€ in the vernacular), Filipino families may opt to have roasted crocodile, sans the apple in its mouth, as the main course for their traditional dinner on Christmas Eve this year. coralfarms.com.ph/index.pโ€ฆ
Beatles are notoriously picky and expensive when it comes to licensing their songs for TV shows and movies. The producers of the show Mad Men paid $250,000 to play the song "Tomorrow never knows" in one episode. The movie Dinner for Schmucks paid $1.5 million for "The fool on the Hill". businessinsider.in/Why-Maโ€ฆ
In the 1880s and 1890s, 'dudeโ€™ was another word for โ€˜dandyโ€™. In 1888 New York socialite and Chow dog enthusiast Evander Berry Wall (1861-1940), dubbed King of the Dudes, won a 'Battle of the Dudes' twice. He owned 5000 neckties and once changed clothes 40 times between breakfast and dinner. headstuff.org/culture/hisโ€ฆ
The Red Wedding in Game of Thrones is based on a real event called The Black Dinner in which the ten-year-old King James II of Scotland invited Earl William Douglas and his younger brother to a feast, during which he had them seized, taken from the hall and murdered. scotsman.com/read-this/thโ€ฆ
Today I learned of Winstonโ€™s Churchillโ€™s daily drinking habits. 3-4 weak whiskey sodas, a bottle of champagne/wine with lunch and another with dinner, all rounded off with cognac and brandy. winstonchurchill.hillsdalโ€ฆ
Cocaine use is so pervasive in the restaurant industry, that Gordon Ramsay claims 30 out of 31 of his restaurantsโ€™ bathrooms tested positive. He even claims to have had a customer request it โ€œsprinkled over a soufflรฉโ€ at a charity dinner! theguardian.com/lifeandstโ€ฆ
Alan Alda has been married for 60 years and has three daughters. He met his wife at a mutual friend's dinner party; they bonded when a rum cake accidentally fell onto the kitchen floor and they were the only two guests who did not hesitate to eat it. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alaโ€ฆ
"The Office" production crew was ready to film "The Dinner Party" when the 2008 Writer's Guild of America strike occurred. Any complete script was allowed to be filmed, however Steve Carell was also a member of the WGA and refused to cross the picket line out of support for the writers. rollingstone.com/tv/featuโ€ฆ
Kraft Macaroni & Cheese is so popular in Canada that it is marketed as Kraft Dinner. thewalrus.ca/manufacturinโ€ฆ
Leftover Thanksgiving meal gave birth to the TV dinner idea. recipes.howstuffworks.comโ€ฆ
At 8 years old, during a chicken dinner with family,Jeffrey Dahmer expressed a curiosity to his father of how to bleach chicken bones. His chemist father was proud of his sonโ€™s scientific curiosity so he showed him how to safely bleach and preserve the bones, which he used on his later victims thoughtcatalog.com/gina-cโ€ฆ
Deipnophobia is the fear of dining or dinner conversations, and is a branch of sociophobia, which is intense, excessive, and irrational fear in social situations. It is usually triggered from a past traumatic experience. phobia.wikia.org/wiki/Deiโ€ฆ
Longtime Looney Tunes animator Chuck Jones hated Space Jam, so much that when Warner Brothers asked him to give a speech at a dinner for the Space Jam producers, he tried to give his honest opinion in a polite manner, but got escorted off the lot by security en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spaโ€ฆ
The beatles were introduced to LSD by a dentist that slipped it into John and Georgesโ€™ drink at a dinner party beatles.fandom.com/wiki/Lโ€ฆ
There's a guest house in Belfast that serves the same 9-course dinner that was offered to first-class passengers of the Titanic youtube.com/watch?v=6IRuTโ€ฆ
Teens who donโ€™t sit down with their families for dinners on a regular basis are much more likely to use alcohol, marijuana, or tobacco, compared to young people who do eat meals with their parents webmd.com/parenting/news/โ€ฆ
Computer science was actually promoted to women in the 1960s - on the premise that the planning and attention to detail involved in programming is akin to that of planning a dinner party. behindthescenes.nyhistoryโ€ฆ
In 1857 John Nicholson burst into an officersโ€™ dinner and said: โ€œI am sorry, gentlemen, to have kept you waiting for your dinner, but I have been hanging your cooks." Nicholson had found out the cooks had poisoned the soup and so he had killed them all. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johโ€ฆ
TV dinners have Thanksgiving to thank. In 1953, a Swanson worker misjudged the number of frozen turkeys it would sell that Thanksgiving by 26 TONS! Somebody then came up with a plan: Why not slice the meat and repackage with some trimmings on the side? Thus, the first TV dinner was born! cnn.com/2016/11/21/healthโ€ฆ
In 2001 the Crown Prince of Nepal shot dead 9 members of his family at a dinner party, including the King and Queen. He then shot himself and died three days later. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nepโ€ฆ
David Cross admit to doing cocaine in a 2009 White House correspondents dinner admitting "It wasnโ€™t like I got high,It was just about being able to say that I did it" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Davโ€ฆ
Alan Alda met his wife at a dinner party on the Upper West Side, when a rum cake accidentally fell onto the kitchen floor and they were the only two guests who did not hesitate to eat it. nytimes.com/2015/02/15/faโ€ฆ
James Madison and his wife Dolley frequently served ice cream at presidential events and dinners, particularly Dolleyโ€™s specialty, Oyster Ice Cream. whitehousehistory.org/unrโ€ฆ
Steve McQueen's infidelity saved his life. He 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". news.nationalpost.com/artโ€ฆ
Before it became male-dominated, computer programming was a promising career choice for women, who were considered "naturals" at it. Computer scientist Dr. Grace Hopper said programming was "like planning a dinner. You have to plan ahead and schedule everything so itโ€™s ready when you need it." smithsonianmag.com/smart-โ€ฆ
Steve McQueen broke Charles Mansonโ€™s nose in a fight and narrowly avoided being murdered by the Manson family. He was set to attend the dinner in which Sharon Tate was killed , but cancelled at the last minute so he could go hook up with his mistress. the13thfloor.tv/2017/04/2โ€ฆ
In 1962 Pres. Kennedy invited 49 Nobel Laureates for dinner at the White House. Kennedy remarked, "I think this is the most extraordinary collection of talent, of human knowledge, that has ever been gathered at the White House, with the possible exception of when Thomas Jefferson dined alone." presidency.ucsb.edu/ws/?pโ€ฆ
Today I learned of pro-butter Senator Gordon Roselip. In a 1955 Wisconsin senatorial blind taste test Roselip preferred margarine, insisting it was butter. It later transpired that Roselipโ€™s wife, worried about his heart, had for years been substituting yellow margarine for butter at the Senatorโ€™s dinner table. theplate.nationalgeographโ€ฆ
Chinese President Jiang Zemin once delivered a stirring rendition of the Elvis Presley song Love Me Tender, after a dinner with Philippine President Fidel Ramos bbc.com/news/world-asia-cโ€ฆ
Mob informant Henry Hill - subject of the movie "Goodfellas" - on the first day of his new identity in Witness Protection, took his family to dinner at a Godfather's Pizza franchise as a joke. cbsnews.com/news/on-the-rโ€ฆ
President Jefferson delayed a state dinner for the Tunisian ambassador until after sunset to accommodate the ambassador's observance of the Ramadan fast, in 1805 historynewsnetwork.org/arโ€ฆ
Hitler was a vegetarian and used vivid and gruesome descriptions of animal suffering and slaughter at the dinner table to try to dissuade his colleagues from eating meat. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adoโ€ฆ
Today I learned of a homeless man in NYC who would regularly order an expensive dinner at a restaurant and refuse to pay for it in order to be sent to prison where he would receive 3 meals a day and a clean bed. He refused to commit more serious crimes to get longer sentences as he did not want to hurt anyone. nytimes.com/1994/05/19/nyโ€ฆ
During the filming of Titanic, an angry crew member put PCP into the soup that James Cameron and many cast/crew members ate for dinner, sending more than 50 people the hospital ew.com/article/1996/09/13โ€ฆ
In the early 1900s, a group of U.S. government scientists started a private dinner club, in which they only ate poisonous food. They documented their illnesses in order to convince Congress to pass food safety laws. They were called "The Poison Squad." esquire.com/food-drink/foโ€ฆ
Don Rickles befriended mobster โ€˜Crazy Joeโ€™ Gallo when he made fun of Gallo in his stand-up against everyoneโ€™s warnings. Gallo took it in good humor and invited Rickles out to dinner. He declined, and that night the restaurant erupted in a gunfight, killing Gallo. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Donโ€ฆ
Tryptophan in turkey isnโ€™t what makes us tired after Thanksgiving dinner, itโ€™s the overeating of carbohydrates. Turkey contains no more tryptophan than chicken or beef, and nuts and cheeses actually contain more. nytimes.com/2015/11/26/scโ€ฆ
A line in the Barenaked Ladies song "If I Had $1000000" inspired fans to pelt Kraft Dinner at the band during concerts. After hundreds of boxes were thrown BNL requested fans cease the Kraft Dinner ritual and donate the food via bins set up in the lobbies of their shows for local food banks. nowiknow.com/thankfully-tโ€ฆ
Supreme Court Justice John Harlan and Supreme Court Justice Horace Lurton were in a Civil War gun battle on opposite sides and found out they tried to kill each other in that battle, during one of their dinners together. nytimes.com/2001/08/12/weโ€ฆ
A grandma accidentally texted a random stranger about thanksgiving dinner... and ended up eating thanksgiving dinner with them. huffingtonpost.com/entry/โ€ฆ
According to a report about movie theater popcorn by the Center for Science in the Public Interest, "A medium-size buttered popcorn contains more fat than a breakfast of bacon and eggs, a Big Mac and fries, and a steak dinner combined." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Popโ€ฆ
In 1926 a raccoon was sent to the White House to be served for Thanksgiving dinner, but the Coolidge family kept her as a pet instead. (They named her Rebecca.) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rebโ€ฆ
Winston Churchill was a heavy drinker. Heโ€™d start his day with 3-4 whisky and sodas before 11am, a bottle of champagne at lunch, a glass of brandy after lunch, 3-4 more whiskey and sodas at teatime, a glass of wine before dinner, and 3-4 more whiskeys before bed. youtu.be/Q0u0KKAbIoo
Pretty girls in large cities like New York are paid in drinks, dinners, and oftentimes vacations by people called "Promoters" to attend Clubs with them. nytimes.com/2014/09/21/opโ€ฆ
Hitler would use vivid and gruesome descriptions of animal suffering and slaughter at the dinner table to try to dissuade his colleagues from eating meat en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adoโ€ฆ
President Ronald Reagan's first official White House doctor called his job "vastly overrated, boring and not medically challenging." He could not attend most state dinners due to lack of space but had to be ready for emergencies, usually waiting alone in his office wearing a tuxedo. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phyโ€ฆ
In 1903 a wealthy New Yorker hosted a $50k dinner where every guest was on horseback on the 4th floor of a popular restaurant. hatchingcatnyc.com/2013/0โ€ฆ
When Martin Luther King Jr. won the Nobel Peace Prize, Atlanta threw him a dinner party that was almost cancelled due to opposition. Coca-Cola's CEO threatened to move the company out of Atlanta since he thought it was embarrassing that the city's people wouldn't honor their Nobel Prize winner. en.wikipedia.org/w/index.โ€ฆ
The Canadian songwriter that wrote Hunter's song "That One Night" in The Office episode "The Dinner Party" was asked to record a more polished version at the last minute, which he did, and then they used the original because the new one was "too polished". rollingstone.com/tv/tv-feโ€ฆ
"when Socrates was asked to propose his own punishment, he suggested a wage paid by the government and free dinners for the rest of his life." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Triโ€ฆ
Alice in Chains' "Man in the Box" was influenced after Layne Staley had a dinner conversation on how veal was made from calves raised in small boxes. This eventually inspired him to write the lyrics about government censorship and eating meat as seen through the eyes of a doomed calf. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manโ€ฆ
Today I learned of Jesse Sharp, who died going over Niagra Falls in a kayak, confident enough that he had dinner reservations booked that evening. He refused to wear both a helmet and a life jacket. infoniagara.com/niagaradaโ€ฆ
Tenants in medieval England were invited to their lord's castle for Christmas dinner but had to provide the food and bring their own plates, napkins and firewood. ancient.eu/article/1232/lโ€ฆ
Future U.S. President Franklin Pierce grew homesick while at school in another town and walked 12 miles (19 km) back to his home. His father fed him dinner, drove him part of the distance back to school, then ordered him to walk the rest of the way in a thunderstorm. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fraโ€ฆ
Kraft Mac and Cheese (Kraft Dinner) has been called the de facto national dish of Canada as it is the most popular grocery item in the country. Canadians eat more of it per capita than any other country (55% more than Americans). thewalrus.ca/manufacturinโ€ฆ
A paleontologist served stew made from the neck meat of an at least 50,000-year-old bison to a dinner party of seven people in Alaska in 1984 atlasobscura.com/articlesโ€ฆ
Sir John A. MacDonald, the first Prime Minister of Canada (1867โ€“1873, 1878โ€“1891), was a bit of a drunk. He was known to get belligerent at dinner parties, disappear on days-long benders and was repeatedly seen showing up to Parliament so blasted that he could barely even talk. nationalpost.com/news/canโ€ฆ

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