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/His…
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/histor…
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/Ala…
Before asbestos was seen as hazardous, a Han dynasty general had a jacket made from it. He would pretend to spill wine on it at dinners. Then he'd throw it into a fire and pull it out to show it was still intact to impress his guests. daily.jstor.org/when-asbe…
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/history…
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/Jay…
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 wouldn’t go far as she had the dinner on. joe.ie/amp/movies-tv/the-…
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/Fahlberg…
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 β€œshameful in front of their guests,” he replied β€œIf the gold fork was good enough for former President James Buchanan, I think it is good enough for Tabby.” mentalfloss.com/article/8…
At an Ancient Grecian dinner party, people wiped their greasy hands with a piece of bread called apomagdalia. Upon finishing, they threw itβ€”along with any other scrapsβ€”on the floor for the dogs. mentalfloss.com/article/6…
The Savoy Hotel had a wooden cat called Kaspar who would be used as an extra dinner guest if any party at the Seafood Bar & Grill had 13 members en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sav…
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=21…
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-x…
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/ne…
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/rac…
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/artic…
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/Chr…
George Clooney gave away 1 million dollars to 14 of his closest friends in a briefcase at a dinner party money.com/george-clooney-…
During the Great Depression Al Capone started one of the first soup kitchens, called β€œFree Soup Coffee & Doughnuts for the Unemployed." Capone’s soup kitchen served breakfast, lunch and dinner to an average of 2,200 Chicagoans every day. history.com/news/al-capon…
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/twil…
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/Mar…
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/Bar…
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/articles…
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/rela…
In 1992, President George H.W. Bush had become so sick during a dinner that he vomited all over the Japanese PM’s lap. splinternews.com/lets-not…
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/Hug…
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-than…
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/2014/8/21/62144…
Hitler only ate "chocolate bars and biscuits" during the gala dinner he had May 4th, 1938 in Rome, when he was guest of the King of Italy. mymilitaria.it/liste_05/p…
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/scott…
There were men-only 'executive' flights until the 70s with cocktails, complimentary cigars and steak dinners viewfromthewing.com/unite…
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-victo…
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-sto…
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/rac…
Today I learned about the β€œThree Emperors Dinner.” A feast so elegant it is remembered 150 years later and a menu from the event remains in tact and on display at a French restaurant en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thr…
In 1848 a geologist named William Buckland once attended a banquet held by Lord Harcourt. After dinner Lord Harcourt displayed for his guests a mummified piece of King Louis XIV's heart. It was passed around the table & when it got to Buckland, he popped it in his mouth and swallowed it whole! anchor.fm/foodhistory/epi…
Alfred Hitchcock was known to play elaborate pranks on his colleagues. One night he hosted a dinner party and dyed all the dishes blue because "there aren't enough blue foods." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alf…
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/ro…
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/twil…
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/ny…
During the great depression there was a Candy Bar Called Chicken Dinner that featured a picture of a delicious roasted chicken on the wrapper but contained no chicken. mentalfloss.com/article/7…
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/Pin…
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 that’s how he discovered the artificial sweetener Saccharin. todayinsci.com/F/Fahlberg…
Rutherford B. Hayes didn't serve alcohol at White House events. Secretary of State Evarts quipped that at White House dinners, "water flowed like wine." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pre…
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-hila…
Following the buyout of K.F.C in 1971, Colonel Sanders disliked their food so much that he developed plans to franchise β€œThe Colonel’s Lady’s Dinner House” 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-…
Until 1970, United Airlines had β€˜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.boardinga…
Rich Ancient Romans would eat dinner from a reclined position, on a chaise lounge esque furniture they called "kline" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tri…
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/mcd…
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/fi…

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