'The Milk Maid' by Vermeer was exhibited in the United States at the outbreak of World War 2 and was kept in the US until the end of the war. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Theโ€ฆ
Today I learned about Mangold Hurling, a sport where competitors stand in a basket and hurl mangelwurzels (a relative of the beet) at a target. The winner is crowned Mangold King and the prize is to select the Mangold Queen from among the Mangold Maids. mangoldhurling.co.uk/
If a brideโ€™s Maid Of Honor is married she is technically referred to as a Matron Of Honor and you can have both a Maid and Matron Of Honor at your wedding. dweddings.com/story/the-dโ€ฆ
In 1771, Sarah Wilson, the maid of Queen Charlotte's Maid of Honor was sentenced to indentured labor in America for theft. Upon reaching there, she escaped and posed as the Queen's sister, living a life of luxury, defrauding many wealthy people with the promise of an audience with the queen. hsp.org/blogs/history-hitโ€ฆ
When buttons were invented in the 13th century, wealthy women did not dress themselves โ€” their ladyโ€™s maid did. As most people are right-handed, it was easier for maids to fasten with the buttons on the left. And that's why men's and women's buttons are on opposite sides. today.com/today/amp/tdna1โ€ฆ
China's Hongzhi Emperor (r. 1487-1505) used toilet paper made of silk. When he discovered that palace maids collected his used toilet paper to make curtains, he stopped using silk toilet paper - but this led to the unemployment of some silkworm farmers, so he went back to using silk toilet paper mdhist.com/emperor/3950/
In the 1880s, Williamina Fleming, preeminent woman astronomer who classified tens of thousands of star, & discovered white dwarfs and the Horsehead Nebula, was once a maid in the home of director of Harvard College Observatory. harvardmagazine.com/2017/โ€ฆ
Prince Pedro of Portugal fell in love with his wife's maid, Inรชs de Castro. After his wife died, his father, King Afonso IV, desired he remarry but not to Inรชs. Pedro refused; so, the King had Inรชs killed. Pedro captured two of her killers and publicly executed them by tearing out their hearts. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/In%โ€ฆ
In the 1880s, the Harvard Observatory director was frustrated with his staff, and would say "My Scottish maid could do better!" So, he hired his Scottish maid. Williamina Fleming ran a team for decades, classified tens of thousands of stars, & discovered white dwarfs and the Horsehead Nebula. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wilโ€ฆ
In 1715, a Scottish Nobleman named William Maxwell escaped death by switching clothes with his wifeโ€™s maid on the night before his execution and fleeing the Tower of London. He escaped to Rome, where he lived with his wife for the rest of his life. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wilโ€ฆ
The Philippines has its own version of apple pie made from coconuts and condensed milk. Buko pie is believed to be invented by Soledad Pahud, she discovered apple pie while working as a maid in the United States, she returned to the Philippines where the lack of apples led to her coconut recipe. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bukโ€ฆ
In 1951 Thelma Howard was hired as a maid for Walt & Lillian Disney. Walt would gift her shares of Disney stock every X-mas for the next 30 yrs. She died in 1994 that's when it was discovered she still had all 192,000 shares valued at $9,000,000. It went to disadvantaged kids & her disabled son people.com/archive/savingโ€ฆ
FDR's White House housekeeper, Henrietta Nesbitt, was a legendarily awful cook. โ€œOf course Henrietta did not personally do the cooking,โ€ wrote a former WH maid, โ€œbut she stood over the cooks, making sure that each dish was overcooked or undercooked or ruined one way or another.โ€ newyorker.com/magazine/20โ€ฆ
Edward de Vere (17th Earl of Oxford) did not go into voluntary exile for farting while bowing to the Queen - as commonly reported. He was exiled from court for impregnating one of the Queen's maid's of honour. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edwโ€ฆ
Today I learned about Rollen Stewart, the "Rainbow Man" guy with the rainbow afro-style wig that used to hold up John 3:16 signs at sports stadiums throughout the 1970s & 80s. He's currently serving 3 consecutive life sentences for taking a hotel maid hostage and threatening to shoot down nearby jet planes. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rolโ€ฆ
Womenโ€™s shirt buttons were on the left because they were meant to be buttoned by others (maids for wealthy women back then). huffpost.com/entry/buttonโ€ฆ
Today I learned of the Gold Coast Meter Maids. Bikini-clad women on Australia's Gold Coast who would top off parking meters of parked cars in order to avoid a parking fine. metermaids.com/our-historโ€ฆ
Former Mexican president, Carlos Salinas de Gortari murdered his 12 year old maid with a shot in the head when he was four years old. artvoice.com/2018/04/26/mโ€ฆ
In 2019, three medieval enthusiasts rented a hotel room together to end their lives. In the morning, a maid entered the room and discovered two dead people with an arrow to the heart, and one dead person with a self-inflicted arrow to the neck. It was ruled "death by crossbow." nytimes.com/2019/05/14/woโ€ฆ
The only commercial Elvis ever made, was for Southern Maid donuts. southernliving.com/travelโ€ฆ
The Jacobite Earl of Nithsdale was sentenced to the axe. His wife paid a final visit to the Tower of London, accompanied by two maids. They dressed him in women's clothes, a headdress and caked his face in make-up to hide his long beard. The transvestite Lord then simply walked out of his cell londonist.com/london/histโ€ฆ
Clarence King, 1st Dir. of USGS, explorer & surveyor of American West thought to be a bachelor was revealed after his death to be secretly married to Ada Copeland, a black maid. King was white but told Ada he was light-skinned black porter. She did not know he was famous til after he died. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Claโ€ฆ
On the night of the first script read through for The Princess Bride, Andre the Giant got so drunk he passed out in the hotel lobby. Staff were unable to move him so they set up velvet ropes around him and told the maids not to vacuum. laweekly.com/arts/12-prinโ€ฆ
Today I learned of the Harvard Computers. Edward Pickering decided to hire a team of women after his increasing frustrations with his male assistants. He declared that his maid could do a better job so he hired his maid, and subsequently a team of women whom soon discovered how to measure distances of stars. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harโ€ฆ
There is a woman in Brooklyn who rents herself out as a mom for $40 an hour. Her services include non-judgmental listening, watching a movie with you, reviewing your resume etc. She will, however, now clean your bathroom or do your laundry. "As any mother says, I'm not your maid," she says. businessinsider.in/Theresโ€ฆ
In addition to covering huge historical events like the Great Fire of London, Samuel Pepys' diary includes details of how his wife discovered him groping the maid: "did find me imbracing the girl con [with] my hand sub [under] su [her] coats; and endeed I was with my main [hand] in her cunny. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samโ€ฆ
Rollen Stewart, the infamous born-again Christian known for holding up "John 3:16" signs at televised athletic events, is currently serving three consecutive life sentences for kidnapping a hotel maid. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rolโ€ฆ
The Hinterkaifeck murders case is one of the longest unsolved murder mystery from last 97 years. The case file is still open and experts still try to solve it. Five family mambers, one maid on her first day of work and one ingured dog. There are many theories but no trace of killers. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hinโ€ฆ
After Hattie McDaniel became the first African-American to win an Academy Award for her role in "Gone with the Wind" she was accused of being an Uncle Tom by the NAACP to which she responded that she would "rather make seven hundred dollars a week playing a maid than seven dollars being one". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gonโ€ฆ
Today I learned of a man, Michael Fagan, who at least once in 1982 broke into Buckingham Palace by climbing a drain pipe. He entered the Queen's bedroom and asked for cigarettes, which a maid bought him, before finally being arrested. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Micโ€ฆ
In 1849 Civil War general D.H. Hill wrote an algebra textbook laced with anti-Northern insults. These included working out how fast soldiers from Indiana retreated and how many "old maids, childless-wives and bedlamites" attended a women's rights convention in New York. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Danโ€ฆ
There is a suburb in Australia called Surfers Paradise that have "Meter Maids" who are in bikinis and feed expired parking meters to promote the area and preserve goodwill en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Surโ€ฆ
Elvis Presley was known for being so generous that he had problems not buying strangers and friends expensive gifts. Elvis's maid and cook Mary Jenkins was gifted six cars including three Cadillacs from him before his death. Elvis also gave his dentist and jeweler cars. mentalfloss.com/article/2โ€ฆ
In 1970 Jimmy Carter let a prisoner convicted of murder obtain a work release to serve as a maid at the governorโ€™s mansion. He was so impressed, when he was elected president in 1976 he volunteered to be her parole officer & let her continue working at the White House. She was later exonerated. books.google.com/books?idโ€ฆ
The Led Zeppelin song Living Loving Maid (She's Just a Woman) is about a groupie who used to stalk the band early in their career. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Livโ€ฆ
Jack Benny was fined 10,000$ for buying smuggled jewelry from Albert Chaperau. Chaperau claimed to be a Nicaraguan diplomat but was actually a fraudster pretending to be a diplomat for smuggling. The investigation began from a tip off by a fired Nazi maid of Supreme Court Justice Edgar Lauer. latimesblogs.latimes.com/โ€ฆ
A former maid of Michael Jackson reached an out of court settlement for $2,000,000 after her son accused Jackson of molesting him. theguardian.com/world/200โ€ฆ
Mike Tyson during the peak of his fame was a raving sex addict. A-list celebrities, a 50 year old store assistant, a drug counselor, female prison visitors, hotel maids and cocaine fueled orgies were all on his to do list. He even confessed to wearing his championship belts during the act. au.complex.com/sports/201โ€ฆ
Minute Maid Park in Houston (formerly Enron Field) was designed with a hill (sometimes known as Tal's Hill or the Grassy Knoll) and a flagpole in the field of play in center field, just to make the stadium "special." The hill and the flagpole were removed in 2016. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Talโ€ฆ
TIL Stephen King wrote a story about a house maid that swallows a writer's semen so her child will have his talent. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dedโ€ฆ
Popcorn kernels that don't pop are called "old maids" because they lack the necessary moisture to pop en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Popโ€ฆ
In 1915 a raisin company executive spotted a teenage girl drying her curly brown hair and wearing her mother's red bonnet and hired her for a stunt promotion that had her dropping raisins from an airplane. Soon she became the company's first mascot called, "Sun Maid." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lorโ€ฆ
The old couple seen going down with the ship in their room in the movie TITANIC was the owner of Macy's, Isidor Straus and his wife. His wife gave her fur coat and spot on the lifeboat to their maid because "I will not be separated from my husband. As we have lived, so will we die, together." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isiโ€ฆ
In 1858, Pius IX ordered the kidnapping of a Jewish boy, Edgardo Mortara, from his parents. A family maid had given the boy an emergency baptism, when he was severely ill as an infant. Despite much outrage, the boy was never returned. He grew up in Papal custody, and later became a priest. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Morโ€ฆ
While working as maids Lรฉa Papin and her sister Christine were found guilty of murdering their employer's wife and daughter. Lรฉa was given a reduced sentence of eight years due to good behaviour, and upon release moved to Nantes where she continued her livelihood as a hotel maid. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chrโ€ฆ
Before her death at 35, Harriet Cole, a maid at Drexelโ€™s College of Medicine, willed her body to Dr. Rufus Weaver, and requested it be used to benefit science. Weaver proceeded with the complete dissection and mounting of her nervous system. drexel.edu/now/archive/20โ€ฆ
Victorian maid Kate Webster chopped up her mistresses, boiled her and then assumed her identity. Meanwhile, the skull of her boss wasn't found with the other body parts and was discovered in the garden of English naturalist David Attenborough 130 years later. historyanswers.co.uk/peopโ€ฆ
Christians & Jews believe Abraham sired Ishmael with his maid Hagar as his wife Sarah was infertile. When Sarah unexpectedly bore Isaac, Hagar & Ishmael were cast off, and Isaac's progeny became the Israelites. Muslims believe that Hagar did marry Abraham & that Ishmael is the ancestor of Arabs. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ishโ€ฆ
In Surfers Paradise, Australia, there is an association of bikini-clad meter maids who will top off your parking meter to prevent you from getting a parking ticket! en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Surโ€ฆ
Strom Thurmond who staunchly opposed the 1964 Civil Rights Act to end segregation was the father of a secret, illegitimate mixed race child with his 16 year-old black maid. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Strโ€ฆ

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