Today I learned of the eating of ortolans, tiny songbirds that are captured live, fattened by overfeeding in the dark, then drowned in Armagnac. They are roasted, then plucked, and consumed whole. The person eating the bird covers his head with a napkin – supposedly to shield him from the eyes of God. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ort…
Today I learned about ortolan, a small bird eaten in French cuisine. The bird is drowned in booze, cooked, and eaten whole. The consumer wears a napkin on their head, which is claimed by some sources to hide their shame from God. telegraph.co.uk/foodanddr…
According to the United States Flag Code, the flag β€œshould never be used for advertising purposes in any manner whatsoever.” This includes paper napkins or plates printed with the design. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uni…
Romans weaved asbestos fibers into a cloth-like material that was then sewn into tablecloths and napkins. These cloths were cleaned by throwing them into a blistering fire, from which they came out unharmed and whiter than when they went in. asbestos.com/asbestos/his…
Today I learned about Burusura, a sexualized attraction to the underwear or school uniforms of girls. Burusura shops sell these uniforms and socks, swimsuits, sanitary napkins and tampons. Only in 2004 Japan put restrictions to the purchases and sales of used underwear and saliva of people under 18. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bur…
Doc Pomus wrote Save The Last Dance For Me on a napkin on his wedding day while watching his wife dance with guests. He was wheelchair bound from polio. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sav…
Jon Bon Jovi wrote Blaze of Glory on a napkin while drinking in a bar with the cast of Young Guns 80smovieguide.com/YOUNG-G…
The banned french delicacy Ortolan is customarily eaten while covering your face with a napkin. Partially to keep in the aroma and partially to hide the shame of eating the bird from God as it is prepared for cooking by force feeding it and then finally drowning it in a vat of Armagnac brandy. smithsonianmag.com/smart-…
In 1985 Japan Airlines Flight 123 stayed aloft for 32 minutes after the 747SR's tail ripped off. During the time before the plane crashed into Mount Takamagahara several of the 509 passengers aboard jotted down "last minute" notes to their loved ones on cocktail napkins. mentalfloss.com/article/2…
Steven Spielberg's ex-wife received a divorce settlement of $100 million after a judge invalidated a prenuptial agreement he had written on a napkin. nydailynews.com/life-styl…
Immediately following the 1999 NFL season, the New York Jets promoted Bill Bellicheck to be head coach. He was coach for only one day because the Patriots hired him instead. Right before his press conference, he scribbled on a napkin 'I resign as HC of the NYJ' and gave that to the owners. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bil…
Today I learned of the Napkin Ring Problem. If you core a sphere, you also reduce the height by cutting off the top and bottom. As long as two spheres are cored to the same height ring, they will always have the same volume, no matter the starting size of the sphere. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nap…
In the summer of 1994, Pixar's John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton, Joe Ranft, and Pete Docter held a working lunch in which "A Bug's Life," "Monsters, Inc.," "Finding Nemo," and "WALL-E" were outlined on nothing more than the napkins on their table. businessinsider.com/pixar…
Today I learned of the Ortolan, a bird and strange French delicacy. The tiny birds were captured alive, force-fed, then drowned in brandy. Then, they were roasted whole and eaten that way, bones and all, while the diner draped his head with a linen napkin to preserve the precious aromas. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ort…
Nikola Tesla would polish every dining utensil to perfection using exactly 18 napkins. news.nationalgeographic.c…
In medieval times surgery used to be performed by barbers. The red and white on their poles signified the blood and napkins used to clean it up during bloodletting. broughttolife.sciencemuse…
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/l…
Today I learned of the Ortolan. A bird that was formerly eaten in French cuisine. The process of preparing it included trapping it in a dark box so that it would eat more thinking it was night, before drowning it in brandy, roasting it, and then eating it under a napkin, done to "shield ones self from god" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ort…
In the 60's paper clothing was a big trend. Ladies would host paper parties with paper plates, paper napkins, and they wore disposable paper dresses. They even had paper swimwear en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pap…
Amy Irving's split from Steven Spielberg cost her the lead in Raiders of the Lost Ark. They got back together, married and divorced, and she won $100 million settlement after her pre-nup written on a napkin was vacated en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amy…
The words "apron" and "napkin" were originally "napron" and "apkin" but the preceding indefinite articles ("an" and "a") were so confusing to the ear that the words eventually just changed. wordsforless.com/naprons-…
The 1850 first design sketch of the Crystal Palace, the first plate glass and steel building of its type and scale, was done on a napkin en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
There's a French delicacy that involves blinding a small bird and force feeding it before you drown in Cognac. It is then eaten in one bite with a napkin over the face to preserve the aroma. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ort…
According to medical legend the Apgar Score was written on a napkin in a hospital cafeteria by Dr Virginia Apgar. It has gone on to save countless newborn lives. healthmatters.nyp.org/apg…
I learned that Juicy J, a then-member of Three 6 Mafia, convinced the director and the producer of "Hustle and flow" to let him co-wrote the Oscar-winning song "It's hard out here for a pimp" after he impressed them with a new beat, wrote the hook on a napkin, and completed it in within 4 hours. businessinsider.com/three…
The sanitary napkin was invented in 1919 because Kimberly-Clark needed a post-war product that used the material they developed for WWI bandages. Kotex stands for "cotton textile." snopes.com/business/origi…
A Bug's Life, Wall-E, Finding Nemo, and Monsters Inc. were all conceived on a napkin during a lunch nytimes.com/2008/06/22/mo…
Before his death, French President Francois Mitterrand had a farewell meal with his friends. Each was served a small (illegal to hunt) bird. They ate it by covering their heads with napkins, grasping it by the beak and sucking out the innards, including bones, through its rectum. theglobeandmail.com/life/…
Today I learned of the tradition of French gourmets eating the Ortolan bunting (small bird): "captured alive, force-fed, then drowned in Armagnac. Roasted whole and eaten, bones and all, while the diner draped his head with a linen napkin to preserve the precious aromas and, some believe, to hide from God." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ort…
Fido Dido started as a napkin doodle. Not only it's a popular 90s fashion icon, it appeared in 7up commercials, CBS Saturday morning cartoons, and had its own video game. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fid…
Sanitary napkins were originally invented for men during the World War 1 cluebees.com/more/just-in…
Clothes or anything disposable (stamps, napkins, etc) with the USA flag printed on them are in violation of flag code allabouttheflag.tripod.co…
Subway napkins say "Doctor's Associates" because that is the name of the company that owns Subway, not because their food is affiliated with or endorsed by a group of doctors. foodbabe.com/2014/03/05/a…
Spielberg's prenup with his ex-wife was written on a napkin, was vacated by a judge which cost him $100 mil en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amy…
Disposable sanitary napkins were invented after sanitary napkins from WW1 proved to be very effective as bandages snopes.com/business/origi…
Nikolas Tesla had crippling OCD. He would clean his plates with exactly 18 napkins before meals, had an extreme phobia of germs, and claimed he was receiving radio transmissions from inhabitants of Venus or Mars. io9.com/5648455/the-mad-s…
Today I learned of the Ortolan, a small bird considered a delicacy in France. It is captured alive, force-fed, then drowned in Armagnac before being roasted and eaten whole, while the diner covers their head with a napkin to preserve the aromas and 'hide from God'. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ort…
Ties were originally used as napkins. tiesncuffs.com.au/pages/t…
Aaron Sorkin wrote most of the story of A Few Good Men on cocktail napkins while he was bartending en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aar…
At deaf weddings the guests wave their napkins to get the bride and groom to kiss. (It's the equivalent of tapping your spoon against your glass at a hearing wedding) karenputz.com/how-deaf-we…
Asbestos can be woven in cloth to make it semi-fireproof. Ancient kings used this in tablecloths and napkins so they could throw them in a fire after a meal and impress their guests later by pulling them out clean and intact. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asb…
Bible John was a serial killer active from 1968-69. He was a well-spoken man that quoted the Bible. All 3 of his victims were escorted home by him, been menstruating at the time and had sanitary napkins or tampons placed on or near the bodies. The case remains unsolved. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bib…
The red and white barber's pole was originally intended to represent the blood and napkins used to clean up during bloodletting. In medieval times, barbers were primitive surgeons. sciencemuseum.org.uk/brou…
There is a French dish that consists of a small bird force-fed millet while trapped in a dark box. It is later drowned in brandy and eaten whole. The diner could then cover their face with a napkin to "hide from God." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ort…
EVA Air Operates a Hello Kitty Flight with Hello Kitty-themed livery, snacks, menus, pillows, slippers, barf bags, napkins, coasters, bulkhead art and toiletries, including toilet paper. Flights depart Taipei's airport from a Hello Kitty themed Check-in area and Gate. onemileatatime.boardingar…
When flying with a head cold or an infant, you can ask your flight attendant to bring you "hot cups" - basically Styrofoam cups with a napkin that has been dipped in hot water or microwaved. You place them over your (or your child's) ears and the steam relieves the pressure! economist.com/blogs/gulli…
Aaron Sorkin wrote the script of A Few Good Men on cocktail napkins while bartending. lifeonacocktailnapkin.com…
A 15 metric ton "fatberg" -- a glob of fats from foods, sanitary napkins, and baby wipes -- clogged up a part of the London sewer system in 2013 preventing many area residents from flushing their toilets. thameswater.co.uk/media/p…
There is a tiny bird which is captured alive, force-fed, then drowned in Armagnacβ€”were roasted whole and eaten that way, bones and all, while the diner draped his head with a linen napkin to preserve the precious aromas and, some believe, to hide from God. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ort…
The Romans used asbestos in their cloths for daily use – such as dish-towels, napkins, and table cloths. oracleasbestos.com/histor…

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