In 1998 a burglar stole a priceless diamond ornament originally belonging to empress Elisabeth of Austria, replacing it with a gift shop replica. Newspapers covered up the theft by claiming it had been speedily recovered and the fake remained on display for 10 years. secretvienna.org/sisi-los…
If you try to steal the hood ornament from a Rolls Royce made after 2004, it will instantly retreat into the chassis of the car until the owner rights it. These hood ornaments, called "The Spirit of Ecstasy", cost roughly US $4000 to replace. youtube.com/watch?time_co…
Rolls-Royce cars have an anti theft mechanism that retracts the "Spirit of Ecstasy" ornament should it be jostled. youtube.com/watch?v=aj53H…
Original Christmas Ornaments were Apples, Candy Canes, and Pastries in the shape of stars, angels, and more. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chr…
After the Ottomans entered Constantinople the Last Byzantine Emperor remarked that "The city is fallen and I am still alive." He tore off his imperial ornaments so to let nothing distinguish him from any other soldier and led his remaining soldiers into a last charge where he was killed en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Con…
Roseanne Barr was hit by a car at age 16, and the hood ornament went into her brain and through her skull. Her behavior changed so radically that she was institutionalized for eight months at Utah State Hospital, where she had a baby, which she gave up for adoption. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ros…
Car companies like Jaguar, Cadillac, and Dodge discontinued hood ornaments in part because they would kill pedestrians in otherwise minor traffic incidents newsweek.com/autos-doing-…
Gerald Blanchard, a sophisticated criminal mastermind, was facing a sentence of 164 years but reduced it to 8 by revealing where he kept the Star of Empress Sisi, a priceless ornament worn by Elisabeth of Bavaria which he stole a decade before from SchΓΆnbrunn Palace in Vienna, Austria en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ger…
Hood ornaments were originally designed as thermometers for coolant, prior to them becoming decorative en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hoo…
Hood ornaments originally had thermometers to gauge the coolant level in the car. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hoo…
Today I learned about Dingbat, or more formally, printer's ornament, which is an ornament or a figure used for boxsettig; in today's digital world, it describes fonts that are symbols, like Wingding en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Din…
Jim Morrison , on LSD, was listening for the first time to "Joy to the World" - better known as "Jeremiah was a Bullfrog" - when he saw a monkey run into the room, start dancing, and juggling Christmas ornaments. It was not an hallucination. themoth.org/posts/stories…
In 1908 Adolf Loos composed an essay and lecture titled Ornament and Crime which criticizes ornament in useful objects, which would be fundamental to the Bauhaus design studio, and would help define idealogy of modernism in architecture. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orn…
Why the term 'Boondoggle' is associated w/wasting time/money: In 1935 the press excoriated FDR’s New Deal for spending $3 million giving unemployed people crafts lessons where they made boondoggles (a braided ornament), and the word became a nickname for any overpriced useless government project en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boo…
The Rolls-Royce hood ornament is not an angel or a ghost, but rather a woman with cloth billowing behind her. The model for this, "Spirit of Ecstasy", was killed when her ship was sunk by a U-boat. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spi…
Today I learned of the Christmas Pickle, a tradition involving hiding a pickle ornament on the Christmas Tree. whychristmas.com/customs/…
Fob (from key fob to lock/unlock your vehicle) is not an acronym but a word that originates from watch fobs from the late 1800s. The fob refers to an ornament attached to a pocket-watch chain. webopedia.com/TERM/K/key_…
Today I learned of a tradition that involves a pickle ornament. The finder of the Christmas Pickle ornament on Christmas morning, gets an extra present from Santa Claus and will have a lucky year! en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chr…
Play-Doh was originally sold as a wallpaper cleaner, but with the introduction of washable vinyl-based wallpaper, the market for cleaning putty decreased substantially. After discovering it was used by nursery school children to make Christmas ornaments, Play-Doh was rebranded as a school supply en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pla…
Last recorded words of Constantine XI (the last Eastern Roman Emperor) were: "The city is fallen and I am still alive." Then he tore off his imperial ornaments so as to let nothing distinguish him from any other soldier and led his remaining soldiers into a last charge where he was killed. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Con…
Eleanor Thornton, model of the bonnet ornament on Rolls Royce cars, died aboard the SS Persia. Aboard the ship with her was the 2nd Baron Montagu of Beaulieu, who only survived due to important papers rolled and tied to him acting as a buoyancy aid. digitalsilver.co.uk/TimeG…
In the 18th century some wealthy land owners employed garden hermits, men hired for the sole purpose of inhabiting a small structure and functioning as any other garden ornament en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gar…
There is an American tradition to hide a pickle ornament in the Christmas tree. The first child who finds it gets either one extra gift from santa or good fortune for the next year en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/C…
The Animal Crackers box with the string was designed to function as a Christmas tree ornament en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ani…
The first lighted Christmas ornaments may have been placing human sacrifices in large wicker baskets, suspending them from a tree, and then setting fire to the basket. thedestinlog.com/news/rea…
Hood ornaments were invented to decorate the "motometer", a temperature gauge screwed into the radiator cap. They became purely decorative as the temperature gauge was moved to the dashboard, and the radiator cap was moved to underneath the hood. discounthoodornaments.com…
The official city bird of Madison Wisconsin is the plastic flamingo lawn ornament en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pla…
... a hoard of over 20,000 gold ornaments, from the first century, were unearthed in Afghanistan in 1978. When the Russians left, this archaeological treasure was thought lost, but in 2003, it was found in secret vaults. nationalgeographic.com/mi…
Animal cracker boxes were made with a string on the box so they could be used as Christmas tree ornaments. foodreference.com/html/ar…
The Netherlands is the world's seconds largest exporter of agriculture products, Including ornaments and vegetables. freshplaza.com/article/13…
Some 18th-century estates employed garden hermits to dwell as living ornaments, sometimes even dressed like druids en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gar…
A "gnome garden" complete with picket fence had been placed deep in Wast Water, a lake in England, by scuba divers. It was removed from the bottom of the lake after three divers died in the late 1990s. It is thought the divers had spent too much time searching for the ornaments. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Was…
In ancient Egypt, lapis lazuli was a favorite stone for amulets and ornaments such as scarabs; it was also used in ancient Mesopotamia by the Sumerians, Akkadians, Assyrians, and Babylonians for seals and jewelry. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lap…
The band Fountains of Wayne named themselves after a 'lawn ornament' store which once featured in an episode of The Sopranos en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fou…
The square watermelons grown in Japan are sold as ornaments and are usually not ripe. m.youtube.com/watch?v=2JN…
A shachihokoe is an animal in Japanese folklore with the head of a tiger and the body of a carp. It was believed that this animal could cause the rain to fall, and as such, temples and castles were often adorned with shachihoko roof ornaments in order to protect them from fire. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sha…
The hood ornament on the Bentley was designed with a different number of feathers on each side to prevent forgeries supercompressor.com/rides…
Archaeological evidence of swastika-shaped ornaments dates from the Neolithic period and was first found in the Indus Valley Civilization of the Indian Subcontinent. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swa…
Subaru's six-star hood ornament is the star cluster Pleiades in the Taurus constellation. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sub…
-That Barnum animal crackers used to be christmas ornaments and what NaBisCo stands for history1900s.about.com/od…
The funeral prepared for Alexander's best friend Hephaestion, involved games with 3,000 competitors and a 60 meter high funeral pyre adorned with gold ornaments. The whole funeral approximately costed Β£1,500,000,000. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hep…

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