I'm interested in scads of topics, and it seems I'm always running into interesting tidbits. I'd like to share some with you. I promise they'll always have at least a fleeting relevance to the day at hand.
The Peace Rose was introduced in the US on April 29, 1945. It was created by Francis Meilland of France, who smuggled it out of France on the last plane leaving for the US before the German invasion. Read more.
Photo: The Peace Rose. By Hobbykafe, uploaded to Wikimedia Commons under the Creative Commons license.
This is Thursday October Christian, son of Fletcher Christian. Fletcher didn't want his son to have a name that reminded him of England, but apparently he didn't have anything against calendars.
Illustration by John Shillibeer, 1814.
If you've ever thought about the history of jelly beans at all, you might think they're a modern invention. Not so. Jelly beans -- or at least the ancestors of jelly beans -- to all the way back to at least the 15th century, and probably much further.Read article here.
Pictured: Turkish Delights, the ancestors of Jelly Beans. Photo by Chris Buttigieg, posted on Wikimedia Commons.
After two miscarriages, the Marquise de Pompadour was unable to service King Louis XV sexually, but her beauty, charm, and intelligence served her well. She kept her position as chief mistress until her death.
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Pictured: Painting by Francois Boucher, about 1750.
Thomas Jefferson was quite an inventor. One of his inventions was a polygraph, a machine for making duplicate copies of a written work. (Well, actually, it was an improvement on somebody else's invention.) Read complete article.
On this day in 1951, the Stone of Scone was discovered on the altar of the Abbey of Arbroath. It had to go back to Westminster, but it came home to roost in Scotland eventually. Read complete article here.
Pictured: The Coronation Chair at Westminster Abbey. That pocket in the seat is for the Stone of Scone. Anonymous Engraving, 1855.