• A World War I homing pigeon saved 194 men by delivering a message despite losing a leg and an eye, and having been shot through the chest.
• Before settling on the Seven Dwarfs we know today, Walt Disney also considered the names Chesty, Tubby, Burpy, Deafy, Hickey, Wheezy and Awful.
• A study showed that customers in a bookstore were 3.48 times more likely to peruse romantic books if the store smelled of chocolate, and 5.93 times more likely to buy them!
• While the technique of flattening fabrics with hot pieces of metal was introduced in ancient China, the first actual ironing board (then called an ironing table) was not invented until 1858, in New York.
• The Christmas song “Silver Bells” was originally called “Tinkle Bells” until co-composer Jay Livingston’s wife informed him that “tinkle” had another meaning.
• Future president Herbert Hoover was Stanford’s football team manager — a decision the school might have questioned when, at the first Stanford-Cal game in 1892, he forgot to bring the ball.
Martial arts legend Bruce Lee was a cha-cha dance champion, winning a competition in Hong Kong in 1958.
• The lifespan of a taste bud is just 10 days.
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