This day in history...

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  1. Bengal B

    Bengal B Founding Member

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    Hank Hill's wife Peggy's maiden name was Platter. Thought Shane should know in case it comes up in his trivia game.
     
  2. shane0911

    shane0911 Helping lost idiots find their village Staff Member

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    All of it, hell I didn't know it was made by Wham-O
     
  3. Bengal B

    Bengal B Founding Member

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    I had a slingshot made by Wham-O. It broke after a week.
     
  4. mctiger

    mctiger RIP, and thanks for the music Staff Member

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    And when it broke, the rubber part shot back and slapped you in the head, and you said, "Whammo!", right?
     
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  5. Bengal B

    Bengal B Founding Member

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    Better story than what really happened.
     
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  6. fanatic

    fanatic Evil Morty lives...

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    Didnt they also make those paddles with the ball tied to the elastic string? Those also broke after about 3-4 tries.
     
  7. Bengal B

    Bengal B Founding Member

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    Yeah, I had a few of those too. All time ripoff toy of the 20th century. Did they make Wiffle Ball? That was a good one.
     
  8. tirk

    tirk im the lyrical jessie james

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    Tether ball? I never had one but my cousin did. We used em for batting practice.
     
  9. mctiger

    mctiger RIP, and thanks for the music Staff Member

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    On January 24, 1848, James Marshall is excavating a creek for the sawmill he's been hired to run near San Francisco by John A. Sutter, when he notices shiny flecks in the earth. He informs Sutter, who brings in a surveyor to confirm that, as both he and Marshall suspect, the substance is gold. Sutter attempts to keep the discovery a secret, but word leaks out, and within months, history's largest gold rush begins. Ironically, the gold rush was a disaster for Sutter, who was trying to build his own private empire on the California coast, a 50,000 acre claim which he called New Helvetia. The newcomers overran his colony and it was virtually non-existent by 1852. Sutter spent the remaining 28 years of his life trying to get the government to compensate him for his losses.

    On January 24, 1908, the Boy Scouts movement begins in England with the publication of the first installment of Robert Baden-Powell’s Scouting for Boys. Baden-Powell had been a hero of the South African War in 1900, and a military field manual he had previously written became very popular with English boys. Baden-Powell decided to try adapting the lessons of living in the field covered in his manual in a non-military guide, which he combined with lessons on morality and good deeds. In July, 1907, he took a diverse group of 21 adolescents to Brownsea Island in Dorsetshire for a 2-week campout, using his new manuscript as a guide. The trip was a great success, and Baden-Powell released Scouting for Boys. Within months, impromptu Boy Scout troops began to pop up around England, and Baden Powell formalized the effort by setting up a central office to register scouts. In 1910, he organized the Girl Guides as a separate organization. Scouting came to America in 1909 after a Boy Scout helped Chicago publisher William Boyce when he became lost in the London fog. The boy refused Boyce's offer of a tip, saying boy scouts don't accept pay for good deeds. On his return home, Boyce would organize several regional U.S. youth organizations, specifically the Woodcraft Indians and the Sons of Daniel Boone, into the Boy Scouts of America.

    I chose the 3rd item specifically for this reading audience: on January 24, 1935, the Gottfried Krueger Brewing Company , working with American Can Company, delivered 2,000 cans of Krueger’s Finest Beer and Krueger’s Cream Ale to faithful Krueger drinkers in Richmond, Virginia. Its ACC's 2nd attempt at canning beer; the first attempt in 1909 was badly received, and Prohibition put a halt to further attempts. In 1933, ACC developed a pressurized can with an interior coating that would protect the beer from reacting with the tin. This time, beer drinkers overwhelmingly approve, so much that Krueger's canned beer begins eating into the market share of American beer's "big three", Anheuser-Busch, Pabst and Schlitz. Unlike bottles, cans didn't require the consumer to pay a deposit. They also appeared to vendors because they were easier to stack and took less time to chill. Canned beer really took off in WWII because it was easier to ship to the troops. Today, canned beer accounts for about half of the $20 billion US beer industry.
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  10. Nutriaitch

    Nutriaitch Fear the Buoy

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    JESUS! how the hell do you know what going to happen 16,000+ years from now?
     
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