In 2011, Norway experienced a serious butter shortage. Consumption grew especially in December with the increased demand in butter for Christmas baking and partly because of the increased popularity of low-carb but fat-rich diets in the country. As well, a rainy summer resulted in low and poor quality milk production. The Norwegian government cut import […]
In Western culture, the practice of assigning pink to an individual gender began in the early 1900s. An article in the trade publication Earnshaw's Infants' Department in June 1918 stated: "The generally accepted rule is pink for the boys, and blue for the girls. The reason is that pink, being a more decided and stronger […]
The phrase “Never Look a Gift Horse in the Mouth”, generally means don’t be ungrateful when you receive a gift. The proverb, it seems, can be traced back to St. Jerome who referred to it as a common saying in his introductory remarks to the Epistle to the Ephesians in his translation of the New […]
Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious is a song written by the Sherman Brothers, and performed by Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke in Disney’s 1964 film Mary Poppins. Mostly double-talk, the roots of the word can be broken down as: super- “above”, cali- “beauty”, fragilistic- “delicate”, expiali- “to atone”, and docious- “educable”. Put together, it roughly means “Atoning […]
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7 Up was created by Charles Leiper Grigg, who launched his St. Louis-based company The Howdy Corporation in 1920. Grigg came up with the formula for a lemon-lime soft drink in 1929. The product, originally named “Bib-Label Lithiated Lemon-Lime Soda”, was launched two weeks before the Wall Street Crash of 1929. It contained lithium citrate, […]