Longest Beard: Hans Langseth

The longest beard ever measured belonged to Norwegian Hans Langseth (aka “King Wiskers”). Langseth immigrated to the United States in 1867 where he spent most of his life as a farmer. Upon his death in 1927 it was 5.33 meters (18 feet 6 inches) long.  A misconception is that his beard was only 17.5 feet […]


The Word “Set” Has 464 Possible Definitions

The English word that has the most definitions is “Set” which has 464 meanings in the Oxford English Dictionary. The word”Run” is a distant second, with 396. Other notable multiple meaning words  are “go” with 368, “take” with 343, “stand” with 334, “get” with 289, “turn” with 288, “put” with 268, “fall” with 264, and […]


Foreign Branding: Ginsu Knives

 In 1978, the world was introduced not only to Ginsu brand cutlery, but a new way of television marketing. Ed Valenti and Barry Becher, founders of Rhode Island based direct marketing agency Dial Media, discovered a knife set made in Fremont, Ohio by the Douglas Quikut Division of the Scott Fetzer Company. The “Eversharp” needed […]


Camels Do Not Store Water in Their Humps

Contrary to popular belief, camels do not store water in their humps. The humps contain a store of fatty tissue that minimizes heat-trapping insulation throughout the rest of their body. When metabolized, the tissue acts as a source of energy, and yields more than 1 g of water for each 1 g of fat converted through reaction […]


John Lennon – Annie Leibovitz Photo

On December 8, 1980, famed American photographer Annie Leibovitz was sent to photograph John Lennon and Yoko Ono and created the now famous Lennon nude curled around a fully clothed Ono.  Several hours after the photo shoot, Lennon was shot and killed. The photograph ran on the cover of Rolling Stone Lennon commemorative issue in […]


Barbie is Based on the German Adult Doll “Bild Lilli”

Barbie, currently manufactured by  Mattel Inc.  is based on a German doll called Bild Lilli. The Lilli doll was based on a popular character appearing in a comic strip drawn by Reinhard Beuthin for the newspaper Die Bild-Zeitung. Lilli was a blonde bombshell, a working girl who knew what she wanted and was not above […]



Acryonyms: Ichthys – Jesus Fish

Ichthys, sometimes spelled Ichthus, or Ikhthus, from Koine Greek: ΙΧΘΥΣ or ΙΧΘΥϹ is the ancient and classical Greek word for “fish.” In English it refers to a symbol consisting of two intersecting arcs, the ends of the right side extending beyond the meeting point so as to resemble the profile of a fish, used by […]


Infographic: Colours Affect Shopping Decisions

Trying to spend less this year? One of the biggest things that entices you pull out your wallet is colour.  Marketers purposely use certain colours to attract certain buyers. This Kissmetrics.com infographic below teaches us how to identify how retailers are targeting us.    


November 25: Extreme Weather Events

 November 25th seems to be a bad luck day for extreme weather events. Below is a list of powerful storms that have caused significant damage and loss of life throughout history on this day. 1343 – A tsunami, caused by the earthquake in the Tyrrhenian Sea, devastates Naples (Italy) and the Maritime Republic of Amalfi, […]