Trichobezoar: Rapunzel Syndrome

Trichobezoar is a rare intriguing disorder in which swallowed hairs accumulates in the stomach. First reported in 1779, trichobezoar is a combination of “trich” meaning hair in Greek and “bezoar” meaning poison antidote in Arabic or Persian. The habitual swallowing of hairs over the years leads to the formation of a hair ball in the […]


First Printed Book: Gutenberg Bible

The Gutenberg Bible (also known as the 42-line Bible, the Mazarin Bible or the B42) was the first major book printed in the Western world with a movable type printing press invented by Johannes Gutenberg in Mainz, Germany between 1454 – 55.   It is believed that a total of 180 copies of the Bible […]


Origins: PEZ Candy

PEZ candy was invented in 1927 as a breath mint in Vienna, Austria by Eduard Haas III.  The name PEZ comes from the German word for peppermint – PfeffErminZ taking the P from the first letter, the E from the middle and the Z from the last.  In 1935, a factory was built in Czechoslovakia […]

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Infographic: Valentine’s Day Spending

Consumers are expected to spend $17 billion on Valentine’s Day gifts this year, roughly a fifth of which will be spent online. Men spend more than twice the amount women spend on Valentine’s Day: $112.65 per person versus $51.56 per person, respectively. Spending peaks among ages 25 to 34, and falls steadily after that age […]


Phrase Origins: Never Look A Gift Horse In The Mouth

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 […]