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“BackRub” – The Birth of Google

Google began in January 1996 as a research project by Larry Page and Sergey Brin when they were both PhD students at Stanford University...

Origin: April Fool’s Day

There are numerous stories on the origin of April Fool’s Day. The most widespread theory originates from 1564 when France formally changed its calendar...

Origin of the Potato Chip

According to a traditional story, the original potato chip recipe was created at Moon’s Lakehouse in Saratoga Springs, New York on August 24, 1853....

Hair of the Dog: Origin

“Hair of the dog that bit you” is a colloquial expression most commonly used to refer to alcohol that is consumed to lessen the...

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...

Origin of Raining Cats and Dogs

There are numerous guesses at the origin of the popular phrase “It’s raining cats and dogs”, none of which can be said to be...

Luck of the Irish

The Luck of the Irish may not be what is commonly believed and there is no definitive origin of the well known phrase. Some...

The Origin of Abracadabra

Now used in invocations by magicians and conjurers, the term “Abracadabra” was first mentioned in the writings of the Gnostic physician Quintus Serenus Scammonicus in the...