Facts You Probably don’t Need

  • William Moulton Marston, the creator of the Wonder Woman comics, also invented the systolic blood pressure test. This is still used in polygraph tests today.
  • The play, "Agamemnon," mentions a “Crimson Path” that is only fit for the gods. This Ancient Greek piece of writing is what inspired the famous ‘red carpet’ tradition.
  • The modern tradition of singing happy birthday and blowing candles out on a cake appears to originate in eighteenth century Germany. Count Ludwig Von Zinzendorf was especially known for throwing lavish parties with candle-filled cakes.
  • The barcode was created using a system of scanning based on the principles of Morse code.
  • Ruth Graves Wakefield created the chocolate chip cookie in 1938. She sold the recipe to Nestle for $1 and a lifetime supply of Nestle chocolate.
  • Velcro was invented in 1941 after a Swiss engineer wondered why Burdock seeds would get stuck to his dog. He fashioned a similar effect with fabric and created this common product.
  • The computer mouse was originally referred to as ‘the turtle’ due to its hard shell on top and moving parts underneath.


      Facts from Sean McVeigh, factologist.

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