The Ouija (pronounced wee-jee) board was first patented in the 1890’s by a man from Maryland (Elijah Bond). He enjoyed moderate financial success when he marketed the board and its accoutrements as a parlor game. However, the history of a very similar contrivance (sometimes called a planchette panel) dates back to the tenth century in China. The Qing Dynasty issued a decree forbidding any practices that involved a Ji Ban (Planchette Panel).
More than 90 percent of the hydrogen commercially produced in the USA is derived by using a steam process to reduce methane (natural gas). The method is quite promising as not only is the procedure relatively inexpensive, carbon monoxide emissions have been reduced by 60 percent when compared to most other production schemes. When clean hydrogen combusts, the only chemical emission is water vapor. Autos fueled by hydrogen should soon be available to many of the world’s consumers.
Go Big Blue. Studies have consistently shown that weightlifters who perform in rooms with blue walls can lift heavier weights. Various other hues have been tried, but “the figures don’t lie.” Numerous theories have been offered as to “why” while the “what” seems to be convincingly established.
In 1992, a total of 30,000 residents of Maui signed a petition to have that island’s name changed to Gilligan’s Island. Many are thankful that the effort was not successful.
For centuries, a favorite make-up for women desiring to appear more attractive was juice from the nightshade plant known as Belladonna. A few drops in each eye made the eyes “sparkle” while small dabs on one’s lips and cheeks slightly reddened those regions. Undesirable side effects sometimes included delirium, convulsions, comas and death.
Dmitri Borgmann offered that the American presidential candidate with the most letters in his last name would usually win the popular vote. Almost uncannily, the theory held 1876 through 1960 wherein the most-letters guy won 20 out of 22 times. I wonder if that could be why the 2000 election (Gore vs. Bush) was such a difficult tabulation to complete. Oh well, be cautious about how you make your eyes sparkle – and have a great week.
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