Hard to believe Did you know that back in the 1800's, many farmers could not afford to have their trash picked up? They got THEIR pigs to eat up the trash. In 1895, Colonel george E. Waring Jr. became the commissioner of street cleaning. He set up the first trash-recycling system. Three years later, new York City was the cleanest city in the world.
Why do we drop an 11,875 Pound Ball on New Year's Eve?
Before people gathered in Time Square to celebrate the new Year, everyone would gather in front of Trinity Church on Wall Street and Broadway. By 1904, people started to go to The second tallest building at that time in New York, which was the New York Times' Headquarters. The New York Times publisher, Alfred Ochs, threw a New Year's Eve party there. FireWorks were set off from the base of the tower. It was the talk of the town. Two years later, fireworks were prohibited. Ochs replaced it with a seven-hundred -pound iron and wood ball, which was lowered from the tower to begin the year 1908. The tradition continued.
If You Like Pina Colada and Getting Caught in the Rain...
If you are a Pina Colada lover you will be happy to hear that researchers from The Department of Agriculture in Australia have been working on a new type of pineapple that has a coconut flavor. This pineapple, unlike the normal one we are use to, is much lower in acid. It is also sweeter and juicier. Now, instead of adding that coconut flavor to your Pina Colada, all you have to do is add a little rum with this pineapple and you will have the perfect drink!
Legend has it, these stairs were created by an expert carpenter whose identity has never been revealed. So what? Well, the real mystery is how the stairwell is engineered to work, without a central pole with wooden pegs, no nails, and no attachment to a wall! While I would not try building staircases like this at home, I would recommend a visit if you're ever in Santa Fe, New Mexico! For more research and different theories surrounding this story, look up "The Mysterious Staircase".
Many people in New Jersey and New York are waiting in very long lines to get gas because of Hurricane Sandy. Well, in 1973, people couldn't get gas anywhere in the country. There was a conflict between the Israelis and Arab states and the United States was stuck in the middle. Being formally allied with the Israelis, it put us in a tenuous situation with the Arab states to meet our high oil demand. Therefore, there was an oil shortage across the entire country!
"Gas Station Attendants Peer Over Their 'Out of Gas' Sign in Portland, on the Day Before the State's Requested Saturday Closure of Gasoline Stations 11/1973" Photo by David Falconer
"One of the Many Service Station Signs Off the Freeway Reflecting Gas Shortage in the Portland Area 06/1973" Photo by David Falconer
"Gasoline Dealers in Oregon Displayed Signs Explaining the Flag Policy During the Fuel Crisis in the Winter of 1973-74" Photo by David Falconer
"Oregon Still Had Scattered Gasoline Problems in May, 1974. A Downtown Station in Portland Shows a Sign Saying the Day's Allocation Is Sold Out. A Bicycler Uses an Alternate Method of Transportation 05/1974" Photo by David Falconer