Ferrari : Top Unknown Amazing facts and everything else you need to know

Ten fun facts about Ferrari

Fact 1:
The world’s fastest Ferrari, the F60, was debuted in April 2002.

Fact 2:
Maserati which was once Ferrari's bitterest rival, now is run on a Ferrari engine for Fiat.

Fact 3:
The most popular Ferraris have always been the two-seated Gran Turismos.

Fact 4:
The Ferrari Owner's club has 18 chapters around the world.

Fact 5:
The black prancing horse in the famous Ferrari logo was originally the symbol of Count Francesco Baracca, a flying ace in the Italian air force.

Fact 6:
Ferrari of Italy is the oldest and most successful team left in the Formula One championship.

Fact 7:
The cheapest component in a Ferrari car is a 3 c washer.

Fact 8:
The most expensive Ferrari ever sold was 1957 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa.

Fact 9:
The Ferrari has been featured in many films and television shows.

Fact 10:
Ferrari won 25 championship titles in a 500 F2.

A Ten-Year-Old Boy's Love of Racing

Enzo Ferrari, racing for Alfa Romeo (Image: Ferrari)
In 1908, Enzo Ferrari's father took him and his older brother to a race in Bologna. There, he became smitten with racing and wanted to become a race car driver. Ferrari's dream became reality in 1919, when he made his racing debut at the age of 21.
2. Enzo Ferrari was a Mule Shoer
During World War I, Enzo was a blacksmith and mule-shoer for the Italian army.
3. The H1N1 Connection
If you think that the current H1N1/Swine Flu is a new thing, think again: the Influenza virus H1N1 that you hear about all over the news today is the descendant of the virus responsible for the 1918 Spanish Flu pandemic that killed as many as 100 million people worldwide.
In 1916, Enzo's father and brother died during an Italian flu outbreak, and in 1918, Enzo himself was stricken with the disease and almost died. Enzo was discharged from the Italian army but upon returning to his home in Modena, he discovered that his family's metal engineering firm had collapsed.
Enzo had to look for a job. When Fiat turned him down, he found a job as a test-driver for a small carmaker called CMN. A year later, his friend got him a job at Alfa Romeo as a race car driver. About ten years later, he started his own racing team, Scuderia ("stable") Ferrari.
4. Enzo was a Bad Ass
In 1919, while driving through the mountains of southern Italy to go to a race, Enzo Ferrari and fellow racer Ugo Sivocci were trapped by deep snow. They were going to be attacked by a pack of wolves but Enzo scared them off with a revolver that he kept with him at all times. They made the race. (Source)
5. Origin of Prancing Horse Logo

Francesco Baracca (c. June 1918)
The black prancing horse in the famous Ferrari logo was originally the symbol of Count Francesco Baracca, a flying ace in the Italian air force during World War I.
In 1923, Enzo Ferrari met Baracca's mother, Countess Paolina, who asked that he use the horse on his cars for good luck. It must've worked for Ferrari though Baracca didn't fare so well: his plane was shot down and he was killed in action at the age of 30.

1. Enzo Ferrari was born on February 18, 1898, outside Modena. His grandpa was a food wholesaler, his dad Alfredo a metal-basher in the local railway workshops. 

2. Enzo saw his first race at age 10, and could drive at 13. He was invalided out of the army during World War II; neither his father nor brother survived it.

3. In 1920, Alfa Romeo employed him as a team driver, and he came second in that year’s Targa Florio. In 1929, he switched from driving to administration, undertaking management of Alfa’s racing team. 

4. One of Ferrari’s stranger Alfa projects was the Bimotore, a single-seater with engines at both ends. It was fast but temperamental. 

5. When he wasn’t living, breathing, eating and sleeping sports and racing cars, Enzo relaxed by riding his beloved – and British – Rudge motorcycle. 

6. By 1940, Enzo’s private company Auto Avio Costruzione had built a Fiat-based sports car. Alberto Ascari drove it in the 1940 Mille Miglia. It led its class until blowing up. Ferrari blamed the Fiat parts… 

7. The first Ferrari car proper appeared in 1947, the Tipo 125. Its V12 engine was designed by Giaochino Columbo, and it was made at Maranello, a factory outside Modena backed partly by Mussolini so Ferrari could make tools for his war machine. 

8. Ferrari had only one son – officially: Alfredino, or “Dino,” born in 1932. He died of muscular dystrophy in 1956, and his grieving papa visited his grave almost daily afterwards. 

9. Enzo had, however, more than one woman. He divided his time between wife Laura and mistress Lina Lardi… with whom he had another son, Piero. When Laura died in 1978, Ferrari’s second family moved into his vast, somber villa. 

10. The first Ferrari race victory was in a minor event at Rome’s Caracalla circuit in 1947. The driver was Franco Cortese. 

11. The first Grand Prix a Ferrari won was the 1949 Swiss GP, where Alberto Ascari drove a supercharged 125. 

12. Also in 1949, a Ferrari took the first of nine Le Mans victories for the marque, including six in a row over 1960-’65. 

13. Cultivating his own enigmatic image, Enzo took to wearing sunglasses in public during the 1950s and did so until he died – even when interviewed indoors! 

14. Ferrari’s “prancing horse” logo was given to Enzo by Countess Baracca, whose late World War I flying ace son Francesco had used it as his emblem. Ferrari changed its background color from white to yellow, and created an icon. 

15. Mr. Ferrari’s nickname, Il Commendatore or The Commander, is thought to originate from an honor bestowed upon him by Italy’s fascist king Victor Emmanuel III. 

16. Enzo’s mother Adalgisa and wife Laura hated each other, but that didn’t stop Enzo from buying a large villa in Modena and giving them half each to live in. Adalgisa Ferrari died in 1965 after, apparently, choking on a boiled egg. 

17. One of the ugliest Ferrari road cars ever was also the only one bodied in Britain. A 166 was given ungainly Abbott coachwork in 1954. 

18. For all his brilliance, Enzo Ferrari was volatile and prickly. His longtime chief designer and engineer Mauro Forghieri once said: “As a businessman he is excellent, as a human being he is a zero.” 

19. Ferrari driver Mike Hawthorn was the first Brit to win a Championship GP when he beat Fangio’s Mercedes in 1953 at the French GP. 

20. Hawthorn was devastated when Ferrari team-mate Peter Collins was killed at the Nürburgring in 1958. World Champion Hawthorn decided to retire, but died in a road accident just months later. 

21. The Testa Rossa name, Italian for redhead, was given first to the 3-liter V12 engine in 1958 because its camshaft covers were painted red. It was revived in 1984 for a mid-engined supercar. 

22. Ford tried to buy Ferrari for $18 million in 1963 but the deal collapsed when the Americans refused to cede Enzo total control over the racing program. Ford responded by producing the GT40. 

23. Phil Hill’s Dino 246 won the 1960 Italian GP – the last major victory for a front-engined GP car. 

24. Colonel Ronnie Hoare became Britain’s Ferrari importer in 1960, when he established Maranello Concessionaires at his Egham garage. 

25. Tractor tycoon Ferruccio Lamborghini only decided to make a supercar of his own after complaints about the quality of his Ferrari were met with frosty indifference by Enzo. 

26. The ASA was a pint-size Testa Rossa designed by Ferrari engineer Giotto Bizzarrini in 1958. It could do 113mph. However, the prohibitive price meant that in three years just 52 were sold. 

27. The 1968 Daytona – or, more formally, the 365GTB/4 – disappointed some because it was front-engined when the vogue was for mid-mounted engines. At 174mph, it was still the world’s fastest car. 

28. The Dino 246GT was unique in that nowhere on the car did the word Ferrari appear. Supposed to be the affordable “junior” marque, the $15,535 Dino was three times costlier than a Jaguar XJ6 in 1969. 

29. Fiat bought Ferrari in 1969, taking a 40% stake that eventually increased to 90%. This still left Enzo in charge of the racing side while Fiat controlled road car production. 

30. Almost all roadgoing Ferraris since the mid-1950s have been styled by Pininfarina. The 1973 308GT4 is the only one designed by Bertone. 

31. The first Ferrari 308GTB came with glass-fiber bodywork but was soon remade in steel because it was so fragile. 

32. The 1976 400GT was the first Ferrari to be made with an automatic gearbox. 

33. Ferrari considered making a four-door car in 1980. Pininfarina‘s “Pinin” concept saloon won critical acclaim but Enzo vetoed it. 

34. The most expensive Ferrari ever is a 250GTO which reputedly changed hands privately for nearly $15 million. A similar car was sold at auction in 1990 by Sotheby’s for £6.35m ($11,303,000). 

35. When the Ferrari F40 was launched in 1987 to celebrate the marque’s first four decades it was, at $316,895, the most expensive car on sale in Britain. 

36. In the early hours of August 14, 1988, Enzo Ferrari passed away peacefully in his sleep. He was 90. 

37. The Tipo 640 of 1989 pioneered semi-automatic transmission in F1, adding wheel-mounted “paddles” for up and down. Nigel Mansell won the Brazilian GP on its first outing. 

38. Ferrari was the first team to notch up 100 GP wins when Alain Prost won the 1990 French. At Belgium two years later, Ferrari entered its 500th Championship race. 

39. The best-selling Ferrari models ever are the 2000-’05 360 Modena/360 Spider, with 17,500 sold. However, the best-selling single Ferrari model for which a precise figure is available is the 1986-’89 328GTS, at 6068. 

40. The factory today offers 16 standard colors but can provide any paint used on a previous model. A 10-paint “historic” range is now offered for the 612 Scaglietti. 

41. Although perceived as exclusive, some Ferraris are surprisingly numerous; between 1987 and ’92, 1315 F40s were made, while 1284 “ultra-rare” Ferrari Daytonas were built in 1968-’73. 

42. In 1985 a Ferrari 250LM brochure fetched an astounding $1,391 at a Christie’s auction in Monaco – still a world record. 

43. Ferrari engines have been used in other cars. The Lancia Stratos, Lancia Thema 8.32 and Fiat Dino all have Maranello power, while Cooper, Minardi and Scuderia Italia have used the company’s F1 engines, as did the Lancia D50 single-seater. 

44. Enzo Ferrari hated Britain’s Grand Prix “industry.” So the Brits chuckled when the Ferrari F1 chassis design HQ moved to Guildford to be nearer the sport’s epicentre in 1988. 

45. Ferrari’s president today, Luca di Montezemolo, is part of the Fiat-owning Agnelli family. From 1973 to ’77 he was Enzo Ferrari’s personal assistant, effectively running the F1 team at just 26, and masterminded Niki Lauda’s World Championship quest. 

46. The F50 was Ferrari’s half-century celebration, and just 349 were made – at a retail price of $557,000 each. It could do 202mph and hit 60mph in 3.7sec. 

47. Blues guitarist Chris Rea was so fascinated by German Count Wolfgang von Trips and the “sharknose” Ferrari in which he died in 1961, he financed a movie about them, La Passione (1997). 

48. Can’t afford to buy a Ferrari? Don’t worry – you can hire one. Pingvin Avto rents out a F-355 Spyder for a cost of 25,000 rubles per day. 

49. Cheesiest Ferrari role: Tony Curtis driving a 246GT in TV’s The Persuaders; naffest Ferrari appearance in a pop song: Big Red GTO by Sinitta. 

50. There are more Ferrari books in print than on any other marque except Porsche, according to London bookshop Motorbooks. It stocks over 100 new titles, ranging from £4.95 ($10) for the glossy Cavallino journal to £35.99 ($72) for Dino: The V6 Ferrari by Brian Long. 

51. Between 1997 and 2005, Maserati was managed by Ferrari, but Fiat has since transferred it to the same division as Alfa Romeo. 

52. Ferrari’s model naming system was traditionally rooted in logic: the first official model, the 125, was so-called because 125 was the cubic-centimeter capacity of one cylinder. Starting with the 246 Dino, though, the company’s smaller cars went their own way: “24” stood for a 2.4-litre engine while “6” was the number of cylinders. This continued through the 308 and 328 models until the 348 (3.4-liter, eight-cylinder), but the F355 meant 3.5-liter and five-valves-per-cylinder. 

53. In the mid-1950s, racing cars took a different route: “Tipo 158” stood for “1.5-liter, 8-cylinder” and “1512” meant “1.5-litre, 12-cylinder.” The late-’80s 640 and 641 F1 cars were named simply from their drawing office project numbers. 

54. The cheapest replacement component Ferrari GB stocks costs 5p, a washer to attach an undertray. The most expensive is a 599GTB Fiorano replacement engine: $64,418. But that includes VAT. 

55. Sotheby’s knocked down a driveable 1964 330GT for just $13,000 in 1985: the cheapest example it’s ever sold, around half its estimate, and the cost of a new Ford Granada then. 

56. There have been 13 British Ferrari team drivers: Cliff Allison, Derek Bell, Tony Brooks, Peter Collins, Mike Hawthorn, Eddie Irvine, Nigel Mansell, Mike Parkes, Reg Parnell, Roy Salvadori, John Surtees, Peter Whitehead and Jonathan Williams. 

57. Ferrari has seen peerless success in Formula One, boasting the most Constructors’ Championships, Drivers’ Championships, pole positions and outright wins. 

58. The worst F1 season for Ferrari was 1980, when it scored eight constructor points; 2004 was the high-point, when by contrast it grabbed 262 points. 

59. The most powerful roadgoing Ferrari ever is the 660bhp Enzo, but today’s 612bhp 599GTB Fiorano is the 11th most powerful road car of all time, following the 10th-placed 617bhp Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren. 

60. In 2006, Ferrari sold 5671 cars – 635 of them in the UK. One V12-engined car is sold for every three V8s.

Google Maps : Everything you need to know + Top amazing facts about it

Almost everyone who has planned a road trip or looked for an aerial view of his/her childhood home or searched for public transit updates has used Google Maps, as this free tool allows to look at street maps, decide between routes, locate businesses and even navigate streets in 3D.

But do you know about the secret technologies behind Google Maps? Let us take a look on behind-the-scenes facts about Google Maps.

14. Google Maps has accumulated huge data

Combining satellite, aerial and street level imagery, Google Maps has over 20 petabytes of data, which is equal to approximately 21 million gigabytes, or around 20,500 terabytes. 15% is the usage share of the Google Maps API, currently the most used API tracked by ProgrammableWeb.

13. How often are the images renewed?

Aerial and satellite images are updated every two weeks depending on data availability. Street View images are updated as quickly as possible depending on factors such as weather, driving conditions.

12. How Google hides Private areas in Google Maps?

Those who own the satellites that Google uses may choose to blur certain areas before the satellite and aerial images reach Google. Also, governments can make the satellite owners to blur certain sensitive geographical areas. Street View imagery is only available for public roads and private venues through the Street View Partner Program.

11. China shows some part of India as their own

China has its own localized version of Google Maps named as Google Ditu. In order to be compliant with the requirements of Chinese law, Google had to remove or modify some Google Maps features in Google Ditu. Like it shows the disputed border areas between China and India as being part of China, while on Google Maps those disputed areas are shown inside dotted lines.

10. Zoom Level

The maximum zoom level in Google Maps is 23 which are available only in a small number of places. In most areas the zoom level stops at 20.

9. Who owns the satellites used for aerial views?

The satellite imagery for both Google Maps and Google Earth comes from a broad range of sources and third-party providers. The same information is available to anyone who licenses or purchases it from widely available public, government, commercial and private sector sources.

8. Google Maps monitor inappropriate content captured on Street View

According to a Google spokesperson, users occasionally report "odd or

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Manny Pacquiao - Top 5 facts and everything else you need to know

Just because Manny Pacquiao isn’t a household name in Britain, that doesn’t mean that he’s not popular elsewhere. As a matter of fact, Manny Pacquiao is one of the most popular people in the world. Following his second round destruction of Ricky Hatton last Saturday Manny Pacquiao has become the first boxer ever to win a lineal title in four lineal divisions.

He’s virtually a god in the Philippines, as he appears everywhere in Filipino pop culture, from the music scene to TV and movies. Manny Pacquiao is also known well in Mexico, as he’s left a graveyard of Mexican boxing greats in his trail -- enough to earn him the nickname “The Mexicutioner.”

As he continues to destroy everything in his path, it is beginning to look like Manny Pacquiao may not only be one of the best of his generation; he may in fact be one of the best of all time.

Here is a list of five things you didn’t know about Manny Pacquiao:

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One of the giants to survive the dotcom crash, is as much of a landmark on the web as the Eiffel Tower is to Paris. In 16 years, "Wall Street Wunderkind" Jeff Bezos has grown the business from a tiny startup operating on second-hand computers in his garage to a global company with 12 major retail websites. may account for around a third of all U.S. ecommerce sales, boast over 33,000 employees around the world and own such big names as IMDB,, Woot and LOVEFiLM, but how much do you really know about the web's largest retailer?
We've dug deep and found 10 fascinating facts about the etailing behemoth that you may not know. Take a look through the slide show and let us know in the comments any tidbits you find interesting.

Nanophotonic - Everything you need to know

Nanophotonic - Definition
Nanophotonics is the  the branch of nanotechnology that deals with the study and behaviour of light and optics at nano meter scale.It directly deals with the optics and widely used in optic engineering.Interactions and sub wavelength of various substances are calculated with the help of nanophotonics.It include all the phenomenas that are used in optical sciences for the development of optical devices.

How nanophotonic system works
Nanophotonics works collectively with many components each for different purpose but ones output beocmes input of the other component ,hence forming the chain of procedure.Follwoing are the components that are directly involved in nanophotonic systems.

Components of a nanophotonic system

  • Waveguides
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Pearl Harbor - Top amazing facts and everything else you did not know about it

General Pearl Harbor Facts

  • The attack on Pearl Harbor occurred on December 7, 1941.
  • The Japanese attacked the United States without warning.
  • The attack lasted 110 minutes, from 7:55 a.m. until 9:45 a.m.
  • A total of 2,335 U.S. servicemen were killed and 1,143 were wounded. Sixty-eight civilians were also killed and 35 were wounded.
  • The Japanese lost 65 men, with an additional soldier being captured.
  • Pearl Harbor is on the south side of the Hawaiian island of Oahu and is the home to a U.S. naval base.
  • The attack on Pearl Harbor brought the United States into World War II.

Japan and the Attack on Pearl Harbor

  • Plans for a surprise attack against the United States were begun as early as January of 1941.
  • Although it was Japanese Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto who initiated the plans for the attack against Pearl Harbor, Co

Metallica - Top 10 unknown facts you should know

Here are some facts that you may not know about the California group. Providing more neck sprains and moshpit injuries than any other band on the planet, Metallica are the messiahs who broke through the underground and made heavy metal popular in the commercial world.
1. In their 29 years active, Metallica have had 4 bassists: Ron McGovney (1982), Cliff Burton (1982-1986), Jason Newsted (1986-2001), and Rob Trujillo (2003-current).
2. Metallica’s first ever single was ‘Whiplash’ from their 1983 album Kill ‘Em All.
3. Drummer Lars Ulrich’s father is the acclaimed former tennis pro Torben Ulrich.
4. Out of the 10 tracks on 2008’s Death Magnetic, 6 of them have already been released as singles.
5. Lead singer/guitarist James Hetfield was born on the 3rd August 1963.
6. The band has released 9 studio albu

SWYPE - Everything you need to know (includes Advanced Tips and shortcuts)

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One-Letter Words
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One-Letter Words
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CFL Facts and Myths and Everything thay your should know

There is increasing interest in replacing incandescent lamps with compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) as one means of reducing energy consumption and the generation of greenhouse gasses that contribute to global warming.  One example of this is that legislators in both California and Australia have proposed bills that would ban the use of incandescent lamps.

On the flip side, consumers have raised a number of questions and concerns regarding the operation, use, and safety of CFLs. These range from the perception of poor color, concerns about flickering, questions about the life of CFLs when they are turned on and off frequently, questions about the performance of CFLs used outdoors in cold weather and concerns about the mercury used in fluorescent lamps and their proper disposal.

The goal of this site is to provide answers to a wide range of questions about CFLs in a Question & Answer format.   The site does not recommend or discuss specific products or manufacturers.  Most of the information provided s

SMS - Top amazing but unknown facts

The first text was sent from an Orbitel 901. Contract engineer Neil Papworth wrote “Merry Christmas” to Vodafone colleague Richard Jarvis. It was December 3rd, 1992. Owing to technological restrictions, he had to use a PC to send the message. Jarvis was unable to reply.
Phones did not have the ability to compose SMS messages until Nokia introduced the feature to its range in 1993. Texts couldn’t be sent between different networks in the UK until 1999.
By 1994, traffic on the GSM network was still light. For every two GSM users, one text was sent per month.
The UK led the texting revolution, thumbing out a billion texts a month by February 2001.
Britons now send an average of 50 texts a week, a figure dwarfed by Filipinos, who send an average of 27 texts per day.
In 1995, texting was made faster (or more confusing, depending on which side of the fence you sat) by the introduction of T9 – better known as predictive text.
A single 160 character text weighs in at 140 bytes.
In 2003, a Scottish teenager submitted a

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ThanksGiving - Interesting Fun Unknown Facts

In honor of Thanksgiving, here are 11 strange, weird, interesting and obscure facts about some of the most popular Thanksgiving traditions.
  1. The Pilgrims may not have eaten turkey... but they definitely ate a ton of shrimp and deer. At the first Thanksgiving -- 1621 in Plymouth -- there's no hard evidence that anyone ate any turkey. In the best account of the first Thanksgiving (a book called "Mourt's Relations: A Journal of the Pilgrims at Plymouth" by a colonist named Edward Winslow), there's no mention at all of turkey.

    Edward Winslow (not to be confused with Eddie Winslow, the oft-immature brother on "Family Matters" played by Darius McCrary) does say that that the Pilgrims ate "wild fowl"... but that could mean duck, geese, whatever.

    What did the pilgrims eat? A lot of venison (deer) and shellfish.

    If you're wondering how turkey became associated with Thanksgiving, it's because of two factors. One: Wild turkeys were all over New England back then, so they were an easy option. And two: Turkeys were extremely practical. A turkey was a good family meat because one bird can serve a lot of people. And they don't produce milk like cows or eggs like chickens, so they didn't have another utility to the colonists.
  2. Thanksgiving wasn't an official public holiday until Lincoln. This is pretty incredible, and I had absolutely no idea. Thanksgiving wasn't an official public holiday until Lincoln took a break from, ya know, Civil War to make it one in 1863.

    Before 1863, presidents would either declare it a holiday or not, based on how they were feeling. Thomas Jefferson never proclaimed a Thanksgiving celebration. James Madison proclaimed a couple, but neither of them was in the fall. And so it went until Lincoln stepped up and made it an official holiday on an official date.
  3. The first Thanksgiving involved no cranberry sauce or sweet potatoes. The Pilgrims ate cranberries, but not cranberry sauce. Cranberries were everywhere, and easy. But sugar... which is arguably an even more important ingredient in cranberry sauce than the cranberries themselves... was a huge luxury good at the time. Also... historical evidence doesn't make any reference to cranberry sauce until 1663, an entire generation later than the first Thanksgiving.

    Sweet potatoes also were absent from the first Thanksgiving... because there weren't any to be found. The Pilgrims didn't have access to any potatoes, sweet or regular, so they had a completely potato-free diet.
  4. The Detroit Lions are the reason there's football on Thanksgiving. The Detroit Lions are also the reason a lot of other teams have gotten easy wins on Thanksgiving.

    Anyhoo, the NFL games that are now an indispensable part of Thanksgiving started back in 1934. That year, a guy named G.A. Richards bought the franchise... which, at the time, was called the Portsmouth (Ohio) Spartans... and moved it to Detroit. In order to compete with the Tigers for a market share of Detroit's sports fans, he had to get creative.

    So he decided to schedule one of their games that season for Thanksgiving, against the defending world champion Chicago Bears. The game sold out, it was broadcast nationwide on NBC radio, it was a huge success... and the tradition stuck.

    The Lions have played 67 home games on Thanksgivings and are 33-32-2. (With the clock ticking on loss 33 as the Titans go to Detroit tomorrow.) The only years off were six years during World War Two.
  5. Pumpkin pie didn't become a staple until the second Thanksgiving. There's no mention of pumpkin pie at the first Thanksgiving, and it would've been tough to pull off... the butter, flour and sugar for the crust were all in short supply.

    But there IS a record of pumpkin pie at the second Thanksgiving where, apparently, some Pilgrims decided that it was worth paying more money and allocating scarce ingredients to have pumpkin pie.

    I personally don't think that was a good choice. To me, pumpkin pie is simply a whipped cream delivery system (much like how French fries are a ketchup delivery system). Thanksgiving desserts always let me down. I am shaking my head in frustrated anger that the Pilgrims decided to go with pumpkin pie and make that the tradition, instead of being smart and using their supplies to whip up an ice cream cake. Preferably a Cold Stone or Dairy Queen one.

  6. Who could forget such iconic cartoon characters as Cheesasaurus Rex?
    The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade used to use live animals instead of floats.Macy's started their parade in 1924... with live animals. They borrowed a bunch from the Central Park Zoo and paraded them around New York. That went on for three years.

    Finally, in 1927, Goodyear stepped up and made Macy's a balloonshaped like Felix the Cat. Felix was the king of cartoon characters at the time. Any kids reading, he was iconic to the people then like the guy from "Go Diego, Go!" or whatever the hell crap you're watching these days is to you.

    The first Mickey Mouse balloon wasn't in the parade until 1934. A few other notably strange balloons: The Nestle Nesquick Bunny debuted in 1988; Sonic the Hedgehog in 1993; Izzy, the hideous mascot of the '96 Atlanta Olympics, in 1995; and Kraft's Cheesasaurus Rex in 2001.
  7. Green bean casserole is only 53 years old. To my generation, there is no such thing as life without green bean casserole. After all, it's classic American ingenuity: Take a healthy vegetable that doesn't taste that good, surround it with unhealthy ingredient after unhealthy ingredient and boom -- vegetables that we all want to eat.

    It's just another proud soldier standing beside fried zucchini, eggplant parmigiana, stuffed peppers, carrot cake, cornbread, marinara sauce and cucumbers a la mode.

    But I had no idea my parents lived without green bean casserole. What's now a Thanksgiving tradition wasn't even alive during the Truman years.

    The green bean casserole was founded in 1955 by the people at Campbell Soup. The official reason: They were just trying to make up new recipes for their annual Campbell's cookbook. The probable actual reason: They realized that no one is dumb enough to buy Cream of Mushroom soup without a good reason, so they got creative and it worked.

    Campbell's now estimates they sell $20 million worth of cream of mushroom just to people making green bean casseroles. (My estimate of the total sales combining that along with people buying it to enjoy the soup: $20,000,013.)
  8. Black Friday was created by department stores... Cyber Monday is a complete myth. Since the beginning of department stores there have been Christmas season sales. The term "Black Friday" started in the 1960s in Philadelphia which, for a long time, was the mall capital of the world. How do I know this? Mostly from the movie "Mannequin".

    The "black" in Black Friday refers to a store selling so much stuff that day that it gets its profits out of the red and into the black for the year.

    Now... Black Friday and its success has decades of hard numbers and empirical evidence to back it up. This whole Cyber Monday thing... where online retailers offer their big Christmas sales on the Monday following Thanksgiving... is a complete and utter myth.

    It's like when Hallmark wanted to sell more cards so they invented Sweetest Day. There's no evidence that people do more online shopping on the Monday after Thanksgiving than on any other day in the Christmas season. In fact, according to most studies, Mondays in December tend to see more online sales than that Monday in late November.

    But hey, by all means, go online on Monday and see if Amazon is willing to give you an extra five percent off of a tin of festive peanut brittle. You're not being manipulated at all.
  9. John Madden is not the creator of the turducken. John Madden may have popularized the turducken... and he may have a turducken accidentally tucked in one of his folds right now... but, despite popular belief, he's not the inventor.

    In fact, he's kind of like the Elvis of turducken... he took the idea from black people and made it popular.

    "National Geographic" found that the turducken (which, by the way, is a turkey stuffed with a duck stuffed with a chicken) was invented in southern Louisiana in the early '80s.

    Also, quick additional fact. While it's cool to do the three-bird stuff of the turducken, the world record for stuffing birds into other birds happened in France in the 1800s. A bustard (a large bird) was stuffed with a turkey, goose, pheasant, chicken, duck, guinea fowl, teal, woodcock, partridge, plover, lapwing, quail, thrush, lark, Ortolan Bunting and Garden Warbler. The Warbler inside of the Bunting was only the size of an olive.

    You can't make that anymore because a lot of those birds are now endangered or protected species.
  10. You're not the only one getting drunk with your high school friends tonight. The night before Thanksgiving is the single biggest day for bar sales in the United States. Bigger than New Year's Eve. Bigger than the Super Bowl. Even bigger than St. Patrick's Day.

    The big reason is that everyone descends on their hometowns... gets together with their old friends... and goes out to bars. (The more corny, faux-comedic reason is that people want to drink before they're stuck with their families on Thursday.)

    And it beats St. Patrick's Day because people don't just cram Irish bars, they cram all bars.

  11. Turkey is a mediocre source of tryptophan. Inevitably, during Thanksgiving dinner, someone takes a huge bite of turkey and laments, "Whoo, doggies. I'm going to be asleep soon, eating all this tryptophan."

    (Well, maybe they leave out the "whoo, doggies" part. But the sentiment remains.)

    Sadly... this is a myth. Turkey does contain tryptophan... but not that much.And its ratio of tryptophan to protein is rock bottom. Foods that have more tryptophan than turkey: Egg whites, cod, soybeans, Parmesan and cheddar cheese, sesame seeds, pork, chicken and caribou. (Caribou?)

    What really makes you tired after Thanksgiving dinner? (1) Eating a ton of food. (2) Alcohol. (3) You're lazy.
Happy Thanksgiving!


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