Category Archives: Fun Facts

WHY IS IT CALLED A “BLAZER”? AND WHY IS THE BEST ATHLETIC TEAM AT A SCHOOL CALLED THE “VARSITY”?

admin   February 1, 2016   Comments Off on WHY IS IT CALLED A “BLAZER”? AND WHY IS THE BEST ATHLETIC TEAM AT A SCHOOL CALLED THE “VARSITY”?

In the late 19th century, Cambridge University was one of the most eminent schools in England. The  sons of the rich and wealthy went there for their educations. Besides attending to their studies, students at Cambridge engaged in sporting activities which were offered for their health and entertainment. One of the most popular sports was competitive rowing (“sculling”). The members… Read more »

Why is it called a “leotard”?

Jerry Anderson   January 29, 2016   Comments Off on Why is it called a “leotard”?

The year 1842 was a significant one in French history because a child was born who would grow up to be a very active, energetic and athletic young man. His parents named him Jules. He grew up in the city of Toulouse, where his father operated a swimming pool and taught gymnastics. Jules was a handful and his parents had… Read more »

“Miss Goody Two Shoes.” Where does the term come from?

Jerry Anderson   January 21, 2016   Comments Off on “Miss Goody Two Shoes.” Where does the term come from?

Children’s books of the 1780s were very moralistic and were bought by parents in hope of instilling a behavioral message that would make an impression on their children. One of the most popular titles of the day was a children’s novel titled The History of Little Goody Two Shoes. Originally published in London in 1765, it remained a popular children’s book… Read more »

THE ORIGIN OF TEA.

Jerry Anderson   January 17, 2016   Comments Off on THE ORIGIN OF TEA.

Tea is the most popular beverage in the world. It is estimated that, world wide, 3 billion cups of tea are drunk each day. That translates into approximately 1 and 1/2 trillion cups a year! The only other liquid that humans on the planet drink more of is water. Where did tea come from? Its origin is shrouded in ancient… Read more »

A Fun Story About Benjamin Franklin: Founding Father With A Sense of Humor

Jerry Anderson   December 13, 2015   Comments Off on A Fun Story About Benjamin Franklin: Founding Father With A Sense of Humor

Travel was difficult and uncomfortable in the colonies during Benjamin Franklin’s day. Muddy roads, poor weather and traveling by horse made moving any great distance extremely problematic. Traveling through Rhode Island during a stretch of rainy, cold and damp weather Franklin reached an inn after many hours of harsh riding. The inn was crowded and many travelers and local people… Read more »