A Good Day at the BBC

What unique event took place on the British Broadcasting System on Good Friday in 1930?

Wouldn’t You Like to Be A Pepper Too?

The U.S. Patent Office recognizes December 1, 1885, as the first time Dr Pepper was served. Coca-Cola was introduced a year later. Dr. Pepper was originally created by Charles Alderton, a pharmacist in Morrison’s Old Corner Drug Store in Waco, Texas, who gave the formula to Morrison, who named it Dr. Pepper. The formula for Dr Pepper is a trade secret, and supposedly the recipe is kept as two separate halves in safety deposit boxes in separate banks in Dallas, Texas.

The Original Sex Pistol

Because Dr. Westheimer was short (1.40 metres tall), she was trained as a scout and sniper. She was seriously wounded in action by an exploding shell during the Israeli War of Independence in 1948 and was unable to walk for several months as a result of her injuries. Never having lost her sense of humor (or her skills) she once famously remarked: “I could hit the target smack in the center further away than anyone could believe. Not just that, even though I was tiny and not even much of an athlete, I was incredibly accurate throwing hand grenades too. Even today I can load a Sten automatic rifle in a single minute, blindfolded.”

Dr. Ruth . . . Really?

Karola Ruth Siegel was born in Germany in 1928, the only child of an Orthodox Jewish couple. In 1939, after her father had been taken by the Nazis, her mother and grandmother sent her to Switzerland. She never saw her family again, as her mother and grandmother died in the Holocaust. When she was 17 years old, Holocaust survivor and world renowned sex therapist, media personality and author, Dr. Ruth Westheimer emigrated to then British-controlled Mandatory Palestine and joined the Haganah in Jerusalem. What was she trained to do?

Spelling Beeeeee

What word in the English language has only one vowel which occurs 6 times (not counting ‘y’ as a vowel)?

A Newfangled Potato Chip

Fredric Baur invented Pringles and the Pringles’ can and when he passed away in 2008, his ashes were buried in one. Pringles are sold in more than 140 countries around the world and were originally developed by Baur who worked as a chemist for Procter & Gamble. P&G wanted to create the perfect chip, mainly due to complaints about broken, greasy, stale chips, and the air in the bags. Baur created Pringles’ saddle shape from fried dough and the storage can to go with it, but couldn’t figure out how to make them taste good. Another P&G researcher ultimately did improve on the taste and Gene Wolfe, a mechanical engineer-author known for science fiction and fantasy novels, developed the machine that cooks them into their consistent saddle shape, which is mathematically known as a hyperbolic paraboloid. P&G started marketing them in 1967 and sold the brand to Kellogg’s in 2012.