Street Etiquette

Jaywalking appears to come from Kansas (at least that’s where we find the first written evidence of use).  Initially people used the term”jay-driver,” to refer to a driver of carriages or vehicles who drove on the wrong side of the road. But then in The Kansas City Star, there is a line about pedestrians walking along the left, rather than the right side of the street, by noting that walking on the sidewalk would be easier if the pedestrians would  “. . . . . . . .  keep to the right and avoid collisions and being called a ‘jay walker.’” It seems the term really referred to proper walking technique on city streets and I am not sure if anyone really knows why it morphed into a reference to crossing the street in violation of the traffic laws.  That said, there are sources that assert the term “jay” was an old slang word for “foolish person.” We may never know for sure, but don’t jaywalk!


What is the actual proper name of the unkempt shaggy cartoon dog “Scooby-Doo”?

No News is Good News

On Good Friday in 1930, the BBC reported, “There is no news” and simply played piano music.

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?