…that Richard Nixon refused to release his golf scores to a Senate committee in 1974, instead sending an audio tape of Henry Kissinger reading from the allegedly original scorecards?

…that the saxophone was invented as an agricultural implement?

…that King Alfred the Great wrote a three-volume novel entitled Miss Whorple’s Confession, but it was rejected by his publisher as being not commercial enough?

…that the Internet was originally designed to make sure the Department of Defense had access to the national strategic stockpile of cat pictures even in the event of a nuclear war?

…that up to six crows are called a “murder,” but seven or more are called a “strategic interdiction”?


  1. Clay Potts says:

    Clearsil was introduced to the market in 1951, however, initial sales were so minimal, due to store owners’ reluctance to stock their shelves with the new product, the company was forced to begin giving free tubes to store owners, with the agreement they would purchase more tubes if the free ones sold. Slowly, sales improved and continued to grow annually. However, it was not until 1957, when Clearsil became a sponsor of American Band Stand, with its commercials being delivered by Dick Clark, that sales soared and Clearsil became a household word.

    Coinsidently or not, also in 1957, teen birth rates jumped to their highest level in the period from 1940 through 2008.

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