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Did You Know? - History

  • Did you know Coca-Cola originally contained cocaine
  • Did you know the Internet was originally called ARPANet (Advanced Research Projects Agency Network) designed by the US department of defense
  • Did you know the first Burger King was opened in Florida Miami in 1954
  • Did you know Australia was originally called New Holland
  • Did you know in 1878 the first telephone book made contained only 50 names
  • Did you know Coca Cola launched its 3rd product Sprite in 1961
  • Did you know paper originated from China
  • Did you know instant coffee was invented in 1901
  • Did you know the word 'testify' derived from a time when men were required to swear on their testicles
  • Did you know tennis was originally played with bare hands
  • Did you know the Olympic flag was designed in 1913
  • Did you know the electric toothbrush was invented in 1939
  • Did you know Isaac Newton invented the cat door
  • Did you know the Titanic was built in Belfast
  • Did you know Hawaii was originally called the Sandwich Islands
  • Did you know the doorbell was invented in 1831
  • Did you know The first English dictionary was written in 1755
  • Did you know the first city to reach 1 million was London
  • Did you know Tokyo was once known as Edo
  • Did you know the tea bag was invented in 1908
  • Did you know plastic bottles were first used for soft drinks in 1970
  • Did you know the $ sign was introduced in 1788
  • Did you know the term 'disc jockey' was first used in 1937
  • Did you know the first train reached a top speed of only 8 kmh (5 mph)
  • Did you know New York was once called New Amsterdam
  • Did you know Hawaii officially became apart of the US in 1900
  • Did you know New York's Central Park was opened in 1876
  • Did you know the word old English word 'juke' meaning dancing lends its name to the juke box
  • Did you know the first rugby club was formed in 1843
  • Did you know the yo-yo was originally used as a weapon for hunting the in the Philippines
  • Did you know draughts (checkers) is older than chess
  • Did you know the first metered taxi was introduced in 1907
  • Did you know the Chinese used fingerprints as a method of identification as far back as AD 700
  • Did you know the revolving door was invented in 1888
  • Did you know Sir Isaac Newton was 23 when he discovered the law of gravity
  • Did you know the drinking straw was invented in 1886
  • Did you know paper money was first used in China
  • Did you know Leonardo Da Vinci invented scissors
  • Did you know all of the cobble stones used to line the streets in New York were originally stones found in the hulls of Belgian ships ballast
  • Did you know Diet Coke was introduced in 1982
  • Did you know Shakespeare invented the words 'assassination' and 'bump'
  • Did you know there is no proof as to who built the Taj Mahal
  • Did you know that in the 17th century the value of pi was known to 35 decimal places (today to 1.2411 trillion)
  • Did you know it took Leonardo Da Vinci 10 years to paint Mona Lisa
  • Did you know the atomic symbol for iron is Fe (the original name for iron was Ferric)
  • Did you know the ancient Greeks first grew carrots as a form of medicine and not a food
  • Did you know originally in 1886 Coca Cola was introduced as an 'intellectual beverage' to boost brain power
  • Did you know the first place in the world to allow women to vote New Zealand
  • Did you know the first parachute jump from plane was in 1918 over France
  • Did you know the first US coast to coast aeroplane flight occurred in 1911 and took 49 days
  • Did you know before 1863 the postal service in the US was free
  • Did you know the first taxi service began in New York in 1907
  • Did you know Pez was invented in 1927
  • Did you know the first toothbrush was invented in 1498
  • Did you know before 1850 golf balls were made of leather and were stuffed with feathers
  • Did you know Superman dates back to June 1938 (he first appeared in Action Comics No. 1)
  • Did you know the Colgate toothpaste company started out making starch, soap, and candles
  • Did you know most dinosaurs lived to be more than 100 years old
  • Did you know the first city to mint its own gold coins was Florence, Italy in 1252
  • Did you know women were not allowed to vote in France until 1944
  • Did you know the world's first paved streets were laid in Rome in 170 B.C.
  • Did you know dinosaurs lived on Earth for over 165 million years before they became extinct
  • Did you know jellyfish have been on Earth for over 650 million years
  • Did you know sharks have been on Earth for over 400 million years
  • Did you know the game of Tug-of-war was an Olympic sport from 1900-1920
  • Did you know Nintendo first produced playing cards
  • Did you know England's Stonehenge is over 5,000 years old
  • Did you know the first ground vacuum packed coffee was first introduced in 1900
  • Did you know Disneyland opened in 1955
  • Did you know the 1st full length animated film was released by Disney Studios in 1937 (it was Snow White and the seven dwarfs)
  • Did you know the hamburger was invented in 1900
  • Did you know Hawaii officially became apart of the US on June 14 1900
  • Did you know the dollar was established as the official currency of the US in 1785
  • Did you know in 1900 the average life span in the US was 47
  • Did you know flushable toilets were in use in ancient Rome
  • Did you know the first credit card was a Diner's Club card issued in 1950
  • Did you know the world's first roller coaster opened in 1884 at Coney Island New York
  • Did you know England's first great industry was wool
  • Did you know mapping is older than writing
  • Did you know the corkscrew was invented in 1890
  • Did you know the original name of Bank of America was Bank of Italy
  • Did you know the winter of 1932 was so cold that Niagara Falls froze over completely
  • Did you know the typewriter was invented in 1829
  • Did you know the dishwasher was invented in 1889
  • Did you know the wristwatch was invented in 1904
  • Did you know the oldest cockroach fossils are over 280 million years old