Saturday, January 5, 2008

10 Things I Didn't Know Last Week

1. The U.S. Office of Production Management prohibited the sale of new automobiles to civilians during World War II.

2. Albert Lamorisse, director of the film The Red Balloon, also invented the board game Risk.

3. There are sixteen paintings in the Dogs Playing Poker series by Cassius Coolidge.

4. The peace symbol turns fifty this year.

5. Six of the Food Network's top ten most-searched recipes last year were the creation of Paula Deen.

6. WD-40 dissolves cocaine.

7. Ed LaDou was the pioneer of the gourmet pizza.

8. Tina Brown asked Norman Mailer to write a letter on behalf of her green card application. He apparently obliged.

9. According to some, the living standard in the UK is set to surpass that in the US this year.

10. There is a cheap test available to see if you are a supertaster.

image via Jordan's etsy shop.


  1. No way on the UK thing -- forget dishwashers, they don't even have mixing taps! Never heard of a "mixing tap"? And a fish hasn't heard of water, either...

  2. Yeah, I should have said "There are those who say..." There are plenty of holes in the argument.