From Elevator Toilets to the Birth of Sliced Bread: This Week's Curios

Every day of the year, CEO Justin Kitch writes a quirky fact, known as the Daily Curio, intended to tickle the brains of lifelong learners everywhere. This is a weekly digest.

Last week's Curios covered stealing the Declaration of Independence," the 87th birthday of sliced bread, and Japan's plans for elevator toilets.

Curio #727 | Elevator toilets?
You probably know that Japan has a national fixation with high tech toilets. Well, now they are planning on putting them in elevators. Of course. Japan's infrastructure ministry announced last month the country's elevators may soon have two new requirements: toilets and running water. In earthquake-prone Japan...keep reading

Curio #726 | Mr. Roger's neighborly habits
Fred Rogers was all about routines. From 1968 until 2001, Fred Rogers was the star of the television show Mister Roger's Neighborhood. And the show barely changed over those 33 years. Every episode, Mr. Rogers would come into his home, take off his coat, hang it in the closet, put on a zippered cardigan, and change from dress shoes into sneakers. Not surprisingly, Rogers was a creature of habit in his real life too. Every morning...keep reading

Curio #725 | Better bagels
In the bagel world, everyone agrees New York City has the best bagels. Fans claim there's something in the water that makes NYC bagels uniquely delicious. But water quality probably doesn't explain why it's hard to get a good bagel in the rest of the country. Water chemistry definitely plays a role, but...keep reading

Curio #724 | Happy 87th to the greatest invention ever!
exactly 87 years ago, the greatest thing ever was invented: sliced bread! On July 7, 1928 the Chillicothe Baking Company of Missouri sold the first package of pre-sliced bread. It may seem silly today, but for consumers in the 1920s it was life changing...keep reading

Curio #723 | Mail bites
According the US Postal Service creed, "neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night" will prevent delivery of the 155 billion pieces of mail the US Postal Service delivers annually. But notice the creed doesn't say anything about dogs. Dogs attacking postal workers may sound cliché, but it's a real problem for...keep reading

Curio #722 | A chemical romance
If you are a fan of fireworks (like the ones many of our American readers saw last night), then you are a fan of pyrotechnical chemical reactions. The first firework was set off over a thousand years ago by a Chinese monk who stuffed a piece of bamboo with gunpowder, and threw it into a fire. Modern fireworks are remarkably similar...keep reading

Curio #721 | Protecting independence
If you've ever considered stealing the Declaration of Independence, like in the movie National Treasure... don't. It isn't nearly as easy as Nicolas Cage made it look. Displayed at the U.S. National Archives in D.C., the document is one of the most important in the history of democracy, alongside the Magna Carta. But believe it or not....keep reading

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