In 1939, The New York Times predicted that television would never become popular, because the average family would never have enough free time to spend watching it.
A “Did you know?” - or DYK - is simply a fact, detail, or statistic that sticks in your mind for some reason and stays there. Most of these tidbits of information are not momentous, life- changing, or important in any way, but they are interesting, surprising, curious, or thought-provoking. A "Did you know” can be a great conversation starter or can help fill a lull in a discussion.
Here are a few DYKs you may find interesting.
Almost everyone has heard the tale of Johnny Appleseed. While it is true, Johnny Appleseed did plant thousands of apple trees across the frontier of the United States, he wasn’t planting them to provide tasty fruits to be eaten whole. No, as the story goes, he was actually planting them to be made into hard apple cider.
The chocolate chip cookie was invented by Ruth Graves Wakefield in the mid-1930s. She owned the Toll House Inn, a popular restaurant in Whitman, Massachusetts. Even today, every bag of Nestlé chocolate chips sold in the United States has her original recipe on it.
The great Bob Marley gave credit for “No Woman, No Cry” to a friend named Vincent Ford. His friend ran a soup kitchen and the singer/songwriter wanted to make sure the kitchen remained open. The royalty checks Ford received from the song ensured the survival and continual running of the soup kitchen until his death in 2008.
Beautiful Glass Beach, located on the California coast, was not always so scenic. It was a popular trash dump back in the early 20th century. But now, decades of ocean tides have turned old discarded bottles and other glass items that were once somebody’s unwanted rubbish into beautiful pebbles of sea glass now blanketing the area.