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Twin Popsicle ice pops became available during The Great Depression so that two kids could share it and pay only one nickel

The Popsicle® brand has been a household name in America for many years.

Popsicle® was accidentally invented in 1905 by Frank Epperson when he was 11 years old. He left a mixture of powdered soda, water, and a stirring stick in a cup on his porch during an exceptionally cold night, and found the frozen pop the next day.

It was an instant hit. Later, when he had kids of his own, they kept on asking for their dad’s ‘icicle’, but they always said “Pop’s ‘sicle,” so he changed the name from ‘Epsicle’ to Popsicle® in 1923 and applied for a patent.

During The Great Depression, times were very hard and of course Popsicle® became a luxury. To allow more kids to still enjoy the treat despite the financially difficult time, the Twin Popsicle® ice pop was invented. This meant that two kids could share an ice pop and only pay one nickel!

During WWII Popsicle® ice pops were chosen as the symbol of American life by the Eighth Air Force Unit. That is how much the brand was already ingrained in American society.

The very first “ice cream man” sold Popsicle® ice pops from a horse-drawn cart to children in Nebraska.


The movie 'There Will Be Blood' interfered with the filming of 'No Country For Old Men' because the smoke from the one spoiled a shot in the other!

The two films ‘No Country For Old Men’ and ‘There Will Be Blood’ were considered by many to be the best movies produced in 2007 and they were both filmed at location in Texas.

‘No Country For Old Men’ was being filmed in Marfa, Texas and ‘There Will Be Blood’ was shooting nearby.

Everything was going smoothly, but when directors Joel Coen and Ethan Coen were filming a wide shot for No Country For Old Men, a huge cloud of black smoke suddenly appeared and spoiled the shot!

Unaware of the fact that he was spoiling the other film crew’s shot, director for There Will Be Blood, Paul Thomas Anderson, was busy testing the pyrotechnics of a scene where gushing oil catches alight and turns into an enormous fiery red furnace, with black smoke billowing into the air.

This was the smoke that interfered with the Coens’ shot, and the filming of No Country For Old Men had to be put on hold for an entire day, allowing the smoke of the test to clear first.

No Country For Old Men won three Academy Awards including Best Picture, Best Actor in a Supporting Role, Best Director and Best Writing Adapted Screenplay.

There Will Be Blood won Academy Awards for Best Actor and Best Cinematography.


There is a town in Nebraska with a population of 1!

Czech immigrants looking to have their own version of the American Dream founded Monowi, Nebraska 1902. Today, what was once a robust town has dwindled down to just one person, 72-year-old Elsie Eiler.

Eiler is the last resident of Monowi. As such, she is also the mayor. And she takes her duties seriously. Ever year, she raises taxes from herself to keep Monowi’s four streetlights lit and a few other basic amenities running.

She also runs the town’s only business, the Monowi Tavern and lives in the last remaining habitable building. She grants herself a liquor license each year so she can keep the bar running and serves customers that come off the highway that runs through Monowi.


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The creator of 'Peanuts' only once had the need to fire his machine gun during WWII, and that one time he forgot to load it!

Charles M. Schulz was the creator of the famous and beloved comic strip Peanuts. On October 2, 1950 Peanuts made its first appearance in seven newspapers.

This was seven years after Schulz was drafted into the United States Army. He was a staff sergeant with the 20th Armored Division in Europe and a squad leader on a .50 caliber machine gun team.

His units did not see much action during the war and got involved in combat only at the very end.

Ironically, being the squad leader of the machine gun team, he only had one opportunity or reason to fire his weapon, and when that moment arrived he realized he forgot to load his machine gun!

He came face to face with a German soldier when he realized his predicament. He was holding an inadequate weapon!

Luckily for him, the German soldier didn't know that and surrendered, making firing unnecessary. Schulz must have been extremely relieved!

Peanuts (the comic strips plus merchandise and product endorsements) earned more than $1 billion per year, of which Schulz received about $30 million to $40 million per year!

In all the years he produced Peanuts, he did it all by himself and never had any assistants. In 50 years he only once took a five week break, which was the only time there were reruns of the comic strip before he passed away in 2000.


The 1950's Cadillac Eldorado had a mini bar in the glove compartment

The Eldorado is a two-door personal luxury car manufactured and marketed by the Cadillac Division of General Motors from 1953 to 2002. Competitors included the Lincoln Mark Series and the lower-priced Buick Riviera and Oldsmobile Toronado.

The Eldorado was at or near the top of the Cadillac line during early model years. The original 1953 Eldorado convertible and the Eldorado Brougham models of 1957–1960 were the most expensive models that Cadillac offered those years, and the Eldorado was never less than second in price after the Cadillac Series 75 until 1966.

The 1950’s Cadillac Eldorado had a mini bar in the glove compartment! This makes it to the list of “the worst car inventions” that have ever been created.



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