Best Facts of the Week

The Nazis banned and burned the book 'Bambi!'

'Bambi' is a difficult movie to watch. From Bambi's mother being killed by a hunter to the forest fire at the end, it's a lot for a little kid (or even an adult) to take. So it's unsurprising that the book it is based on was somewhat controversial.

The book's author Felix Salten moved to Vienna as a baby in 1869. This was just after the government allowed Jewish people citizenship. Salten published 'Bambi' in 1923. The book received international acclaim. However, in 1936, it was banned by the Nazis because they believed it was "a political allegory of the treatment of Jews in Europe." The book was burned across Nazi states.

Salten, however, moved to Switzerland and wrote the sequal 'Bambi's Children.' He was introduced to Walt Disney years later and the 'Bambi' the movie came out in 1942.


A company in Taiwan makes dinnerware out of wheat.

Now you can go beyond just licking your plate clean. A company in Taiwan literally makes plates, spoons, bowls, and chopsticks out of wheat- so you can EAT your utensils! They were inspired by trenchers; plates cut from stale loaves of bread to hold food , salt, and even candles during the Medieval times.

The disposable dinnerware is made from hardtack, a biscuit dough made from flour, water, and salt that has been traditionally used as dry emergency rations at sea. The dishes can be kept up for months when dry. The dishes are produced by the Koratt bakery and cafe, and were exhibited by Designing 10 in Fukoka, Japan.


PSA: Kelly Clarkson wants you to win money for your High School Band

We got this tip from our friends at She's seen that bands are some of the first programs that get cut in funding, so she's teamed up with DoSomething in order to help out bands. Check out the video and their sites. 

It's a video contest, and what you can get from winning is the following: 

1) Up to $5000 in grant funding for their school music program
2) Up to 30 tickets to a concert of their choice
3) Musical Instruments to get them started
4) Up to $10,000 in scholarships for individuals or outstanding groups

Check out the video announcement by Kelly Clarkson here, and the instructions miscrosite, here

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Montpelier, VT is the only U.S. state capital without a McDonalds.

Although it seems ubiquitous, McDonald's is not really everywhere. The state capital of Vermont, which is also the smallest by population, has the unique characteristic of being the only state capital in the United States that does not have a McDonald's franchise within city limits.

If you want your BigMac fix, you're going to have to drive 4.44 whole miles to the next town over and if you want the double decker.


A bank robber became popular because he destroyed people’s mortgages from the banks he robbed!

Pretty Boy Floyd was an infamous Depression-era, American bank robber. Born Charles Arthur Floyd in Georgia, he was one of seven children. His parents were farmers, and the family was extremely poor. At first, Floyd attempted to be a farmer as well, but once he failed at this, he turned to a life of crime.

He was arrested at age 18 for a payroll robbery and vowed to never steal again. The allure was too much for him though, and he went on to continue robbing banks.

He began in Ohio with a group of gangsters and was known for being reckless with his machine gun. From there, he moved on to robbing banks in Oklahoma, Kentucky and and Michigan.

During his robbing spree in Oklahoma, it is said that bank insurance rates doubled. Perhaps because of his poor upbringing, Floyd became known for destroying mortgage papers at some of the banks he robbed and ridding many people of debt.

Some dubbed him the "Robin Hood of the Cooksoon Hills." This somewhat endeared himself to the public. It did not save him from the FBI though. In 1934 after robbing a bank, Floyd was shot and killed by FBI agents during a chase.



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