Potato chip William Lawrence Sr 6-15-19

Catherine Wicks circa 1850 accidentally sliced a potato too thin which by accident fell into a pan fat in the kitchen of Cary Moon’s Lake House in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. She placed it on a plate and her brother George Crum, who was the chef, tasted it. He said something akin to “yum, we will make a lot of these” and they did. Hence, was born the potato chip. At least according to one version.

Potato chip William Lawrence Sr 6-15-19
potato chip
George Crum said Yum and we have the chip.

Malaysian flag William Lawrence Sr Omnibit 6-14-19

The Malaysian flag with of 14 red and white stripes and blue canton, looks a lot like Old Glory. It’s actually, though, modeled on the flag of the British East India Co.

Malaysian flag
Not based on Old Glory

Just like the state flag of Hawaii.

Just like Old Glory. Maybe, anyway.

Malaysian flag William Lawrence Sr Omnibit 6-14-19
The Malaysian flag
This one, we proudly hail.

Kenneth Lamar Noid William Lawrence Sr Omnibit 6-13-19

Who was Kenneth Lamar Noid? He was a schizophrenic who felt Domino’s 1980s “Avoid the Noid” advertisement campaign was directed specifically at him. He took two employees hostage at an Atlanta Domino’s in 1989 before surrendering to police.

Kenneth Lamar Noid William Lawrence Sr Omnibit 6-13-19
Who was Kenneth Lamar Noid?

French Blue William Lawrence Sr Omnibit 6-10-19

The French Blue was the prized possession of King Louis XIV. It was a diamond specially cut to produce an image of a sun when mounted on a gold background. Louie was the Sun King after all. It was stolen in the French Revolution, recut and found its way to England where it resurfaced in 1812.

Eventually it was purchased by Thomas Hope, a rich British/Dutch banker better known for writing the 19th century bestseller Anastasius. Hope willed it to his grandson Henry Francis Pelham-Clinton Hope who married May Yohe, an American concert hall singer who ran off on him after his bankruptcy.

Take note Prince Harry.

Hope sold the diamond in 1902 to pay off debts. It was owned by a Turkish diamond collector, and various jewelry merchants including Pierre Cartier who eventually sold it to Washington D.C. socialite Evalyn Walsh McLean, who as “Missus Ned McLean,” is name-checked in Cole Porter’s “Anything Goes”.

She died in 1947 after much tragedy and her trust sold it to jeweler Harry Winston who donated it to the Smithsonian Institution where it is displayed at the National Museum of Natural History.

French Blue William Lawrence Sr Omnibit 6-10-19
French Blue William Lawrence Sr Omnibit 6-10-19

Super Pershing William Lawrence Sr Omnibit 6-7-19

Some say the German King Tiger tank was the best tank of World War II. On April 21, 1945 it faced off in a one-on-one duel with an American T-26 Super Pershing in Dessau, Germany. Both crews saw each other at about the same time, and in fact, the German fired first.

The American tank responded with a high-explosive shell which hit it doing it little damage. The German tank apparently fired again — the Pershing was rattled by something — again with little effect. The Pershing then took its second shot with an armor piercing round and the Tiger went up in smoke.

So no, Anthony, the German King Tiger was not the top tank in World War II.

Super Pershing William Lawrence Sr Omnibit 6-7-19
Super Pershing

Churchill Trump William Lawrence Sr Omnibit 6-6-19

Churchill Trump — On this 75th Anniversary of D-Day, we’d like to point out that Winston Churchill, the man who saved the world in 1940, was half American and half British. His dad was Lord Randolph Churchill, an English aristocrat and his mom was Jennie Jerome Spencer-Churchill, who was born in Brooklyn.

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We’d also like to point out that President Donald J. Trump, who is saving the world right now, is also half-Yank/half-Brit. His father Fred was born in the Bronx. His mother Mary Anne, the daughter of a fisherman, was born on the Isle of Lewis in Scotland.

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It’s a pretty neat connection. Hopefully, pointing this out triggers someone.

By the way, Trump’s uncle John Trump was the brilliant physicist who developed radiation therapy as a cure for cancer and was tasked by the U.S. government to search the papers of the recently departed Nikola Tesla for potential secret weapons.

Stable genius must run in the family.

Churchill Trump William Lawrence Sr Omnibit 6-6-19