Root beer is traditionally made from the sassafras root which American Indians used as a medicine. It started being sold in confectionary stores in the 1840s and was marketed as a medicine.
Sassafras ended as an ingredient in 1960 when the FDA banned safrole, the oil it contained. Laboratory animals developed liver damage and cancer after getting large doses.
Sassafras William Lawrence Sr Omnibit 10-15-18
So what is ivory black? It’s a blue-black color made by burning elephant tusks. Rembrandt used a lot of it.
Ivory black William Lawrence Sr Omnibit 10-13-18
Happy traditional Columbus Day. Yes, America is America but Amerigo Vespucci who gave it his name probably never visited. He did make it to Brazil though. And Guyana.
Amerigo Vespucci William Lawrence Sr Omnibit 10-12-18
Pink dolphins live in the Amazon river.
And in China too.
Pink dolphins William Lawrence Sr Omnibit 10-11-18
Chicago was the nation’s fifth largest city when the Great Chicago Fire happened in 1871 and left a third of its population homeless.
Fifth Largest City William Lawrence Sr Omnibit 10-10-18
For more than 1,000 years, Uruk — founded about 4,000 B.C. — was the largest city in the world. Some think Iraq is named for it.
Uruk William Lawrence Sr Omnibit 10-9-18
America’s largest mass lynching occurred on March 14, 1891 when 11 Italian immigrants were so murdered in New Orleans. The vile act helped motivate President Benjamin Harrison’s declaration the next year that Columbus Day should be nationally observed as part of the 400th anniversary of the discovery — please don’t argue –of America.
The first group to oppose the celebration of Columbus Day was the Ku Klux Klan.
Largest Mass Lynching William Lawrence Sr Omnibit 10-8-18
Writing started in Sumer about 5400 years ago.
Writing started William Lawrence Sr Omnibit 10-5-18
Four-fifths of the body of an electric eel is devoted to producing electric discharges.
Body of an electric eel William Lawrence Sr Omnibit 10-4-18
You can beat polygraph tests by flexing your muscle under the blood pressure cuff but that might be risky as the investigator might pick up on it. Better ways would be to bite your tongue to put a tack in your shoe.
Beat polygraph tests William Lawrence Sr Omnibit 10-3-18