Did You Know? Part-1

Lucas Brown
3 min readMar 12, 2021

Roller coasters were invented to distract Americans from sin

In the 1880s, hosiery businessman LaMarcus Thompson hated that Americans were tempted by hedonistic places like saloons and brothels. So he set out to straighten up one of the most immoral places he could think of: Coney Island in New York. There, he built America’s first roller coaster to give New Yorkers some good, clean fun — away from seedier pastimes.

Ice pops were invented by an 11-year-old by accident

In 1905, an 11-year-old boy named Frank Epperson left soda powder and water outside overnight with its wooden stirrer still in the cup. The mixture had frozen in the chilly nighttime weather, and so the Epsicle was born. He sold the treat around his neighborhood and a nearby amusement park and even patented the recipe. Years later, he changed the name to Popsicle because that’s what his kids called their pop’s concoction.

Froot Loops loops are all the same flavor

No point in eating around the purple ones — all Froot Loops taste like, um, froot. Other than the Wild Berry Froot Loops, of course.

It’s impossible to hum while holding your nose

Normally, when you hum, the air is able to escape through your nose to create the sound, and of course, it can’t do that when you’re holding it shut.

Flamingos bend their legs at the ankle, not the knee

They essentially stand on tip-toe. Their knees are closer to the body and are covered by feathers.

Adolf Hitler was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize

Don’t worry, the Swedish politician who sent the letter of nomination in 1939 meant it ironically and withdrew his nomination. In an even more ironic twist, Hitler had banned Germans from accepting the awards four years before his own name was thrown in the ring.