Fun (Useless) Facts

One of the earliest known vacuum cleaners was so large that it had to be hauled from house to house via a horse-drawn carriage.

The American Public Power Association (APPA) says that squirrels are the most frequent cause of power outages in the U.S.

In March 2019, the Roosevelt Hotel in New Orleans decided to celebrate its 125th anniversary by offering a free seven-night stay in its presidential suite, worth a whopping $15,000. The prize was only available to the person who returned the “most outrageous” item ever stolen from the hotel.

Bubble wrap was invented in 1957 by engineers Alfred W. Fielding and Marc Chavannes, who sealed two shower curtains together, creating a smattering of air bubbles, which they initially tried to sell as wallpaper.

The first webcam was invented to monitor a coffee pot. In 1993, researchers at Cambridge’s computer science department got tired of walking up to an empty coffee machine. So, they wired up a system that would stream images to the Trojan Room that housed the coffee pot.

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