There are all kinds of questions in our minds. Some we get answers to and others we may never know. I have taken some questions that have always been on my mind and researched to find the answers. What follows is a series of questions and their answers plus random trivia. The answers may not add anything useful to your life except as trivia (and I love filling my head with what I call random and sometimes useless trivia but let’s face it…knowledge is knowledge no matter how trivial) and trivia is just so much damn fun! They say knowledge is power and we never stop learning. Remember the PSAs that said : “The more you know…”? With the preparing of this column I can say “Now you know” and you can dazzle people with your new found knowledge (even if it is just trivia) when there is a lull in conversation.
Where did the term flea market come from?
This is a jocular term for an open-air or street market for mainly secondhand merchandise, which would be the type of items that might be infested with fleas. The first flea markets were in Paris and they were called marché aux puces which translates to ‘market with fleas’. Flea market first appeared in English in 1922 as a translation of the French market’s name. Flea is of Germanic origin (fleah) and was not spelled flea until after 1550. A synonym is flea fair.
Whatever happened to Little Mikey from the Life cereal commercial?
For those of you who are not familiar and those of you who are here is the classic TV commercial I am referring to:
There is an urban legend that John Gilchrist (the actor who played Little Mikey) died from eating Pop Rocks and drinking a carbonated soda at the same time. The story goes that he ate the candy and then drank the soda which caused his stomach to explode due to a reaction between the two products.
For those of you who have never had Pop Rocks here is a description of the candy as found on www.snopes.com while I was researching Little Mikey: Pop Rocks were a form of carbonated candy made from sugar, lactose, corn syrup, and flavoring. These fruit-flavored nuggets released small amounts of carbonation when the candy was ingested, causing a mild “exploding” sensation and resulting in a satisfying “sizzling” noise kids loved.
John Gilchrist is alive and well working as Director Media Sales / Media / Media Advertising Sales for MSG Partner Central and according to their website:
John has worked at MSG for five years and has extensive knowledge of the media industry. Prior to MSG, John worked at Clear Channel, CBS, EMMIS, and ESPN. John graduated from Iona College and currently lives in Westchester with his wife and three children. John’s favorite Garden moment was his first Knicks game in November of 1977 and his favorite player is Bernard King.
Did you know that the word News is an abbreviation?
News according to the dictionary is a noun. The definition for news:
*newly received or noteworthy information, especially about recent or important events.
*a broadcast or published report of news.
*information not previously known to someone
So what does news stand for? North, East, West, South. It makes perfect sense when you look at it as our news comes from all 4 points on the compass.
What are their actual names?
Celebrities (especially in the music industry) sometimes use names that we know are not given to them at birth so here are a few plus the names of some celebs who you thought were using their real names in no particular order:
Sir Ben Kingsley
Who was Chef Boyardee?
The company was founded by Italian immigrant Ettore “Hector” Boiardi in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.A., in 1928.
In 1924, Boiardi opened Il Giardino d’Italia restaurant at East 9th Street and Woodland Avenue in Clevland, OhioThe idea for Chef Boyardee came about when restaurant customers began asking Boiardi for his recipes. He opened a factory in 1928, moving production to Milton, Pennsylvania, ten years later, where enough tomatoes and mushrooms could be grown. He decided to name his product “Boy-Ar-Dee” to help Americans pronounce his name.
The U.S. military commissioned them during World War II for the production of army rations, requiring the factory to run 24/7. After the war, instead of reducing production, the company was sold to American Home Products in 1946 so that everyone working there would be able to keep their job. American Home Products turned its food division into International Home Foods in 1996. Four years later, International Home Foods was purchased by ConAgra Foods,which continues to produce Chef Boyardee canned pastas bearing Boiardi’s likeness. (from www.wikipedia.org )
Now you have some new-found knowledge. Have fun with it. The internet has an endless supply of information at your finger tips. Search the web and have a good time. You never know what you might learn. Whether it is educational or trivia it doesn’t matter. You are never too old to learn something new. Have a great week and be safe!