A waffle iron inspired one of the first pairs of Nikes.
A cattle rancher in New Jersey named Henry Ruschmann is credited for inventing glitter.
Cap’n Crunch’s full name is Horatio Magellan Crunch
Chicago’s nickname “The Windy City” was coined by 19th-century journalists who were referring to the fact that its residents were “windbags” and “full of hot air.”
President’s Washington, Lincoln, Taft and Teddy Roosevelt are all enshrined in the National Wrestling Hall of Fame.
South Dakota historian Doane Robinson is credited with the idea of Mount Rushmore. Originally, he suggested using famous American West heroes like Bill Cody. The sculptor Gutzon Borglam ultimately chose to depict George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, and Abraham Lincoln, four Presidents he felt played critical roles in both preserving the Republic, and expanding its territory. From his perspective, these four presidents were the driving force behind some of the critical historical events that helped shaped the United States.
Dr Pepper is the oldest major soft drink in America, having been created, manufactured, and sold in 1885 by pharmacist Charles Alderton. Charles Alderton worked at a drugstore in Waco, Texas, owned by Wade Morrison. Legend has it that Morrison named it “Dr. Pepper” after the father of a young girl he was once in love with.
John Adams believed that American independence should be celebrated on July 2, as that’s the actual day the Continental Congress voted for independence in 1776.
In 1906, Teddy Roosevelt signed a bill that proclaiming the Grand Canyon Game Reserve, and two years later, he made it a national monument. Of the Grand Canyon, he said, “Leave it as it is. You cannot improve on it. The ages have been at work on it, and man can only mar it.”
Ulysses S. Grant signed a contract with Mark Twain and Tom Sawyer to publish his memoirs.