Recent Stories

Below are some of the stories we have published in our weekly Tidbits
ORIGIN OF THE COCKTAIL

• H.L. Mencken gathered over 40 stories concerning the origin of the cocktail. The one thing that is certain about the cocktail is that the word first appeared in print in 1806. • The story goes a widow owned a tavern around 1779 in New York. There she entertained rebel soldiers. They often complained about […]

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It's Parade Time!

IT’S PARADE TIME! by Kathy Wolfe Everybody loves a parade! In conjunction with the New Year’s Day parades, Tidbits marches along several parade routes, bringing you the info on these processions. •   Ticker-tape parades are a well-known occurrence in New York City. The first such event took place in 1886 and honored the dedication of […]

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Cats

TIDBITS® PETS CATS by Janet Spencer There are an estimated half a billion cats in the world, of which about 100 million are domestic pet cats living in the U.S. About 68% of American households own at least one cat. Come along with Tidbits as we pet our cats! CAT HISTORY • A doctoral student […]

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Blood Transfusion

BLOOD TRANSFUSION by Janet Spencer The average human has about 5 quarts of blood, and 60,000 miles of blood vessels.  A single blood cell completes a circuit of the circulatory system in about 30 seconds. Come along with Tidbits as we get a blood transfusion! TO THE RESCUE •  For centuries, doctors tried to heal […]

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Avalanches

The word avalanche comes from the Old French “avalanste” meaning “to let down” or “to go downstream.”  Come along with Tidbits as we out-run avalanches! TOTALLY TRIVIAL •  There are about 9,000 known snow avalanches per year in the western U.S., although unrecorded avalanches may top 100,000. About 100 avalanches per year cause serious problems […]

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