DO YOU KNOW?
I took these interesting facts from my QUIZ DAILY.
Do you know the original purpose of a toaster was to preserve bread? Making toast began as far back as Roman times, when bread was toasted to prolong its shelf life. Before electric appliances, the toaster was often a special fork or wire rack held over a hot stone or fire. The word “toast” comes from the Latin word “tostum,” for scorching or burning.
Josephine Cochran invented the dishwasher to avoid breaking china. She was a socialite in the mid-1800s, with many occasions to break out the fancy china — “break” being the operative word, as she found her dishes easily broke with hand-washing. Previously invented dishwashers used hand-turned scrubbers, which also caused damage. To save herself the headache, she built a new kind of washing machine that used water pressure to treat the dishes more gently and got the job done even faster.
An early version of the blender helped create the polio vaccine. Dr. Jonas Salk used the Waring Blendor — originally designed for milkshakes — to help him create the polio vaccine. He pureed the dead polio virus with a serum, which then got injected into a patient, effectively preventing the virus. The blender he used was made specifically for scientific usage when Fred Waring was asked to make a special sealed blender for labs.
A Norwegian kitchen invention was based on a cheese slicer. Thor Bjorklund made furniture for a living. When he needed a way to get even slices of cheese, he looked to his toolbox. In 1925, after many tries, he invented a cheese slicer based on a carpenter’s plane, which created perfect slices and wasted less cheese. The design has barely changed since the original.
Why can’t metal be put in the microwave? Microwaves can pass through many different materials, including paper, plastic, and glass. Food heats when water molecules inside it absorb the microwaves. But microwaves bounce off metal, reflecting them all over the inside of the appliance. The electromagnetic activity creates an electric field, which can lead to popping noises or even a fire.
Italian noblewoman Catherine de Medici popularized the fork in England. Forks were once thought of as ridiculous and unnecessary utensils. When Catherine de Medici married King Henry II in 1533, she brought her forks with her from Italy, where they were already popular. Forks were not commonly used in America until the 1850s, when they began contributing to the uniquely American style of using utensils that Emily Post called the “zig-zag method.”