Five Random Facts for Monday

Here are some random facts for you.

1.  The name of the color “crimson” is believed to be from the Proto-Indo-European term “krmis,” meaning worm, because it was the wonderful shade of red that came from crushing worms.

2.  Arby’s was originally created in the 1960s to be a higher-end fast food restaurant.  Their first roast beef sandwiches cost 69 cents, which was four times more than a hamburger at McDonald’s.

3.  Jim Henson got one Oscar nomination in his life, but not for “The Muppets” or anything else involving puppets.  It was for an experimental short film he made in 1965 called “Time Piece”.

4.  In the “Marines’ Hymn”, the line “From the halls of Montezuma” is about the Battle of Chapultepec in 1847 during the Mexican-American War.  “To the shores of Tripoli” is about the Battle of Derna during the First Barbary War in 1805.

5.  New York City had an official magician from the 1930s to the 1950s.  His name was Abraham Hurwitz, and his daughter was Shari Lewis, who went on to create “Lamb Chop’s Play-Along”.


(The Etymology Nerd / Mental Floss / IMDb / Mental Floss / New York Times)