Reference Blog Entries

How Many Insects Did You Eat Last Year?

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Swarm of LocustsAccording to our newest eReference book, Americans eat between one and two pounds of insects every year. I regret learning this fact.

To learn more interesting things about what you eat and where it came from, check out Food and Drink in American History. Check out the fantastic history of what we eat, and discover more wild facts, like these:

  • Bananas were first introduced to the United States “at the Philadelphia Centennial World’s Exposition. A guard had to be stationed next to the tree to prevent fairgoers from stealing the bananas.”
  • Grape juice was strongly associated with the temperance movement.
  • Patricia Rain was also known as the Vanilla Queen.
  • You can make wax paper at home.

Finally, check out some historical recipes, like this lemon catchup, which you probably should not try at home.

Rewind 100 years: March 1915

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A People's Chronology logoThere were many fascinating things going on in our world one hundred years ago and most of them can be explored in our databases. Take a look at some of the events we missed in March 1915:

  • The National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics ( NACA), the predecessor of NASA, was created to help our country discover more about aviation after the start of World War I. Learn more about the creation of NACA and the Aircraft Industry.
  • The Vancouver Millionaires defeated the Ottawa Senators for the Stanley Cup. View the actual announcement in the New York Times.
  • The Fight for Women's Suffrage was well underway as the National American Woman Suffrage Association pushed for change throughout the United States.
  • The Russians were victorious against the Austro-Hungarian fortress of Przemysl. Learn more about Grand Duke Nicholas, the commander of the Russian Army.
  • The governments of France, Great Britain, and Russia issued a joint declaration denouncing the “crimes against humanity” which were occuring during the tragic Armenian genocide in the Ottoman Empire. 

These are just a few of the events that occured in our world 100 years ago. Explore our databases to see what else you may have missed!