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1957

Dutch Courage

If you are Dutch, far away and living in the mid 1950’s (and let’s face it, who isn’t these days) then I think I have some information that will plaster an edam-eating grin on that gorgeous Netherlandic face of yours. It was on this day in 1957 that the Dutch authorities finally saw sense and lifted the ban on driving on a Sunday. No more long painful trudges to church in your best clogs!... Read more >

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1845

The Pervert’s Friend

Rejoice! It was on this day in 1845 that Stephen ‘Rubber Band’ Perry received the patent for the first ever rubber band and suddenly things that had previously flown all over the place no longer flew all over the place.

Since this date, literally hundreds of rubber bands have been manufactured and used, some by pop stars as disparate as Daft Punk’s Thomas Bangalter and Kraftwerk’... Read more >

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0461

Saint Patrick Dies

On this day in 461 A.D., Saint Patrick, Christian missionary, bishop and apostle of Ireland, dies at Saul, Downpatrick, Ireland.

Much of what is known about Patrick’s legendary life comes from the Confessio, a book he wrote during his last years. Born in Great Britain, probably in Scotland, to a well-to-do Christian family of Roman citizenship, Patrick was captured and ... Read more >