Wise World of Wellen
- Snickers candy bars are named after a dead horse. Franklin Mars’ horse named Snickers died in 1930, just before he released the candy bar.
- Atlanta went through four names in its first 11 years. It was originally called Terminus when it was founded in 1836 . . . then they switched the name to Thrasherville . . . then Marthasville . . . and finally Atlanta in 1847.
- “Billboard” was originally a trade magazine for the actual billboard industry in the 1890s. Then it evolved to cover the entertainment companies that bought lots of billboard ads, like circuses. By the 1930s, it was finally doing music charts.
- Jenga means “to build” in Swahili. The woman who invented the game was born in Ghana and came up with it when she lived there . . . and she wouldn’t let Hasbro change the name when they bought it from her.
- The trend of players wearing longer basketball shorts started in 1987 when Michael Jordan asked for his to be lengthened so he could hold them when he bent over to breathe.