True, Fun + Interesting: On the Oxford Dictionary, Teabags, Happiness
Edition #1 on True, Fun + Interesting. Providing you with general knowledge and insights in time for the weekend.
True Story: On the Oxford Dictionary
The Oxford English Dictionary project began in 1857, taking 70 years to complete. There were thousands of contributors, where one person submitted nearly 10,000 entries over the course of 20 years. That person was Dr William Chester Minor, an American Civil War veteran. During a trip to England, he shot and killed a man. Minor was put on trial and judged insane, and was committed to Broadmoor Criminal Lunatic Asylum. Minor was committed because he thought people were out to kill him, believing he would be kidnapped while he’s asleep. During incarceration, Minor would read books and volunteer to submit entries into the world’s most historical dictionary. His story would later be told in a 2019 movie titled: The Professor and The Madman, starring Mel Gibson and Sean Penn.
Fun Fact: On Teabags
The teabag was an accidental invention. In 1908, a New York tea merchant sent samples of tea leaves to some of his customers in small bags. Many of them assumed they would be used the same way as the metal tea infusers. But instead of emptying the tea leaves into the teapot, they put the whole bag in. An idea came of it where the bags would be put on a string and a tag so it could be easily removed. Although the story of tea started in China, America started the teabag.
Wisdom: On Happiness
“The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts” – Marcus Aurelius.