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Fact of the Day: M & M's
The double M in M & M's stands for the last names of Forrest Mars and William Murrie, the two founders of the company that first produced the candy. M & M's were first made in 1941 and packaged in paper tubes; they became very popular with American soldiers in World War II because they were easy to carry. The original six colors of M & M's were: red, yellow, green, brown, orange, and violet. Tan replaced violet in 1949. The "m" stamp on the shell of M & M's first appeared in 1950 to distinguish them from counterfeit candies. In 1954, Peanut M & M's were introduced. Over 400,000,000 M & M's are made each day.


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Fact of the Day: VW Beetle
In 1945, the first Volkswagen Beetles were made in a factory in Germany. It was not until 1967 that the name "Beetle" or "Bug" was used for the car; before that, the car was referred to as the "Type 1", "1200", "1300", or "1500", with the numbers representing the engine size in cubic centimeters. The Beetle was first imported into the United States in 1949 with very little success. Then a second attempt to import them began in the early 1950s and in 1953 sales began to improve. In 1972, the Beetle overtook the Ford Model T as the most popular car ever made. In 1981, the 20,000,000th Beetle rolled off the production line in Mexico. The last new original Beetle was sold in the United States in 1978, but it continued to be produced in Mexico up to the 2004 model. In 1998, an updated model called the "New Beetle" appeared in the United States. Volkswagen means "people's car" in German.
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St Patrick's Cathedral: St Patrick's Cathedral at Night
Written by bct341 on April 12, 2004.


St Patrick's Cathedral by bct341St Patrick's is the largest decorated gothic-style Catholic Cathedral in the United States. The Cathedral was begun in 1858 by Archbishop John Hughes to replace the original St. Patrick's Cathedral, which is used today as a parish church in New York. The cornerstone was laid in August of that year, and, after a suspension of work during the years of Civil War, John Cardinal McCloskey, the first American Cardinal, resumed work in 1865, opening the doors in May, 1879. Archbishop Michael Corrigan added the towers on the West Front in 1888 and began work on the east addition, including the Lady Chapel in 1901. His successor, Cardinal Farley, completed work on the Lady Chapel addition. Cardinal Hayes completed an extensive renovation of the interior between 1927 and 1931. Some Interesting facts: The Windows were made by renowned artists in Chartres, France; Birmingham, England and Boston Massachusetts. The great rose window is acknowledged to be the finest work designed by Charles Connick, the 20th century genius in stained glass window design.. The Cathedral seats about 2,200 people. * The exterior length is about 405 feet; the width is 274 feet. * The spires rise 330 feet from street level. * The architect was James Renwick, an American. The Lady Chapel was designed by another American, Charles Mathews. * The St. Michael and St. Louis altar was designed by Tiffany and Company. The St. Elizabeth altar was designed by Paolo Medici of Rome. * The Archbishops of New York are buried in a crypt under the high altar. Their honorary hats, called galeros, hang from the ceiling over their tombs. * The Stations of the Cross are works of art which won first prize at the Chicago World's Fair in 1893. * The Pieta is three times larger than the Pieta in St. Peter's, Rome. * The Cathedral has three organs. * The baldachin over the main altar is solid bronze. * Each year over 3 million people visit St. Patrick's Cathedral





St Patrick's Cathedral: The largest Catholic Cathedral in the USA
Written by Christophe_Ons on March 14, 2004.
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