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On this day in 1853, a dinner party was held inside a life-size model of an Iguanodon created by Benjamin Waterhouse Hawkins and Sir Richard Owen in south London. The menu consisted entirely of Jurassic water plants. Zoticus, Feeder of Orphans (IV cent.) worked for Constantine the Great during the conversion of Byzantium into Constantinople. […]
On this day in 1869, William Finley Semple of Mount Vernon, Ohio, patented chewing gum, intended to clean the teeth and promote jaw strength. It was not for the faint-of-heart — suggested ingredients included chalk and charcoal. Good-tasting chewing gum had to wait for the discovery of the double mint. The 20,000 Martyrs of Nicomedia […]