Louis Armstrong and Scat….

According to his own self-proclaimed legend, Louis Armstrong invented scat singing on this day February 24, 1926, when, midway through the recording of “Heebie Jeebies,” he accidentally dropped his sheet music on the floor and began improvising nonsense words. Expecting the take to be thrown out, Louis threw inhibition to …

Ace…..

In Roman times an as was the name given to a small copper coin, possibly of Etruscan origin. The same word was also used to denote a ‘unit’ of weight, measure or coin. When as was borrowed into Old French in the twelfth century, it most commonly referred to ‘the …

23rd of February 1729

On this day during a currency shortage in New France, in modern-day Canada, King Louis XV issued playing card money to replace coins. Like a standard casino deck, the cards were stamped with suits, numbers, and faces, but on the back they contained a note handwritten by the governor distinguishing …

February 22nd 1932…….

Chicago crime boss Al Capone made his fortune bootlegging liquor during Prohibition. But as Prohibition died out in the early 1930s, the man known to the world as Public Enemy No. 1 was staring unemployment in the face. Capone needed a legitimate business if he was to keep turning profits, …

Stutenbeißen………

The Finnish have a wonderful word, knapsu, for anything that’s not male behaviour. Other cultures are quick to notice the gender-specific: Stutenbeißen (German) the special behaviour of women in a rivalry situation (literally, mare biting) dzinana (Tsonga, South Africa) to pummel one another with the side of the fists, away …

February 22nd 10,000 BC

According to Hanna-Barbera, Pebbles Flintstone was born at the Bedrock Rockapedic Hospital at 8 p.m. on February 22, 10,000 B.C., weighing in at 6 pounds, 12 ounces. She premiered on TV on her 11,963rd birthday—in the February 22, 1963, Flintstones episode “The Blessed Event.” As an infant, Pebbles quickly became …