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  • Happy Birthday, Honest Abe! 25 Facts About Our 16th President

    Posted on February 12, 2017


    One of our country's most beloved commanders in chief was born on this day 208 years ago. President Abraham Lincoln has been the subject of many books and films (including one where he was cast as a vampire hunter!) but a lot of modern Americans may not know much about the man himself. So in honor of his birthday, here's some lesser-known facts about Honest Abe (hint #1: he actually HATED being called Abe. Sorry, Mr. President!)


    1. Don't call him Abe. Supposedly, Lincoln wasn't fond of the adoring nickname bestowed upon him and preferred it when people simply called him by his last name. 


    2. He was a wrestler. No vampire hunting for Lincoln in his spare time, but Lincoln is documented in having taken part in over 300 wrestling matches when he was younger (and only lost one.) We're pretty sure he never had a stage name nor wore a mask, but he was posthumously honored in the National Wrestling Hall of Fame. 


    3. Our 16th president didn't have a middle name. He was simply known as Abraham Lincoln. 


    4. Lincoln suffered from bouts of depression throughout his lifetime, but hid it well -- he loved to crack jokes as much as anybody. 


    5. Lincoln loved animals. He didn't hunt or fish, and owned a cat named Tabby that would eat at the White House dining table with the family, and a dog named Fido. It's been said that if he were alive today, he'd be running an animal shelter. 


    6. Lincoln was the first president to use the novel invention at the time, the telegraph. He used it to communicate with generals during the Civil War. 


    7. As early as 1836, he believed American women should have the right to vote.


    8. He didn't drink, smoke, or chew tobacco. He was such a teetotaler that he never even drank in the White House.


    9. Despite refraining from alcohol, he was a licensed bartender!


    10. His favorite foods were fruit, oysters, and chicken casserole. 


    11. He was the first president to sport a beard. He grew it at the suggestion of an 11 year-old girl. 


    12. His famous hat did double duty as a place to keep important documents. 


    13. At 6'4" he is still our tallest president to date.


    14. Sadly, there are no living descendants of Lincoln alive today.


    15. Lincoln's mother was killed by drinking poisoned milk. 


    16. He ran for the U.S. Senate and lost twice (but hey, made it to the presidency which isn't too shabby.)


    17. Lincoln was born in a one-room log cabin in Kentucky, making him the first president to be born outside of the original 13 states.


    18. Lincoln's body was embalmed by a dentist which is ironic given he was afraid of dentists after losing a small piece of his jawbone during a tooth extraction.


    19. One of his earlier careers was co-owner of a general store. The business struggled and he eventually had to sell his share and quit.


    20. During his first speech in his early political career, Lincoln saw a man in the audience assailing one of his supporters. He picked the man up by the seat of his pants and his neck and tossed him out. 


    21. He was assassinated on Good Friday.


    22. He never joined an organized church, although he did read the Bible daily.


    23. He is the only president to hold a patent. He invented a device that could free steamboats should they run aground. 


    24. He established Thanksgiving as a national holiday.


    25. After his son died in the White House, Lincoln participated in seances to see if he could communicate with him. Since Lincoln's own death, there have been many reported sightings of his ghost in the White House. 


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  • Super Bowl Super Facts

    Posted on February 3, 2017


    This Sunday night, millions of Americans will tune in to watch the Atlanta Falcons take on the New England Patriots in the 50th annual Super Bowl. And although this sports tradition began way after Jacob's time, it's now more then cemented its place in American history.


    In honor of Super Bowl Sunday, here are some fun facts about the day that may just help you score a touchdown should you enter a trivia contest!


    *Super Bowl Sunday is considered an unofficial American holiday, and is the second most popular day for food consumption in the U.S. after Thanksgiving!


    *The seven most-watched American television broadcasts have been Super Bowls.


    *The greatest score difference was when the 49ers beat the Broncos 55 to 10 in Super Bowl XXIV in 1990 (a lot vs. a little.)


    *The NFL team that has won the most Super Bowls is the Pittsburgh Steelers with a total of six wins.


    *As for appearances, not wins, the New England Patriots hold the lead having played in nine Super Bowl games.


    *The most watched Super Bowl was XLIX between the Patriots and the Seahawks; it was seen by an estimated 114.4 million U.S. viewers.


    *The halftime show has always existed, but for the first few years the featured entertainment consisted of marching bands. As the television event took off in viewership, big-name entertainers stated to perform. New Kids on the Block was one of the first notable big name pop acts that played in the Super Bowl, in 1991.


    *No market or region without a NFL franchise has ever hosted the Super Bowl.


    *What teams have never played in the Super Bowl? :( There are four: the Jaguars, Browns, Texans, and Lions. Better luck next year, guys.


    *But losers still get an extra bit of moolah: players on the losing team receive a bonus of $53,000 (while players on the winning team enjoy an extra $107,000.)


    *The player that threw the most interceptions in one game was Rich Gannon of the Raiders; he threw five that contributed to the Buccaneers' win in Super Bowl XXVII.


    *The Super Bowl that saw the most fumbles was XXVII, with a record 12 times by the Bills and Cowboys combined.


    *The youngest Super Bowl player was the Packers' lineman Bryan Bulaga at age 21; the oldest was Ravens' kicker Matt Stover at double that age, 42.


    *Who was the first player to declare the famous line, "I'm going to Disney World!"? That was Phil Simms following the Giants' Super Bowl XXI victory in 1987.


    *The player with the most Super Bowl rings is Charles Haley, who has won five playing for the 49ers and the Cowboys.


    *The Denver Broncos holds the distinction of losing the most Super Bowls with a total of five.


    *The Vince Lombardi trophy is made by Tiffany's and Co. and is worth $25,000.


    *One of the first notable Super Bowl commercials featured Joe Namath and Farrah Fawcett promoting Noxema shaving cream; it aired in 1973.


    *On average, it costs an advertiser $5M to air a 30-second commercial during the Super Bowl.


    *Americans' favorite beverage for the Big Game is beer; nearly 50 million cases of beer are sold each year in anticipation of the day.


    *Americans will consume 4,000 tons of popcorn on Super Bowl Sunday.


    *Either from staying up late, drinking too much, or both...6% of Americans will call in sick the day after the game.


    Enjoy the game!


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  • The Legend Of the Christmas Pickle

    Posted on December 21, 2016


    The holidays are full of legends, and one mysterious yarn is that of the Christmas pickle. You may be the owner yourself of a shiny glass pickle that gets hidden within the branches of the Christmas tree, only to be spotted by an eagle-eyed tyke that is then rewarded with an extra gift from Saint Nick. But who started this holiday tradition, and where did it come from?


    The truth is, no one knows for sure. For many years it was suggested to be a German tradition brought to this country along with the Christmas tree. The pickle itself was even referred to as a Weihnachtsgurke (please don't ask ol' Jacob how to pronounce that one) but no such evidence supports the origins.


    The story that I actually like best about how the Christmas pickle came about stems from the Civil War. Private John C. Lower, originally from Bavaria, enlisted in the 103rd Pennsylvania Infantry, but was captured in April 1864 and taken to a prison camp. As the story is told, on Christmas Eve he begged a guard for a pickle because he was starving. The guard gave him a pickle, which Lower credited for saving his life. After returning to his family, he began a tradition of hiding a pickle on their Christmas tree each year.


    Yet another claim is that American department stores such as Woolworth's began selling glass Christmas pickles in the late 19th century simply to promote glass ornaments, which were coming into fashion then.


    So, take the tale you like best about the Christmas pickle or invent your own story for the kids and grandchildren! And in the meantime, start some Christmas traditions of your own with Jacob Bromwell products such as our American-made Original Popcorn Popper or Signature Chestnut Roaster. From all of us at Jacob Bromwell, we wish you and your loved ones the happiest, healthiest, and most prosperous holiday season!


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