Just a few titbits of triva from the Victorian era:
1. Semen was used as invisible ink.
2. Geese were dropped down chimneys to sweep them
(so it wasn't all done by children or Santa?)
3. In London, sausages were marketed as 'bags of mystery.' (It doesn't bear thinking about!)
4. On the day of his Assasination Abraham Lincoln signed the Secret Service into existence. Lincoln was shot with a Derringer.
5. During the Mexican-American War, an Irish battalion changed sides and fought for the Mexicans because Catholics were treated so badly.
6. Pony Express lasted for about 19 months.
7. John Tyler (1790-1862), the 10th President of the U.S. had a son when he was 63. That son fathered two children when he was 71 and 75. That means that a man who became president on 1841 has two living grandchildren.
8. Roman coins have been found in the U.S. suggesting earlier visits than Mr. Columbus. One stash was found in a mound in Red Rock Texas. The mound dates to 800AD.
9. Coca Cola was originally green.
10. Tom Sawyer was the first novel written on a typewriter.
11. Christmas didn't become a national holiday in the U.S. until 1890
12. Ketchup was sold in 1830 as a medicine.
13. The term 'hookers' for prostitutes comes from the E.U. Civil war General Joseph T. Hooker hiring prostitutes to keep up morale. They quickly became known as 'Hooker's Girls.'
14. Custer was the youngest man to be promoted to General at the age of 23, but he failed strategy. No surprise there then...
15. The first lighters were developed from flintlock pistols and were in use from about 1823 by the German chemist named Johann Wolfgang Döbereiner in 1823 and was often called Döbereiner's lamp. Matches were rarely used in the old west and a tinderbox and flint was the most common way to start a fire due to cost. Matches were invented in 1816 by François Derosne , although the Chinese do have reports of sulphur tipped stick being used to light fire. The safety match was patented in 1898.