White Elephant Gift Exchange Group

Why is it called a white elephant gift exchange?

The term "white elephant" in "white elephant gift exchange" probably came from the tradition of the King of Siam (present-day Thailand) giving rare albino...
New York Library books

Where do libraries get their initial set of books from?

New libraries use a process called "collection development" to decide what books to purchase as well as what books to discard. Books are usually...
General Tso's chicken

Who was General Tso and why is chicken named after him?

General Tso's Chicken is named after Chinese statesman and military leader Zuo Zongtang (a.k.a General Tso, Tso Tsung-t'ang, and Marquis Kejing), however, he personally...
Friday the 13th cat calendar

Why is Friday the 13th considered to be unlucky?

No one knows for sure why Friday the 13th is considered unlucky but the most widely accepted explanation is based on Christianity.
Air Force Salute

Why do members of the military salute each other?

Some speculate that the military salute dates back to Roman times when soldiers raised their hands as a form of greeting or respect, however,...

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