Red Robin

Red Robin restaurant was originally called Sam’s. Then it was Sam’s Red Robin. Then just Red Robin. Now the original owners have opened up a chain of mediocre restaurants called Sam’s Tavern.

Maybe if I’d known that history before I ordered, I would have had a burger instead of a salad and have a better opinion of the food.



Dollhouse’s used to be called baby houses and were built for adults.

“It was a diminutive 3-D enshrinement of all the owner’s worldly belongings, of his literal and figurative station in life.”

Charles Siebert in the article The Thorne Miniature Rooms printed in the 9/20/2015  The New York Times Magazine.


Delightingful Article About the History of Dollhouses

Bradford Dollhouse at the Smithsonian

The Miniature World of Faith Bradford

10 Of The Most Expensive Dollhouses in History

Presidents Before Washington

4/27/16 George Washington was not the first President of our country. I was going to write ‘not the first President of the United States’ but that isn’t accurate. We had other presidential positions before we came to consider ourselves The United States of America.

From 1774 to 1781 the highest authority was the Continental Congress of the United Colonies. Although the chairman the “president,” his job had little real power and was similar to what we think of today as the Speaker of the House.

From 1781 to 1789 the US was operating under The Articles of Confederation (an entirely new topic I know nothing about and some history teachers somewhere should be embarrassed when I say that) which called for a President who apparently was mostly ceremonial and signed documents on behalf of the Congress as a whole.

It is only after that when we have the Constitution and the first President of the the United States of America.

Looked it up after hearing Prince mention it in an old interview.

Sources: Several different websites had information, but I thought this was the most concise


Legal Liquor During Prohibition

4/18/16 In addition to bootleggers, alcohol could be made legally during prohibition for religious or medicinal purposes.

Here’s what Ken Burns has to say:

One of the legal exceptions to the Prohibition law was that pharmacists were allowed to dispense whiskey by prescription for any number of ailments, ranging from anxiety to influenza. Bootleggers quickly discovered that running a pharmacy was a perfect front for their trade. As a result, the number of registered pharmacists in New York State tripled during the Prohibition era.

Because Americans were also allowed to obtain wine for religious purposes, enrollments rose at churches and synagogues, and cities saw a large increase in the number of self-professed rabbis who could obtain wine for their congregations.

Prohibition, A Film By Ken Burns

I looked this up after seeing a collection of legal prohibition liquor bottles on Antiques Roadshow.

Antiques Roadshow Prohibition Liquor