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Tuesday Turnip

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It's time for another whimsical Tuesday Turnip Google search wherein I type a random phrase and we see what kind of interesting factoids "turn-up." Today I stumbled upon this wonderful collection of "firsts", which a kindly web-poster put together for us, simply by typing in "the first."

Here's a sampling:

The first bicyle: It was called a 'dandy-horse' or Draisine after its inventor Karl von Drais. The rider used his feet to push himself along, while balanced between two wheels.

The first motor car: In 1885, Karl Benz produced a petrol powered car in Germany.

The first beer: The Sumerians of ancient Mespotamia had a goddess of beer called Ninkasi, and circa 6000 BC were making beer from malted barley. Naturally they also invented drinking songs - the clay tablets survived the festivities.

The first tissue paper: A soft paper used for blowing noses was first described by an English traveller in Japan in 1637. After the deed was done, he wrote, "they fling (it) away as a dirty thing".

The first printed book: "The Diamond Sutra" was published in China, using wooden blocks in 868 AD.

The first VW: Conceived at a meeting between Adolf Hitler and Ferdinand Porsche in May 1934, the first VW was required to carry two adults and three children.

The first wire coat hanger: In 1903, Albert Parkhouse of Michigan was a factory employee making wire lampshade frames. The owner of the factory did not provide enough hooks to hang up his worker's coats. Albert twisted a piece of wire into a now familiar shape to hold the coat. His employer stole the idea and went on to make a fortune.

The first yo-yo: There is an image on an ancient Grecian vase, dated to 500 BC, depicting a child with what appears to be a yo-yo.

[For a more complete list of "firsts," check out Ian Harrison's The Book of Firsts.]

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Pizza and Cricket Cake Are Just Some of the Odd Flavors You'll Find at This Philadelphia Ice Cream Shop
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Little Baby's Ice Cream

Ice cream flavors can get pretty out-there, thanks to the growing number of creative scoop shops willing to take risks and broaden their customers’ horizons beyond chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry. Intrepid foodies can cool off with frozen treats that taste like horseradish, foie gras, and avocado, while Philadelphia's Little Baby’s Ice Cream is pushing the boundaries of taste with chilly offerings like everything bagel, Maryland BBQ, ranch, and cricket cake.

Cricket-flavored ice cream, created by Philadelphia-based Little Baby's Ice Cream
Little Baby's Ice Cream

Everything Bagel-flavored ice cream, created by Philadelphia-based Little Baby's Ice Cream
Little Baby's Ice Cream

As Lonely Planet News reports, Little Baby’s Ice Cream launched its first signature “oddball” ice cream—Earl Grey sriracha—in 2011. Since then, its rotating menu has only gotten quirkier. In addition to the aforementioned flavors, customers who swing by Little Baby’s this summer can even try pizza ice cream.

The store created the savory flavor in 2011, to celebrate neighborhood eatery Pizza Brain’s inclusion into Guinness World Records for its vast collection of pizza memorabilia. The savory, Italian-esque snack is made from ingredients like tomato, basil, oregano, salt, and garlic—and yes, it actually tastes like pizza, Little Baby’s co-owner Pete Angevine told Lonely Planet News.

Pizza-flavored ice cream, made by Philadelphia-based Little Baby's Ice Cream
Little Baby's Ice Cream

“Frequently, folks will see it on the menu and be incredulous, then be convinced to taste it, giggle, talk about how surprised they are that it really tastes just like pizza … and then order something else,” Angevine said. “That’s just fine. Just as often though, they’ll end up getting a pizza milkshake!”

Little Baby’s flagship location is in Philadelphia's East Kensington neighborhood, but customers can also sample their unconventional goods at additional outposts in West Philadelphia, Baltimore, and a pop-up stand in Washington, D.C.’s Union Market. Just make sure to bring along a sense of adventure, and to leave your preconceived notions of what ice cream should taste like at home.

[h/t Lonely Planet]

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Warby Parker Is Giving Away Free Eclipse Glasses in August
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Warby Parker

When this year’s rare “all-American” total solar eclipse comes around on August 21, you’ll want to be prepared. Whether you’re chasing the eclipse to Kentucky or viewing it from your backyard, you’ll need a way to watch it safely. That means an eclipse filter over your telescope, or specially designed eclipse glasses.

For the latter, you can just show up at your nearest Warby Parker, and their eye experts will hand over a pair of eclipse glasses. The stores are giving out the free eye protectors throughout August. The company’s Nashville store is also having an eclipse party to view the celestial event on the day-of.

Get your glasses early, because you don’t want to miss out on this eclipse, which will cross the continental U.S. from Oregon to South Carolina. There are only so many total solar eclipses you’ll get to see in your lifetime, after all.

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