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Monthly Archives: May 2015

  • 4 Inventions You Didn't Know Came from San Francisco

    4. Fortune Cookies

    fortune cookieMany people are surprised to learnĀ  that the fortune cookies that are included with most cheap Chinese take out meals actually have Japanese origins. While a few people claim to have been the person to bring the fortune cookie to America, the general consesus is that a Japanese man credit Makoto Hagiwara with the invention. It is based on a traditional Japanese cookie that was modernized in the 1890's, in the Japanese Tea Garden located in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park. The cookies were produced in the local backery, Benkyodo.

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  • 4 Unbelievable Facts from Los Angeles' Scandalous History

    4. Griffith Park Was Donated to L.A. By a Convicted Criminal

    griffith j griffithGriffith Park was donated to the city of Los Angeles by mining magnate Colonel Griffith J. Griffith. He purchased 4,000 acres of the Rancho Los Feliz in 1882. In December of 1896, he donated 3,015 of the ranch to Los Angeles to be used as a public space, which became Griffith Park. However, in 1903 Griffith shot his wife in the face at the Arcadia Hotel. She survived the shooting, surprisingly, although lived without her right eye and was forever disfigured. A highly publicized trial followed and Griffith was convicted for assault with a deadly weapon. Even though the public initially thought he abstained from alcohol, the trial unearthed his violent drinking problem. He was sentenced to two years in San Quentin State Prison and was treated for his "condition of alcoholic insanity." After leaving jail, he tried to build a theater and observatory in Griffith park, but the donation was blocked by the city due to his sullied reputation. However, the philanthropist let the offer stand in his will, and after he passed away in 1919, the city used the money offered in his estate to build the Greek Theater and Griffith Observatory in Griffith Park, which are used to this day.


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  • Get Your Child a Globe for Graduation

    The School Year is Almost Up

    graduation-2In just a few weeks, as May ends and June comes around, schools will be holding graduation ceremonies and students will be moving onto the next part of their lives, whether it is another school year, a new school completely or the dreaded "Real World." If you are in the market to get a relative a gift, consider a globe. For one, it's a novel present, one that not many people get, but still very appropriate for the occasion. Also, while it can be used to decorate a future dorm room or apartment that the graduate might be moving on to, it still continues to educational merit besides its obvious aesthetic ones.


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  • Act Now to Get a Mother's Day Gift

    A Globe for Mother's Day

    cheetasThere's only 7 more days until Mother's Day, so be sure to order a gift for her today to make sure it arrives on time. There are many handmade, artisanal globes in our collection that would delight any mother with their stunning design and brilliant cartography. Don't let another Mother's Day go by without getting Mom something that shows her how special she is to you. No more last minute gifts or cards--consider one of these stunning globes, with their artful construction and geographical splendor, to give to the person who loves you most in the world! Any Mom would go crazy over Columbus Globes, which has been in the industry the longest of any other manufacturer in the world. Over 100 years of craftsmanship and innovation have gone into producing these brilliant world globes, which are built to last a lifetime.


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