- Kellogg's Shredded Wheat
- Aunt Jemima pancake mix
- Cracker Jack
- Juicy Fruit gum
- Pabst Blue Ribbon
- the zipper
- Extensive electric lighting (200,000 bulbs, illuminated by alternating current, instead of direct current)
- Belly dancing in America
NOT an Arab/Persian song at all..... it was thought up on the spot by Sol Bloom, Director of the Fair Midway)
- the Ferris Wheel
He bought a lot close to Jackson Park and built his "castle" - part retail space, part apartment space, part office space, part hotel, and part death machine. He designed every feature - bizarre hallways, gloomy rooms.... and soundproof iron vaults, windowless airtight chambers (piped with hidden gas jets), a dissecting lab, and a crematory kiln. Holmes purported to be a doctor and pharmacist, so residents and guests never questioned the pervasive smells of chloroform and acid. At the time, cadavers for academic use were hard to come by, so his pals helped him dispose of bodies, for profit - four of which became articulated skeletons at Cook County Hospital Medical School. Erik Larson's depiction of him is so frightening - Holmes began to plan their deaths... to happen months later.... the same day he met them.
Some estimates put the number of Holmes victims at as many as 200. Chilling, indeed.
Erik Larson has a new book out; I'm very eager to read In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin. Yikes.
Elias Disney was one of thousands of workers who built the White City. Although it burned to the ground in 1894, Elias told his little son Walt marvelous stories about it - how happy it made the people who visited. Disney theme parks and The White City have a LOT in common in terms of architectural and landscape design, exhibits, and the goal of being "The Happiest Place on Earth." Because for a brief shining moment, the White City WAS The Magic Kingdom.