There are many home appliances that feature this handy addition, such as ovens, dishwashers, and refrigerators. This mode usually overrides the everyday operation of the appliance to comply with the rules of Halakha, Jewish law. Refrigerators will keep interior lights off and disable compressors until the next day, while ovens can run to keep cooked food warm, among a number of other functions.
There are also lamps that will remain lit (so you aren’t doing work by turning them on) with a movable part to expose or block out the light. There are even Sabbath elevators. While the modes don’t ensure full compliance with religious requirements, some are still audited by an authority.
At Least the Ice Cream Is Real
If that's what they were trying to do, they certainly succeeded. Though the company only started with three flavors (vanilla, chocolate, and coffee), the smooth taste and indulgent nature of this treat took off. Despite hailing from the Bronx, founders Reuben and Rose Mattus chose the name simply because it sounded Scandinavian – specifically, Danish.
The pair felt that people would respond to the name well, and felt that Denmark was well-known for its Dairy products. Apparently, Reuben sat at the kitchen table for hours saying nonsensical words until he came up with a combination that he liked. It was certainly unique.
We'll Never Give Him Up
It's happened to all of us. We're browsing the internet, see a link that someone says is about the latest Marvel movie or something like that, and we immediately click it. Instead of Benedict Cumberbatch's handsome mug, we're treated to the opening chords of the eighties classic "Never Gonna Give You Up" by Rick Astley.
Yet, somehow, Astley hasn't made bank off the phenomenon – how can this be? One possible reason is Astley didn't compose or write the song, just perform it. But don't feel bad. Astley's career was revitalized by this practical joke, leading to bigger and better things. Plus, the song is a righteous banger.
Royalty That Knows How to Roll
As the oldest child of Princess Beatrix and the diplomat Claus Van Amsberg, Willem-Alexander has lived a somewhat charmed life. But just like any other child of the Netherlands, he wanted to show off his physical prowess in the famous ice skating tour. As the future king of the country, he had to do it in some secrecy to make sure nobody tried any funny business during the two-hundred-kilometer skating tour.
Willem-Alexander used the same pseudonym to run the New York City Marathon in 1992, similarly completing the event. We have to admit, good physical health seems like a good thing for a king to have.
Saving Space During Delivery
Letters and postcards take up a lot of space if you're trying to send it to millions of people on the other side of the world, which is why the army had to come up with something and fast – or be buried in the mail. Short for victory mail, V-mail was the solution. Despite only being used from June 1942 to November 1945, V-mail processed over one billion items.
Each piece is photographed using microfilm, and then the film, much smaller compared to the items themselves, is transported, reproduced, and finally delivered to the waiting G.I.s. It worked out perfectly, allowing soldiers to read and respond to mail to keep their spirits up, without bogging down shipping space with all that mail.