I always assumed from their name that the Bridgestone Corporation was founded by some English or American rubber manufacturer. But I just learned that it’s a Japanese company that was founded by Ishibashi Shojiro. Ishi-bashi translates as bridge-stone and he decided to use that as his company’s name.
Little Nemo, do you have any kind of authoritative cite for the top hat claim from the other thread? All I can find aside from untrustworthy sites is an off-hand mention in a BBC sidebar. I’d love to use the anecdote in something I’m writing, but I want to confirm it.
Bridgestone’s European site -> Corporate -> History back that one up.
Though it seems to bear no connection to the historical Faust, Gutenberg got a loan from a german lawyer by the name of Faust to complete his printing press. Faust didn’t like what Gutenberg was doing later on for some reason, and demanded repayment. Gutenberg didn’t have the money, and was forced to hand over his presses and half his printed bibles.
I didn’t know that the K/T boundary was only dated to plus or minus 40,000 years. Seems like a fairly broad range for a supposedly instantaneous event. I was also surprised to learn that the Permian extinction event might have lasted a hundred million years, or so. Of course, it might have all been over in a few million years. I think the “periodic extinction theory” needs a bit of work.
My in-laws were next door neighbors with Tom Brady until a month or two ago. He had lots of hotties coming through his doors. I am heterosexual as they come but I could have tried to be a cock-tease for him until recently just to see what would happen. I wouldn’t do him anymore than I would a Golden Retriever just because things don’t play that way.