1.Blues guitarist Mike Bloomfield’s dad held patents on a few very common restaurant items:
“He held the patents on some classic stove-side accessories: the hexagon-shaped glass salt shaker with the holes on top in the shape of a Star of David, the glass sugar canister with the stainless steel trap-door top and the classic diner coffee machine that still, to this day, bears the Bloomfield moniker. By 1965, the elder Bloomfield had cashed in his coffeemaker and other patents to Beatrice Foods, one of the top corporations in the world, and walked away with mucho millions.”
(Al Kooper from Gadfly March/April 2001)
- Sperm whales got their name from the spermaceti inside their heads, which somehow got confused with whale semen.