Bid and Destroy: Facts

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1.              Prior to finding Danley Demo in 1993, Lee Danley put in 30 years as an experienced builder. He was the General Manager of a well established construction company before he decided to leave and he and his wife, Rita, went into business for themselves.

2.              Danley Demo is a family run and operated business; Lee focuses on finding the work, Rita handles the book keeping, and their daughter Gina serves as the on-site safety supervisor for all demolition jobs.

3.              An excavator is the primary machine used on site during demolitions. An excavator is a 360-degree rotating piece of construction equipment that has the ability to lift, crush, and dig.

4.              In earlier years, Americans used dynamite for construction and demolition to build and demolish all kinds of structures.

5.              As cities starting to form and build upwards during the 20th century, the need for demolitionists became inevitable. In order to be able to build structures such as skyscrapers, you would need workers who could safely bring down what needed to be demolished without damaging surrounding structures.

6.              The popular Pac-Man icon was modeled after a pizza pie, with one slice removed.

7.              Over 100,000 Pac-Man units were sold in the game’s first year of distribution. It successly spun off a counterpart video game, Ms. Pac-Mac, and an animated TV series, “Pac-Man Fever.”

8.              The Seeburg Wall-o-Matic tabletop jukebox’s earliest model was produced in 1928, but was made popular in the diners of the 1950’s.

9.              The O’Day sailboat was originally conceived by George O’Day and designed with assistance from Uffa Fox in 1956. Today, these boats continue to be manufactured by the Cape Cod Shipbuilding Co.

10.           George O’Day won an Olympic Gold Medal in yachting in 1960.

11.           Gold has been used in dentistry for thousands of years, initially for the health and care of teeth but more recently for cosmetic aesthetics.

12.           Taxidermy is a three dimensional way of preserving an animal for display by filling it with stuffing and mounting it.  In some cases, taxidermy is reproduced with all manmade materials.

13.           The word itself, ‘taxidermy’ has Greek origins, loosely translating to ‘the movement of skin’.

14.           After the Civil War started in the 1860s, the Confederate government decided to create a separate currency system and released it’s own notes to the citizens of the South.

15.           The North created and circulated counterfeit notes, which caused a tremendous inflation. This inevitably led the Southern citizens to lose confidence in the Confederate currency they were using.

16.           Merrill Piano Company was established in 1885 out of Boston, MA, but the brand was discontinued shortly before the Great Depression.

17.           Around 1925, Merrill Piano Company became a part of the National Piano Manufacturing Company.

18.           The 1909 Indian Head $5 Gold Coin was designed unlike other coins, with features that were “incused,” or recessed, rather than raised.

19.           The Miss America Bicycle was launched by Huffy in the late 1960’s. It was a limited model, a bike for young girls that also had a counterpart bicycle, the Mr. America Bicycle.

20.           In 2010, fire department responded to an estimated 370,000 house fires in the U.S.

21.           A Voltage regulator is a device that maintains the flow of electrical voltage and current being sent and prevents power surges.

22.           Mobile homes originated as horse-drawn wagons in the 1800’s and then were reinvented with the introduction to the automobile industry.

23.           In 1966, Winnebago produced their first motor home. It was produced on an assembly line, which meant that Winnebago could sell their product for roughly half of what their competitors charged.

24.           By 1977, Winnebago had manufactured over 100,000 motor homes, which was more than any other company had done up until that point.

25.           The first slot machine invented by Charles Fey around the turn of the 20th Century, was called the Liberty Bell.

26.           Herbert Mills created the Golden Nugget Slot machine.

27.           There are more than 4 million snowmobilers in the US and Canada.

28.           It has been noted that snowmobiles create a surge in winter tourism and boosts the economies of Snow Belt communities.

29.           When snowmobiles first gained popularity in the 1960’s, they topped out at a speed of 35mph and today snowmobiles can exceed 120mph.

30.           Hip flasks can be expensive to make. The good qualities ones are silver or chrome on the outside and lined with glass on the inside to prevent the spirits from developing a “tinny” flavor.

31.           Baroque pearls generally cost less than round pearls. Still of great quality, Baroque pearls are less in price is because of the irregularity of their shape.

32.           The rounder a pearl is, the more valuable and rare it is.

33.           Coca-cola was first sold to the public in 1886 out of Jacob’s pharmacy in Atlanta, GA.

34.           One of the most important factors that contributed to the success of the soft drink and syrup was advertising and marketing. Coca-cola became a household brand by the 1900’s because of the advertising campaign.

35.           Coca-cola memorabilia is a favorite among collectors because of the sheer volume of advertisements and the durability of their signs, products, etc.

36.           Invented in 1938, kerosene brush burners are used preserve crops and eliminating the weeds in cotton fields specifically

37.           Formed in Nuremberg, Germany the company, Schuco produced mini doll bears that became popular after the First World War.

38.           In 1927, Schuco released the extremely unique compact bear that doubled as a ladies purse, complete with compact powder, lipstick, and a mini puff for application.

39.           Sulphide Marbles are translucent marbles that encases a small figurine in the center. They were produced in Germany until the 1930’s.

40.           To make Sulphide marbles, once the porcelain figurine is created, a glassman will heat up glass and submerge the figurine completely. This process is repeated several times and the glass is folded and smoothed over.

41.           In the 1940s, Captain Marvel was Whiz Comic’s main feature. He was the most popular super hero of that time, even bigger than Superman.

42.           The earliest plows were simple tools made up of nothing but a crooked stick and an iron point.

43.           Charles Newbold patented the first cast-iron plow in 1797.

44.           Bayonets were originally plugged into the barrel of the gun, rather than being attached.

45.           Bayonet comes from the French word baionette.

46.           Larger bayonets doubled as swords and were used in close combat.

47.           The Model 1842 Musket was replaced by the .58 caliber Model 1855 Rifle-Musket as the standard arm of the U.S. Army.

48.           Scythes are meant to be used with two hands. Its most common uses are: mowing hay, maintaining lawns, cutting weeds, and harvesting small grains.

49.           Scythes aren’t used much today because the advancement of modern, more practical technology.

50.           Scythes are commonly associated with the Grim Reaper.

51.           The Oldsmobile Cutless 442 got its name from its mechanical specifications. It is pronounced “4-4-2,” representing the muscle car’s 4 speed manual transmission, 4-barrel carb, and its dual exhaust.

52.           The 1970 Cutlass is considered a muscle car. In order to fall under the term muscle car, it must be a 2-door, American made sports couple with a powerful engine.

53.           The 442 is regarded highly because of its exceptional handling and balanced performance.

54.           The 1970 442 was the 1970 Indianapolis 500 pace car.

55.           Spearguns are most commonly used in underwater fishing

56.           Roger Maris is known as the man that took Babe Ruth’s record.  Many people became angry with him when he began chasing Babe Ruth’s record. 

57.           Bobby Orr initially wore the number 27 during his hockey career with the Boston Bruins, but quickly changed to the famous number four. 

58.           Bobby Orr is considered the greatest defenseman of all time and one of the greatest athletes of the 20th century. 

59.           George “Babe” Ruth played for the New York Yankees from 1920-1934.

60.           Babe Ruth’s signature is one of the most forged signatures in the world.  Professional Sports Authenticator (PSA) rejects about 60 percent of Babe Ruth items sent in for authenticity. 

61.           The New England Patriots have been to the Super Bowl 7 times, winning 3. 

62.           Only 115 commemorative Mickey Mantle/Roger Maris bats were made.  115 was the number of homeruns they hit together in the 1961 season.

63.           “Group 1” locks offer you to use up to 6 numbers as your combination. 

64.           Bobby Orr played with the Bruins from 1966-1976.

65.           Bobby Orr helped the Bruins win 2 Stanley Cups, in 1970 and 1972.

66.           The German Army used the three-rotor Enigma machine as their standard cipher machine.

67.           The Enigma machine was thought of so highly by the Germans that they considered it useless if it was to fall into enemy’s hands.

68.           By the end of the war the German’s either destroyed or buried their Enigma machines so that recovered machines couldn’t help advance their enemies. 

69.           Cast iron bells came in an array of shapes and sizes. They were mainly used in taverns, churches, schools, farms and factories.

70.           Doodle Bugs were homemade, jimmy-rigged tractors that were fashioned by farmers with little money, but still in need of farm equipment.  

71.           “Hickory, Dickory, Dock” is a nursery rhyme that was used to introduce children to the fundamentals of telling time.

72.           The words spoken in the rhyme, “Hickory, Dickory, Dock” come from an ancient Celtic language spoken on the British Isles.  The words are meant to mimic the sound of an old clock.

73.           The Pla-Pal Poker Radio is a 4-tube radio from the early 1930’s.

74.           The Ultralight is an ultra-light sailplane that can be best described as “air chairs.” They are simple, low-flying gliders where the pilot sits out in the open rather than inside of a fuselage.  

75.           The Basic Ultralight Gliders are best characterized by their light wing loading, which results in slow flight. It is safe, comfortable, and allows soaring in small thermals (because of the ability to turn tightly).

76.           Cobs are coins minted in gold and known as the original “treasure coins” sought out by pirates.

77.           Cobs were hand-struck in throughout out central America between the 1500 and 1700s.

78.           Many cobs feature a cross on the front side of the coin and a coat-of-arms on the back.

78.           The 1946 Chris-Craft 22’ wooden boat is the same model used in the film “On Golden Pond.”

79.           During WWII, Chris-Craft suspended commercial production to produce military vessels.         

80.           Chris Smith & Sons Boat Company is formed in Algonac, Michigan in 1922

81.           Before Pinball was a game of skill, players would release a ball into the machine and shake it until it fell into a hole.

82.           No two fingerprints have ever been found to be the same in all of the human and automated computer comparisons ever conducted

83.           The industrial revolution brought on many failed attempts at improving the Billy Club – including, tear gas clubs, stun clubs, and clubs with integrated handcuffs.

84.           Slag glass originated in late 19th century England when glass manufacturers added slag from iron-smelting to molten glass to create their desired patterns.

85.           Many lampmakers during the Art Nouveau period used slag glass in their lamps or shades.

86.           After an individual receives cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), their chances of surviving can double or triple.

87.           Five-cent coins minted from 1942 to 1945 were actually made out of a wartime alloy composed of copper, silver, and manganese, instead of actual nickel.

88.           By 1941, the Bolex H-16 was the most popular 16mm camera in the entire world.

89.           The word “police” is derived from the Greek word “polis” which means city.

90.           The “emerald cut” was originally used exclusively for cutting emeralds. But eventually, it became suitable to cut other stones the same way, including diamonds.  


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