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Venetian blind patent

In 1841, the first U.S. patent for a venetian blind was issued to John Hampson of New Orleans, Louisiana on a "manner of retaining in any desired position the slats of Venetian Blinds" (No. 2223) It is said the first U.S. installation of Venetian blinds was in 1761 in St. Peter's Church, Third and Pine streets, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Bean soup

When the waitress in a New York City restaurant brought him the soup du jour, the Englishman was a bit dismayed. "Good heavens," he said, "what is this?" "Why, it's bean soup," she replied. "I don't care what it has been," he sputtered. "What is it now?"

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