Halfway through the week! Ready for a Wednesday edition of random facts? Here we go!
-- Ever wondered who invented the napkin? Well, no need to wonder any longer! Napkins were invented by Leonardo da Vinci in 1491. The artist wrote in his diaries that for as long as he worked for the Duke of Milan as Master of Ceremonies, he thought of offering an alternative way for guests to wipe their hands during banquets.
DaVinci wrote that originally the Duke tied up live rabbits soaked in greace and decorated with ribbons to the guest’s chairs so they could wipe their hands on the animal’s back. Da Vinci found this quite inappropiate, and tried to change table habits, presenting a cloth for each guest instead.
-- Ever wonder how the Great Wall of China has stayed strong for all of these years? The mortar used in the Great Wall of China included sticky rice! True story.
-- And finally, the most watched episode of a TV series last decade, not counting one-off events like the Super Bowl, was . . . the series premiere of "Undercover Boss" in 2010 with 38.7 million viewers. Probably because it came on right after Super Bowl 44.