Infobrew Archives

What your coffee knew in December 2008.

December 31
On this day in 1997, Microsoft bought the Hotmail email service for $400 million.
Your coffee really wants a spam filter.

December 30
The first freeway in California opened on this day in 1940.
Your coffee wants a carpool lane.

December 29
On this day in 1851, the first American YMCA opened.
Today’s coffee is served by a police officer, a native American chief, a cowboy, a construction worker, and a military man.

December 26
On this day in 1865, James H. Mason patented the coffee percolator.
Your coffee is a drip grind.

December 25
The Massachusetts General Court ordered a five-shilling fine for “observing any such day as Christmas” on this day in 1651.
Your coffee wants to go wassailing.

December 24
On this day in 1968, aboard the Apollo 8 spacecraft, the first humans orbited the Moon.
Your coffee wants a zero-gravity space infuser.

December 23
The Voyager experimental airplane, piloted by Dick Rutan and Jeana Yeager, landed at Edwards Air Force Base in California after completing the first around-the-world non-stop flight on this day in 1986.
Your coffee is still waiting for its luggage.

December 22
Today is the birthday of American actress Barbara Billingsley.
Your coffee speaks jive.

December 19
On this day in 1918, Robert Ripley published his first “Believe It or Not” cartoon feature in “The New York Globe.”
Your coffee doesn’t believe it.

December 18
An automobile speed record of 39 MPH was set on this day in 1898.
Your coffee always drives with its right-turn signal blinking.

December 17
The Wright Brothers made their first powered flight on this day in 1903.
Your coffee keeps its tray table in the upright and locked position.

December 16
On this day in 1773, the “Boston Tea Party” took place.
Your coffee attended the Boston Koffee Klatch.

December 15
On this day in 1815, Emma by Jane Austen was published.
Your coffee, hot, black, and rich, with a comfortable aroma and happy disposition, seemed to unite some of the best blessings of existence. . . .

December 12
On this day in 2000, the United States Supreme Court declared the Florida recount unconstitutional, effectively making George W. Bush the President-elect.
Your coffee’s opinions are never ever politically motivated.

December 11
On this day in 1934, the first inmates arrived at the federal prison on Alcatraz Island.
Your coffee is stir-crazy.

December 10
On this day in 1851, American librarian Melvil Dewey was born.
Your coffee can be found under Dewey number 641.3373.

December 9
The global eradication of smallpox was certified on this day in 1979.
Your coffee wants a neutralizing antibody.

December 8
James Thurber was born on this day in 1894.
Your coffee maker goes ta-pocketa-pocketa-pocketa.

December 5
The Twenty-first Amendment to the United States Constitution, which ended Prohibition, was ratified on this day in 1933.
Your coffee could use a drink.

December 4
On this day in 1875, William Magear “Boss” Tweed escaped from jail.
Your coffee belongs to the Columbian Order.

December 3
On this day in 1968, in order “to get more batting action,” Major League Baseball lowered the pitching mound five inches and reduced the height of the strike zone.
Your coffee throws a beanball.

December 2
On this day in 1954, the United States Senate censured Senator Joseph McCarthy for “conduct that tends to bring the Senate into dishonor and disrepute.&rdquo
Your coffee has a list of names.

December 1
Mr. Peanut was trademark registered on this day in 1925.
Any resemblance between Planters’ Mr. Peanut and Infobrew’s Mr. Bean is purely coincidental.