The main island in the Orkney Islands is known, simply enough, as The Mainland.
I thought today's random fact might resonated especially here on Newfoundland, because we use the same phrase to describe the rest of North America, but particularly the rest of Canada, not to mention Labrador.
Before settling on a name inspired by the first mate in the novel Moby-Dick, the founders of Starbucks had first thought about calling the enterprise Pequods, after Capt. Ahab's ship. It didn't roll right off the tongue, and hence the switch. More here.
The winner of the Indy 500 race downs a bottle of milk upon victory, making it one of the more wholesome beverages to be associated with a sports victory (but not, of course, precluding other drinks from later being quaffed). The Los Angeles Times explains why:
After three-time winner Louis Meyer drank buttermilk in Victory Lane in 1936, a milk industry executive made an effort to have future winners repeat the gesture, and it eventually stuck.
Alfred Hitchcock was the first person to receive a lifetime achievement award from BAFTA, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts. Hitchcock received the BAFTA Fellowship Award in 1971, about three decades after he relocated to Hollywood, and nine years before his death.
Dot Dot Dot is Morse code for the letter 'S,' the full message Guglielmo Marconi claimed to have received atop Signal Hill in St. John's in 1901. It ushered in the age of telecommunications. My maternal grandfather worked as a telegraph operator for Canadian Marconi on Signal Hill for many years.
As well, I have a habit of overusing the ellipsis when I write ... as frequent readers might notice.