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February 8, 1910 – Scouting Inspiration

In 1909, William D. Boyce, an American traveling in England, was lost in a dense London fog when a boy offered assistance. He guided Mr. Boyce to his destination but refused a tip, explaining that he was a Scout. Boyce asked the boy to take him to the British Scouting office, to meet Lord Robert Baden-Powell, the founder of Scouting. Boyce liked the organization so much that on February 8, 1910, he and three other men founded the Boy Scouts of America. Two years later, in 1912, Juliette Gordon Low founded the Girl Scouts in order to give girls the equivalent opportunity!

February 18, 1930 – Spilt Milk?

On February 18, 1930, a Guernsey cow from Missouri was loaded onto a plane at the St. Louis International Air Exposition. Reporters on the ground watched as Elm Farm Ollie made aviation history. Not only was Ollie the first cow to fly, but she was also the first cow to be milked while aloft. The milk was sealed into paper containers and parachuted over St. Louis, proving that while it may be true that pigs don’t fly, cows apparently do!

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Janet Harris of Sussex, England achieved the world record for eating peas. She ate 7,175 peas in 60 minutes using chopsticks.

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