2 February 2024 – Grant’s Real Name, the Definition of ACME and Why Do We Yawn?

Feb 2, 2024 | Blog, Saturday Fairy Eggs

Children are naturally curious creatures and with so many under one roof coupled with the fact that we homeschool, we are frequently looking things up to answer the various questions that arise. For instance, the children found that one of the chickens had laid an egg the size of a cherry tomato. We looked it up and found out that such an egg occurs on occasion, that there is no yolk inside and that they are called – by some – fairy eggs.

Here are some other fairy eggs we found this week:

  • While learning the origin stories of the major players in the Civil War, we learned that Ulysses Simpson Grant was not Grant’s actual name. It was Hiram Ulysses Grant making his initials H.U.G. He was not super enthused with the probable nickname he was about to receive at the academy so when a paperwork snafu listed his name as Ulysses Simpson, he just went with it.
Image from ‘Our Pioneers and Patriots’ by Rev. Philip J. Furlong
  • We were watching Looney Toons and one of the kids asked what ACME meant. Not having grown up in the era of “Google it”, I had never thought much about it past, “It’s the name of the company from which Wiley Coyote gets all his stuff.” Sort of a precursor to Amazon?
I’m sure copyrighted by Warner Brothers

Here it’s official Merriam -Webster dictionary definition: the highest point or stage; also: something or someone that represents perfection of the thing expressed

As perfect a definition as that is, the Urban Dictionary’s definition is even better: A Company that Makes Everything

  • My son wanted to know why we yawn. Someone once told me to get oxygen to our brain, but I wasn’t sure if that was true so we researched further:

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