1. In 1892, the Goodyear tire company started to manufacture rubber and canvas shoes named "Keds" - when one ad man made the claim that the shoes were quiet on most surfaces, the name "sneakers" became an everyday term for the shoes. For more strange info on sneakers such as Kool-Aid flavored sneakers, see http://www.mentalfloss.com/blogs/archives/12131
2. John Adams and Thomas Jefferson died on the same day - July 4, 1826 - the 50th anniversary of their signing of the Declaration of Independence.
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