today i learned – sun 17th dec 2017

today, we had christmas family get together number two at our household 😏

it was during a mad cracker pulling moment that today’s fact literally flew across the room at my face πŸ˜‚

#tdil who invented the christmas cracker and how it even came about 😏

so, according to the cracker filler than hit me in the face, the dude that invented the christmas cracker went by the name tom smith … possibly the most generic name ever πŸ˜…

the idea came to him in 1840 when he went on a trip to paris. whilst over there he discovered the ‘bon bon’ … a sugared covered almond that was wrapped in a twist of tissue paper 🍬.

he took this idea away and kinda copied it … except his tissue paper twist had a small love motto inside it instead of a bon bon. apparently peeps were all over it πŸ™ŒπŸ» especially at christmas πŸŽ…πŸ»

right, we’re about to get to the invention of the mad exploding bit 😏 apparently it came about whilst tom was trying to turn his creation into an even bigger success #getrich

tom threw a log on a fire and enjoyed the crackle noise … for some reason, he then thought “dude, i need my invention to make that noise?!” … much experimentation later, he had created a device that made a bang when his ‘bon bon’ thing was pulled πŸ‘πŸ» hey presto! we have the cracker that we enjoy today! 😁

mr.smith then took the idea and ran with it … after some more evolution, he bought a bigger premises and sold loads!

sadly, he died and left the business to his sons. it was actually his son walter that eventually came up with the idea to put paper hats and random gifts in the crackers πŸ™‚

and there you have it πŸ™ŒπŸ» the history of the christmas cracker! as per usual with these things, it’s actually a series of being in the right place at the right time … but it’s pretty interesting isn’t it! 😬

hope you enjoyed! 😘

au revoir πŸ˜‰ #tdil


who knew a cracker prize could teach you this much?! πŸ˜‚ fancy some more good stuff? you should just go ->here<-

(piccys! first one is ->here<-, the second image is ->here<- and the final picture/header is ->here<- … you would not believe how hard it is to find images of christmas crackers that you can use for free πŸ™„)

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