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Fun fact!

Everyone remembers that the newton is named after Sir Isaac Newton, who discovered gravity, and that the kilogram is named after Lord Humphrey Kilogram, who climbed trees to drop apples on Newton.

But few remember Pierre de Litre, who introduced water to France.

Before de Litre's time, everyone in France drank only wine, and bathed only in wine. (White wine— bathing in red was forbidden because it terrified the pathologists.)

de Litre's breakthrough revolutionised industry. Winemills (not windmills) became watermills. The invention of water also led to useful innovations such as ice cubes and bidets.

However, after de Litre's death the wine growers of France hushed up his work. It wasn't until after the Revolution that people rediscovered water.

"Eau!" they said in surprise— hence the name.

@marnanel And the second is named after Charles the Second, patron of the Royal Society ...

@wim_v12e and it has been a secret for decades that 10 very beautiful dancers in a circus unfortunately had not beautiful voices as well, but tortured a professor's ears who was at that time studying about noise and pleasant sounds, and about measuring sound's volume. The dancers called themselves The Decibelles. @marnanel @resist1984

@marnanel

"The product was named after the city of Newton, Massachusetts, and contrary to popular belief, has nothing to do with Sir Isaac Newton."

@edavies gosh. Someone made up this joke a *long* time before I did!

@marnanel In French schools, long time ago, wine was given to children. It was considered less dangerous than water: low alcohol level but enough to kill bacterias. Parents were horrified to learn school switching from wine to water ;)

@mdk that makes perfect sense! In England (I think) it was small beer, i.e. beer with water.

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