October 15, 2004
• The haiku form was established in Japan as a way of protesting the changes an Emperor made to a court poet's work to change its meaning. The edited version had the five-seven-five syllable pattern, which the poet never deviated from in future.
• The average woman's purse contains 35 separate objects.
• John Adams and his wife Abigail were avid ballroom dancers.
• In 1917 a Nobel Prize for etiquette was selected, but was not awarded after several scientists threatened to boycott the event.
• The multiple-choice test was patented in 1837, by a private New York City middle school.