In 1780, Benjamin Franklin commissioned a large mahogany box from a London craftsman. His instructions for this custom-made item, intended to house a delicate scientific instrument, were unusually precise. In particular, he urged that special care be taken in selecting the mahogany because, in his words, there was “a great deal of difference in woods that go under that name.” He desired the “finest grained that you can meet with.”
Lauren Paul, who won a national championship as the women’s lacrosse coach at Franklin & Marshall College, was fired by the Lancaster, Pennsylvania, school after an investigation into a hazing complaint.
The washing facility for armored howitzers, set in Germany’s Black Forest, helped convince Daimler AG’s Lothar Ulsamer that he’d found the place to build a testing ground for Mercedes-Benz luxury cars.