Violets have long been described as having an ephemeral and almost magical scent, and with good scientific reason. The scent of violets comes from a compound called ionone which, aside from smelling very sweet, also has the peculiar property of overwhelming our scent receptors and temporarily shutting them off. This side effect means that over the course of smelling a violet several times in a row, our ability to smell it comes and goes in waves, creating the illusion that we’re smelling it anew again and again.
It is a tradition in Japan that all centenarians, those reaching the ripe old age of 100 years, are sent a silver sake cup by the Japanese Prime Minister.
By the 1890s, the Pinkerton Detective Agency, a privately owned network of detectives and security agents, had 2,000 detectives and 30,000 reserves—more men than the standing army of the United States.