Good 39º scattered clouds morning. Topped at 93º yesterday.
Upon observing his wife applying wads of cotton to toothpicks to clean their infant's ears, Leo Gerstenzang (1892-1973), conceived the idea of manufacturing a ready-to-use cotton swab.
Gerstenzang was born into a Jewish family in Warsaw, then part of the Congress Kingdom of Poland. He immigrated to Chicago, Illinois, in 1912. From 1918 to 1919, he returned to Europe as a representative of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee. In 1919, he was still living in Chicago, and became a naturalized US citizen there on September 29, 1919. By 1921, he had moved to New York City. He founded the Leo Gerstenzang Infant Novelty Co., a firm which marketed baby care accessories.
The product was originally called "Baby Gays" and in 1926, the labels were changed to read "Q-tips Baby Gays". Later, the name Baby Gays was discarded and Q-tips became the identifying mark for cotton swabs. The “Q” in Q-tips stands for quality and the word “tips” describes the cotton swab at the end of the stick.
The product went on to become the most widely sold brand name of cotton swabs in North America. The term "Q-tip" is often used as a genericized trademark for a cotton swab in the United States and Canada.
The Q-tips brand is owned by Unilever and had over $200 million in US sales in 2014.
If your family loves baked macaroni and cheese, then they're going to be so excited when you serve 'em a slice of this Macaroni and Cheese Pie. And, since you don't have to pre-cook the macaroni, you better believe this baked mac n cheese recipe is extra easy!
- 2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese, divided
- 1 cup uncooked elbow macaroni
- 4 eggs
- 1/8 teaspoon dry mustard
- 2 1/4 cups milk
- 1/2 cup biscuit baking mix
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper