Noted American businessman and inventor, Earl Silas Tupper died on October 5, 1983. He was buried in a 100-gallon Tupperware container whose lid was “burped”to get an airtight seal before being lowered into the ground. Thousands paid their respect at a memorial Tupperware Party held earlier.

For indeed this was the man who invented and gave his name to Tupperware, a line of plastic containers in an almost infinite array of shapes and sizes that changed the way Americans stored their food. Tupper invented the plasticware back in the late 30s, but it didn’t really start worming its way into every household until the 50s when Tupper introduced his ingenious and infamous marketing strategy, the Tupperware Party. This clever gambit gave women the opportunity to earn an income without leaving their homes and to simultaneously annoy their friends and relatives.

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A Ruble for Your Thoughts

On October 5, 1992, former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev was banned from traveling abroad and fined 100 rubles for refusing to testify at Constitutional Court hearings. The court was probing the legality of Russian President Boris Yeltsin’s ban on the Communist Party after a failed 1991 coup. Gorbachev led the Communist Party from 1985 to 1991. Gorbachev called the trial a farce. “I would not say anything, even if I were led there in handcuffs.” (He said it in Russian, however.) One hundred rubles is equal to about 32 cents.

Inspirational Quote for 10/5/16

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One thought on “October 5, 1983: Burping in Polite Company

  1. George Burns has the answer… write in the name of your cab/uber driver or hair dresser/barber this election instead of voting for the pathological liar the DNC forced on us or the idiot who is not wanted by his party.

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