John Stewart of The Daily Show proposed to his wife with a custom crossword puzzle designed with the help of Will Shortz, the crossword puzzle editor of the New York Times. In 2000 Stewart met Tracy McShane on a blind date set up by a coworker.
Four years later, Stewart was scribbling away at crossword puzzles to seal the deal. Before they were even married, Stewart and his girlfriend filed for a joint name change to both legally become Stewart. Previously, Stewart’s legal name had been Jonathan Stuart Leibowitz.
The Stuarts have two children, and own a cat and two pit bull terriers. One of the pit bull terriers is named after Art Shamsky, the former New York Mets baseball player.
The 18th Century prototype for the chainsaw was used as a surgical tool for dissecting limbs and symphysiotomy. Symphysiotomy is a surgical operation in which cartilage is cut out of the pubis in order to widen the pelvis and allow the baby to pass through.
Scottish doctors John Aitken and James Jeffray invented the prototype around 1783-1785. This chain hand saw was particularly used for the removal of diseased knees and elbows. The chain saw was still in use for much of the 19th Century until the Gigli twisted wire saw replaced it.