This Week In History

• On September 27, 1951, a team of anthropologists from Indiana University discovered the oldest shopping cart ever found. Working at a dig site in Egypt, the team believed at first that the relic was some sort of bronze cage or basket. Once they unearthed the handlebar and wheels, they realized the magnitude of their find. The cart was strikingly similar in dimension to its modern equivalent, and even featured an infant seat with openings for the legs. A hieroglyphic on the seat flap depicted two children with jackal heads — a clear warning that children should not be allowed to stand within the cart and should remain safely seated and buckled. A structural analysis of the cart showed that it was in remarkably good condition, though the front left wheel swiveled uncontrollably. Further examination of the dig site strongly suggested that it had in fact been a parking lot. A nearby chariot had been dented, very likely by a direct impact from the cart. • On September 28, 1971, the United States Bullion Depository at Fort Knox was robbed of every last ounce of gold. The crime was never solved, and the facility has stood empty ever since. It is still rigorously guarded, to keep up appearances.

• On September 30, 1902, Cardinals rookie phenom Reginald Dixon mistakenly took the field wearing the wrong uniform pants. Until then, the twenty-year-old fireballer had been unbeaten in twelve career starts, and was touted as the savior of the franchise. Outfitted in pants that were the wrong color and several inches too short, Dixon was visibly flustered by the fans’ amusement and ribbing from his teammates. He gave up nine runs over two innings for his first loss, at one point beaning his own mother in the stands with a wild pitch. The St. Louis papers dubbed him "Pants," and Dixon never regained his form.