Fun Facts and Daily Trivia for Monday, November 30, 2015
The 334 day of the year
31 days left to go
THIS WEEK IS
- Cookie Cutter Week
- Clerc-Gallaudet Week
- Cider Monday
- Cyber Monday
- Computer Security Day
- National Meth Awareness Day
- Stay Home Because You're Well Day
- National Mousse Day
ON THIS DATE...
1803: Spain finalized the process of ceding Louisiana to France, which had sold it to the United States.
1887: George Hancock invented softball at the Farragut Boat Club in Chicago. At first, it was played indoors with a stick and a boxing glove (Read more).
1913: Charles Chaplin made his screen debut in Mack Sennett`s short film 'Making A Living.'
1958: Coed Records released "16 Candles" by the Crests (Song)
1971: the television movie "Brian's Song" aired on ABC. The story was based on the relationship between Chicago Bears' running backs Gale Sayers and Brian Piccolo, who died of cancer.
1974: Marva Drew of Waterloo, Iowa, completed typing from one to 1-million on a manual typewriter. It took her six years and 2,473 sheets of paper.
1982: Michael Jackson's "Thriller," one of the most popular albums of all time, was released.
1983: Radio Shack introduced its Tandy Model 2000 computer using the Intel-186 processor (Read more).
1984: Japan’s #3 automaker, Toyo Kogyo, changed its name to Mazda and announced plans to build a $450-million plant in Flat Rock, Michigan.
1988: The Soviet Union stopped jamming broadcasts of Radio Free Europe for the first time in 30 years.
1990: A Los Angeles sanitation truck driver, protesting unsafe trucks and job stress, dumped 10 tons of garbage on the street in front of city hall.
1993: President Clinton signed into law the Brady bill, which required a five-day waiting period for handgun purchases and background checks of prospective buyers.
1997: A 34-year-old man walked into the Bielefeld, Germany, police station and confessed to an armed bank robbery in the town ten years earlier. The man told police he had found God after finding a Bible in the street and wanted to confess.
2002: A shoplifter who stuffed a frozen chicken drumstick down his underpants was caught because he couldn't stop hopping around at a supermarket in Saronno, Italy. A cashier spotted the 25-year-old man "bouncing about and adjusting himself" repeatedly. A security guard held the man for police, with the evidence in his pants.
2005: The world's first partial-face transplant was conducted in France where a woman was given a new nose, lips and chin following a brutal dog bite.
2007: famed motorcycle daredevil Evel Knievel died of natural causes at the age of 69.
2013: "Fast & Furious" franchise star Paul Walker and a friend were killed in a single car accident in Santa Clarita, California. Walker was attending a charity event at the time of the accident.
On this day in 1954, Ann Hodges becomes the only confirmed person in history to have been hit by a meteorite (Source)
On a clear afternoon in Sylacauga, Alabama Ann was napping on her couch, covered by quilts, when a softball-size hunk of black rock broke through the ceiling, bounced off a radio, and hit her in the thigh, leaving a pineapple-shaped bruise.
Before the meteorite slammed into Ann's living room, people in tiny Sylacauga and across eastern Alabama had reported seeing "a bright reddish light like a Roman candle trailing smoke," according to the Web publication "The Day the Meteorite Fell in Sylacauga," which was produced by the Alabama Museum of Natural History in 2010.
A government geologist working in a nearby quarry was called to the scene and determined the object was a meteorite. So many people flocked to Hodges's house that when her husband, Eugene Hodges, a utility worker, returned home from work, he had to push gawkers off the porch to get inside.
Ann was so overwhelmed by the crowd that she was transferred to a hospital. With Cold War paranoia running high, the Sylacauga police chief confiscated the black rock and turned it over to the Air Force. After the Air Force confirmed it was a meteorite, the question then was what to do with it. The public demanded the space rock be returned to Ann, and she agreed.
"I feel like the meteorite is mine," she said, according to the museum. "I think God intended it for me. After all, it hit me!"
Here are today’s five thing to know about Chocolate Mousse (Source)
The word mousse is French and translates as “froth” or “foam.”
Cold dessert mousses are often poured into decorative glasses and garnished with fruit, sweet sauces, or whipped cream.
Savory mousses can be made from fish, shellfish, meat, foie gras, etc.
There are three key constituents to a mousse: base, binder, and aerator.
They may be hot or cold and are often squeezed through a piping bag onto some kind of platform to be used as hors d’oeuvres.
Savory mousse dishes were an 18th century French achievement. Dessert mousses (generally fruit mousses) began to appear much later, in the second half of the 19th century.
The first written record of chocolate mousse in the United States comes from a Food Exposition held at Madison Square Garden in New York City in 1892.
Chocolate mousse came into the public eye in the U.S. in the 1930s, about the time as chocolate pudding mixes were introduced.
WORD OF THE DAY
[luhl] Verb--used with an object
to put to sleep or rest by soothing means: to lull a child by singing.
to soothe or quiet
"The loving mother attempted to lull the child to sleep with a song"
INTRIGUING BIBLE FACT
The name Isaac means "laughter" or "he laughs"
"Abraham gave the name Isaac to the son Sarah bore him. When his son Isaac was eight days old, Abraham circumcised him, as God commanded him. Abraham was a hundred years old when his son Isaac was born to him. Sarah said, "God has brought me laughter, and everyone who hears about this will laugh with me." (Gen 21:3-6)
WORD FROM THE WORD
Rejoice that your names are written in heaven--Luke 10:20
Read "Our Daily Bread"