Thursday, November 20, 2014

Fun Facts for Friday, November 21, 2014

Fun Facts for Friday, November 21, 2014
The 325 day of the year
40 days left in the year


THIS WEEK IS 

  • National Hunger & Homeless Awareness Week
  • International Fraud Awareness Week
  • American Education Week
  • National Book Awards Week
  • National Global Entrepreneurship Week



TODAY IS

  • Alascattalo Day
  • Beaujolais Nouveau Day  
  • World Hello Day 
  • World Television Day 
  • Gingerbread Day
  • National Stuffing Day



ON THIS DATE...
1783 - Fran├žois de Rozier and the Marquis d'Arlandres made the first human flight in a hot-air balloon, in Paris, in a balloon built by the Joseph-Michel Montgolfier and Jacques-Etienne Montgolfier.


1871 - The cigar lighter was patented by Moses F. Gale of New York City.


1877: Thomas Edison announced the invention of his phonograph.  


1922: Rebecca Felton of Georgia became the first woman to serve in the United States Senate. 
1925: Harold "Red" Grange played his final game for the University of Illinois. 


1944: "The Roy Rogers Show" was heard for the first time on the Mutual Broadcasting System. 

1945: the Pulitzer Prize-winning play, "Diary of Anne Frank," opened on Broadway.


1964: the Verrazano Narrows Bridge opened.  Upon its completion, the bridge was the world's longest suspension bridge and linked the New York City boroughs of Brooklyn and Staten Island. 

1970: The Partridge Family topped the pop singles chart with "I Think I Love You." (Song)


1976: The movie "Rocky" starring Sylvester Stallone premiered on this date. (Trailer)

1980: 87 people died in a fire at the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada. 
1980: 83-million viewers tuned in to "Dallas" to find out "Who Shot J-R?." 


1981: Olivia Newton-John topped the pop singles chart with "Let's Get Physical." 

1983: Michael Jackson's 14-minute "Thriller" video premiered in Los Angeles.  It cost more than one-million dollars to produce. 
1987: actors Bruce Willis and Demi Moore married in Las Vegas, Nevada.  
1995: The Beatles’ Anthology I sold 450,000 copies in its first day of release. Acording to Capitol Records, it was the most single-day sales ever for an album.


2006: the Black Eyed Peas was the big winner at the 34th Annual American Music Awards.  The group accepted three awards.  Other winners included the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Mary J. Blige and Kelly Clarkson who all received two awards.  Jimmy Kimmel hosted the event from the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. 
2010: Canadian pop star Justin Bieber was the big winner at the American Music Awards, winning four awards. 



HISTORY SPOTLIGHT

Who Shot JR? (Taken from Link


In the final scene of the 1979-80 season, the character J.R. Ewing, played by Larry Hagman, was shot twice by an unseen assailant. The episode, titled "A House Divided," was broadcast on March 21, 1980.
Production for the 1980-81 season began in June 1980, but Hagman—who had begun the show in a secondary role but now was the star—refused to film the show without a raise. He returned to work ten days later with a new contract that paid him $100,000 per episode and royalties from J.R. Ewing merchandise. Viewers had to wait an additional two months to find out the answer to the famous question, however, as a strike by the Screen Actors' Guild began in July that delayed the production of most new network shows by eight weeks. During the delay, CBS showed early Dallas episodes with Ewing, helping the show's many new fans better understand his character.
Ultimately, the person who pulled the trigger was revealed to be Kristin Shepard (played by Mary Crosby) in the "Who Done It?" episode which aired on November 21, 1980. Kristin was J.R.'s scheming sister-in-law and mistress, who shot him in a fit of anger. J.R. did not press charges, as Kristin claimed she was pregnant with his child as a result of their affair.
"Who Done It?" was, at the time, the highest-rated television episode in U.S. history. It had a Nielsen rating of 53.3 and a 76% share, and it was estimated that 83 million people watched the episode, more than the number of voters in that year's presidential election.



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Gingerbread (Taken from Link)


Gingerbread is said to have been invented by the Greeks around 2800 B.C. At one time gingerbread was made with breadcrumbs and sweetened with honey, but as it made its way throughout the world it was adapted to meet the tastes of different cultures. That is why if you sample gingerbread in a country other than your own it may not look or taste as you expected. It can be a bread, a spicy sweet cake or a molded/shaped cookie that can range from light colored with just a touch of spice to dark colored and very spicy.  

The largest gingerbread house in the U.S. was fittingly constructed inside the largest mall in the U.S. when a 67-foot-tall gingerbread abode was built inside Minnesota's Mall of America in 2006. The house, which took nine days to construct, could have fit the country's largest gingerbread man, also made in 2006, who stood over 20 feet high and weighed over 1,308 pounds)

The largest gingerbread house in the U.S. was fittingly constructed inside the largest mall in the U.S. when a 67-foot-tall gingerbread abode was built inside Minnesota's Mall of America in 2006. The house, which took nine days to construct, could have fit the country's largest gingerbread man, also made in 2006, who stood over 20 feet high and weighed over 1,308 pounds


WORD FOR THE DAY



aplomb \uh-PLOM\, noun:
Assurance of manner or of action; self-possession; confidence; coolness.

"Mary was unexpectedly asked to fill in for the lead singer of the praise band; she sang several songs, handling herself with the aplomb of a professional."



INTRIGUING BIBLE FACT 

The church at Thessalonica thought that they had missed the Day of the Lord. Paul wrote for clarification and also gave them a mild rebuke. They were asking him something that he had already answered. 

"Now concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our being gathered together to him, we ask you, brothers, 2 not to be quickly shaken in mind or alarmed, either by a spirit or a spoken word, or a letter seeming to be from us, to the effect that the day of the Lord has come. 3 Let no one deceive you in any way. For that day will not come, unless the rebellion comes first, and the man of lawlessnes is revealed, the son of destruction, 4 who opposes and exalts himself against every so-called god or object of worship, so that he takes his seat in the temple of God, proclaiming himself to be God. 5 Do you not remember that when I was still with you I told you these things?" (2 Thes 2:1-5).


WORD FROM THE WORD


The cares of this world . . . choke the word. —Matthew 13:22



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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Fun Facts for Thursday, November 20, 2014

Fun Facts for Thursday, November 20, 2014
The 324 day of the year
41 days left in the year


THIS WEEK IS 

  • National Hunger & Homeless Awareness Week
  • International Fraud Awareness Week
  • American Education Week
  • National Book Awards Week
  • National Global Entrepreneurship Week



TODAY IS

  • Great American Smokeout
  • African Industrialization Day
  • Globally Organized Hug A Runner Day aka G.O.H.A.R.D.
  • Name Your PC Day
  • National Peanut Butter Fudge Day
  • Universal Children's Day
  • Use Less Stuff Day
  • November Beaujolais Nouveau Day
  • National Absurdity Day




ON THIS DATE...
1789: New Jersey became the first state to ratify the Bill of Rights. 
1928: the historic Boston Gardens opened. 


1943: U.S. Marines landed on Beach Red on Betio, the largest island of the Tarawa Atoll.  It turned out to be the bloodiest beachhead in Marine history. 

1947: Britain's future queen Princess Elizabeth married Phillip Mountbatten, Duke of Edinburgh.  


1959 - One of America’s great rock jocks was fired from WABC radio in New York. The ‘Moondoggy’ himself, Alan Freed, was axed in the midst of the payola music scandal.

1966: the musical, "Cabaret," opened on Broadway. 
1974: The United States filed an antitrust suit to break up AT&T.
1975: "A Clockwork Orange" opened in theaters across the United States. 
1975: Ronald Reagan announced his candidacy for the 1976 Republican presidential nomination. 
1977: Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Steve Largent began his NFL streak of 177 consecutive game receptions. 


1977: Barbara Walters interviewed Egyptian leader Anwar Sadat and Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin. 


1982: seven-year-old Drew Barrymore hosted "Saturday Night Live." 


1982: the University of California football team beat Stanford 25-to-20 after running back kickoff in the final seconds of the game.  The strange part about the outcome was the fact the Stanford marching band started taking the field as the kick return was taking place.  The California players crashed into several band members as the winning touchdown was scored. 
1984: the 50-billionth McDonald's hamburger was made.  The milestone was celebrated at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in New York City. 
1995: in a BBC Television interview, Princess Diana admitted to being unfaithful to Prince Charles. 
1997: Dallas Mavericks forward A-C Green played in his 907th consecutive game, breaking the NBA record. 
2004: Fred Hale, Sr., the man dubbed the oldest man in the world, died in his sleep just days before what would have been his 114th birthday.  Hale was born on December 1st 1890 in New Sharon Maine when Benjamin Harrison was president and there were only 43 states in the United States.  


2005: the Muhammad Ali Center in Louisville, Kentucky was dedicated and opened to the public on this date.  Upon opening, the center boasted a full-size boxing ring and several floors of pictures of boxing legend Muhammad Ali. 
2009: holding back tears, the Queen of Talk, Oprah Winfrey announced that she would be ending her highly successful daytime talk show "The Oprah Winfrey Show" at the end of its 25th season on September 9: 2011.  Oprah's Chicago-based talk show began syndicating nationally 1986. 

2009: the highly-anticipated "Twilight" film sequel "The Twilight Saga: New Moon" opened in theaters nationwide, setting box office records upon its release.  The film earned 72-point-five-million-dollars in the U.S. on Canada on its first day of release, beating the single day opening record held by 2008's "Batman" sequel "The Dark Knight."  Over the three-day box office weekend, "New Moon" took in more than 140-million-dollars to notch the third highest North American opening weekend of all time. 
2011: Taylor Swift was the big winner at the 39th Annual American Music Awards, winning Artist of the Year and two other awards.  



HISTORY SPOTLIGHT

Essex sunk by sperm whale on this date in 1820  (Taken from Link


The American whaler Essex, which hailed from Nantucket, Massachusetts, is attacked by an 80-ton sperm whale 2,000 miles from the western coast of South America.

The 238-ton Essex was in pursuit of sperm whales, specifically the precious oil and bone that could be derived from them, when an enraged bull whale rammed the ship twice and capsized the vessel. The 20 crew members escaped in three open boats, but only five of the men survived the harrowing 83-day journey to the coastal waters of South America, where they were picked up by other ships. Most of the crew resorted to cannibalism during the long journey, and at one point men on one of the long boats drew straws to determine which of the men would be shot in order to provide sustenance for the others. Three other men who had been left on a desolate Pacific island were saved later.

Herman Melville's classic novel Moby Dick (1851) was inspired in part by the story of the Essex.



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Self-Storage (Taken from Link


The United States now has 2.3 billion square feet of self-storage space. (The Self Storage Association notes that, with more than seven square feet for every man, woman and child, it’s now “physically possible that every American could stand — all at the same time — under the total canopy of self-storage roofing.”)



WORD FOR THE DAY

portent  [pawr-tent, pohr-]


noun
1. an indication or omen of something about to happen, especially something momentous.
2. threatening or disquieting significance:

"Shelby, knowing that there was a 90% chance of blinding snow, believed that these first snowflakes she was seeing were likely portent"



INTRIGUING BIBLE FACT 

The Old Testament laws commanded that a leprous person live in exile away from the community. 

"The leprous person who has the disease shall wear torn clothes and let the hair of his head hang loose, and he shall cover his upper lip[b] and cry out, ‘Unclean, unclean.’ 46 He shall remain unclean as long as he has the disease. He is unclean. He shall live alone. His dwelling shall be outside the camp" (Leviticus 13:45-45).

[Contrast this with Jesus' treatment of the man with leprosy in Mark 1:40-44]



WORD FROM THE WORD


Faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead. —James 2:17

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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Fun Facts for Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Fun Facts for Wednesday, November 19, 2014
The 323 day of the year
42 days left in the year


THIS WEEK IS 

  • National Hunger & Homeless Awareness Week
  • International Fraud Awareness Week
  • American Education Week
  • National Book Awards Week
  • National Global Entrepreneurship Week



TODAY IS

  • American Made Matters Day   
  • Equal Opportunity Day (aka Gettysburg Address Day)   
  • GIS Day (Geographic Information Systems)     
  • Have A Bad Day Day 
  • International Men's Day  
  • Rocky and Bullwinkle Day 
  • Women's Entrepreneurship Day  
  • World Toilet Day  
  • Carbonated Beverage with Caffeine Day
  • National Play Monopoly Day
  • National Educational Support Professionals Day




ON THIS DATE...
1493: Christopher Columbus discovered Puerto Rico on his second voyage to the New World.


1620: The Mayflower arrived off the coast of Cape Cod. 


1794: United States and Britain signed the Jay Treaty.


1861: Julia Ward Howe wrote "The Battle Hymn of the Republic" while visiting Union troops near Washington


1863: President Abraham Lincoln delivered his Gettysburg Address as he dedicated a national cemetery at the Civil War battlefield. 
1895: Frederick E. Blaisdell of Philadelphia, PA patented what he called the paper pencil -- a paper-wrapped pencil with a string for revealing more lead, like those china markers you buy these days.


1954 - The first automatic toll collection machine went into effect at the Union Toll Plaza on New Jersey's Garden State Parkway.

1954: Sammy Davis, Jr., was involved in a serious auto accident which resulted in the loss of sight in his left eye.  He called the accident the turning point of his career. 
1959: the last Edsel rolled off the assembly line.  Ford Motor Company decided to stop production of the unpopular car. 


1965: Kellogg's Pop Tarts were created. 



1969 - Pele scored his 1000th soccer goal in his 909th first-class match



1969 - U.S. astronauts Charles Conrad, Jr. and Alan Bean became the third and fourth humans to walk on the surface of the Moon after their landing module, Intrepid, touched down as part of the Apollo 12 mission.


1975: "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" premiered.  Jack Nicholson eventually won an Oscar for his role in the film. 

1980: CBS banned advertisements for Calvin Klein jeans featuring Brooke Shields. 


1990: the duo Milli Vanilli was stripped of their 1989 Best New Artist Grammy after admitting they didn't sing on their album. 

1996: Pamela Anderson filed for divorce after 21-months of marriage to Motley Cue drummer Tommy Lee. 


1997: Iowa couple Bobbi and Kenny McCaughey welcomed their new additions to the family  --  seven babies.  Bobbi, who had been taking fertility drugs to get pregnant, gave birth to the world's only known set of living septuplets in Des Moines, Iowa  --  four boys and three girls.  The McCaugheys already had a two-year-old daughter.   (See story

1999: the James Bond flick "The World Is Not Enough" opened in theaters nationwide.  


2004: in what was considered to be one of the worst brawls in the history of the NBA, things got out of hand between players and fans during a game between the Indiana Pacers and the Detroit Pistons in Auburn Hills, Michigan.  The incident began win Pistons center Ben Wallace was fouled hard by Pacers forward Ron Artest.  Wallace shoved Artest, causing both benches to clear.  Artest then went after a fan who apparently threw a cup of beer at him, causing the brawl to escalate out of control.  The game was called with just over 45 second remaining and the Pacers were awarded a 97-82 victory.  (See Video)



HISTORY SPOTLIGHT

Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address (Taken from Link


Perhaps the most famous battle of the Civil War took place at Gettysburg, PA, July 1 to July 3, 1863. At the end of the battle, the Union's Army of the Potomac had successfully repelled the second invasion of the North by the Confederacy's Army of Northern Virginia. Several months later, President Lincoln went to Gettysburg to speak at the dedication of the cemetery for the Union war dead. Speaking of a "new birth of freedom," he delivered one of the most memorable speeches in U.S. history.
At the end of the Battle of Gettysburg, more than 51,000 Confederate and Union soldiers were wounded, missing, or dead. Many of those who died were laid in makeshift graves along the battlefield. Pennsylvania Governor Andrew Curtin commissioned David Wills, an attorney, to purchase land for a proper burial site for the deceased Union soldiers. Wills acquired 17 acres for the cemetery, which was planned and designed by landscape architect William Saunders.
The cemetery was dedicated on November 19, 1863. The main speaker for the event was Edward Everett, one of the nation’s foremost orators. President Lincoln was also invited to speak “as Chief Executive of the nation, formally [to] set apart these grounds to their sacred use by a few appropriate remarks.” At the ceremony, Everett spoke for more than 2 hours; Lincoln spoke for 2 minutes.
President Lincoln had given his brief speech a lot of thought. He saw meaning in the fact that the Union victory at Gettysburg coincided with the nation’s birthday; but rather than focus on the specific battle in his remarks, he wanted to present a broad statement about the larger significance of the war. He invoked the Declaration of Independence, and its principles of liberty and equality, and he spoke of “a new birth of freedom” for the nation. In his brief address, he continued to reshape the aims of the war for the American people—transforming it from a war for Union to a war for Union and freedom. Although Lincoln expressed disappointment in the speech initially, it has come to be regarded as one of the most elegant and eloquent speeches in U.S. history.



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World Toilet Day (Taken from Link)


According to the World Toilet Organization (WTO), the average person uses a toilet 2,500 times year, or six to eight times daily. However, not all toilet uses are followed by a flush.

In addition, according to the United Nations' WHO/UNICEF JMP for Water supply and sanitation, nearly 40% of the world’s population, or around 2.6 billion people, lacks access to a toilet. According to Dr Margaret Chan, WHO's Director-General, the absence of a toilet at home has a serious impact on health and social development. A toilet at home spares a family from illness, health care expenses, and time lost from work and school.

Toilet flush surges occur in coincidence with major TV events such as the Academy Awards, when people all head off to the toilet at once during commercials or at the end of the show.




WORD FOR THE DAY


Redolent
red-l-uhnt
having a pleasant odor; fragrant.
odorous or smelling (usually fol. by of): redolent of garlic. 
suggestive; reminiscent (usually fol. by of): verse redolent of Shakespeare.

"After a full day of sweaty soccer, Sarah was dirty and smell; however, with the help of some warm water and Mr. Bubble, Sarah returned to her clean, redolent self"



INTRIGUING BIBLE FACT 
At Jesus' baptism, the Holy Spirit descended upon Him as a dove

"Then John gave this testimony: "I saw the Spirit come down from heaven as a dove and remain on him" (John 1:32)


WORD FROM THE WORD


When the people complained, it displeased the Lord; for the Lord heard it, and His anger was aroused. —Numbers 11:1


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