Saturday, October 3, 2015

Fun Facts and Daily Trivia for Monday, October 5, 2015

Fun Facts and Daily Trivia
Monday, October 5, 2015
The 278 day of the year-- 
87 days left to go 

  • 4-H Week (Link)
  • Emergency Nurses Week
  • Fire Prevention Week
  • Mental Illness Awareness Week
  • National Midwifery Week (Link)
  • National Carry A Tune Week
  • Financial Planning Week
  • Kids' Goal Setting Week
  • National Health Care Food Service Week (Link)
  • Spinning and Weaving Week
  • National Physicians Assistant Week

  • Child Health Day
  • Day of Unity
  • International Day of No Prostitution
  • World Day of Architecture
  • World Day of Bullying Prevention / Blue Shirt Day (Link)
  • World Habitat Day
  • World Teachers Day (See History Spotlight) 
  • National Do Something Nice Day
  • National Apple Betty Day (Link)


1877: “From where the sun now stands, I will fight no more forever.” With those words, Chief Joseph and the Nez Perce Indians surrendered to the U.S. Cavalry. The surrender took place at Bear’s Paw, Chinook, Montana (Read more).

1892: The Dalton Gang, notorious for its train robberies, was wiped out while attempting to rob two banks in Coffeyville, Kansas. Four members of the gang and four citizens were killed. Gang member Emmett Dawson survived serious wounds and was sentenced to life in prison (read more).

1921: the World Series was broadcast on radio for the first time

1930: Laura Ingalls completed the first transcontinental airplane flight by a woman. She flew a bi-plane from New York to California in four days (read more).

1945: "Meet the Press" premiered on radio. 
1947: President Harry S. Truman became the first President to address the nation via television. 

1950: Groucho Marx's game show "You Bet Your Life" debuted on NBC. 

1962: In England, Parlaphone Records released the Beatles' first record, "Love Me Do." Ringo Starr, who had just joined the group, was too nervous to play drums, so he played tambourine.

1969: "Monty Python's Flying Circus" debuted on BBC television.

1974: American David Kunst became the first person to walk around the world. The stroll took four years and 21 pairs of shoes. He crossed four continents and walked 14,450 miles.
1975: Harry Chapin released "Cats in the Cradle" (Listen--if you want to cry that is) 

1979: The movie "10" starring Dudley Moore, Julie Andrews, and Bo Derek opened in 650 theaters.

1985: Eddie Robinson became college football's all-time winningest coach as Grambling defeated Prairie View A&M 27-7. It was Robinson's 324th career victory, one more than Paul "Bear" Bryant.
1989: Evangelist Jim Bakker was convicted of using his TV show to defraud followers of over $150-million.

1989: the Dalai Lama won the Nobel Peace Prize for non-violent efforts to free Tibet from China. 

1991: Marky Mark & the Funky Bunch (with Loleatta Holloway) hit number one... one... one in the U.S. with "Good Vibrations".
1995: In Kumi, Uganda, a thief was convicted of stealing an elderly man’s big edible rat. The ratnapper was sentenced to 12 strokes of the cane and ordered to trap five edible rats for his victim.
1997: When the First United Methodist Church women’s group in Tulsa lit all 95 candles on Mabel McCullough’s birthday cake, it set off the fire alarm. It did not trigger the sprinkler system, but five engines and two ladder companies of firefighters showed up for the party.

1999: Actor Kevin Spacey received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

2003: A Brazilian mother and daughter who hadn't seen each other for 17 years met up when they were put in the same prison cell in Sao Paulo's Pinheiros prison. The daughter, arrested for robbery, had run away from home at age eight. Mom was doing time for drug dealing.

2004: comic actor Rodney Dangerfield died at the age of 82. He was best known for his self-deprecating catchphrase, "I can't get no respect" (Watch). 

2004:  golf superstar Tiger Woods tied the knot with Swedish model Elin Nordegren in a lavish ceremony in Barbados.  
2006: A 22-year-old man attempted to drive 310 miles in reverse on a remote Australian Outback highway after his transmission failed, blocking his forward gears. He drove about 12 miles before Western Australia state police spotted his car roaring in reverse down the highway at about 40 mph. An alcohol breath test was negative, but police charged the backer with reckless driving.
2009: late night funnyman David Letterman apologized to his staff and to his wife, Regina, as controversy swirled over his admission to having sexual relationships with several female staff members over the years.  Letterman admitted that his wife had been, "horribly hurt" by his behavior and promised to fix his relationship.  Letterman says he was forced to make the admission after an alleged blackmail plot threatened to expose him. 

2011: Apple Inc. co-founder Steve Jobs died on this date after a battle with cancer and other health issues.  He was 56. 


World Teachers Day (Source)

On this day in 1994, the United Nations first celebrated World Teachers Day. World Teachers Day recognizes that teachers are the “most powerful force for equity and access to quality education” worldwide.


Here are today’s five thing to know about Apple Betty (Source

  • The apple is the pomaceous fruit of the apple tree, species Malus domestica in the rose family (Rosaceae).
  • It is one of the most widely cultivated tree fruits, and the most widely known of the many members of genus Malus that are used by humans.
  • Apples grow on small, deciduous trees.
  • The tree originated in Western Asia, where its wild ancestor, Malus sieversii, is still found today.
  • Apples have been grown for thousands of years in Asia and Europe, and were brought to North America by European colonists.


peripeteia  [per-uh-pi-tahy-uh, -tee-uh] 

a sudden turn of events or an unexpected reversal.

"In a state of true peripeteia, Josephine, mouth agape, stood, back to back with her younger brother Trevor and for the first time realized that he was indeed taller than her"


The Philistines, who were being cursed because the ark of God was in their country, sent the ark back with some unusual items.... 

"and took two milk cows and yoked them to the cart and shut up their calves at home. 11 And they put the ark of the Lord on the cart and the box with the golden mice and the images of their tumors" (1 Samuel 6:10-11). 


Show me, Lord, my life’s end. Psalm 39:4

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Thursday, October 1, 2015

Fun Facts and Daily Trivia for Friday, October 2, 2015

Fun Facts and Daily Trivia
Friday, October 2, 2015
The 275 day of the year
90 days left in the year

  • Banned Books Week
  • National Chimney Safety Week
  • National Fall Foliage Week
  • World Hearing Aid Awareness Week

  • Guardian Angels Day
  • International Day of Non-violence
  • National Custodial Workers Day
  • Phileas Fogg's Wager Day
  • World Farm Animals Day
  • Lee's National Denim Day
  • National Diversity Day
  • World Smile Day
  • National Name Your Car Day
  • National Fried Scallops Day
  • National Manufacturing Day

1835: The first battle of the Texas Revolution took place.  American settlers defeated a Mexican cavalry near the Guadalupe River. 
1916: the San Diego Zoo was founded. 
1919: President Woodrow Wilson suffered a stroke that left him partially paralyzed. 
1920: The only triple-header in baseball history was played, as the Cincinnati Reds took two out of three games from the Pittsburgh Pirates.

1937: 26-year-old Ronald Reagan made his acting debut in "Love is in the Air." 

1949: the longtime radio show, "The Aldrich Family," debuted on NBC Television. It also became the first television sitcom. 

1950: the first "Peanuts" comic strip appeared in nine newspapers. 
1953: Edward R. Murrow's "Person to Person" debuted on CBS Television. 

1955: "Alfred Hitchcock Presents" debuted on CBS. 
1959: "The Twilight Zone" aired for the first time on CBS. Rod Serling was the creator and host of the show.
1965: The Who made their U.S. debut on the television show "Shindig!" 

1967: Thurgood Marshall became the first black sworn in as an associate justice of the Supreme Court. 

1986: the Everly Brothers received a star on the Hollywood Walk-of-Fame. 
1995: O.J. Simpson's eight month murder trial came to an end when the jury hearing Simpson's case reached a verdict of not guilty after only four hours of deliberations. 
2000: NBC's "Today" show expanded its format to include a third hour for the first time in the show's 49-year history.  

2004: evacuations were ordered after a volcano alert level was raised on the Mount Saint Helens.  Geologists said an eruption of the volcano was imminent. 

2005: more than 103-thousand fans in Mexico City watched the Arizona Cardinals down the San Francisco 49ers 31-14 in the NFL's first regular season game outside of the United States.   Quarterback Josh McCown passed for a career-high 385 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Cardinals to their first win of the season.  

2008: almost 70-million Americans tuned in to the televised debate between vice presidential nominees Sarah Palin and Joe Biden.  It was the largest audience for a VP debate in American history, shattering the record set in 1984 between Vice President George H. W. Bush and Democrat Geraldine Ferraro. 
2011: "60 Minutes" essayist Andy Rooney made his last regular appearance on the CBS news magazine program.  The 92-year-old commentator began delivering his essays on the show in 1978 with reflections on statistics. 


On this day in 1919, President Woodrow Wilson suffered a stroke at the White House (Taken from Link

The stroke, which left Wilson paralyzed on one side, was a turning point for Wilson's presidency and, many argue, the world. Wilson collapsed Oct. 2 in the White House after a national tour seeking support for the Treaty of Versailles and America's entrance into the League of Nations. He went into seclusion for the remainder of his presidency.


Alfred Hitchcock (Taken from Link

Sir Alfred Joseph Hitchcock pioneered many techniques in the suspense and psychological thriller genres. After a successful career in British cinema, he moved to Hollywood in 1939 and became a U.S. citizen in 1955.

Around age five, according to Hitchcock, he was sent by his father to the local police station with a note asking the officer to lock him away for five minutes as punishment for behaving badly. This incident not only implanted a lifetime fear of policemen in Hitchcock, but such harsh treatment and wrongful accusations would be found frequently throughout his films. Hitchcock directed more than fifty feature films in a career spanning six decades. 


loblolly  [lob-lol-ee]  

noun, plural lob·lol·lies.

South Midland and Southern U.S. a mire; mudhole

"Joey's mom, who was not accustomed to life in the south, had no idea what lay in store for her when his cousins invited him to play in the lobloly"  


Jesus, who is God incarnate, knew firsthand what king Solomon wore. 

“And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these" (Matt 6:28-29).


[Jesus] said to the sea, “Peace, be still!” —Mark 4:39

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Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Fun Facts and Daily Trivia for Thursday, October 1, 2015

National Homemade Cookies Day!
(I'll bring the milk) 
Fun Facts and Daily Trivia for Thursday, October 1, 2015
The 274 day of the year
91 days left in the year

  • Banned Books Week
  • National Chimney Safety Week
  • National Fall Foliage Week
  • World Hearing Aid Awareness Week

  • CD Player Day
  • Fire Pup Day
  • International Day of Older Persons
  • International Music Day
  • Model T Day
  • National Book It! Day
  • National Lace Day
  • World Vegetarian Day
  • National Walk Your Dog Day
  • National Homemade Cookies Day

1880: John Philip Sousa was named the new conductor of the United States Marine Corps Band.  He composed the popular Marine Corps march, "Semper Fidelis (read more)" 

1888: "National Geographic" was published for the first time. (see quick trivia below)

1890: Yosemite National Park was established (Link). 
1903: the first World Series began.  The series pitted the Boston Pilgrims against Pittsburgh Pirates.  Boston eventually won the series. 
1908: the Ford Model T was introduced to the public at a cost of 825-dollars. 
1928: the Federal Communications Commission issued a mandate that all U.S. radio stations have call letters starting with either a W or a K (read more). 
1931: New York City's George Washington Bridge was completed. 1938: German troops entered Czechoslovakia, setting off what would be World War Two. 

1942: Robert Stanley of the Bell Aircraft Corporation tested the X-P 59 at Muroc Army Base in California.  The X-P 59 was the first U.S. jet aircraft. 

1949: Communist Party Chairman Mao Tse-tung raised the first flag of the People's Republic of China. 

1952: "This is Your Life" debuted on NBC.  The popular show was hosted by Ralph Edwards. 

1961: New York Yankees slugger Roger Maris belted his record-breaking 61st home run of the season.  The record is now held by Barry Bonds.  

1962: "The Tonight Show starring Johnny Carson" debuted on NBC.  Johnny went on to host the show for 29 years. 

1964: San Francisco's cable cars were declared a National Landmark. 
1966: I Love My Dog was released by Cat Stevens. He was 19 years old. Five years later, he recorded such hits as Wild World, Morning Has Broken, Peace Train and Oh Very Young. By 1979, Cat Stevens [born, Steven Demitri Georgiou], disenchanted with the music business, converted to the Islamic religion and changed his name to Yusef Islam.

1971: Walt Disney World opened in Orlando, Florida. 

1974: former Attorney General John Mitchell and four other Nixon administration officials went on trial on Watergate cover-up charges. 
1977: the U.S. Department of Energy was established. 
1977:  77,691 fans saw world-famous soccer player Pele in the last game of his career -- at the Meadowlands in New Jersey. He played the first half with the New York Cosmos and the second half with his former team, Santos of Brazil.

1980: Robert Redford became the first man to appear alone on the cover of "Ladies Home Journal." 
1982: the FDA issued a warning against Tylenol capsules after seven people died from ingesting the capsules over a three day period.  The capsules were recalled a few days later.  The incident led to the implementation of regulations requiring tamper-resistant packaging for all over-the-counter medication.  
1982: Disney's EPCOT Center opened in Orlando, Florida. 
1988: Mikhail Gorbachev was named Russian President. 

1992: Cartoon Network begins broadcasting.
1995: Margaret Gorman Cahill, the first Miss America beauty pageant winner, died at the age of 90.  Cahill was crowned Miss America in 1921.  
2000: the Olympic Games came to a close in Sydney, Australia.  
2001: the Supreme Court suspended former President Clinton from practicing law before the high court.  The Arkansas Supreme Court's Committee on Professional Conduct called for the initial suspension, saying Clinton lied about his affair with former White House intern Monica Lewinsky under oath.  
2003: in the wake of controversial comments he made about Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb, radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh resigned from his analyst duties at ESPN.  

2007: a California judge ordered pop star Britney Spears to hand over her two children to their father, Spears' ex-husband Kevin Federline, "until further notice."  The move followed complaints filed by Federline's attorney about Spears' erratic behavior and concerns that the children, two-year-old Sean Preston and one-year-old Jayden James, were not being properly cared for in Spears' custody. 

2009: David Letterman announced during an episode of his CBS late night talk show "Late Show With David Letterman" that he was a target of an attempted extortion scheme that threatened to expose his sexual relationships with a number of his female staff members.  CBS producer, Robert Joel Halderman, was arrested and charged with grand larceny.  


The Model T (Source

On October 1, 1908, the first production Model T Ford is completed at the company's Piquette Avenue plant in Detroit. Between 1908 and 1927, Ford would build some 15 million Model T cars. It was the longest production run of any automobile model in history until the Volkswagen Beetle surpassed it in 1972.

Before the Model T, cars were a luxury item: At the beginning of 1908, there were fewer than 200,000 on the road. Though the Model T was fairly expensive at first (the cheapest one initially cost $825, or about $18,000 in today's dollars), it was built for ordinary people to drive every day. It had a 22-horsepower, four-cylinder engine and was made of a new kind of heat-treated steel, pioneered by French race car makers, that made it lighter (it weighed just 1,200 pounds) and stronger than its predecessors had been. It could go as fast as 40 miles per hour and could run on gasoline or hemp-based fuel. 

Ford kept prices low by sticking to a single product. By 1914, the moving assembly line made it possible to produce thousands of cars every week and by 1924, workers at the River Rouge Ford plant in Dearborn, Michigan could cast more than 10,000 Model T cylinder blocks in a day.


Dalmatian's and fire houses (Source

Nearly every early firehouse had a resident Dalmatian dog. The job of the Dalmatian was to direct the horses, keep the horses company and guard the firehouse. When the fire bell sounded, the Dalmatians would run out of the firehouse, to let people know that they should get out of the way because the horses would soon be coming out. They would run along side of the horses and then help calm the horses at the fire site and also guard the fire wagons. Today fire stations do not keep horses, but many firehouses still have a Dalmatian. The resident Dalmatian is still responsible for guarding the firehouse and the fire trucks.  It is not true that Dalmatians are kept at firehouses because they're deaf and therefore, the siren does not bother their ears nor make them "spook" like it would other dogs.  Dalmatians do tend to suffer from deafness, but that has nothing to do with their firefighting abilities or why they where chosen for the job.

National Geographic facts:

  • "National Geographic" was one of the first magazines to include color photographs. 
  • "National Geographic's" first supplemental map included with the magazine was the "Western Theatre of War," which was featured in the May 1918 issue.  The map was added to the magazine as World War One reference material for troops stationed in Europe as well as their families back home. 
  • In 1995, a Japanese edition of "National Geographic" was launched, marking the first time the magazine was published in a language other than English.  "National Geographic" is now printed in over 40 languages. 
  • "National Geographic" has won 28 National Magazine Awards, including eight Photography awards and seven General Excellence awards.  It was named Magazine of the Year in 2011. 


lucubrate \LOO-kyoo-breyt\, verb:
1. To work, write, or study laboriously, especially at night.
2. To write learnedly.

"Jonnie knew he would have to lucubrate day and night to pass his algebra test."


To get King David to acknowldge his sin, the prophet Nathan told him a story about a poor man's little ewe lamb.

"The LORD sent Nathan to David. When he came to him, he said, "There were two men in a certain town, one rich and the other poor. The rich man had a very large number of sheep and cattle, but the poor man had nothing except one little ewe lamb he had bought. He raised it, and it grew up with him and his children. It shared his food, drank from his cup and even slept in his arms. It was like a daughter to him. "Now a traveler came to the rich man, but the rich man refrained from taking one of his own sheep or cattle to prepare a meal for the traveler who had come to him. Instead, he took the ewe lamb that belonged to the poor man and prepared it for the one who had come to him." David burned with anger against the man and said to Nathan, "As surely as the LORD lives, the man who did this deserves to die! He must pay for that lamb four times over, because he did such a thing and had no pity." Then Nathan said to David, "You are the man!" (2 Samuel 12:1-7).


Do this in remembrance of Me. —1 Corinthians 11:24

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