Thursday, May 28, 2015

Fun Facts for Friday, May 29, 2015

National Paperclip Day
Fun Facts for Friday, May 29, 2015
The 149 day of the year
216 days left to go 


  • Mudbug Madness Week
  • Old-Time Player Piano Week
  • Hurricane Preparedness Week
  • National Tire Safety Week


  • National Paperclip Day
  • Bats Day
  • Hug Your Cat Day
  • Learn About Composting Day
  • International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers
  • Put A Pillow On Your Fridge Day
  • National Coq Au Vin Day


1453: Fall of Constantinople: Ottoman armies under Sultan Mehmed II Fatih captures Constantinople after a 53-day siege, ending the Byzantine Empire.

1848: Wisconsin is admitted as the 30th U.S. state.

1910: a race was held that pitted a plane against a train in a race from Albany, New York to New York City. The plane, and pilot Glenn Curtiss, won ten-thousand-dollar for the first place finish (Link). 

1912: the editor of the Ladies Home Journal, Mr. Edward Bok, fired 15 women when he caught them dancing the Turkey Trot during their lunch hour. 
1917: John F. Kennedy was born. 
1942: Bing Crosby recorded the Christmas classic, "White Christmas." It became the biggest selling single of all time.1942: the film "Yankee Doodle Dandy," starring James Cagney premiered at a war-bonds benefit in New York. 

1951: C. F. Blair became the first man to fly over the North Pole in a single engine plane.

1953: Mount Everest was conquered as Edmund Hillary of New Zealand and Tensing Norkay of Nepal became the first climbers to reach the summit. 
1956: "The Martha Raye Show" last aired on NBC-TV. 
1956: the film "Trapeze," starring Burt Lancaster, Tony Curtis and Gina Lollobrigida, premiered. 
1957: the film "Gunfight at OK Corral," starring Burt Lancaster and Kirk Douglas, opened in theaters nationwide. 
1961: food Stamps were first issued in the US. 

1962: Buck (John) O'Neil became the first black coach in major-league baseball.  He accepted the job with the Chicago Cubs. O'Neil had previously been a scout with the Cubs organization. 

1963: the film "Hud," starring Paul Newman, Patricia Neal, Melvyn Douglas and Brandon de Wilde, premiered. 
1963: the first James Bond flick, "Dr. No," starring Sean Connery and Ursula Andress, premiered. 
1965: Ralph Boston set a world record in the broad jump at 27-feet, 4-3/4 inches, at a meet held in Modesto, California. 
1974: President Nixon agreed to turn over 1,200 pages of edited Watergate transcripts. 

1974: "The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour" last aired on CBS-TV. 

1975: fans rioted when the Osmonds appeared at London's Wembley Stadium. 
1978: the price of postage stamps was raised from 13 cents to 15 cents. 
1982: "The Incredible Hulk" last aired on CBS-TV. 
1982: Survivor releases the single "Eye of the Tiger." The song, written at the request of Sylvester Stallone, who was unable to get permission for Queen's "Another One Bites the Dust" for "Rocky III," eventually topped the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 singles chart and the Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks chart. It also received an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Song.
1987: a jury in Los Angeles found director John Landis and four associates innocent of indecent manslaughter in regards to the deaths of Vic Morrow and two children during the filming of the movie "Twilight Zone." 
1989: Elvis Presley became a grandfather posthumously when his daughter Lisa Marie gave birth to a daughter named Danielle. 

1992: the film "Sister Act," starring Whoopi Goldberg, opened in theaters nationwide. 

1998: supermodel Cindy Crawford married bar owner Rande Gerber in a ceremony on a beach in the Bahamas. 
1999: the space shuttle "Discovery" completed the first-ever docking with the international space station. 
2000: the space shuttle "Atlantis" returned from a repair mission to the international space station. 
2003: Bob Hope celebrates his 100th birthday. 
2004: The National World War II Memorial is dedicated in Washington, D.C.
2005: Dan Whedon and his number-26 Andretti Racing Honda took the win in the "Greatest Spectacle in Racing" at the 89th running of the Indianapolis 500.  Rookie race car drive Danica Patrick finished fourth to become the first woman to lead a lap at the Indy 500. 

2009: The Walt Disney/Pixar animated movie "Up" premieres in theaters

2009: Jay Leno hosted what was widely touted as his final episode of NBC's "The Tonight Show," after a 17-year run.  His final guest was his "Tonight Show" successor Conan O'Brien and musical guest James Taylor.  Leno later would return to the "Tonight Show," bumping Conan from the series after just seven months. 


White Christmas (Source)

This 8 line song that paints a picture of holiday nostalgia was written by Irving Berlin. It was originally about a New Yorker stranded in sunny California during Christmas. Bing recorded it for the movie Holiday Inn with the Kim Darby Singers and the John Scott Trotter Orchestra on May 29, 1942 in 18 minutes (Crosby starred in the movie with Fred Astaire). Bing's record producer Jack Kapp thought that original opening verse about the sun, the palm trees in Beverly Hills and it being December the 24th would be meaningless outside of the film and persuaded Bing not to release it, and he never did. The song went on to win the Best Song Academy Award of 1942.


Benefits of Composting (Source)

  • Reduce or eliminate the need for chemical fertilizers.
  • Promote higher yields of agricultural crops.
  • Facilitate reforestation, wetlands restoration, and habitat revitalization efforts by amending contaminated, compacted, and marginal soils.
  • Cost-effectively remediate soils contaminated by hazardous waste.
  • Remove solids, oil, grease, and heavy metals from stormwater runoff.
  • Avoids Methane and leachate formulation in landfills.
  • Capture and destroy 99.6 percent of industrial volatile organic chemicals (VOCs) in contaminated air. See Innovative Uses of Compost: Bioremediation and Pollution Prevention.
  • Provide cost savings of at least 50 percent over conventional soil, water, and air pollution remediation technologies, where applicable. See Analysis of Composting as an Environmental Remediation Technology
  • Reduces the need for water, fertilizers, and pesticides.
  • Serves as a marketable commodity and is a low-cost alternative to standard landfill cover and artificial soil amendments.
  • Extends municipal landfill life by diverting organic materials from landfills.


(tās'ĭt) adj
Not spoken, implied by or inferred from actions or statements 

"The proud father showed gave tacit approval with a smile and wink"


Jeremiah was told not to get married. 

"You shall not take a wife for yourself nor have sons or daughters born in this place" (Jeremiah 16:2). 


As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways. —Isaiah 55:9

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Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Fun Facts for Thursday, May 28, 2015

National Brisket Day
Fun Facts for Thursday, May 28, 2015
The 148 day of the year
217 days left to go 


  • Mudbug Madness Week
  • Old-Time Player Piano Week
  • Hurricane Preparedness Week
  • National Tire Safety Week


  • Sierra Club Day
  • Slugs Return From Capistrano Day
  • National Brisket Day
  • National Hamburger Day

585: BC – A solar eclipse, as predicted by the Greek philosopher and scientist Thales, occurs.  
1665: the first Baptist Church was organized in Boston, Massachusetts. 

1830: Congress passed the Indian Removal Act, beginning the forced relocation of thousands of Native Americans in what became known as the Trail of Tears.

1863: the first black regiment from the North, the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry Regiment, left Boston to fight in the Civil War. 
1892: The Sierra Club was organized in San Francisco. 
1897: Jell-O was first introduced.  

1915: John Gruelle applied for a patent for his Raggedy Ann doll. 

1923: The U.S. Attorney General determined that it was legal for women to wear trousers.
1952: The women of Greece are given the right to vote.
1953: the first three-dimensional cartoon premiered at the Paramount Theatre in Hollywood, California.  The Walt Disney creation was titled "Melody." 

1959: monkeys Able and Baker safely returned to earth following a trip into space.  They became the first animals retrieved from a space mission. 

1961: Amnesty International was founded. 
1966: Percy Sledge topped the charts with the song "When a Man Loves a Woman." 
1982: the "Orient Express" went back into service.  The train transports people across the European continent. 
1985: Gary Mullins of Seattle, Washington, founded the Old Cola Drinkers of America.  The group's main goal was to bring back the original Coca-Cola formula. 

1987: 19-year-old German pilot, Mathias Rust, landed his private plane in Moscow's Red Square after moving undetected through Soviet air defense systems.  The stunt resulted in the Soviet Defense Minister and his assistant being fired.  Rust was sentenced to four years hard labor, but was released after eleven months. 
2001: President Bush honored America's veterans with the Memorial Day signing of legislation to construct a World War II monument on the National Mall.  
2001: CBS' "The Bold and the Beautiful" became the first daytime drama to offer a Spanish-language audio feed. 


Jell-O (Source

HELLO "There's Always Room for Jell-O." This is the campaign slogan of a simple gelatin dessert that today is known as "America's Most Famous Dessert." 

In 1845, Peter Cooper dabbled with and patented a product which was "set" with gelatin. Suffice it to say, it never did "jell" with the American public. In 1897, Pearle Wait, a carpenter in LeRoy, was putting up a cough remedy and laxative tea in his home. He experimented with gelatine and came up with a fruit flavored dessert which his wife, May, named Jell-O. He tried to market his product but he lacked the capital and the experience. In 1899 he sold his formula to a fellow townsman for the sum of $450.

The buyer already had some success in manufacturing and selling. He was one of the best known manufacturers of proprietary medicines. Orator Frank Woodward was born in North Bergen in 1856 and moved with his family to LeRoy in 1860. Life was not easy for the boy, but no job was too menial for him, because in his mind every opportunity was a step toward his goal. By 1876 he was making composition balls used by marksmen for target shooting. Then he engaged in the manufacture of a composition nest egg with "miraculous power to kill lice on hens when hatching." This became a widely known and used product in the United States and Canada.

On September 9, 1899 he purchased the name and the business of Jell-O from Mr. Wait. The bill of sale bears the name of Everett W. Bishop as witness. Manufacturing was carried on under the supervision of Andrew Samuel Nico of Lyons, NY. Sales were slow and disheartening for the new product, but income from Grain-O remained steady. One day in a gloomy mood "O.F." offered Sam Nico the whole blankety-blank business for $35. This story is vouchsafed by George McHardy. In 1900, the Jell-O name was first used by the Genesee Pure Food Company. The advertising campaign proved so successful that in 1902 Jell-O sales mounted to $250,000. Jell-O prospered and the consensus of the townspeople is carried in a colloquial expression heard in town - "Grain-O, Jell-O, and Nico."


585 BC: A solar eclipse occurs, as predicted by Greek philosopher and scientist Thales (Source  and Source)

According to the ancient Greek historian Herodotus, a total solar eclipse brought about an unexpected ceasefire between two warring nations, the Lydians and the Medes, who had been fighting for control of Anatolia for five years. During the Battle of Halys, also known as the Battle of the Eclipse, the sky suddenly turned dark as the sun disappeared behind the moon. Interpreting the inexplicable phenomenon as a sign that the gods wanted the conflict to end, the soldiers put down their weapons and negotiated a truce.


Fortuitous (fôr-tōō'ĭ-təs) adj 

1) Happening by accident or chance.
2) Happening by a fortunate accident or chance. 

"What some believe may be a fortuitous meeting other see as divine orchestration"


Moses' birth mother was hired to be his nurse

"Now a man of the house of Levi married a Levite woman, 2 and she became pregnant and gave birth to a son. When she saw that he was a fine child, she hid him for three months. 3 But when she could hide him no longer, she got a papyrus basket for him and coated it with tar and pitch. Then she placed the child in it and put it among the reeds along the bank of the Nile. 4 His sister stood at a distance to see what would happen to him. 5 Then Pharaoh's daughter went down to the Nile to bathe, and her attendants were walking along the river bank. She saw the basket among the reeds and sent her slave girl to get it. 6 She opened it and saw the baby. He was crying, and she felt sorry for him. "This is one of the Hebrew babies," she said. 7 Then his sister asked Pharaoh's daughter, "Shall I go and get one of the Hebrew women to nurse the baby for you?" 8 "Yes, go," she answered. And the girl went and got the baby's mother. 9 Pharaoh's daughter said to her, "Take this baby and nurse him for me, and I will pay you." So the woman took the baby and nursed him. 10 When the child grew older, she took him to Pharaoh's daughter and he became her son. She named him Moses, saying, "I drew him out of the water." (Exodus 2:1-10)


I am afraid that . . . your minds may somehow be led astray from your sincere and pure devotion to Christ. —2 Corinthians 11:3

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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Fun Facts for Wednesday, May 27, 2015

National Grape 
Fun Facts for Wednesday, May 27, 2015
The 147 day of the year
218 days left to go 


  • Mudbug Madness Week
  • Old-Time Player Piano Week
  • Hurricane Preparedness Week
  • National Tire Safety Week


  • Cellophane Tape Day
  • National Senior Health & Fitness Day
  • World MS Day (Multiple Sclerosis)
  • National Grape Popsicle Day

1873: the first Preakness Stakes was run at Pimlico Race Track in Baltimore, Maryland.  The race was won by a bay colt named Survivor. 
1907: Bubonic plague breaks out in San Francisco, California.

1919: Charles Strite of Minnesota patented the first pop-up toaster. 

1926: statues of literary characters Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer were erected in Hannibal, Missouri. 
1930: Richard Gurley Drew received a patent for adhesive tape, later made by 3M as Scotch tape.
1931: In a balloon launched from Germany, Paul Kipfer and Auguste Piccard became the first to reach the stratosphere, rising almost 10 miles during their flight.

1933: The Walt Disney Company releases the cartoon Three Little Pigs, with its hit song "Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?" (Video)
1937: the Golden Gate Bridge connecting San Francisco and Marin County, California opened to the public for the first time.  
1941: the German battleship "Bismarck" sank off the coastal area around France.  Some 22-hundred people perished in the accident.  

1950: Frank Sinatra made his television debut when he appeared on NBC's "Star-Spangled Review" with Bob Hope. 

1955: the Department of Commerce recorded a United States population of 165-million people.  Officials later determined it meant a baby was being born every eight seconds in the U.S.. 
1957: Senator Theodore Green became the oldest person ever to serve in Congress.  He was nearly 90-years-old at the time. 
1957: Buddy Holly and The Crickets released the song "That'll Be the Day."  It later became the group's only number one hit. 
1964: a school in Coventry, England, suspended eleven boys for having hair styles like Mick Jagger of The Rolling Stones. 
1969: construction began on Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida. 

1986: diver Mel Fisher recovered a jar containing 23-hundred emeralds from the sunken Spanish ship "The Atocha."  The jewels were valued at several million dollars. 

1994: the "Arsenio Hall Show" aired for the final time. 
1995: actor Christopher Reeve was paralyzed when he was thrown from a horse while competing in a jumping event in Virginia. 
1999: New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani presented soap star Susan Lucci with a key to the city after Lucci won her first Daytime Emmy on her 19th try a week earlier. 
2006: more than five-thousand people were killed after a six-point-two magnitude quake devastated Indonesia's main island of Java.  
2006: Angelia Jolie and Brad Pitt welcomed their daughter Shiloh Nouvel Jolie Pitt into the world.  Shiloh was the first biological child for the couple.  She was born in Namibia, Africa.  Jolie also had two adopted children at the time of Shiloh's birth, Maddox and Zahara. .  
2012: severe weather in the Washington, D.C. area forced the cancellation of the National Memorial Day Concert in mid-program.  Attendees were asked to evacuate the outdoor event and PBS offered regrets about having to cancel the program due to "unforseen circumstances."  


The Golden Gate Bridge opens to local traffic on this day in 1937(Source

In 1916, more than four decades after railroad entrepreneur Charles Crocker’s call for a bridge across the Golden Gate Strait* (Strait) in 1872, James H. Wilkins, a structural engineer and newspaper editor for the San Francisco Call Bulletin, captured the attention of San Francisco City Engineer Michael M. O’Shaughnessy.
In August 1919, City officials formally requested that O'Shaughnessy explore the possibility of building a bridge that crossed the Golden Gate Strait. O’Shaughnessy began to consult a number of engineers across the United States about feasibility and cost of building a bridge across the strait. Most speculated that a bridge would cost over $100 million and that one could not be built. But it was Joseph Baermann Strauss that came forward and said such a bridge was not only feasible, but could be built for $25 to $30 million.
On June 28, 1921, Strauss submitted his preliminary sketches to O’Shaughnessy and Edward Rainey, Secretary to the Mayor of San Francisco, the Honorable James Rolph. The cost estimate for his original design, a symmetrical cantilever-suspension hybrid span (click here for an article about the original design) was $17 million.
It took O’Shaughnessy a year and one-half to release the cantilever-suspension hybrid bridge design to the public. During this time, Strauss went about promoting the idea of a bridge, using his original design, in communities throughout northern California. Strauss dedicated himself to convincing civic leaders that the span was not only feasible but it could be paid with toll revenues alone. His energies paid off, as once his design was made public by O’Shaughnessy in December 1922, the public voiced little opposition, even though it was described as “ugly” by the local press. The bridge opened for traffic on this date in 1937. 


On this date in 1837, Wild Bill Hickok was born. (Source)

His real name was James Butler Hickok, but he had a huge nose and, as a child, other kids nicknamed him "Duck Bill." When he grew up, he changed it to Wild Bill. Wild Bill Hickok is remembered for his services in Kansas as sheriff of Hays City and marshal of Abilene, where his iron-handed rule helped to tame two of the most lawless towns on the frontier. He is also remembered for the cards he was holding when he was shot dead -- a pair of black aces and a pair of black eights -- since known as the dead man's hand.


(tās'ĭt) adj

Not spoken, implied by or inferred from actions or statements 

"The proud father showed gave tacit approval with a smile and wink"


The people of Lystra were so amazed at Paul and Barnabas that they proclaimed them to be gods. However, after Paul and Barnabas protested and some came in and opposed Paul and Barnabas, they stoned Paul and left him for dead.  
"In Lystra there sat a man crippled in his feet, who was lame from birth and had never walked. He listened to Paul as he was speaking. Paul looked directly at him, saw that he had faith to be healed and called out, "Stand up on your feet!" At that, the man jumped up and began to walk. When the crowd saw what Paul had done, they shouted in the Lycaonian language, "The gods have come down to us in human form!" Barnabas they called Zeus, and Paul they called Hermes because he was the chief speaker. The priest of Zeus, whose temple was just outside the city, brought bulls and wreaths to the city gates because he and the crowd wanted to offer sacrifices to them. But when the apostles Barnabas and Paul heard of this, they tore their clothes and rushed out into the crowd, shouting: "Men, why are you doing this? We too are only men, human like you. We are bringing you good news, telling you to turn from these worthless things to the living God, who made heaven and earth and sea and everything in them. In the past, he let all nations go their own way. Yet he has not left himself without testimony: He has shown kindness by giving you rain from heaven and crops in their seasons; he provides you with plenty of food and fills your hearts with joy." Even with these words, they had difficulty keeping the crowd from sacrificing to them. Then some Jews came from Antioch and Iconium and won the crowd over. They stoned Paul and dragged him outside the city, thinking he was dead. But after the disciples had gathered around him, he got up and went back into the city. The next day he and Barnabas left for Derbe." (Acts 14:8-19)


The disciples were first called Christians in Antioch. —Acts 11:26

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