Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Fun Facts for Thursday, October 30, 2014

 Fun Facts for Thursday, October 30, 2014

The 303 day of the year
62 days left in the year


  • International Magic Week
  • Give Wildlife a Brake! Week
  • Kids Care Week
  • National Infertility Awareness Week


  • Checklist Day
  • Create A Great Funeral Day 
  • Devil's Night or Mischief Night
  • Haunted Refrigerator Night
  • National Candy Corn Day 
  • National Speak Up For Service Day


1485: King Henry VII of England is crowned.

1650: The Quakers (or the Society of Friends) came into existence when George Fox, the founder, told a court magistrate to '"quake and tremble at the word of God."

1875: Missouri's Constitution was ratified, ending the state's history of division.
1894: the time clock was patented by Daniel M. Cooper.  

1922: Benito Mussolini took control of the Italian government. 

1925: If you put everything into it except the kitchen sink, you’d have the TV transmitter that beamed TV to London for the first time. To build the transmitter, John Baird used a tea chest, a biscuit box, darning needles, piano wire, motorcycle lamp lenses, old electric motors, cardboard scanning discs and glue, string and sealing wax.
1938: Orson Welles' classic radio play "The War of the Worlds" aired on CBS.  The live drama panicked some radio listeners who actually thought that the play's faked news reports about a Martian invasion was true.  

1945: Shoe rationing was ended by the U.S. government.

1952: Dr. Albert Schweitzer, missionary surgeon and founder of Lambaréné leper Hospital in République du Gabon, won the Nobel Peace Prize for his humanitarian work. Schweitzer donated his prize to the hospital.
1961: Soviet Union tested a hydrogen bomb
1964: 21-year-old Cassius Clay won the heavyweight boxing title with a knockout of Sonny Liston.  

1964: Roy Orbison went gold with his hit single, Oh, Pretty Woman (Song)
1970: Jim Morrison of the Doors was sentenced in Miami to six or eight months hard labor for indecent exposure and profanity. 
1976: Jane Pauley became news co-anchor of the "Today" show. 
1983: the Reverend Jesse Jackson announced plans to seek the Democratic presidential nomination. 

1984: Barry Manilow opened at Radio City Music Hall, New York. 

1988: the Reverend Sun Myung Moon conducted a mass wedding ceremony in South Korea for more than 65-hundred of his followers.  
1990: "Law and Order" debuted on NBC. 
1992: Magic Johnson played his final NBA game. 
2004: in a parade that was 86 years in the making, a crowd estimated between three-and five-million people turned out to honor the Boston Red Sox for their first World Series title since 1918. 
2005: the body of late civil rights activist Rosa Parks laid in honor at the Rotunda of the State Capitol in Washington, D.C.  The honor is usually reserved for presidents, politicians and U.S. military.  With it, Parks became the first woman to receive the rare tribute.  The 92-year-old "Mother of the Civil Rights Movement" died a week earlier in Detroit. 

2006: Oprah Winfrey gave one-thousand-dollar Bank of America debit cards to each of her 310 audience members on a broadcast of her syndicated talk show.  Oprah asked that each person spend the money on someone else and that the recipients be outside of their own families. 


War of the Worlds (Taken from Link

Orson Welles causes a nationwide panic with his broadcast of "War of the Worlds"—a realistic radio dramatization of a Martian invasion of Earth.
Orson Welles was only 23 years old when his Mercury Theater company decided to update H.G. Wells' 19th-century science fiction novel War of the Worlds for national radio. Despite his age, Welles had been in radio for several years, most notably as the voice of "The Shadow" in the hit mystery program of the same name. "War of the Worlds" was not planned as a radio hoax, and Welles had little idea of the havoc it would cause.
The show began on Sunday, October 30, at 8 p.m. A voice announced: "The Columbia Broadcasting System and its affiliated stations present Orson Welles and the Mercury Theater on the air in 'War of the Worlds' by H.G. Wells."
Sunday evening in 1938 was prime-time in the golden age of radio, and millions of Americans had their radios turned on. But most of these Americans were listening to ventriloquist Edgar Bergen and his dummy "Charlie McCarthy" on NBC and only turned to CBS at 8:12 p.m. after the comedy sketch ended and a little-known singer went on. By then, the story of the Martian invasion was well underway.


If Brach's laid out the candy corn kernels it sells each year end to end, they would wrap around the Earth 4.25 times (Link) .


[lim-er-ik] Noun

a kind of humorous verse of five lines, in which the first, second, and fifth lines rhyme with each other, and the third and fourth lines, which are shorter, form a rhymed couplet.

There once was a frog named Mike 
who love to ride his bike 
but after a while
he said with a smile 
I'd prefer to go for a hike 

Paul offered a prayer of blessing upon the household of a man visiting him in prison

"May the Lord show mercy to the household of Onesiphorus, because he often refreshed me and was not ashamed of my chains. On the contrary, when he was in Rome, he searched hard for me until he found me" (2 Tim 1:16-17).


We have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us. —2 Corinthians 4:7

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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Fun Facts for Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Internet Day
Fun Facts for Wednesday, 
October 29, 2014
The 302 day of the year
63 days left in the year


  • International Magic Week
  • Give Wildlife a Brake! Week
  • Kids Care Week
  • National Infertility Awareness Week


  • Internet Day 
  • National Cat Day 
  • World Psoriasis Day  
  • National Oatmeal Day
  • National Hermit Day

1390: First trial for witchcraft in Paris leading to the death of three people
1618: English adventurer, writer, and courtier Sir Walter Raleigh is beheaded for allegedly conspiring against James I of England.
1787:  Mozart's opera "Don Giovanni" was first performed, in Prague.
1863: International Red Cross was founded by Swiss philanthropist Henri Dunant.

1886: The first ticker-tape parade takes place in New York City when office workers spontaneously throw ticker tape into the streets as the Statue of Liberty is dedicated.

1901: Leon Czolgosz was electrocuted for his assassination of President William McKinley. 
1945: The first commercially-made ballpoint pens went on sale -- at Gimbels Department Store in New York City. The pens sold for $12.50 and racked up a tidy profit of $500,000 in the first month!
1952: "Dial M for Murder" opened on Broadway. 

1961: The top, pop song on the charts belonged to Dion (DiMucci). Runaround Sue was in its second week at the tiptop of the top-tune tabulation (it was in the top 40 for three months).

1964: the Star of India and other valuable jewels were stolen from the American Museum of Natural History in New York.  They were recovered three months later. 
1966: the National Organization for Women (NOW) was formed. 
1969: the U.S. Supreme Court ordered an end to all school segregation "at once." 

1969: The Internet was created when the first connection was made between computers at UCLA and the Stanford Research Institute. That connection, ARPANET, was the precursor to the Internet developed by the Department of Defense.

1971: musician Duane Allman died at the age of 24.  He was a member of The Allman Brothers Band. 
1974: Muhammad Ali defeated George Foreman in Kinshasa, Zaire, to regain the world heavyweight boxing championship.  The fight was billed as "The Rumble in the Jungle." 
1981: RUSH released their live album "Exit...Stage Left." 

1997: legendary entertainer Bob Hope was made an honorary veteran for his decades of service to U.S. troops overseas. 

1998: U.S. Senator John Glenn, age 77, went to space aboard the shuttle Discovery, 36 years after his last flight as an astronaut.
2004: Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden appeared on the Arab television channel Al Jazeera in an address to the American people.  He said the attacks on the September 11: 2001 World Trade Center and the Pentagon wouldn't have been so severe if President Bush had been more attentive and that the United States was prone to fresh attacks. 
2008: the Philadelphia Phillies clinched their first World Series championship since 1980 by defeating the Tampa Bay Rays 4-3 at home.  
2011: a rare and powerful October snowstorm blanketed parts of the Northeast downing power lines and snapping tree limbs.  The storm forced governors in several states to declare a state of emergency.  

2012: Hurricane Sandy left a wake of death and destruction in several Northeastern states, including New York and New Jersey, on this date.  President Obama declared a state of emergency in for several states. 

The ballpoint pen goes on sale! (Taken from Link

On this day in 1945, a crowd of over 5,000 people jammed the entrance of New York’s Gimbels Department Store. The day before, Gimbels had taken out a full-page ad in the New York Times promoting the first sale of ballpoints in the United States. The ad described the new pen as a "fantastic... miraculous fountain pen ... guaranteed to write for two years without refilling!" On that first day of sales, Gimbels sold out its entire stock of 10,000 pens-at $12.50 each!


Dark Side of the Moon (Taken from Link

Pink Floyd's , "The Dark Side of the Moon", remained in the charts for 741 weeks from 1973 to 1988. With an estimated 50 million copies sold, it is Pink Floyd's most commercially successful album and one of the best-selling albums worldwide. 


Somnambulism  [som-nam-byuh-liz-uhm, suhm-] 



"Billy thought his sister, Lilly was trying to be funny as she walked down the hall in the middle of the night, however, his mother explained to him that she having a case of somnambulism"


Eli, his two sons, and a daughter-in-law all perished on the same day. 

"So the Philistines fought, and the Israelites were defeated and every man fled to his tent. The slaughter was very great; Israel lost thirty thousand foot soldiers. 11 The ark of God was captured, and Eli’s two sons, Hophni and Phinehas, died. 12 That same day a Benjamite ran from the battle line and went to Shiloh with his clothes torn and dust on his head. 13 When he arrived, there was Eli sitting on his chair by the side of the road, watching, because his heart feared for the ark of God. When the man entered the town and told what had happened, the whole town sent up a cry. 14 Eli heard the outcry and asked, “What is the meaning of this uproar?” The man hurried over to Eli, 15 who was ninety-eight years old and whose eyes had failed so that he could not see. 16 He told Eli, “I have just come from the battle line; I fled from it this very day.” Eli asked, “What happened, my son?” 17 The man who brought the news replied, “Israel fled before the Philistines, and the army has suffered heavy losses. Also your two sons, Hophni and Phinehas, are dead, and the ark of God has been captured.” 18 When he mentioned the ark of God, Eli fell backward off his chair by the side of the gate. His neck was broken and he died, for he was an old man, and he was heavy. He had led[b] Israel forty years. 19 His daughter-in-law, the wife of Phinehas, was pregnant and near the time of delivery. When she heard the news that the ark of God had been captured and that her father-in-law and her husband were dead, she went into labor and gave birth, but was overcome by her labor pains. 20 As she was dying, the women attending her said, “Don’t despair; you have given birth to a son.” But she did not respond or pay any attention. 21 She named the boy Ichabod,[c] saying, “The Glory has departed from Israel”—because of the capture of the ark of God and the deaths of her father-in-law and her husband. 22 She said, “The Glory has departed from Israel, for the ark of God has been captured” (1 Samuel 4:10-22).


The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? —Psalm 27:1

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Monday, October 27, 2014

Fun Facts for Tuesday, October 28, 2014

National Chocolates Day
 Fun Facts for Tuesday, October 28, 2014
The 301 day of the year
64 days left in the year


  • International Magic Week
  • Give Wildlife a Brake! Week
  • Kids Care Week
  • National Infertility Awareness Week


  • National Chocolates Day  
  • St. Jude's Day
  • Wild Foods Day 


1636: A vote of the Great and General Court of the Massachusetts Bay Colony establishes the first college in what would become the United States, today known as Harvard University.

1793: Eli Whitney applied for a patent for his cotton gin invention.  

1886:  In New York Harbor, President Grover Cleveland dedicates the Statue of Liberty.

1904: The St. Louis Police Department became the first to use fingerprinting. 
1922: WEAF Radio in New York broadcast the first collegiate football game heard coast to coast.  The game featured Princeton University and the University of Chicago. 

1927: Pan Am launched its first international flight.  The trip took passengers from Key West to Havana, Cuba. 

1936: The Statue of Liberty was rededicated by U.S. President Roosevelt on its 50th anniversary.

1942: actor Clark Gable earned his commission as a second lieutenant. 
1946: "Sky King" was heard on ABC Radio for the first time. 

1950: "The Jack Benny Program" debuted on CBS Television.  The popular show had been on radio for 20 years. (Link)

1954: Ernest Hemingway was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. 
1955: an unknown local singer opened a concert for Elvis Presley in Lubbock, Texas.  The singer turned out to be Buddy Holly. 
1956: Elvis Presley made his second appearance on "The Ed Sullivan Show." 
In 1961: ground was broken in Flushing, New York, for what is now known as Shea Stadium.  The stadium is home to the New York Mets. 
1965: the Gateway to the West Arch was completed in St. Louis, Missouri. (see History Spotlight)
1989: the Oakland A's won the earthquake-interrupted World Series, beating the San Francisco Giants for the title.  
2003: the National Civil Rights Museum presented its Freedom Award to former President Bill Clinton.  
2005: Vice President Dick Cheney's chief of staff Lewis "Scooter" Libby resigned following his indictment the same day in a CIA leak case.  

2007: voters elected Argentina's first lady Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner to become the country's first female president.  She succeeded her husband President Nestor Kirchner in the post.  

2007: the New York Giants defeated the Miami Dolphins 13-10 in an historic matchup at London's Wembley Stadium.  It marked the first time that an NFL regular-season contest had been  played outside of North America.  In 2005, the NFL played its first in-season game outside the U.S. when the Arizona Cardinals hosted the San Francisco 49ers in Mexico. 

2009: the Michael Jackson concert rehearsal documentary "This Is It" opened in theaters nationwide and around the globe.  The film was compiled from footage from Jackson's rehearsals leading up to his  planned 50-night concert stand at London's O2 arena in July 2009.  The pop star died just weeks before the launch of the concerts.  Footage capture and energetic Jackson as he prepared for what appeared to be an elaborate production featuring hits from his extensive music catalog.  

2011: the St. Louis Cardinals captured the team's eleventh World Series title in franchise history by defeating the Texas Rangers, 6-2 in Game 7 of the 107th Fall Classic. 

2012: a state of emergency was declared in several cities as Hurricane Sandy made its way up the Eastern Seaboard of the United States.  


Gateway Arch in St. Louis (Taken from Link

On October 28, 1965, the Gateway Arch in St. Louis, Missouri, was completed. The arch is a monument to westward expansion in the United States, particularly the Lewis and Clark expedition that embarked from St. Louis in 1804 to explore the Louisiana Territory. Today, the Gateway Arch is the tallest arch in the world, standing 192 meters (630 feet).

The Gateway Arch was designed by the Finnish-American architect Eero Saarinen. Saarinen was inspired to create an innovative design to represent the “modern age.” “Neither an obelisk nor a rectangular box nor a dome seemed right on this site or for this purpose. But here, at the edge of the Mississippi River, a great arch did seem right.” 

The Gateway Arch remains the most striking symbol of the “Gateway to the West.” It is the centerpiece of a national park—the Jefferson Expansion Memorial, named after the president (Thomas Jefferson) who made the Louisiana Purchase.


The average American consumes approximately 11.7 pounds of chocolate each year (Link) .


yo-ho  [yoh-hoh]   verb, yo-hoed, yo-ho·ing.


used as a call or shout to attract attention, accompany effort, etc.

"After 20 minutes, mom was not well-pleased that Joey kept yelling yo-ho as he ran through the house" 

Several leaders in the Bible were identified as being handsome. 

[Joseph]  Now Joseph was well-built and handsome (Gen 39:6)

[Saul]  Kish had a son named Saul, as handsome a young man as could be found anywhere in Israel, and he was a head taller than anyone else. (1 Samuel 9:2) 

[David]  So he sent for him and had him brought in. He was glowing with health and had a fine appearance and handsome features.  (1 Samuel 16:12) 


What profit has he who has labored for the wind? —Ecclesiastes 5:16

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