Monday, August 3, 2015

Fun Facts and Daily Trivia for Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Coast Guard Day 
Fun Facts and Daily Trivia
Tuesday August 4, 2015
The 216 day of the year
149 days left to go 



THIS WEEK IS


  • International Clown Week
  • National Scrabble Week
  • Simplify Your Life Week
  • World Breastfeeding Week
  • Exercise With Your Child Week
  • National Farmers' Market Week
  • National Fraud Awareness Week
  • Old Fiddler's Week
  • Sturgis Rally Week
  • National Hobo Week


TODAY IS

  • Coast Guard Day
  • National Chocolate Chip Day
  • Single Working Women's Day
  • Social Security Day
  • National Night Out




ON THIS DATE...
1693: Champagne was invented by Dom Perignon. 


1735: freedom of the press in the U.S. was established when John Peter Zenger of the "New York Weekly Journal" was acquitted of a charge of seditious libel brought by the royal governor of New York (Read More).  

1753: George Washington became a Master Mason on this day.
1790: The Revenue Cutter service, the forerunner of the U.S. Navy and Coast Guard, was organized.


1821: "The Saturday Evening Post" was published as a weekly for the first time. 



1892: Andrew Borden and Abby Borden were axed to death in their home in Fall River, Massachusetts. Lizzie Borden, Andrew Borden's daughter from a previous marriage, was accused of the killings, but acquitted at trial.
1927: 2XAG Radio, later named WGY, in Schenectady, New York, began experimental operations from a 100-thousand watt transmitter.  The Federal Communications Commission later regulated the power of A-M radio stations to not exceed 50-thousand watts. 


1940: Crime Doctor introduced a new kind of radio hero to audiences. The CBS radio program presented Dr. Benjamin Ordway, the show’s main character, who was a victim of amnesia. He once was a criminal, but got hit on the head, and suddenly began to work as a crime fighter.

1944: Nazi police discovered Anne Frank and her family, hiding in secret quarters above her father’s factory in Amsterdam, Holland. 
1966: only one day after South Africa banned Beatle records from airing in response to John Lennon's remark that the group was now more popular than Jesus Christ, many U.S. radio stations placed a ban on the music. 


1970: the Doors frontman Jim Morrison was arrested in Los Angeles for public drunkenness.  He fell asleep on a woman's front porch. 

1982: Joel Youngblood became the first Major League Baseball player to play and get two hits for two different teams in the same day.  During an afternoon game he drove in the winning  run for the New York Mets.  Once the game was complete, he was traded to the Montreal Expos and played in a night game in Philadelphia.  He singled in the fourth inning. 


1983: New York Yankee outfielder Dave Winfield was arrested by Toronto Police for "causing unnecessary suffering to an animal."  During pregame warm ups, Winfield threw a baseball and accidentally killed a sea gull (read more). 
1984: eight winners of the Ohio Lotto shared the largest lottery jackpot to that time.  The group split 24-point-six million dollars. 
1987: a stamp honoring author William Faulkner went on sale in Oxford, Mississippi.  Faulkner used to be postmaster of the city's post office 1924.
1993: two police officers were convicted of violating Rodney King's civil rights.  Stacey Koon and Laurence Powell were sentenced to two-and-a-half years in jail. 
2001: James Bond star Pierce Brosnan and Keely Shaye Smith exchanged wedding vows in Ireland. 
2002: "The Anna Nicole Show" premiered on the E! 


2009: North Korea freed American journalists Laura Ling and Euna Lee after 140 days in custody.  Following a visit from former U.S. President Bill Clinton, North Korean leader Kim Jong-Il pardoned the women who were sentenced to hard labor for allegedly entering the country illegally. 

2009: Paula Abdul announced via Twitter, that she would not be returning to the ninth season of the Fox reality singing competition "American Idol."  Abdul was one of the show's original judges.  In the weeks leading up to the announcement, her reps said the singer was unable to reach an agreement regarding her contract with the judge. 
2010: a California judge overturned California's Proposition 8 ballot initiative which banned same-sex marriage in the state.  The initiative was passed by voters 2008.  
2011: President Barack Obama hosted a star-studded party at the White House to celebrate his 50th birthday.  Guests included Stevie Wonder, Charles Barkley, Tom Hanks, Chris Rock, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and others. 
2011: comedienne Roseanne Barr announced she would be running for President of the United States as a Green Tea Party candidate.  Barr made the announcement during her appearance on NBC's "Tonight Show With Jay Leno." 


2012: swimmer Michael Phelps won gold in the final event of his Olympic career.  Phelps, along with American teammates Matt Grevers, Brendan Hansen and Nathan Adrian, captured the gold medal in the 4-by-100 meter medley relay with a time of 3 minutes, 29.35 seconds.  Phelps extended his Olympic record with the 18th gold medal of his career and 22nd overall.  Japan finish almost two seconds back to take home the silver and Australia earned the bronze. 



HISTORY SPOTLIGHT

Anne Frank's hiding place discovered (Taken from Link


Acting on tip from a Dutch informer, the Nazi Gestapo captures 15-year-old Jewish diarist Anne Frank and her family in a sealed-off area of an Amsterdam warehouse. The Franks had taken shelter there in 1942 out of fear of deportation to a Nazi concentration camp. They occupied the small space with another Jewish family and a single Jewish man, and were aided by Christian friends, who brought them food and supplies. Anne spent much of her time in the "secret annex" working on her diary. The diary survived the war, overlooked by the Gestapo that discovered the hiding place, but Anne and nearly all of the others perished in the Nazi death camps.


QUICK TRIVIA

Champagne (Taken from Link


There is about 90 pounds per square inch of pressure in a bottle of Champagne. That's more than triple the pressure in an automobile tire. A Champagne cork reaches a velocity of about 40 miles per hour (64 kilometers per hour) if popped out of the bottle. 



WORD OF THE DAY


rim·ple  [rim-puhl]  Show IPA

noun
1. a wrinkle.

verb (used with object), verb (used without object), rim·pled, rim·pling.

2. to wrinkle; crumple; crease.

"Stacy refused to wear the blouse because it had a huge rimple in it"


INTRIGUING BIBLE FACT 

The "day of the Lord" is a concept seen throughout the Old and New Testaments. It carries both positive and negative assertions.  The people of God in the days of the prophet Amos longed for the day of the Lord, and yet, God implied that it would be a negative experience. 

"Alas, you who are longing for the day of the Lord. For what purpose will the day of the Lord be to you? It will be darkness and not light; As when a man flees from a lion, and a bear meets him or goes home, leans his hand against the wall, and a snake bites him. Will not the day of the Lord be darkness instead of light, even gloom with no brightness in it?" (Amos 5:18-20). 


WORD FROM THE WORD


A quarrelsome person starts fights as easily as hot embers light charcoal or fire lights wood.  Proverbs 26:21 


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Saturday, August 1, 2015

Fun Facts and Daily Trivia for Monday, August 3, 2015

Assistance Dog Day 
Fun Facts and Daily Trivia for Monday, August 3, 2015
The 215 day of the year
150 days left to go 



THIS WEEK IS
  • International Clown Week
  • National Scrabble Week
  • Simplify Your Life Week
  • World Breastfeeding Week
  • Exercise With Your Child Week
  • National Farmers' Market Week
  • National Fraud Awareness Week
  • Old Fiddler's Week
  • Sturgis Rally Week
  • National Hobo Week



TODAY IS
  • Assistance Dog Day
  • Friendship Day
  • National Psychic Day
  • National Watermelon Day
  • National Grab Some Nuts Day



ON THIS DATE...


1492: Christopher Columbus sets sail from Spain for the "Indies." Though the explorer was in part driven by a quest for gold and glory, he also saw himself as a missionary. He thought, if there were a shortcut to the East by sea, missionaries could be sent there faster, thus enabling Christians to meet the provision for world evangelization before the Lord could return (Bio)
1852: Harvard wins the first Boat Race between Yale and Harvard. The race is also the first American intercollegiate athletic event
1900: The Firestone Tire & Rubber Company is founded.
1914: Germany declared war on France.  The declaration started World War One.  It became known as the "war to end all wars."


1933: the Mickey Mouse Watch was introduced to consumers.  The watch sold for $2.75

1953: South Africa refused to allow Mexican tennis star Pancho Segura play in their country, objecting to his "South American Indian blood."


1963: the Beach Boys' song "Surfer Girl" was released.  It became one of the group's biggest hits (Song).

1966: Comedian Lenny Bruce died of a morphine overdose.


1977: After building and testing 25 units, Radio Shack issued a press release introducing its TRS-80 computer. Within weeks, the company had thousands of orders.

1984: Olympic U.S. gymnast Mary Lou Retton scored a perfect 10.00, accomplishing what no American woman gymnast  ever had.  She captured the gold medal in all-around gymnastics.  She had to score a perfect 10.00 because her Russian competitor had just landed a 9.9. 


1986: Despite pouring rain, some 82,000 Brits watched  the Chicago Bears whip the Dallas Cowboys 17 to 6 in the first All America Bowl in England. The fans seemed especially to enjoy 340-pound William "The Refrigerator" Perry, and an unknown streaker who dashed across the field wearing only socks (Read more).

1989: Methusaleh the rattlesnake died at Tabor College in Hillsboro, Kansas. Methusaleh was captured fully grown in 1960, so he was at least 30 or 31 years old, which may have made him the oldest rattlesnake in history. So they stuffed him.
1989: ABC-TV debuted Prime Time Live, a news show anchored by Diane Sawyer and Sam Donaldson.
1991: Hazel Stout of Portland, Oregon, set a world skydiving record. Hazel was 88 years old.
1992: Millions of South African blacks joined a nationwide strike against white-led rule.


1997: The world'S oldest person, 122-year-old Jeanne Calment, died in Marseille, France.

1999: Salesman Simon Thompson got a shock when his car broke down in west London and Prince William and Prince Harry stopped to help him push it down the street and out of the way. He said the 17- and 14-year-old Royals acted as though it was no big deal.
2000: George W. Bush accepted the Republican presidential nomination at the party's convention in Philadelphia, presenting himself as an outsider who would return "civility and respect" to Washington politics.



HISTORY SPOTLIGHT

1914: France and Germany Declare War (Source)


On August 3, 1914, France and Germany declared war on each other. This broadened the conflict that began a week earlier with the assassination of Austrian Archduke Franz Ferdinand by Yugoslavian nationalist Gavrilo Princip. The conflict soon escalated into World War I.

The so-called “Great War” soon grew even more global. The war was dominated by European empires, specifically those of the Allied Powers (the British Empire, France, and the Russian Empire) and the Central Powers (the German Empire, Austro-Hungarian Empire, and Ottoman Empire). Soon, however, nations such as the United States, Japan, and Greece (on the Allied side); and Bulgaria and Darfur (on the Central side) joined the conflict. World War I saw battles throughout Europe, the Middle East, Africa, China, and the island of New Guinea.

World War I introduced many horrific tactics associated with modern warfare: trenches, gas warfare, and the use of machine guns. The conflict lasted about four years, cost more than 16 million lives, and resulted in the destruction of four empires (Russian, German, Austro-Hungarian, and Ottoman).



QUICK TRIVIA 


Five Food Finds about Watermelon (Source
  • The first recorded watermelon harvest occurred nearly 5,000 years ago in Egypt.
  • Watermelon is 92% water.
  • Watermelon’s official name is Citrullus Lanatus of the botanical family Curcurbitaceae. It is cousins to cucumbers,pumpkins and squash.
  • By weight, watermelon is the most-consumed melon in the U.S., followed by cantaloupe and honeydew.
  • Early explorers used watermelons as canteens.




WORD FOR THE DAY


cathect   [kuh-thekt] 
verb (used with object)
to invest emotion or feeling in (an idea, object, or another person).



"Billy tried to inject cathect into his sister's victory, but inside he was not happy that she had beat his high score" 



INTRIGUING BIBLE FACT 

The phrase "God helps those who help themselves" is not in the Bible



WORD FROM THE WORD


Whoever commits sin is a slave of sin. John 8:34



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Thursday, July 30, 2015

Fun Facts and Daily Trivia for Friday, July 31, 2015

Cotton Candy Day 
Fun Facts for Friday, July 31, 2015
The 212 day of the year
153 days left to go 



THIS WEEK IS

  • AFRMA Fancy Rat & Mouse Week
  • Satchmo Days



TODAY IS

  • National Talk in An Elevator Day
  • System Administrator Appreciation Day
  • Uncommon Instruments Awareness Day
  • World Ranger Day
  • National Raspberry Cake Day 
  • National Mutt Day
  • Cotton Candy Day



ON THIS DATE...
30 BC: Battle of Alexandria: Mark Antony achieves a minor victory over Octavian's forces, but most of his army subsequently deserts, leading to his suicide



781: The oldest recorded eruption of Mt. Fuji




1498: Christopher Columbus first sighted the island of Trinidad.
1777: Marquis de Lafayette, a 19-year-old French nobleman, became a major-general in the Continental Army of the U.S.


1790: The first U.S. Patent Office opened and the first patent was issued to Samuel Hopkins of Vermont for a method of making pearlash and potash (Read more).
1792: The first government building's cornerstone was laid: the Philadelphia Mint.


1845: The French Army introduced the saxophone to its military band. The instrument had been invented by Adolphe Sax of Belgium (Just the sax, maam).





1930: Orson Welles starred as "The Shadow" in the show's radio debut. At first, the Shadow was the narrator for changing stories, but later became a character in his own adventures. He had the ability to cloud men's minds so they could not see him and he knew what evil lurked in the hearts of men.

1904: The Trans-Siberian railroad connecting the Ural Mountains with Russia's Pacific coast, was completed.
1922: The first water skis were demonstrated, by Ralph Samuelson.
1948: New York's International Airport was dedicated; it was later renamed John F. Kennedy Airport.


1964: Ranger 7, an unmanned U.S. lunar probe, took the first close-up images of the Moon (Read more).

1966: After John Lennon proclaims the Beatles to be "more popular than Jesus," residents of Alabama burn the band's records and other products.
1969: Moscow police reported that thieves had stolen telephone parts from thousands of phone booths to convert their acoustic guitars to electric.
1970: The complete New American Standard Version of the Bible was first published.






1971: David Scott and James Irwin became history’s first moon riders, taking their lunar dune buggy for a 2-hour drive on the surface of the moon.



1984: Reporter Leeza Gibbons made her first appearance on TV’s "Entertainment Tonight."


1985: Prince was big at the box office with the autobiographical story of the Minneapolis rock star, Purple Rain. The flick grossed $7.7 million in its first three days of release on 917 movie screens. The album of the same name was the top LP in the U.S., as well (Trailer).


1995: Selena's first English album, "Dreaming of You," debuted at No. 1 in Billboard four months after her death. Selena was the first Latin artist to debut at No. 1.
1996: Three brothers, a sister, and two cousins all drowned while trying to rescue a chicken and each other from a 60-foot-deep well in Nazlat Imara, Egypt. The chicken survived.

1997: Children’s Memorial Hospital in Chicago announced that "the Teddy Bear Lady," a $15-thousand-a-year secretary who passed out teddy bears to children in the hospital, had left $18-million for research into children’s diseases. Gladys Holm, who never married and had no heirs, apparently had invested wisely in the stock market (Read More).
2002: A knife-wielding robber in the Philippines was beaten up by his victim, a 25-year-old pregnant woman with a black belt in taekwondo. Clarissa de Guzman of Manila said when the robber focused his attention on her jewelry and money, she kicked him in the head, then in the groin and all over.



HISTORY SPOTLIGHT

More popular than Jesus? (Taken from Link)



"More popular than Jesus" was a controversial remark made by musician John Lennon of the Beatles in 1966. Lennon said that Christianity was in decline and that the Beatles had become more popular than Jesus Christ. When the quote appeared in the American teen magazine Datebook, angry reactions flared up from Christian communities in August 1966. Lennon had originally made the remark in March 1966 during interviews with Maureen Cleave on the lifestyles of the four individual Beatles. When Lennon's words were first published, in the London Evening Standard in the United Kingdom, they had provoked no public reaction.
When Datebook quoted Lennon's comments five months later, vociferous protests broke out in the southern United States. The Beatles' records were publicly burned, press conferences were cancelled and threats were made. The protest spread to other countries including Mexico, South Africa and Spain; there were anti-Beatles demonstrations and their music was banned on radio stations.



QUICK TRIVIA

Chili Dog (Taken from Link

Sorry, couldn't resist 
A chili dog is a hot dog that is served topped with chili con carne (usually without beans). Often, other toppings are also added, such as cheese, onions, and mustard. One popular variety of chili dog is the Coney Island hot dog, which, despite its name, originated in Detroit, not Brooklyn.


A Coney dog is a hot dog piled high with chili, onions and mustard. A Michigan dog is similar to a Coney, as is a Texas hot dog, which actually originated in Pennsylvania.



WORD OF THE DAY


precipitate   [pri-sip-i-teyt]  
In its various forms it can be used as a verb, adjective, noun

1. to hasten the occurrence of; bring about prematurely, hastily, or suddenly: to precipitate an international crisis.
2. to cast down headlong; fling or hurl down.

"Cayden was uber excited about his birthday party and couldn't sleep, but ultimately, he knew that there was nothing he could do to precipitate it" 



INTRIGUING BIBLE FACT 

Barak would not go into battle without the help of the Prophetess Deborah. 

"Now Deborah, a prophet, the wife of Lappidoth, was leading Israel at that time. 5 She held court under the Palm of Deborah between Ramah and Bethel in the hill country of Ephraim, and the Israelites went up to her to have their disputes decided. 6 She sent for Barak son of Abinoam from Kedesh in Naphtali and said to him, “The Lord, the God of Israel, commands you: ‘Go, take with you ten thousand men of Naphtali and Zebulun and lead them up to Mount Tabor. 7 I will lead Sisera, the commander of Jabin’s army, with his chariots and his troops to the Kishon River and give him into your hands.’”8 Barak said to her, “If you go with me, I will go; but if you don’t go with me, I won’t go.” 9 “Certainly I will go with you,” said Deborah. “But because of the course you are taking, the honor will not be yours, for the Lord will deliver Sisera into the hands of a woman.” So Deborah went with Barak to Kedesh" (Judges 4:4-9).


WORD FROM THE WORD


The Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost. —Luke 19:10



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