Saturday, April 18, 2015

Fun Facts for Monday, April 20, 2015

Lima Bean Respect Day
Fun Facts for Monday, April 20, 2015
The 110 day of the year
255 days left to go 


  • Cleaning For A Reason Week
  • Consumer Awareness Week
  • Money Smart Week
  • National Park Week
  • Administrative Professionals Week
  • Bedbug Awareness Week
  • National Karaoke Week
  • National Pet ID Week
  • National Princess Week
  • National Playground Safety Week
  • National Work Zone Safety Awareness Week


  • National Look Alike Day
  • Chinese Language Day
  • Boston Marathon (Link)
  • National Pineapple Upside-Down Cake Day (Link)
  • Lima Bean Respect Day (Link)

1777: New York adopts state constitution

1792: France declared war on Austria, marking the start of the French Revolutionary wars.

1836: The Territory of Wisconsin was established by Congress.

1841: Edgar Allen Poe’s story, The Murders in the Rue Morgue, first appears in Graham’s Lady’s and Gentleman’s Magazine. The tale is generally considered to be the first detective story

1861: Lee resigns from U.S. Army
1871: Congress authorized President Ulysses S. Grant to declare martial law, impose heavy penalties against terrorist organizations, and use military force to suppress the Ku Klux Klan.
1916: Wrigley Field opened in Chicago.

1934: Shirley Temple made her movie debut in "Stand Up and Cheer."

1940: RCA publicly demonstrated its new and powerful electron microscope.
1945: Allied forces took control of the German cities of Nuremberg and Stuttgart in World War II.
1969: Pierre Trudeau became Prime Minister of Canada.
1971: The U.S. Supreme Court upheld the use of busing to achieve racial desegregation in schools.

1999: The Columbine High School massacre took place in Littleton, Colorado. Students Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold shot and killed 12 classmates and one teacher and wounded 26 others before taking their own lives (Link).

2008: Danica Patrick becomes first woman to win Indy race
2010: Massive oil spill begins in Gulf of Mexico


Hot Springs (Source

April 20, 1832, President Andrew Jackson signed legislation to create Hot Springs Reservation, Arkansas—now Hot Springs National Park. Although Jackson signed this legislation, Congress failed to pass laws to protect the land and control development on the site. As a result, people continued to settle and start businesses on the land. When the National Park Service was established in 1916, Hot Springs became an official national park, just three days after Yellowstone.


National Pineapple Upside-Down Cake Day (Source)

The term ‘upside down cake’ wasn’t used very much before the middle of the 19th century, but the style of baking probably dates back much further, probably to the Middle Ages. The classic American ‘Pineapple Upside Down Cake’ dates to sometime after 1903, when Jim Dole invented canned pineapple.


1. displaying a play of lustrous colors like those of the rainbow. 
2. an iridescent cloth, material, or other substance

"Julie held up her mother's necklace to the light and marveled at its iridescent beauty"


God knows when even a sparrow falls to the ground

"Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from the will of your Father" (Matt 10:29).


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

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Thursday, April 16, 2015

Fun Facts for Friday, April 17, 2015

Blah, Blah, Blah Day
Fun Facts for Friday, April 17, 2015
The 107 day of the year
258 days left to go 


  • Animal Control Officer Appreciation Week (Link
  • National Library Week (Link)
  • National Animal Control Appreciation Week (Link)
  • National Student Employment Week (Link)
  • National Volunteer Week (Link
  • Health Information Privacy and Security Week (Link


  • Bat Appreciation Day (Emerge from hibernation)
  • Blah! Blah! Blah! Day
  • Ellis Island Family History Day
  • Ford Mustang Day
  • Nothing Like A Dame Day
  • National Haiku Poetry Day (Link)
  • National Cheeseball Day


1194: Richard the Lionhearted returned to England and was crowned for the second time after his epic journey and victory in the Third Crusade.

1524: Giovanni da Verrazano discovered New York Harbor.
1629:  Horses were first imported into the colonies by the Massachusetts Bay Colony.
1790: legendary American statesman Benjamin Franklin died at the age of 84. 
1810: Pineapple cheese was patented by Lewis M. Norton. Mr. Norton lived nowhere near pineapples. He was from Troy, PA

1860: it became law in New York City that tenement houses be equipped with fire escapes (Read more).

1861: Virginia voted to secede from the Union, the 8th state to do so.
1875: The game "snooker" was invented by Sir Neville Chamberlain (Play).

1935: People gathered around the radio to listen for the first time to what would become the ultimate horror show on NBC Radio. Lights Out remained on radio until 1946 (Read more).

1946: Syria declared independence from French administration. 

1953: New York Yankees legend Mickey Mantle hit a 565-foot home run at Griffith Stadium in Washington, D.C.  It is the longest home run ever recorded.  The ball was found a block away from the stadium (Read more). 

1961: The Bay of Pigs invasion begins
1964: Ford Motor Company unveiled the Mustang.

1970: The astronauts of Apollo 13 splashed down safely in the Pacific, after four days in a crippled spacecraft (watch).

1970: Paul McCartney released his first solo album "McCartney." The release signified the end of The Beatles. 

1971:  Joy to the World, by Three Dog Night, made it to the top of the pop music charts on this day. The song was number one for six weeks (Song)

1985: the United States Postal Service unveiled it's "LOVE" stamp. 
1985: "Days of our Lives" fans lined up in Hollywood, California, to get tickets to watch characters Bo and Hope get married.  It was the first soap opera wedding open to fans. 
1993: officials at Magic Mountain in Santa Clarita, California, announced they would not hold any more rap concerts at the amusement park after several hundred youths went on a rampage when they couldn't get into a sold-out show featuring TLC and Paperboy. 
2001: Mississippi residents voted to keep the Confederate emblem on their state flag. 
2001: San Francisco Giants slugger Barry Bonds hit his 500th home run in a game against the Los Angeles Dodgers.  Bonds became the 17th player to reach 500. 

2013: a funeral for former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher was held at St. Paul's Cathedral in London on this date (Link). 

2013: an explosion at a fertilizer plant north of Waco, Texas resulted in a number of fatalities and injuries.  


The Ford Mustang (Source

One of the world's most popular cars was introduced to the public on April 17, 1964, at the New York's World Fair. The night before, the new Ford Mustang was the pace car at a stock car race in my hometown--Huntsville, Alabama. The car appeared on the covers of Time and Newsweek.

Advertisements appeared in more than 2,600 newspapers and on the major television networks. More than four million people visited showrooms, and more than 22,000 cars were ordered on the first day. First-year sales totaled more than 417,000, shattering previous sales records of any one model in the history of the automobile.

The Mustang was selected to pace the Indianapolis 500 in 1964


In 1801, the town of Cheshire, Mass., sent a 1,000-pound cheese ball to the White House as a gift for new President Thomas Jefferson.

Five Food Finds about Cheese (Source)

  • Cheese is a generic term for a diverse group of milk-based food products. Cheese is produced throughout the world in wide-ranging flavors, textures, and forms.  There are over 2000 varieties.
  • Cheddar cheese is dyed orange to give it an appealing color.  White cheddar is closer to its natural color.
  • Cheese is one of the oldest foods in history, dating back 4000 years to the ancient Egyptians.
  • Cheese takes up about 1/10 the volume of the milk it was made from.
  • The terms “Big Wheel” and “Big Cheese” originally referred to those who were wealthy enough to purchase a whole wheel of cheese.


enigma [uh-nig-muh] –noun,

1. a puzzling or inexplicable occurrence or situation:
2. a person of puzzling or contradictory character: 
3. a saying, question, picture, etc., containing a hidden meaning; riddle

"Joey thought that it was an enigma donuts were so light and airy and yet contained many calories" 


The Apostle Paul was not one to brag on himself--unless he was forced to do so as he was when he wrote his second letter to the church at Corinth. There were some who were questioning his apostleship and attempting to tarnish his name. (His bragging--much different than ours)

"I repeat: Let no one take me for a fool. But if you do, then tolerate me just as you would a fool, so that I may do a little boasting. 17 In this self-confident boasting I am not talking as the Lord would, but as a fool. 18 Since many are boasting in the way the world does, I too will boast. 19 You gladly put up with fools since you are so wise! 20 In fact, you even put up with anyone who enslaves you or exploits you or takes advantage of you or puts on airs or slaps you in the face. 21 To my shame I admit that we were too weak for that! Whatever anyone else dares to boast about—I am speaking as a fool—I also dare to boast about. 22 Are they Hebrews? So am I. Are they Israelites? So am I. Are they Abraham’s descendants? So am I. 23 Are they servants of Christ? (I am out of my mind to talk like this.) I am more. I have worked much harder, been in prison more frequently, been flogged more severely, and been exposed to death again and again. 24 Five times I received from the Jews the forty lashes minus one. 25 Three times I was beaten with rods, once I was pelted with stones, three times I was shipwrecked, I spent a night and a day in the open sea, 26 I have been constantly on the move. I have been in danger from rivers, in danger from bandits, in danger from my fellow Jews, in danger from Gentiles; in danger in the city, in danger in the country, in danger at sea; and in danger from false believers. 27 I have labored and toiled and have often gone without sleep; I have known hunger and thirst and have often gone without food; I have been cold and naked. 28 Besides everything else, I face daily the pressure of my concern for all the churches. 29 Who is weak, and I do not feel weak? Who is led into sin, and I do not inwardly burn?" (1 Cor 11:16-29).


[The Lord] gave some . . . for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ. —Ephesians 4:11-12

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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Fun Facts for Thursday, April 16, 2015

National Eggs Benedict Day
Fun Facts for Thursday, April 16, 2015
The 106 day of the year
259 days left to go 


  • Animal Control Officer Appreciation Week (Link
  • National Library Week (Link)
  • National Animal Control Appreciation Week (Link)
  • National Student Employment Week (Link)
  • National Volunteer Week (Link
  • Health Information Privacy and Security Week (Link


  • Celebrate Teen Literature Day
  • National High Five Day
  • National Ask An Atheist Day
  • National D.A.R.E. Day 
  • National Healthcare Decisions Day 
  • National Stress Awareness Day 
  • National Wear Your Pajamas To Work Day
  • Save The Elephant Day
  • Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day) 
  • National Support Teen Literature Day 
  • National Eggs Benedict Day
  • Day of the Mushroom

73 A.D. legions of the Roman Empire penetrated the mountaintop fortress of Masada. A group of Jewish rebels had held off the Roman Empire for three years. The Fall of Masada marked the end of the rebellion known as the Great Jewish Revolt, but became a powerful symbol of Jewish resistance and resilience (Read more).

1851: A lighthouse was swept away in a gale at Minot's Ledge, Massachusetts (Read more).
1862: President Abraham Lincoln signed into law, a bill ending slavery in the District of Columbia. 

1900: the first book of postage stamps was issued. The two-cent stamps were available in books of 12: 24: and 48 stamps (Read more).

1905: Andrew Carnegie donated ten-million dollars to set up the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. 
1926: The Book-of-the-Month Club in New York City chose as its first selection, "Lolly Willowes" or "The Loving Huntsman" by Sylvia Townsend.

1935: "Fibber McGee and Molly" debuted on the NBC Blue Radio Network (Listen). 

1940: Cleveland Indians pitcher Bob Feller pitched the first no-hit, no-run game ever on opening day of the baseball season. The Indians beat the Chicago White Sox one-to-nothing. 
1947: NBC Television demonstrated the Zoomar camera lens. The device enabled cameras to feature close-up and long distance shots from a stationary camera. 

1962: Walter Cronkite succeeded Douglas Edwards as anchorman of "The CBS Evening News." Cronkite would go on to become known as "the most trusted man in America" during his 18-plus years as anchor (Watch). 

1973: former Beatle Paul McCartney starred in his first television special. The program titled "James Paul McCartney" featured the singer's new band, with wife Linda on background vocals. 
1980: Arthur Ashe retired from professional tennis. 
1987: the Federal Communications Commission issued a stern warning to radio stations around the United States to watch the use of indecent language on the air. 

1994: singer, songwriter Harry Connick, Jr., married model Jill Goodacre. 

1996: Britain's Prince Andrew and his wife, Sarah, the Duchess of York, announced they were in the process of getting a divorce. 
1996: the Chicago Bulls won their 70th game of the season, breaking the record of 69 held by the 1971-1972 Los Angeles Lakers. 
1999: "The Great One," Wayne Gretzky announced his retirement after 21 seasons of playing professional hockey.  His last game with the New York Rangers was April 18.  Gretzky held or shared 61 National Hockey League records and his claim to fame was leading the Edmonton Oilers to four Stanley Cup championships. 

1999: a U-W postage stamp was dedicated in honor of Daffy Duck. Hollywood celebrated "Daffy Duck Day." 

1999: Shania Twain became the first woman to be honored as songwriter/artist of the year by the Nashville Songwriters Association International during the 32nd Annual Songwriter Achievement Awards in Nashville. 
2001: Sammy Sosa hit his 400th career home run to become the 33rd major leaguer to reach 400 career homers.  The milestone homerun came when Sosa hit a two-run drive for the Chicago Cubs in the fourth inning.  With the home run, Sosa passed Detroit Tigers' Hall of Famer Al Kaline on the all-time homer list. 
2007: a gunman opened fire on students and instructors at two locations on the Virginia Tech University campus in Blacksburg, Virginia, killing 32 people before turning the gun on himself.  

2009: the New York Yankees played their first official game at the new Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, New York.  Kelly Clarkson sang the National Anthem and Hall-of-Fame catcher Yogi Berra threw out the game's ceremonial first pitch before the Yanks began the first of a four-game set against the Cleveland Indians. 
2010: pop star Lady Gaga broke a YouTube record for the most views on the video-sharing website after logging more than one billion views. 


Massacre at Virginia Tech (Source

On this day in 2007, in one of the deadliest shootings in U.S. history, 32 students and teachers die after being gunned down on the campus of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University by Seung Hui Cho, a student at the school who later dies from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. 


National Wear Your Pajamas to Work Day is always the day after taxes are due in the United States (Link)


[im-pi-tuhs] –noun, plural -tus⋅es. 
1. a moving force; impulse; stimulus
2. (broadly) the momentum of a moving body, esp. with reference to the cause of motion. 

"The impetus for the great revivals in America has been a return to prayer" 


The Bible contains many practical commands: For example, the Bible reminds us to be careful about meddling in other people's matters. 

Proverbs 26:17, "Like one who seizes a dog by the ears is a passer-by who meddles in a quarrel not his own." 


He was caught up into Paradise and heard inexpressible words. —2 Corinthians 12:4

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