Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Fun Facts for Thursday, July 31, 2014

Cotton Candy Day 
Fun Facts for Thursday, July 31, 2014
The 212 day of the year
153 days left to go 



THIS WEEK IS

  • Fancy Rat & Mouse Week




TODAY IS

  • Bratwurst Day (all the way through the weekend) 
  • National Chili Dog Day 
  • Uncommon Instruments Awareness Day
  • World Ranger Day
  • Raspberry Cake Day
  • Cotton Candy Day
  • Jump For Jelly Beans 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.
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.
1928: Leo, the MGM Lion, first roared for the debut of the movie "White Shadows of the South Seas."


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.
1961: The first tie in All-Star Game history was recorded as the second All-Star Game of the year (there were two a year back then) was stopped in the 9th inning due to rain at Boston’s Fenway Park
1964: Ranger 7, an unmanned U.S. lunar probe, took the first close-up images of the Moon.
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.


1973: The ABA Virginia Squires traded Julius Earving to the New York Nets.
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.
1995: The Walt Disney Company agreed to acquire Capital Cities/ABC in a deal placed at $19 billion.
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.
1996: Ottawa-born Alanis Morissette kicked off her first Canadian tour before 15,000 fans at GM Place in Vancouver.
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.
2001: A Tokyo exhibit featured sweet potato, squid, ox tongue, cactus, eel, crab, and octopus ice cream. The Mainichi Daily News called the unusual flavors "surprisingly tasty."
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 poplular 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

Incline your ear, and come to Me. Hear, and your soul shall live. —Isaiah 55:3

Read today's "Our Daily Bread


Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Fun Facts for Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Fun Facts for Wednesday, July 30, 2014
The 211 day of the year
154 days left to go 



THIS WEEK IS
Fancy Rat & Mouse Week


TODAY IS

  • National Cheesecake Day
  • Father-In-Law Day
  • Friendship Day
  • Health Care Now!  Medicare's Birthday
  • International Day of Friendship
  • National Support Public Education Day
  • Paperback Book Day
  • Meteor Day
  • Social Media Day 



ON THIS DATE...
1619: In Jamestown, Virginia, the first representative assembly in the Americas, the House of Burgesses, convenes for the first time.
1729: The city of Baltimore, Maryland was founded. 


1859: French acrobat Blondin (real name: Jean Francois Gravelet) crossed Niagara Falls on a tightrope as 5,000 spectators watched.





1926: McGraw Electric Company of Minneapolis sold the world's first pop-up toasters.
1928: The MGM lion roared for the first time.
1932: Premiere of Walt Disney's Flowers and Trees, the first cartoon short to use Technicolor and the first Academy Award winning cartoon short.
1934: The NFL Portsmouth Spartans became the Detroit Lions.
1935: The first Penguin paperback book was published.
1942: The WAVES were created by legislation signed by U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt. The members of the Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Services were a part of of the U.S. Navy.
1945: World War II: Japanese submarine I-58 sinks the USS Indianapolis, killing 883 seamen.
1952: "The Guiding Light," a popular radio show, premiered on television.

1956: A joint resolution of the U.S. Congress is signed by President Dwight D. Eisenhower, authorizing In God We Trust as the U.S. national motto.

1965: U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson signs the Social Security Act of 1965 into law, establishing Medicare and Medicaid.
1968: Ron Hansen, of the Washington Senators, made the first unassisted triple play in the major leagues in 41 years. The shortstop speared a line drive by Joe Azcue, doubled up the runner at second by stepping on the bag and then tagged out the runner who was moving in from first base. The Senators still lost the game to Cleveland by a score of 10-1.

1974: Steven Spielberg filmed the famous July 4th scene for his movie, Jaws. A crowd of 400 screaming extras in bathing suits ran from the water — again and again and again.
1975: Cher married Gregg Allman. The marriage lasted nine days.
1985: Continental Baking executive James A. Dewar died at age 88. In the early 1930s, he invented Twinkies.
1985: Actor Yul Brynner ended his reign as the King of Siam in "The King and I" after playing the role on and off for 34 years in over 4,500 performances. He won two Tonys and an Oscar.
1986: Calling his Playboy Bunny a symbol of the past, Hugh Hefner closed Playboy clubs in New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles.
1992: Newspapers reported singer Tom Jones' new television series was rated lower than British TV's hymnfest "Songs of Praise."
1994: Twelve miles of highway in Waverly, Tennessee, became Loretta Lynn Parkway.
1994: The U.S. Figure Skating Association stripped Tonya Harding of her 1994 national title and banned her for life for the attack on competitor Nancy Kerrigan.

1995: The movie "Mighty Morphin Power Rangers" opened throughout the U.S.


2002: Brazil won its 5th World Cup soccer championship with a 2-0 victory over Germany.
2005: A Solomon Islands man who had lived as a hermit in a jungle cave for 40 years returned home when his fire went out. After relatives welcomed him home, 80-year-old Philip Uduota decided to stay



HISTORY SPOTLIGHT

In God We Trust (Taken from Link)


On this day in 1956, two years after pushing to have the phrase "under God" inserted into the pledge of allegiance, President Dwight D. Eisenhower signs a law officially declaring "In God We Trust" to be the nation's official motto. The law, P.L. 84-140, also mandated that the phrase be printed on all American paper currency. The phrase had been placed on U.S. coins since the Civil War when, according to the historical association of the United States Treasury, religious sentiment reached a peak. Eisenhower's treasury secretary, George Humphrey, had suggested adding the phrase to paper currency as well.



QUICK TRIVIA

According to recent research, the average adult only has 2 friends (Taken from Link)  



WORD OF THE DAY


Oscillate   [os-uh-leyt]   verb, os·cil·lat·ed, os·cil·lat·ing.
verb (used without object)
1. to swing or move to and fro, as a pendulum does.
2.to vary or vacillate between differing beliefs, opinions, conditions, etc.: He oscillates regularly between elation and despair.

"At the dessert table, Martha kept oscillating between the chocolate cheese cake and the turtle cheese cake" 



INTRIGUING BIBLE FACT 

When Jesus told a crowd that a dead girl was only sleeping they laughed at Him

"While he was saying this, a ruler came and knelt before him and said, “My daughter has just died. But come and put your hand on her, and she will live.” Jesus got up and went with him, and so did his disciples....When Jesus entered the ruler’s house and saw the flute players and the noisy crowd, he said, “Go away. The girl is not dead but asleep.” But they laughed at him. After the crowd had been put outside, he went in and took the girl by the hand, and she got up. News of this spread through all that region" (Matthew 9:18-25). 


WORD FROM THE WORD

Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. —1 John 4:7

Read today's "Our Daily Bread


Monday, July 28, 2014

Fun Facts for Tuesday, July 29, 2014

National Chicken Wing Day
Fun Facts for Tuesday, July 29, 2014
The 210 day of the year
155 days left to go 



THIS WEEK IS

  • Fancy Rat & Mouse Week



TODAY IS

  • Lasagna Day
  • National Chicken Wing Day
  • Rain Day in Waynesburg, Pennsylvania. It always rains in Waynesburg on July 29th
  • NASA Day
  • National Photograph Your Children When They're Not Looking Day
  • System Administrator Appreciation Day



ON THIS DATE...
1786: The Pittsburgh Gazette became the first newspaper published west of the Alleghenies.
1866: Thomas Chisholm was born. The American Methodist pastor wrote 1,200 poems, one of which became the familiar hymn "Great Is Thy Faithfulness."
1874: Major Walter Clopton Wingfield of England received a patent for the lawn-tennis court.
1914: Transcontinental telephone service began with the first phone conversation between New York and San Francisco.
1955: Johnny Cash recorded "Folsom Prison Blues." He had written the song after seeing the movie Inside the Walls of Folsom Prison. 


1957: Jack Paar debuted as host of "The Tonight Show." 


1963: Peter, Paul and Mary released "Blowin' In The Wind."
1967: Louis Armstrong recorded "What A Wonderful World." He insisted on singing the song only once. ABC Records used the first and only take.


1981: Hundreds of millions watched on television as Britain’s Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer were married at St. Paul’s Cathedral in London. Even North American networks carried the ceremony live though it was in the wee hours of the morning. 

1988: Federal regulators shut down the largest bank in Texas, First RepublicBank of Dallas, and sold it to North Carolina National Bank.
1988: Reg Morris of Walsall, England, crawled on his hands and knees a world record 28.5 miles. Three years earlier, Reg carried a brick 61 miles.
1995: InStyle magazine reported that fitness guru Richard Simmons had outfitted his minivan with doggie seats and special airbags to protect his new Dalmatian puppies.


1996: Carl Lewis won his ninth Olympic gold medal by winning the long jump competition., tying swimmer Mark Spitz for most golds by an American athlete.

2002: An American explorer who had survived seven expeditions to the Antarctic cut off three toes mowing his lawn. The 53-year-old explorer, from Galena, Illinois, was forced to delay an eighth Antarctic trip by several months. He said the embarrassment was almost as bad as losing the toes.
2003: Boston's Bill Mueller became the first player in major league history to hit grand slam home runs from both sides of the plate in a game. He also hit a third homer in a 14-7 win against the Rangers in Texas.
2005: Astronomers announced that they'd discovered a new planet larger than Pluto in orbit around the sun.



HISTORY SPOTLIGHT

NASA is created (Taken from Link


On this day in 1958, President Dwight D. Eisenhower signs an act that creates the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). He called the signing an historic step, further equipping the United States for leadership in the space age.



QUICK TRIVIA

Lasagna (Taken from Link


The word lasagna originally referred to the pot in which the dish was cooked rather than the food itself as it does today. In fact, it is believed by some that the word is derived from the Greek word for "chamber pot" (lasanon).


WORD OF THE DAY


feign \FEYN\, verb:
1. To represent fictitiously; put on an appearance of.
2. To invent fictitiously or deceptively, as a story or an excuse.
3. To make believe; pretend.

"Annie feigned interest as her husband talked about his fantasy football league over dinner."



INTRIGUING BIBLE FACT 
When the Lord Jesus spoke to Paul on the road to Damascus He spoke in Hebrew (Acts 26:14-15)

"And when we had all fallen to the ground, I heard a voice saying to me in the Hebrew dialect, 'Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me?  (Acts 26:14)



WORD FROM THE WORD

Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need. —Hebrews 4:16

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