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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Fun Facts for Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Blueberry Cheesecake Day 
Fun Facts for Tuesday, May 26, 2015
The 146 day of the year
219 days left to go 


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


  • World Lindy Hop Day
  • Blueberry Cheesecake Day
  • National Cherry Dessert Day


1521: Martin Luther was banned by the Edict of Worms because of his religious beliefs and writings.

1647: Alse Young, hanged in Hartford, Connecticut, becomes the first person executed as a witch in the British American colonies
1830: The Indian Removal Act is passed by the U.S. Congress; it is signed into law by President Andrew Jackson two days later.
1836:  the United States House of Representatives adopted the Gag Rule.  The rule was adopted to restrict needless, long discussions in Congress. 
1864: President Abraham Lincoln signed an act establishing the Montana Territory.
1868: President Andrew Johnson was acquitted on all charges relating to his impeachment trial.  
1869: Boston University is chartered by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
1896:  the Dow Jones Industrial Average, comprised of 12 "smokestack" companies, made its debut on this date. 

1911:  the first Indianapolis 500 took place. 

1954: Liberace presented a three-hour, one-man concert at Madison Square Garden in New York City--13,000 women and 3,000 men. The performance nearly broke the box office mark of 18,000 set by pianist Ignace Jan Paderewski.
1961:  Dave Garroway made his last appearance as host of NBC's "Today" show. 
1969:  Dick Cavett began a three night a week, prime time television series on ABC.  
1978:  the first legal casino outside the state of Nevada was opened in Atlantic City, New Jersey. 

1979:  John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd made their final appearances as regular cast members on "Saturday Night Live." 

1990:  for the first time ever, women occupy the first five spots on the "Billboard Hot 100" singles chart.  The five female acts were Madonna, Heart, Sinead O'Connor, Wilson Phillips and Janet Jackson. 
1994:  Michael Jackson married Lisa Marie Presley in a secret ceremony in the Dominican Republic. 
1998: the Supreme Court ruled that Ellis Island is mainly in New Jersey, not New York.  
2004: The United States Army veteran Terry Nichols is found guilty of 161 state murder charges for helping carry out the Oklahoma City bombing.

2006: the comic book movie action adventure "X-Men: The Last Stand" opened in theaters around the country.  The film took in an estimated 107-million-dollars in ticket sales in its first three days out in theaters to become the fourth highest movie debut in history behind "Spider Man," "Star Wars: Episode 3" and "Shrek 2."  


Dracula hits bookshops in London (Source)

The first copies of the classic vampire novel Dracula, by Irish writer Bram Stoker, appear in London bookshops on this day in 1897....Upon its release, Dracula enjoyed moderate success, though when Stoker died in 1912 none of his obituaries even mentioned Dracula by name. Sales began to take off in the 1920s, when the novel was adapted for Broadway. Dracula mania kicked into even higher gear with Universal's blockbuster 1931 film, directed by Tod Browning and starring the Hungarian actor Bela Lugosi. Dozens of vampire-themed movies, television shows and literature followed, though Lugosi, with his exotic accent, remains the quintessential Count Dracula. Late 20th-century examples of the vampire craze include the bestselling novels of American writer Anne Rice and the cult hit TV series Buffy the Vampire Slayer.


George Willig, also known as "The Human Fly", climbs the south tower of the World Trade Center (Source

On this day in 1977, Willig climbed the World Trade Center in about three hours. He was met on the roof by a rather friendly policeman who congratulated Payne on his accomplishment, requested his autograph and then handcuffed him.

Payne was charged with disorderly conduct, criminal trespass and scaling a building without a permit. There was talk of the city suing Payne for $250,000 for the cost of the response to his stunt, but the next day Payne settled with the mayor’s office for a fine of $1.10, a penny for each floor. And a promise to not let anyone know how he did it.


abstruse  [ab-stroos]  
1. hard to understand; recondite
2. Obsolete . secret; hidden.

"Wayne tried to uncover the meaning of the poem, but its meaning what abstruse"


There were many times when Paul sent his young protege, Timothy on a mission. 

"After all this had happened, Paul decided[a] to go to Jerusalem, passing through Macedonia and Achaia. “After I have been there,” he said, “I must visit Rome also.” 22 He sent two of his helpers, Timothy and Erastus, to Macedonia, while he stayed in the province of Asia a little longer" (Acts 19:21-23). 

"I have sent to you Timothy, my son whom I love, who is faithful in the Lord. He will remind you of my way of life in Christ Jesus, which agrees with what I teach everywhere in every church" (1 Cor. 4:17)

"I hope in the Lord Jesus to send Timothy to you soon, that I also may be cheered when I receive news about you" (Philippians 2:19). 

"We sent Timothy, who is our brother and co-worker in God’s service in spreading the gospel of Christ, to strengthen and encourage you in your faith" (1 Thessalonians 3:2). 


He arose and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Peace, be still!” And the wind ceased and there was a great calm. —Mark 4:39

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Saturday, May 23, 2015

Fun Facts for Monday, May 25, 2015

Fun Facts for Monday, May 25, 2015 
The 145 day of the year 
220 days left to go 


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


  • Buddah Day
  • Cookie Monster's Birthday
  • National Missing Children's Day
  • National Tap Dance Day
  • Nerd Pride Day or Geek Pride Day
  • Towel Day
  • Memorial Day
  • Prayer for Peace Memorial Day
  • National Brown-Bag-It Day
  • National Wine Day
  • Cookie Monster's Birthday (also celebrated Nov 2) 

1935: Babe Ruth, playing for the Boston Braves, hit home runs 713 and 714 at Forbes Field in Pittsburgh, his final home runs. Pitcher Guy Bush served up both homers, but won the game 11-7.
1935: During the Big Ten Championships at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, Jesse Owens of Ohio State broke 3 world records and tied a 4th in 45 minutes. The "Buckeye Bullet," suffering from a injured back, set records in the 220-yard dash, 220-yard huddles, and the running broad jump. And he tied the record in the 100-yard dash.

1961: President John Kennedy asked the U.S. to work toward putting a man on the moon by the end of the decade (Read more).

1965: The fastest knockout in heavyweight title history occurred in Lewiston, Maine, when Cassius Clay KO'd Sonny Liston in 1:56 of the first round.
1968: The Rolling Stones released "Jumping Jack Flash."

1968: St. Louis dedicated its trademark Gateway Arch, part of the city's Jefferson National Expansion Memorial.

1969: The Hollies recorded "He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother" with Elton John at piano.
1977: The movie "Star Wars" opened in U.S. movie theaters. It set a new box office record that stood until "Titanic" in 1999.
1981: Daredevil Daniel Goodwin, wearing a "Spiderman" costume, scaled the outside of Chicago's Sears Tower in 7½ hours.
1983: "The Return of the Jedi" set a new movie record for opening day box office sales by grossing $6.2 million.
1986: An estimated 7-million people joined hands to form a line they called "Hands Across America" to raise money for the nation’s homeless and hungry.
1990: Gary Stewart of Los Angeles set a Guinness world record by jumping 177,737 times on his pogo stick.

1992: In Manilla, Pepsi announced that 349 was the winning $37,000-number that day in its "Number Fever" contest. Unfortunately, due to what Pepsi called a computer software glitch, 800,000 people had bottle caps with the winning number. In the resulting public relations nightmare, violence erupted as irate consumers attacked bottling plants and delivery trucks.

1992: Jay Leno became the new host of "The Tonight Show," replacing Johnny Carson, who had hosted the late-night talk show for 29 years.

1993: The U.S. issued a patent (#5,213,234) to Ioannis Stefanopoulos of Arlington, Virginia, for his Moo Cream Pitcher, a cow-shaped pitcher that moos when it pours cream or milk.
1999: Harry Seager found a half-cent piece dated 1723 in front of the town's 200-year-old town library. Greenfield, Massachusetts, was rebuilding Main Street and ripping up sidewalk sections that dated back a couple hundred years. Other treasure hunters found 18th and 19th century coins, brass buttons and a dozen led musket balls.


First Public TV Broadcast (Source

On May 25, 1953, KUHT, the first public television station in the U.S., broadcasted its first program. KUHT was a part of the University of Houston, Texas, and remains part of the system today. The first program broadcast was a local variety show aimed at young women, It’s Five.

Public television stations serve the public interest, not individual advertisers or station-owners. Public television stations are funded by corporate sponsors, taxes, and individual contributions from “viewers like you.” Many public television stations, such as KUHT, are affiliated with universities or colleges in the area they serve. 

Public television stations are dedicated to broadcasting programs not available on commercial networks. Many of these programs appeal to underrepresented communities, such as youth, those with minority or marginalized identities, or the poverty-stricken. Popular public television broadcasts include children’s programming, such as Sesame Street; dramas, such as Masterpiece Theater; documentaries, such as American Experience; or news programs, such as Frontline.


On this day in 2007, Coca Cola created a 3,000 gallon, 15 foot high ice cream float with Vanilla Coke and ice cream, and set a new world record for the largest ice cream float.  The float was certified as drinkable by health inspectors, but it was disposed of by a garbage company.  Coke also held the previous record from 1998 with a 2,085 gallon float.


cumulus \KYOO-myuh-luhs\  , noun:

1. A heap; pile.
2. A cloud of a class characterized by dense individual elements in the form of puffs, mounds, or towers, with flat bases and tops that often resemble cauliflower
“Because Joey was not too thrilled with having to clean his room; instead of actually cleaning, he quickly threw everything into his closet into a giant cumulus.” 

Pharaoh’s magicians could not reproduce the plague of gnats. 
"Then the Lord said to Moses, “Tell Aaron, ‘Stretch out your staff and strike the dust of the ground,’ and throughout the land of Egypt the dust will become gnats.” 17 They did this, and when Aaron stretched out his hand with the staff and struck the dust of the ground, gnats came on people and animals. All the dust throughout the land of Egypt became gnats. 18 But when the magicians tried to produce gnats by their secret arts, they could not. Since the gnats were on people and animals everywhere, 19 the magicians said to Pharaoh, “This is the finger of God.” But Pharaoh’s heart was hard and he would not listen, just as the Lord had said" (Exod 8:16-19).


The Lord shall reign forever and ever. —Exodus 15:18

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