Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Fun Facts for Thursday, March 26, 2015

Fun Facts for Thursday, March 26, 2015
The 85 day of the year
280 days left to go 


  • Consider Christianity Week
  • Tsunami Awareness Week
  • Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Week
  • National Cleaning Week
  • Root Canal Awareness Week
  • National Youth Violence Prevention Week
  • Meat Free Week


  • International Sister Cities Day
  • Legal Assistants Day
  • Make Up Your Own Holiday Day
  • Purple Day
  • Spinach Day (See Quick Trivia below) 
  • National Nougat Day (Link)

1827: legendary composer Ludwig Von Beethoven died at the age of 56. 
1872: An earthquake felt from Mexico to Oregon rocks the Owens Valley in California

1885: Eastman Kodak produced the first commercial moving picture film (Read more). 

1945: the Battle of Iwo Jima ended.  
1951: the Air Force flag, including a coat of arms, 13 white stars and the Air Force seal, was approved.  
1953: Doctor Jonas Salk announced he had successfully tested a vaccine against polio. 

1956: Red Buttons made his debut as a television actor in "Studio One" on CBS. 

1964: "Funny Girl," starring Barbra Streisand as Fanny Brice, opened on Broadway. 
1969: the television movie "Marcus Welby" aired.  Due to the movie's popularity, the program later became a long-running series.

 1971: "Cannon" starring William Conrad debuted on CBS television. 

1973: "The Young and The Restless" debuted on CBS. 
1979: the Camp David peace treaty was signed at the White House by Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin and Egyptian President Anwar Sadat.  President Jimmy Carter signed the document as a witness. 
1979: Michigan State University beat Indiana State University, 75-to-64: to win the NCAA basketball championship.  The game marked the start of the Larry Bird-Magic Johnson rivalry. 

1981: Comedienne Carol Burnett won a one-point-six-Million-dollar libel judgment against "The National Enquirer" for falsely reporting that Burnett was intoxicated during an encounter at a restaurant with Secretary of State Henry Kissinger.  The award was later reduced and the two sides settled out of court.  

1982: groundbreaking ceremonies took place in Washington DC for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. 

1998: President Clinton stood with President Nelson Mandela in a racially integrated South African parliament to salute a country that was "truly free and democratic at last."  Clinton, accompanied by his wife Hillary, became the first U.S. head of state to visit the former British colony. 

1999: assisted suicide advocate Dr. Jack Kevorkian was convicted of second-degree murder and delivery of a controlled substance for giving a lethal injection to an ailing man whose death was shown on CBS-TV's "60 Minutes."  It was the first time in five trials that the suicide doctor was found guilty. 
2006: IndyCar Series drive Paul Dana was killed in a crash during warmups at Homestead-Miami Speedway in Florida.  Dana was 31 years old.  
2013: President Barack Obama appointed Julia Pierson to head the U.S. Secret Service.  In so doing, Pierson became the first woman to head the agency. 


Marcus Welby, M.D. (Source

Marcus Welby, M.D. aired on ABC from September 23, 1969, to July 29, 1976. It starred Robert Young as a family practitioner with a kind bedside manner and James Brolin as the younger doctor he often worked with, and was produced by David Victor and David J. O'Connell. The pilot, A Matter of Humanities, had aired as an ABC Movie of the Week on March 26, 1969.


Spinach originated in ancient Persia, eventually making its way to Italy in 827 and finally gracing European tables in the 1300s. Its appearance in early spring made this a fast favorite when other vegetables were scarce during Lenten diets. For this reason, spinach has the great honor of being mentioned in the first known English cookbook (Link).

When Catherine de'Medici became the queen of France in 1522, she insisted that spinach be served at every meal because she loved it so. Today when you hear of spinach dishes referred to as "Florentine," that is because Catherine was born in Florence.


[puhf-uh-ree]  Noun

Flattering, often exaggerated praise and publicity, especially when used for promotional purposes

"Missy was intrigued at the new bathroom cleaner being advertised on TV; however, she doubted it would work as well as the commercial claimed and recognized that the commercial was likely laiden with puffery"


Jesus was sitting down when He delivered the Sermon on the Mount

Now when he saw the crowds, he went up on a mountainside and sat down. His disciples came to him, and he began to teach them saying...(Matt 5:1-2)


We will serve the Lord! —Joshua 24:21

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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Fun Facts for Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Manatee Appreciation Day
Fun Facts for Wednesday, March 25, 2015
The 84 day of the year
281 days left to go 


  • Consider Christianity Week
  • Tsunami Awareness Week
  • Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Week
  • National Cleaning Week
  • Root Canal Awareness Week
  • National Youth Violence Prevention Week
  • Meat Free Week


  • International Day of Solidarity with Detained and Missing Staff Members (Link)
  • Manatee Appreciation Day (Learn More)
  • National Day of Celebration of Greek & American Democracy
  • National Medal of Honor Day (Link)
  • Old New Year's Day
  • Tolkien Reading Day
  • Vaffeldagen (Waffle Day) (Read more)
  • National Lobster Newburg Day (Link)
  • National Pecan Day

1609: English explorer Henry Hudson set off from Amsterdam, on behalf of the Dutch East India Company, in search of the Northwest Passage.
1634: Maryland was founded by English colonists sent by Lord Baltimore; they arrived at St. Clement's Island and called the settlement St. Mary's.
1751: This was the old New Year's Day for Great Britain and its North American colonies up through 1751, when the Gregorian calendar was adopted and the beginning of the year changed to January 1 (Read more).

1774: Parliament passes the Boston Port Act (Read more)

1775: George Washington planted the first pecan trees at Mount Vernon; this is celebrated as Pecan Day.
1807:  British Parliament abolished the slave trade.
1913: the Palace Theatre opened in New York City. 

1934: Horton Smith won the first Masters golf tournament at Augusta National in Georgia (Read more). 

1943: Jimmy Durante and Garry Moore made their debut on network radio, replacing "Abbott and Costello." 
1954: "From Here to Eternity" won the Academy Award for best picture.  Frank Sinatra also walked away with an Oscar for his supporting role in the film.  

1965: Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. led 25-thousand marchers into Montgomery, Alabama, to protest the denial of voting rights to blacks (Link). 

1967: The Who and Cream made their U.S. debuts in a Murray the K. rock show. 
1968: the final episode of "The Monkees" aired on NBC (Link). 

1985: Stevie Wonder won an Academy Award for his song, "I Just Called To Say I Love You," from the film "The Woman In Red"  (Song)

1987: the Supreme Court ruled employers may sometimes favor women and members of minority groups over men and whites in hiring and promoting in order to achieve better balance in the work force. 
1995: boxer Mike Tyson was released from the Indiana Youth Center after serving three years for raping beauty pageant contestant Desiree Washington. 

1996: "Braveheart" was named Best Picture at the Academy Awards.  Mel Gibson was named Best Director.  

2006: Country Music Hall of Fame legend Buck Owens died at his home in Bakersfield, California.  He was 76.  Owens had more than 20 number one records and created what became known as "The Bakersfield Sound."  He helped bring country music into the mainstream as the longtime host of the television show "Hee Haw."  


Triangle Shirtwaist Company tragedy (Source

In one of the most tragic incidents in America's industrial history, the Triangle Shirtwaist Company factory in New York City burns down on this day in 1911, killing 145 workers. The tragedy led to the development of a series of laws and regulations that better protected the safety of factory workers.

QUICK TRIVIA (not so quick today)

Waffles (Source)

Waffle Day originated in Sweden where it is called Vaffedlagen.  It occurs nine months to the day before Christmas - commemorating the supposed day the Archangel Gabriel told the Virgin Mary that she was pregnant. 
As the holiday progressed, it also began to commemorate the first day of spring. Waffles come into play because on March 25th the women of Sweden would set aside their winter tasks like chopping wood and knitting, and began their spring tasks... the most notable of which was preparing waffles.

  • 13th Century A.C. - Ancient Greeks cook flat cakes between two metal plates. These early waffles were called obleios and were primarily savory in nature, prepared with cheeses and herbs.
  • 1620 - The pilgrims bring Dutch "wafles" to America.
  • 1735 - The word "waffle" - with two "f"s - appears in English print for the first time.
  • Late 1800's - Thomas Jefferson returns to the U.S. from France with a long handled, patterned waffle iron.
  • 1869 - Cornelius Swarthout patents the first U.S. Waffle Iron.
  • 1953 - Frank Dorsa's Eggo Frozen Waffles are sold in Supermarkets for the first time.
  • 1964-65 - Brussels restaurateur Maurice Vermersch brings his wife's Brussels Waffle recipe to the World's Fair in New York. The fluffy yeast-infused waffle becomes a huge hit and becomes known as the Belgium waffle.


 [om-uh-nuh s] –adjective  

portending evil or harm; foreboding; threatening; inauspicious:

“Jerry began to pedal his bike faster when he noticed the ominous dark clouds that were beginning to form”


The shortest "chapter" of the Bible is Psalm 117 (although some would argue that the Psalms are not "chapters") 


She . . . spoke of Him to all those who looked for redemption in Jerusalem. —Luke 2:38

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Monday, March 23, 2015

Fun Facts for Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Fun Facts for Tuesday, March 24, 2015
The 83 day of the year
282 days left to go 


  • Consider Christianity Week
  • Tsunami Awareness Week
  • Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Week
  • National Cleaning Week
  • Root Canal Awareness Week
  • National Youth Violence Prevention Week
  • Meat Free Week


  • American Diabetes Association Alert Day (Link)
  • International Day for the Right to the Truth Concerning Gross Human Rights Violations and for Dignity of Victims
  • National Cake Pop Day (Link
  • World Tuberculosis Day (Link)
  • National Chocolate Covered Raisins Day (Link)
  • National BraveHearts Day

1664: Roger Williams was granted a charter to colonize Rhode Island.

1765: Britain enacted the Quartering Act, requiring American colonists to provide temporary housing to British soldiers (Read more).
1882: Professor Robert Koch announced the discovery of the tuberculosis germ -- in Berlin, Germany.
1882: poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow died at the age of 75.  
1905: science fiction writer Jules Verne died at the age of 77.  He penned such classic novels as "Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea" and "Around the World in Eighty Days." 
1949: Walter and John Huston became the first father-son team to win Academy Awards.  They claimed their Oscars for "The Treasure of Sierra Madre." 

1955: the Tennessee Williams play, "Cat On A Hot Tin Roof," opened on Broadway. 

1958: Elvis Presley became a member of the United States Army.  
1964: the Kennedy half-dollar coin was first issued. 

1972: the rock group America received a gold record for the song "A Horse With No Name"  (song)

1973: Pink Floyd's "Dark Side Of The Moon" debuted on the "Billboard" album charts.  It stayed on the chart for more than 700 weeks. 
1980: "ABC News Nightline" debuted as a regular program four months after covering the Iran hostage crisis in a series of late night specials.    
1988: San Diego Chargers quarterback Dan Fouts retired. 
1989: the Exxon Valdez ran aground in Alaska's Prince William Sound and began leaking eleven-million-gallons of crude oil.  

2004: flamboyant fitness expert Richard Simmons was cited for assault after he allegedly slapped a six-foot-two, 250-pound man at Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport.  A police report said the incident took place after the alleged victim had taunted Simmons.  The exercise guru reportedly told the man, quote, "it's not nice to make fun of people with issues," before the alleged slap.  


The Exxon Valdez (Source

On this day in 1989, the Exxon Valdez oil tanker hits a reef in Alaska's Prince William Sound, resulting in an enormous oil spill. Though there were no human victims of the crash, hundreds of miles of pristine coastline became coated with oil and thousands of sea birds, mammals and fish perished in the disaster.


Pink Floyd: Dark Side of the Moon

Pink Floyd’s album, “The Dark Side of the Moon”, was an immediate success, topping the Billboard Top LPs & Tapes chart for one week. It remained in the charts for 741 weeks from 1973 to 1988 selling an estimated 50 million copies. (Link)


Grawlix (plural grawlixes or grawlix)


A string of typographical symbols, especially "@#$%&!", used (especially in comic strips) to represent an obscenity or swearword.

“Some people, who don’t use swearwords, may even feel uncomfortable with grawlixes”


Although the phrase, “hallelujah” is used quite often within Christian circles, it is only found four times in the New Testament. All of those times are in the book of Revelation—all of them in the same chapter (Revelation 19:1, 3, 4, 6). 
The term “hallelujah” is of Hebrew origin and is made from the formulation of two words, "hallal" which means to praise and "yah" which is the short form for God (YHWH/Yahweh). The phrase is appear frequently in the Old Testament (for example Psalm 150:1), but it is translated, “praise the LORD”.


Whenever I am afraid, I will trust in You. —Psalm 56:3

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