Monday, July 27, 2015

Fun Facts for Tuesday, July 28, 2015

National Milk Chocolate Day 
Fun Facts for Tuesday, July 28, 2015
The 209 day of the year
156 days left to go 


  • AFRMA Fancy Rat & Mouse Week
  • Satchmo Days


  • Buffalo Soldiers Day
  • National Milk Chocolate Day
  • World Hepatitis Day

1750: German composer Johann Sebastian Bach died.  The "Brandenburg Concertos" are among his most respected compositions.  

1866: the metric system was authorized for the standardization of weights and measures throughout the United States. 

1868: the 14th amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified.  It granted citizenship to "all persons born or naturalized in the United States," which included people of African heritage who had just been freed from slavery after the Civil War.  

1858:Fingerprints were first used as a means of identification by William Herschel, who later established a fingerprint register (Read more).
1875: the first nine-inning Major League Baseball no hitter was pitched by Joe Borden. 
1896: the community of Miami, Florida, was incorporated. 
1933: the first singing telegram was delivered.  It was a birthday greeting sent by a fan to Hollywood singing star Rudy Vallee. 

1939: Judy Garland recorded the song "Over the Rainbow"  (Listen)

1951: Disney's film "Alice in Wonderland" was released by R-K-O Pictures. 

1954: The Crew Cuts reached the top of the music charts with their hit "Sh-Boom."  The song is considered by many to be the first rock and roll record. 
1973: "Six Million Dollar Man" star Lee Majors married Farrah Fawcett of TV's "Charlie's Angels."  

1978: "National Lampoon's Animal House" opened in movie theaters around the country.  The movie went on to become the highest grossing comedy of its time and launched "Saturday Night Live" cast member John Belushi into superstardom. 

1982: in an incident that ignited controversy as to whether it was real or staged, comedian Andy Kaufman and professional wrestler Jerry Lawler brawled during a live taping of NBC's "Late Night With David Letterman."  The shouting match, which began with Kaufman's taunts of the wrestler, escalated into violence as Lawler knocked Kaufman to the floor with a blow to the head.  Kaufman retaliated by throwing a cup of coffee on the wrestler.  The brawl was later confirmed as a setup.   

1982: "An Officer And A Gentleman" starring Richard Gere, Debra Winger, and Louis Gossett Jr. opened in theaters around the country. 

1984: the 23rd Summer Olympic games opened in Los Angeles, California. 
1998: former White House intern Monica Lewinsky was granted blanket immunity in exchange for providing full testimony to a grand jury investigating President Bill Clinton. 
2006: Oscar-winning director and actor Mel Gibson was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence after he was caught speeding on the Pacific Coast Highway in California.  


14th Amendment is Adopted  (Taken from Link

The 14th Amendment to the Constitution granted citizenship to “all persons born or naturalized in the United States,” which included former slaves recently freed. In addition, it forbids states from denying any person "life, liberty or property, without due process of law" or to "deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.” By directly mentioning the role of the states, the 14th Amendment greatly expanded the protection of civil rights to all Americans and is cited in more litigation than any other amendment.
The Senate passed the 14th Amendment on June 8, 1866, by a vote of 33 to 11, while the House of Representatives passed the 14th Amendment on June 13, 1866, by a vote of 120 to 32. On July 28, 1868, Secretary of State William Seward issued a proclamation certifying the ratification of the 14th Amendment by the states.


Johann Sebastian Bach (Taken from Link

Bach had a beautiful soprano singing voice, which helped him land a place at a school in Lüneburg. Sometime after his arrival, his voice changed and Bach switched to playing the violin and the harpsichord. Bach was greatly influenced by a local organist named George Böhm. In 1703, he landed his first job as a musician at the court of Duke Johann Ernst in Weimar. There he was a jack-of-all-trades, serving as a violinist at times and filling in for the official organist in other moments.


Aglet [ag-lit]

1. a metal tag or sheath at the end of a lace used for tying, as of a shoelace.
2. (in the 16th and 17th centuries) an ornament at the end of a point or other ribbon used to secure a garment.

"Because both aglets were missing, Melinda was having a difficult time trying to lace up her shoe." 


God used the pillar of cloud to separate the people of Israel from the armies of Egypt. This cloud provided night and light. 

"Then the angel of God, who had been traveling in front of Israel’s army, withdrew and went behind them. The pillar of cloud also moved from in front and stood behind them, coming between the armies of Egypt and Israel. Throughout the night the cloud brought darkness to the one side and light to the other side; so neither went near the other all night long" (Exodus 14:19-20). 


They did not cease from their own doings nor from their stubborn way. —Judges 2:19

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Saturday, July 25, 2015

Fun Facts for Monday, July 27, 2015

Creme Brulee Day
Fun Facts for Monday, July 27, 2015
The 208 day of the year--157 days left to go

  • AFRMA Fancy Rat & Mouse Week
  • Satchmo Days

  • Barbie-in-a-blender Day
  • National Korean War Veterans Armistice Day
  • Take Your Houseplant For A Walk Day
  • Walk on Stilts Day
  • National Scotch Day
  • National Creme Brulee Day

1663: The English Parliament passes the second Navigation Act requiring that all goods bound for the American colonies have to be sent in English ships from English ports

1789: The first U.S. federal government agency, the Department of Foreign Affairs, is established (it will be later renamed Department of State) (Read more).

1909: Orville Wright set a record for the longest airplane flight. Orville was testing the Army's first airplane and kept it aloft for 1 hour, 12 minutes and 40 seconds over Fort Myer, Virginia. 
1921: Scientists at the University of Toronto isolated the drug insulin for the first time.

1940: Bugs Bunny debuted in the movie cartoon A Wild Hare. Artist Bob Clampett created Bugs after seeing actor Clark Gable munching a carrot in the movie It Happened One Night (Watch).

1953: Steve Allen debuted as a local television talk show host on WNBC-TV in New York City.

1965: President Lyndon Johnson signed legislation requiring cigarette packages and ads to display a health warning from the U.S. Surgeon General (Read more). 

1974: Dinah Shore's career with NBC Television came to an end when network officials pulled "Dinah's Place" from its daytime lineup.  She had been with the network for 23 years. 
1974: A House Committee voted to impeach President Richard Nixon.

1974: British guitarist Eric Clapton's first solo single entered the British music charts -- "I Shot the Sheriff." (Listen)

1974: John Denver's "Annie's Song" reached #1 in the U.S.
1974: NBC dropped its daytime program Dinah’s Place, ending NBC’s 23-year association with singer Dinah Shore.
1981: 6 year old Adam Walsh, son of John Walsh is kidnapped in Hollywood, Florida

1986:  cyclist Greg Lemond became the first American to win the Tour de France. 

1990: Zsa Zsa Gabor began serving three days in jail for slapping a police officer.
1992: Reggie Lewis of the Boston Celtics collapsed and died during practice on a Brandeis University basketball court. He was 27.
1994: When Cindy Hartman’s phone rang in the middle of the night in Conway, Arkansas, she discovered an armed burglar ransacking her home. She fell to her knees and asked if she could pray for him. The burglar broke down, joined her in prayer, and apologized. He brought her belongings back into the house, borrowed a shirt to wipe away his fingerprints, and left his gun behind when he drove away.
1998: A 31-year-old man in Paola, Kansas, pleaded guilty to two counts of aggravated indecent liberties with a child after one of the two girls he molested saw him on the TV game show "Wheel of Fortune." He won $4,400 and was arrested a few days later.
2001: Sylvester Neal of Anchorage, Alaska, began cashing in his 30-year collection of almost a million and a half pennies, some $14,000 in coins that weighed five tons. Fortunately, the local coin-machine company, CoinStar, offered to pick them up.

2003: Comedian Bob Hope died in Toluca Lake, California, at age 100.


Adam Walsh abducted (Link)

Adam John Walsh, age six, is abducted from a mall in Hollywood, Florida, and later found murdered. In the aftermath of the crime, Adam’s father, John Walsh, became a leading victims’ rights activist and host of the long-running television show America’s Most Wanted.


Stilts (Source)

Most people think of stilts as something for circuses and kiddie parties, but they’ve been used in a number of strange ways since ancient times. In fact, stilts have a long, proud history of weirdness that continues today.


precipitancy   [pri-sip-i-tuhn-see] 
headlong or rash haste. A rash act

"Joey, who was known for his precipitancy, was like a bull in a china shop"


On one occasion, Jesus told the Pharisees that if the crowds did not praise Him, the rocks, themselves, would cry out. 

"When he came near the place where the road goes down the Mount of Olives, the whole crowd of disciples began joyfully to praise God in loud voices for all the miracles they had seen: “Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord!” “Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!” Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to Jesus, “Teacher, rebuke your disciples!” “I tell you,” he replied, “if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out” (Luke 19:37-40). 


Search me, O God, . . . and see if there is any wicked way in me. —Psalm 139:23-24

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Thursday, July 23, 2015

Fun Facts for Friday, July 24, 2015

Jelly Bean Day! 
Fun Facts for Friday, July 24, 2015
The 205 day of the year
160 days left to go 


  • Everybody Deserves A Massage Week
  • National Parenting Gifted Children Week
  • National Zoo Keeper Week
  • Comi Great Texas Mosquitos Days
  • Hemingway Look-alike Days
  • World Lumberjack Championships
  • Garlic Days

  • Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints Pioneer Day
  • Cousins Day
  • National Drive-Thru Day
  • National Tequila Day 
  • Tell An Old Joke Day
  • National Thermal Engineer Day
  • National Jellybeans Day


1725: John Newton, author of "Amazing Grace" and other hymns, is born in London. Converted to Christianity while working on a slave ship, he hoped as a Christian to restrain the worst excesses of the slave trade, "promoting the life of God in the soul" of both his crew and his African cargo. In 1764 he became an Anglican minister and each week wrote a hymn to be sung to a familiar tune. In 1787 Newton wrote Thoughts Upon the African Slave Trade to help William Wilberforce's campaign to end the slave trade
1847: At the Great Salt Lake, Brigham Young founded the State of Deseret. The U.S. government later changed the name to Utah.
1866: Tennessee became the first state to be readmitted to the Union after the Civil War.

1915: The passenger ship S.S. Eastland capsizes while tied to a dock in the Chicago River. A total of 844 passengers and crew are killed in the largest loss of life disaster from a single shipwreck on the Great Lakes (Read more).

1941: WRBL in Columbus, Ohio, hired 17-year-old Chet Atkins as a staff guitarist.
1952: High Noon, starring Gary Cooper and Grace Kelly, opened at U.S. movie theaters. The role won Cooper an Academy Award for Best Actor. The title song, sung by Tex Ritter, also won an Oscar. Cooper did the movie for $60,000 plus a percentage of the gross.

1956: After exactly ten years to the day together as the country’s 
most popular comedy team, Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis did their final show at the Copacabana in New York City.

1965: Singer Bob Dylan released "Like A Rolling Stone."

1969: The Apollo 11 astronauts, including the first men to set foot on the moon, splashed down safely in the Pacific Ocean (Watch).
1974: - The U.S. Supreme Court unanimously ruled that President Richard Nixon had to turn over subpoenaed White House tape recordings to the Watergate special prosecutor.

1983: George Brett batting for the Kansas City Royals against the New York Yankees, has a game-winning home run nullified in the "Pine Tar Incident" (Read more)

1987: 91-year-old Hulda Crooks became the oldest person ever to climb Japan’s Mt. Fuji. When her team reached the summit, Hulda said, "Hey, dudes -- how do I get down from here?"
1996: The city of Tianjin in northern China approved a fine equal to $150 for couples caught living together without a marriage license. They called it a "sin tax."
1998: A 48-year-old woman told police her dentist stormed into a crowded Wiesbaden, Germany, bar and yanked out her dentures because she failed to pay her dental bill. Police later found the dentures at the dentist’s office.
2001: A teen-age suspect who was apparently under the influence of drugs escaped from authorities in Lewiston, Maine, after biting through the steel chain on his handcuffs. The boy was recaptured and placed in a home for troubled teens.
2005: Lance Armstrong won his seventh straight Tour de France victory.
2006: Deposed Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein was hospitalized on a forced feeding tube in Baghdad as his massacre trial resumed without him.


Bonneville leads first wagon crossing of South Pass (Taken from Link

Benjamin Bonneville, an inept fur trader who some speculate may have actually been a spy, leads the first wagon train to cross the Rocky Mountains at Wyoming's South Pass.
The motivations for Bonneville's western expeditions have always remained somewhat mysterious. A native of France, Bonneville came to the United States in 1803 at the age of seven. He later graduated from West Point, and he served at frontier posts in Arkansas, Texas, and Indian Territory. According to one view, Bonneville simply observed the rapid growth of the western fur trade at these posts and conceived a bold plan to mount his own fur trading expedition. However, others suggest Bonneville's true goal for the expedition may have been to serve as a Far Western spy for the U.S. government.


Many major chains do 60% to 70% of their business at the drive-thru. 

(Taken from Link


Incalculable  [in-kal-kyuh-luh-buhl]

1. very numerous or great.
2. unable to be calculated; beyond calculation.

"Sally began to count the number of stars in the sky, but it became clear to her very quickly, that their number was incalculable" 


The story of the rich, young, ruler is found in Matthew, Mark, and Luke. In all 3 gospels he is called rich--or even extremely wealthy. Only Matthew calls him a young man. Only Luke identifies him as a “ruler” which probably meant that he was a leader in the synagogue or he might have been part of the ruling body of the Sanhedrin. 


Having arrested [Jesus], they led Him and brought Him into the high priest’s house. But Peter followed at a distance. —Luke 22:54

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