Monday, November 30, 2015

Fun Facts and Daily Trivia for Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Fun Facts and Daily Trivia Tuesday, December 1, 2015
The 335 day of the year
30 days left to go


  • Cookie Cutter Week
  • Clerc-Gallaudet Week


  • Antarctica Day
  • Basketball Day
  • Bifocals at the Monitor Liberation Day
  • Civil Air Patrol Day
  • Day With(out) Art Day
  • Rosa Parks Day
  • World Aids Day
  • Giving Tuesday
  • National Pie Day
  • National Eat a Red Apple Day

1824: The presidential election was turned over to the U.S. House of Representatives when a deadlock developed among John Quincy Adams, Andrew Jackson, William H. Crawford, and Henry Clay. John Quincy Adams was declared the winner.
1879: Gilbert and Sullivan's operetta "HMS Pinafore" opened in New York. 

1880: A telephone was first installed in the White House.

1891: James Naismith, a physical education teacher at a YMCA in Springfield, Massachusetts, created the indoor sport of basketball.

1903: "The Great Train Robbery" was released.  It was the world's first western film (watch). 

1909: the Pennsylvania Trust Company became the first bank in the United States to offer a Christmas Club account.  It encouraged customers to set money aside for the holidays. 
1913: In Pittsburgh, the first drive-in automobile service station opened for business. It was operated by the Gulf Refining Company.
1941: Japanese Emperor Hirohito signed a declaration of war against the United States, United Kingdom and the Kingdom of the Netherlands.
1942: Gas rationing went into effect in the United States, as a result of World War II.

1945: Burl Ives made his concert debut in New York.  He is best known as the narrator and banjo-picking snowman in television's "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer." 

1953: The first issue of "Playboy" magazine was published by Hugh Hefner; it featured Marilyn Monroe as the centerfold.
1955: seamstress Rosa Parks was arrested in Montgomery, Alabama.  Police took Parks into custody after she refused to give up her seat in the front of a bus to a white man.  (see History Spotlight)
1969: the U.S. government held its first draft lottery since World War Two. 
1976: The Eagles released their classic album "Hotel California." 
1979: The Movie Channel pay network was launched. 
1988: the first World AIDS Day was recognized in a number of countries around the world.  Sponsored by the World Health Organization, the day  inspired messages from President Reagan, Pope John Paul II and United Nations Secretary General Javier Perez de Cuellar who called for stepped-up efforts against the disease. 

1989: Mikhail Gorbachev became the first Soviet leader to visit the Vatican and meet the Pope. 

1997: jazz musician Kenny G set a record for the longest-held note.  He held an E-flat on his saxophone for 45-minutes and 47-seconds.  The record-breaking feat was witnessed by the publisher of the "Guinness Book of World Records"  (read more)
1999: an international team of scientists announced it had mapped virtually an entire human chromosome.  

2004: NBC News' longtime anchor and managing editor Tom Brokaw said good night for the last time on "NBC Nightly News."  At the end of the newscast Brokaw spoke briefly about his more than 20 years on the anchor desk.  He closed by saying "you'll see Brian Williams here tomorrow night, and I'll see you along the way." 
2005: after 16 years of refusing to appear on his late night talk show, talk show queen Oprah Winfrey visited David Letterman's longstanding invitation for her to join him on CBS' "Late Show With David Letterman."  Winfrey was once quoted as saying she would never make another appearance on Letterman's show because she always felt like the "butt of his jokes."  Her last "Letterman" appearance was in May 1989 when it was NBC's "Late Night With David Letterman."


Rosa Parks ignites bus boycott (Source

In Montgomery, Alabama, Rosa Parks is jailed for refusing to give up her seat on a public bus to a white man, a violation of the city's racial segregation laws. The successful Montgomery Bus Boycott, organized by a young Baptist minister named Martin Luther King, Jr., followed Park's historic act of civil disobedience.


World Aids Day (Source

On December 1, 1988, the world first recognized World AIDS Day. AIDS, which stands for acquired immune deficiency syndrome, is the most advanced stage of HIV—human immunodeficiency virus infection. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), more than 35 million people all over the world are living with HIV.


tiffin [tif-in]

noun  lunch.

verb (used without object)
2. to eat lunch.

"When Joey was asked by Mrs. Roberts if he wanted to enjoy some tiffin, he was apprehensive, until, that is, he found out that it included a peanut butter and jelly sandwich and potato chips"


It is believed that Peter dictated the words of the book of 1 Peter to Silas who likely also carried the letter. 

"With the help of Silas, whom I regard as a faithful brother, I have written to you briefly, encouraging you and testifying that this is the true grace of God. Stand fast in it" (1 Peter 5:12). 


You are to give him the name Jesus--Matthew 1:21

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Saturday, November 28, 2015

Fun Facts and Daily Trivia for Monday, November 30, 2015

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Cyber Monday

Fun Facts and Daily Trivia for Monday, November 30, 2015
The 334 day of the year
31 days left to go 


  • Cookie Cutter Week
  • Clerc-Gallaudet Week


  • Cider Monday
  • Cyber Monday
  • Computer Security Day
  • National Meth Awareness Day
  • Stay Home Because You're Well Day
  • National Mousse Day


1803: Spain finalized the process of ceding Louisiana to France, which had sold it to the United States.

1887: George Hancock invented softball at the Farragut Boat Club in Chicago. At first, it was played indoors with a stick and a boxing glove (Read more).

1913: Charles Chaplin made his screen debut in Mack Sennett`s short film 'Making A Living.'

1958: Coed Records released "16 Candles" by the Crests (Song)

1971: the television movie "Brian's Song" aired on ABC.  The story was based on the relationship between Chicago Bears' running backs Gale Sayers and Brian Piccolo, who died of cancer. 

1974: Marva Drew of Waterloo, Iowa, completed typing from one to 1-million on a manual typewriter. It took her six years and 2,473 sheets of paper.

1982: Michael Jackson's "Thriller," one of the most popular albums of all time, was released.

1983: Radio Shack introduced its Tandy Model 2000 computer using the Intel-186 processor (Read more).

1984: Japan’s #3 automaker, Toyo Kogyo, changed its name to Mazda and announced plans to build a $450-million plant in Flat Rock, Michigan.

1988: The Soviet Union stopped jamming broadcasts of Radio Free Europe for the first time in 30 years.

1990: A Los Angeles sanitation truck driver, protesting unsafe trucks and job stress, dumped 10 tons of garbage on the street in front of city hall.

1993: President Clinton signed into law the Brady bill, which required a five-day waiting period for handgun purchases and background checks of prospective buyers.

1997: A 34-year-old man walked into the Bielefeld, Germany, police station and confessed to an armed bank robbery in the town ten years earlier. The man told police he had found God after finding a Bible in the street and wanted to confess.

2002: A shoplifter who stuffed a frozen chicken drumstick down his underpants was caught because he couldn't stop hopping around at a supermarket in Saronno, Italy. A cashier spotted the 25-year-old man "bouncing about and adjusting himself" repeatedly. A security guard held the man for police, with the evidence in his pants.
2005: The world's first partial-face transplant was conducted in France where a woman was given a new nose, lips and chin following a brutal dog bite.

2007: famed motorcycle daredevil Evel Knievel died of natural causes at the age of 69.   

2013: "Fast & Furious" franchise star Paul Walker and a friend were killed in a single car accident in Santa Clarita, California.  Walker was attending a charity event at the time of the accident.  


On this day in 1954, Ann Hodges becomes the only confirmed person in history to have been hit by a meteorite  (Source)

On a clear afternoon in Sylacauga, Alabama Ann was napping on her couch, covered by quilts, when a softball-size hunk of black rock broke through the ceiling, bounced off a radio, and hit her in the thigh, leaving a pineapple-shaped bruise.

Before the meteorite slammed into Ann's living room, people in tiny Sylacauga and across eastern Alabama had reported seeing "a bright reddish light like a Roman candle trailing smoke," according to the Web publication "The Day the Meteorite Fell in Sylacauga," which was produced by the Alabama Museum of Natural History in 2010.

A government geologist working in a nearby quarry was called to the scene and determined the object was a meteorite. So many people flocked to Hodges's house that when her husband, Eugene Hodges, a utility worker, returned home from work, he had to push gawkers off the porch to get inside.

Ann was so overwhelmed by the crowd that she was transferred to a hospital. With Cold War paranoia running high, the Sylacauga police chief confiscated the black rock and turned it over to the Air Force. After the Air Force confirmed it was a meteorite, the question then was what to do with it. The public demanded the space rock be returned to Ann, and she agreed.

"I feel like the meteorite is mine," she said, according to the museum. "I think God intended it for me. After all, it hit me!"


Here are today’s five thing to know about Chocolate Mousse (Source

The word mousse is French and translates as “froth” or “foam.”

Cold dessert mousses are often poured into decorative glasses and garnished with fruit, sweet sauces, or whipped cream.
Savory mousses can be made from fish, shellfish, meat, foie gras, etc.
There are three key constituents to a mousse: base, binder, and aerator.
They may be hot or cold and are often squeezed through a piping bag onto some kind of platform to be used as hors d’oeuvres.
Fun Fact:

Savory mousse dishes were an 18th century French achievement. Dessert mousses (generally fruit mousses) began to appear much later, in the second half of the 19th century.

The first written record of chocolate mousse in the United States comes from a Food Exposition held at Madison Square Garden in New York City in 1892.
Chocolate mousse came into the public eye in the U.S. in the 1930s, about the time as chocolate pudding mixes were introduced.



[luhl] Verb--used with an object

to put to sleep or rest by soothing means: to lull a child by singing. 

to soothe or quiet

"The loving mother attempted to lull the child to sleep with a song"


The name Isaac means "laughter" or "he laughs"

"Abraham gave the name Isaac to the son Sarah bore him. When his son Isaac was eight days old, Abraham circumcised him, as God commanded him. Abraham was a hundred years old when his son Isaac was born to him. Sarah said, "God has brought me laughter, and everyone who hears about this will laugh with me." (Gen 21:3-6)


Rejoice that your names are written in heaven--Luke 10:20

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Thursday, November 26, 2015

Fun Facts and Daily Trivia for Friday, November 27, 2015

Black Friday

Fun Facts and Daily Trivia
Friday, November 27, 2015
The 331 day of the year
34 days left to go


  • National Farm-City Week
  • GERD Awareness Week
  • National Family Week
  • National Game & Puzzle Week
  • Better Conversation Week
  • Church/State Separation Week
  • National Deal Week


  • Black Friday
  • Fur Free Friday
  • Buy Nothing Day
  • Flossing Day
  • Maize Day
  • National Day of Listening
  • National Native American Heritage Day
  • Sinkie Day (Some call it "The Sink Day" when you eat Thanksgiving leftovers over the sink)
  • You're Welcomegiving Day: 27  (Always Day After Thanksgiving)

511: Clovis, king of the Franks, died and his kingdom was divided between his four sons.
1095: Pope Urban II called for the first crusade to free the Holy land from Islamic occupation.

1582:  William Shakespeare married Anne Hathaway.

1779: The College of Philadelphia, considered a Royalist institution, was converted into the University of the State of Pennsylvania, thus creating both America's first state school and first official university. In 1791, the school became a privately endowed institution and took the name of the University of Pennsylvania.

1826: Jebediah Smith and his expedition reached San Diego, becoming the first Americans to cross the southwestern part of the U.S.

1889: Curtis P. Brady was issued the first permit to drive an automobile through Central Park in New York City. Mr. Brady had to pledge to New York’s finest that he would not frighten the horses in the park.
1901: the War Department authorized the creation of the Army War College in Leavenworth, Kansas.  The facility was established to train commissioned officers. 
1910: New York's Pennsylvania Station opened as the world's largest railway terminal. 

1934: noted gangster "Babyface" Nelson was shot and killed by FBI agents.  He was 25-years-old. 

1951: the first ground-to-air missile was successfully tested at White Sands Proving Ground, New Mexico. 

1955: the "Guinness Book of World Records" was published for the first time. 

1960: Gordie Howe of the Detroit Red Wings registered career point number one-thousand. 
1967: The Beatles album "Magical Mystery Tour" was released in the United States. 
1973: The U.S. Senate voted to confirm Gerald R. Ford as vice president after the resignation of Spiro T. Agnew

1980: "Bosom Buddies" debuted on ABC. 

1980: Dave Williams (Chicago Bears) became the first player in NFL history to return a kick for touchdown in overtime. 

1983: stores across the country reported being swamped by sometimes-violent shoppers trying to buy the popular Cabbage Patch Kids dolls.  

1997: a 34-year-old woman was critically injured during the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City.  The accident happened when high winds pushed the "Cat in the Hat" balloon into a lamppost, causing part of the lamppost to fall onto the woman's head.  She was left in a coma for nearly a month. 

2003: under a shroud of secrecy, President Bush flew in to Baghdad unannounced to visit U.S. soldiers for Thanksgiving.  The president attempted to boost spirits, telling the 600 soldiers that he was confident they would succeed in their mission to rebuild Iraq.  Meanwhile, New York Senator  Hillary Clinton and Rhode Island Senator Jack Reed spent the holiday with troops in Afghanistan.  
2009: golf superstar Tiger Woods was taken to a hospital following a single-car accident near his home in Florida.  The Florida Highway Patrol said Woods pulled out of his driveway at about 2:25 a.m., hit a fire hydrant and then drove into a tree on a neighbor's property.  Woods was treated at a local hospital and released later that same day.  


President Taft's expanding waistline (Taken from Link)  (Read more about Taft)

On this day in 1911, Elizabeth Jaffray, a White House housekeeper, writes in her diary about a conversation she'd had with President William Howard Taft and his wife about the commander in chief's ever-expanding waistline.

According to the White House Historical Association, Jaffray was also quoted regarding Taft's growing girth in a 1926 book called Secrets of the White House. In it, she detailed a typical breakfast consumed by the 332-pound president: "two oranges, a twelve-ounce beefsteak, several pieces of toast and butter and a vast quantity of coffee with cream and sugar." When she and Taft's wife, Nellie, commented on his eating habits, he jovially responded that he was planning to go on a diet, but lamented the fact that "things are in a sad state of affairs when a man can't even call his gizzard his own."

Taft's 5' 11" frame carried anywhere between 270 pounds and 340 pounds over the course of his adult life. According to his biographers, he had to have his shoes tied by his valet and often got stuck in the White House bathtub and had to be lifted out by two or more men. Once, while visiting the czar of Russia, Taft split his pants seam while descending from a carriage.

Taft's weight did not stop him from serving a full term as president, nor did it prevent him from accepting a subsequent appointment as chief justice of the Supreme Court in 1921—he was the first and only president to hold both offices. In fact, he successfully dropped down to 270 pounds after leaving the White House. Still, by today's body-mass indices, Taft remained clinically obese. Although he rarely drank more than the occasional beer and did not smoke, his obesity and a lifelong struggle with severe sleep apnea eventually took its toll. In March 1930, he retired as chief justice citing poor health. He died the following month from heart failure.


Actor and martial-arts expert Bruce Lee was born on this day in 1940 (Taken from Link)

In the early 1970s, Lee successfully established himself as a star in Asia with the action movies The Big Boss (1971) and The Way of the Dragon (1972), which he wrote, directed and starred in. Lee’s next film, Enter the Dragon, was released in the United States by Hollywood studio Warner Brothers in August 1973. Tragically, Lee had died one month earlier, on July 20, in Hong Kong, after suffering a brain edema believed to be caused by an adverse reaction to a pain medication. Enter the Dragon was a box-office hit, eventually grossing more than $200 million, and Lee posthumously became a movie icon in America.


Impasse  [IHM-pass]
blocked path; dilemma with no solution

"As the hallway began to narrow, the two sumo wrestlers reached an impasse"

When the "promised land" was divided up among the Israelites, the tribe of Levi, or the Levites, did not receive any.

The Levites, however, do not get a portion among you, because the priestly service of the LORD is their inheritance (Joshua 18:7)


God is greater than our hearts, and he knows everything--1 John 3:20

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