Monday, June 29, 2015

Fun Facts for Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Leap Second Time Adjustment Day
Fun Facts for Tuesday, June 30, 2015
The 181 day of the year
184 days left to go 



THIS WEEK IS

  • National Unassisted Homebirth Week
  • Beans and Bacon Days
  • National Tom Sawyer Days
  • Rosewell UFO Days




TODAY IS

  • Leap Second Time Adjustment Day
  • National Meteor Watch Day



ON THIS DATE...
1520: Montezuma II was murdered as Spanish conquistadors fled the Aztec capital of Tenochtilan during the night.
1572: Great Britain passed a Poor Law, giving assistance to the poor who were unemployed or vagrant.


1859: A French acrobat known professionally as Émile Blondin (Jean-François Gravelet) became the first daredevil to walk across Niagara Falls on a tightrope.

1841: the Erie Railroad rolled out its first passenger train. 
1936: "Gone With the Wind" was published.
1952: the daytime serial "The Guiding Light" debuted on CBS Television. 



1953: the first Chevrolet Corvette rolled off the assembly line in Flint, Michigan.  The car sold for just over 32-hundred dollars. 

1864: President Abraham Lincoln signed the Yosemite Land Grant.
1972: The first leap second is added to the UTC time system.


1974: Steven Spielberg filmed the famous July fourth scene for the film "Jaws." (Video
1974: Mrs. Alberta King, the mother of Martin Luther King Junior was assassinated while playing the organ at a church in Atlanta. 
1975: Cher married rocker Greg Allman. 
1981: Grant Tinker was named president of NBC Television.  He took over for the departing Fred Silverman.  


1985: Yul Brynner left his role as King of Siam in "The King and I" after 46-hundred performances. 
1985: James A Dewar died.  He is famous for creating the treat called the Twinkie. 
1992: the first pay bathroom open in New York City -- the price was 25 cents.


1994: the U.S. Figure Skating Association stripped Tonya Harding of the '94 National Championship and banned her from the organization for life for the attack on rival skater Nancy Kerrigan. 

1998: U.S. officials confirmed that the remains of a previously unidentified soldier buried in the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery were those of Air Force pilot Michael Blassie who had been shot down during the Vietnam War.  




HISTORY SPOTLIGHT

Gone With the Wind (Taken from Link


Margaret Mitchell's Gone with the Wind, one of the best-selling novels of all time and the basis for a blockbuster 1939 movie, is published on this day in 1936.
In 1926, Mitchell was forced to quit her job as a reporter at the Atlanta Journal to recover from a series of physical injuries. With too much time on her hands, Mitchell soon grew restless. Working on a Remington typewriter, a gift from her second husband, John R. Marsh, in their cramped one-bedroom apartment, Mitchell began telling the story of an Atlanta belle named Pansy O'Hara.



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Leap Seconds (Taken from Link



About every one and a half years, one extra second is added to Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) and clocks around the world. This leap second accounts for the fact that the Earth's rotation around its own axis, which determines the length of a day, slows down over time while the atomic clocks we use to measure time tick away at almost the same speed over millions of years.



WORD OF THE DAY

Cryptic
[krip-tik] –adjective 
1. mysterious in meaning; puzzling; ambiguous 
2. abrupt; terse; short, secret; 

"Little Ralphe worked feverishly to decode the cryptic message of his Little Orphan Annie decoder pen"



INTRIGUING BIBLE FACT 

The shortest book in the New Testament is 2 John with 13 verses.



WORD FROM THE WORD


I know that my Redeemer lives. —Job 19:25






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Saturday, June 27, 2015

Fun Facts for Monday, June 29, 2015

National Waffle Iron Day
Fun Facts for Monday, June 29, 2015
The 180 day of the year
185 days left to go 



THIS WEEK IS 

  • National Unassisted Homebirth Week
  • Beans and Bacon Days
  • National Tom Sawyer Days
  • Rosewell UFO Days



TODAY IS





ON THIS DATE...
1838: To mark Queen Victoria's coronation the day before, the British newspaper The Sun published its entire issue with gold ink.


1776: Virginia adopted a state constitution and made Patrick Henry governor (Read more).


1901: The first edition of "Editor & Publisher" was issued. It was a newspaper for the newspaper industry.


1925: A patent for the frosted electric light bulb was filed by Marvin Pipkin. What a bright idea. The frosting inside the light bulb created less glare because it diffused the light emitted, spreading it over a wider area, providing a much softer glow. 


1956: Dressed in a tux and tails on Steve Allen’s TV variety show, Elvis Presley sang "Hound Dog" to a basset hound sitting on a stool (Video).


1956: Charles Dumas cleared the high jump, which was set at 7’ 1/2", at the Los Angeles Coliseum. Dumas became the first athlete to break the seven-foot barrier.


1978: Actor Bob Crane was murdered in a Scottsdale, Arizona, motel room. A former deejay, he starred as Col. Robert Hogan on TV’s Hogan’s Heroes.

1983: History's oldest caged rabbit died in Longford, Tasmania. Flopsy was 18 years 11 months old.
1983: Prince Mongo of the uncharted planet of Zambodia, accused of tampering with an electric meter in Memphis, was sentenced to 10 days for contempt when he appeared in court wearing green body paint, a fur loincloth, gold goggles, and carrying a skull under one arm. Later that year Prince Mongo ran for mayor of Memphis and got 2,650 votes.
1986: In Louisville, Kentucky a man arrested for drunk driving claimed to be legally blind and that the car was actually being driven by his dog, Sir Anheuser Busch II. He served 30 days in jail.
1991: A company called Longest Taco Tico made the world’s longest burrito in Newton, Kansas. They used 2,557 tortillas, 75 pounds of cheese, and 607 pounds of refried beans to build the 1,598-foot burrito.
1992: Doctors in Pittsburgh reported the first transplant of a baboon's liver into a human patient. The 35-year-old recipient survived three months.


1994: Robert Shepard escaped from the South Central Regional Jail in Charleston, West Virginia, by scaling an 18-foot wall using a rope made from dental floss purchased at the jail store. He was recaptured a month later. The jail store no longer sells dental floss (Read story).

2002: President George W. Bush transferred presidential powers to Vice President Dick Cheney for more than two hours during a routine colon screening.
2003: Actress Katherine Hepburn died in Old Saybrook, Connecticut at age 96. She won a record four Oscars for best actress.



HISTORY SPOTLIGHT

Taxation Without Representation (Source


On June 29, 1767, the British Parliament approved the Townshend Acts, a series of taxes aimed to raise revenues in the British colonies in North America. The Townshend Acts forced colonists to pay an extra fee whenever they bought imported goods such as glass, paint, paper, or tea. This extra money was used to pay governors and judges in the colonies.

The new taxes were wildly unpopular. A year later, merchants and farmers from Boston to New York City to Philadelphia led boycotts of British goods. In Virginia, the boycott was led by influential farmer and politician George Washington.



QUICK TRIVIA 

Five Food Finds about Almonds (Source)



  • There are 5,639 people in the U.S. listed on whitepages.com with the last name ‘Almond’.
  • Chocolate manufacturers use 40% of the worlds almonds (2008).
  • California produced 998 million pounds of almonds in 2004. The largest crop on record was in 2002, with 1.084 billion pounds.
  • It takes more than 1.2 million bee hives to pollinate California’s Almond crop (over 550,000 acres).
  • Chocolate manufacturers currently use 40 percent of the world’s almonds and 20 percent of the world’s peanuts.




WORD FOR THE DAY



catawampus \kat-uh-WOM-puhs\, adjective:
1. Off-center; askew; awry.

"Joey really believed that he had hung the picture in the center of the wall, his wife Maria, however, felt it was catawampus"



INTRIGUING BIBLE FACT 

Timothy, the young protege' of Paul, grew up in a godly household. 

"I have been reminded of your sincere faith, which first lived in your grandmother Lois and in your mother Eunice" (2 Timothy 1:5) 



WORD FROM THE WORD


The men took hold of his hand, . . . the Lord being merciful to him, and they . . . set him outside the city. —Genesis 19:16


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Thursday, June 25, 2015

Fun Facts for Friday, June 26, 2015

Take Your Dog to Work Day
Fun Facts for Friday, June 26, 2015
The 177 day of the year
190 days left to go 




THIS WEEK IS

  • Fish Are Friends, Not Food Week
  • Lightning Safety Awareness Week
  • National Mosquito Control Awareness Week
  • Old Time Fiddlers Week
  • Carpenter Ant Awareness Week
  • Watermelon Seed Spitting Week




TODAY IS

  • Drive Your Corvette to Work Day 
  • International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking
  • International Day in Support of Victims of Torture
  • National Canoe Day
  • Take Your Dog To Work Day (Link)
  • National Beautician’s Day
  • National Chocolate Pudding Day




ON THIS DATE...


1819: The bicycle was patented by W.K. Clarkson, Jr. of New York City (Read more).

1870: The first section of Atlantic City, New Jersey's Boardwalk opened to the public.


1830: King George IV of England died at age 67. He was England’s fattest king and most profligate. He ate pigeons—lots of pigeons (Read more).

1870: The Christian holiday of Christmas is declared a federal holiday in the United States.
1900: A commission that included Dr. Walter Reed began to work to eradicate yellow fever.
1919: The New York Daily News was first published.


1944: In a unique 6-inning exhibition game to raise money for U.S. War Bonds, the New York Yankees played the Brooklyn Dodgers and the New York Giants. Final score: Dodgers 5, Yankees 1, Giants zip (Read more).

1949: Billboard magazine renamed its "Hillbilly Music Chart" as "Country & Western."
1963: President John F. Kennedy gave his famous "Ich bin ein Berliner" speech at the Berlin Wall
1974: The Universal Product Code (bar code) was introduced on a pack of Wrigley's gum.


1975: After 11 years of marriage, singers Sonny and Cher Bono finalized their divorce. Four days later Cher married musician Greg Allman, but the marriage lasted only nine days.

1977: Elvis Presley closed his concert at Market Square Arena in Indianapolis with "Can’t Help Falling In Love With You." It was his last concert. He died seven weeks later.
1981:  Virginia Campbell of Mountain Home, Idaho, took her coupons and rebates and bought $26,460 worth of groceries. She paid only 67 cents. She would have received a refund of $12.97, but she decided to get film and flashbulbs after the bill was totaled.
1989: Canada updated its coins with a new likeness of Queen Elizabeth.


1999: A 2-year-old rooster named Henry crowed 42 times in 30 minutes to win 46th annual Rooster Crow in Rogue River, Oregon. The record 112 crows was 7set by a rooster named White Lightning in 1978.


2003: Strom Thurmond, the longest-serving senator in U.S. history, died in Edgefield, South.Carolina, at age 100. He had been a U.S. senator for 47 years.

2007: A Washington State trooper arrested two men for speeding on I-5 in Snohomish County. The trooper said the 2005 BMW 330i and the 2007 Honda Accord sounded like an airplane whizzing by at 141 miles an hour.  He caught up to the pay when they stopped to let a passenger switch cars. Both drivers were jailed on reckless driving charges.




HISTORY SPOTLIGHT


Ich bin ein Berliner (Source)


President John F. Kennedy expresses solidarity with democratic German citizens in a speech on this day in 1963. In front of the Berlin Wall that separated the city into democratic and communist sectors, he declared to the crowd, "Ich bin ein Berliner" or "I am also a citizen of Berlin." 



QUICK TRIVIA


Juicy Fruit (Source

Juicy Fruit gum helped to launch the use of UPC codes as the first product to be scanned with a laser scanner. The milestone took place at a Marsh Supermarket in Troy, Ohio, where a 10-pack of Wrigley's Juicy Fruit was run through a hand-made laser scanner.




WORD OF THE DAY


Susurrus
\su-SUHR-uhs\ , noun:


A whispering or rustling sound; a murmur. 

"As Jill was telling scary stories by the campfire, John thought he heard a susurrus sound coming from behind him."



INTRIGUING BIBLE FACT 

The names of the two stones which were on the high priest's breastplate and also used to determine God's will were the Urim and Thummim 

"Whenever Aaron enters the Holy Place, he will bear the names of the sons of Israel over his heart on the breastpiece of decision as a continuing memorial before the LORD. Also put the Urim and the Thummim in the breastpiece, so they may be over Aaron's heart whenever he enters the presence of the LORD. Thus Aaron will always bear the means of making decisions for the Israelites over his heart before the LORD" (Exodus 28:29-30).



WORD FROM THE WORD


Do not fear, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them. —2 Kings 6:16



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