Saturday, December 20, 2014

Fun Facts for Monday, December 22, 2014

National Date Nut Bread Day 
Fun Facts for Monday, December 22, 2014
The 356 day of the year
9 days left in the year


  • It's About Time Week


  • National Haiku Poetry Day
  • National Date Nut Bread Day


1775: Continental Congress creates a Continental Navy

1894: the United States Golf Association (USGA) was founded in New York City.  
1895: German physicist Wilhelm Röntgen made the first X-ray.
1922: WEAF Radio broadcast radio's first double wedding ceremony.  

1937: New York City's Lincoln Tunnel opened for traffic. 

1958: the Chipmunks hit the number one spot on the charts for "The Chipmunk Song." 
1963: an official 30-day mourning period following the death of President Kennedy came to an end.  
1974: Phil Esposito of the Boston Bruins scored his 500th career goal. 

1975: Mike and Gloria Stivic welcomed their baby Joey into the family on the hit TV sitcom "All in the Family." 

1976: production ended on the game show "Let's Make A Deal."  Host Monty Hall gave away more than 35-million dollars in prizes over 32-hundred shows.  The show was revived 2009 with Wayne Brady as host.  

1979: Rupert Holmes topped the pop singles chart with "Escape (The Pina Colada Song)." 

2003: a 6.5 magnitude earthquake rocked the state of California.  The quake shook buildings from Los Angeles to San Francisco, causing the most damage in the town of Paso Robles where a 19th century clocktower building collapsed, killing two women and injuring dozens of people.  
2005: the New York Transit Worker's Union voted to end the transit strike it began three days earlier.  The transit strike, which was authorized in violation of state law, was the first to hit the Big Apple 25 years.
2010: President Obama signed the repeal of the Don't Ask Don't Tell policy into law. 


First gorilla born in captivity (Taken from Link)  

On this day in 1956, a baby gorilla named Colo enters the world at the Columbus Zoo in Ohio, becoming the first-ever gorilla born in captivity. Weighing in at approximately 4 pounds, Colo, a western lowland gorilla whose name was a combination of Columbus and Ohio, was the daughter of Millie and Mac, two gorillas captured in French Cameroon, Africa, who were brought to the Columbus Zoo in 1951. Before Colo's birth, gorillas found at zoos were caught in the wild, often by brutal means. In order to capture a gorilla when it was young and therefore still small enough to handle, hunters frequently had to kill the gorilla's parents and other family members.


The first date nut bread recipe appeared in print in 1939. Date seeds have been found in archaeology excavations of sub-tropical areas around the world. 


mysophobia  [mahy-suh-foh-bee-uh] 

noun, Psychiatry.

a dread of dirt or filth.

"Edward really wanted to go out and make mudpies, but he suffered from mysophobia"


The angel Gabriel has been called "The Angel of Good News". We find him bringing good news to Zacharias, the father of John the Baptist and Mary, the mother of Jesus. 

"Zacharias said to the angel, “How will I know this for certain? For I am an old man and my wife is advanced in [n]years.” 19 The angel answered and said to him, “I am Gabriel, who [o]stands in the presence of God, and I have been sent to speak to you and to bring you this good news" (Luke 1:18-19).

"Now in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city in Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin engaged to a man whose name was Joseph, of the [s]descendants of David; and the virgin’s name was Mary" (Luke 1:26-27). 


[Jesus] made Himself of no reputation . . . coming in the likeness of men. —Philippians 2:7

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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Fun Facts for Friday, December 19, 2014

Oatmeal Muffin Day
Fun Facts for Friday, December 19, 2014
The 353 day of the year
12 days left in the year


  • Gluten-free Baking Week
  • Christmas Bird Count Week
  • Posadas (16-24)
  • Chanukah (17-24) 


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1154: Henry II was crowned king of England.

1732: Benjamin Franklin began publishing "Poor Richard's Almanac."  He did so under the name Richard Saunders. 

1776: Thomas Paine published his first "American Crisis" essay.  
1777 - General George Washington led his army of about 11,000 men to Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, to camp for the winter. Nearly 3000 died during the very severe winter

1871: Corrugated paper was patented by Albert L. Jones of New York.

1903: the Williamsburg Bridge was opened in New York City.  It was America's first major suspension bridge.  
1917: the National Hockey League made its debut.  The original members of the league were the Toronto Arenas, Ottawa Senators, Quebec Bulldogs, Montreal Canadiens and the Montreal Wanderers. 

1918: Robert Ripley began his "Believe It or Not" column in the "New York Globe." 
1955: Carl Perkins recorded his hit song "Blue Suede Shoes" in Memphis, Tennessee. 

1957: Meredith Wilson's "The Music Man" opened at the Majestic Theatre in New York City. 

1958: the first radio voice broadcast from space took place.  The U.S. satellite Atlas, which had been launched from Cape Canaveral on December 18th, transmitted a 58-word recorded Christmas greeting from President Eisenhower which said, "to all mankind America's wish for peace and goodwill toward men everywhere." 

1959: Walter Williams died at the age of 117.  He was believed to be the last surviving veteran of the Civil War. 

1973: "Tonight Show" host Johnny Carson told his nationwide audience that toilet paper was disappearing from supermarket shelves around the country.  The gag caused a scare which made toilet paper a scarce item in many areas of the United States. 

1985: kicker Jan Stenerud announced his retirement from the National Football League.  He holds the record for most career field goals with 373. 

1985: ABC Sports announced it was releasing announcer Howard Cosell from all television commitments. 
1986:  the war movie "Platoon" opened in theaters across the U.S..  
1996: in a decision that set off a firestorm of controversy, the Oakland, California school board voted to recognize Black English, also known as "Ebonics."  The board later reversed its stance. 
1997: the epic film "Titanic" opened in theaters across the U.S..  The film went on to become the highest grossing film in history.  
1998: President Clinton was impeached by the Republican-controlled House on perjury and obstruction of justice articles.  The 42nd chief executive became only the second in history to be ordered to stand trial in the Senate, where, like Andrew Johnson before him, he was acquitted. 
2001: the blockbuster fantasy film "Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship Of The Ring" opened in theaters around the country.  The film was based on J.R.R Tolkien's classic series of novels.  

2004: "Time" magazine named President George W. Bush its "Person of Year."  "Time" said Bush received the credit for reshaping the rules of politics to, quote, "fit his ten-gallon-hat leadership style." 


President Clinton impeached (Taken from Link

After nearly 14 hours of debate, the House of Representatives approves two articles of impeachment against President Bill Clinton, charging him with lying under oath to a federal grand jury and obstructing justice. Clinton, the second president in American history to be impeached, vowed to finish his term.


The film "Titanic" was released on this date in 1997 (Taken from Link

Titanic is a 1997 American epic romantic disaster film directed, written, co-produced, co-edited and partly financed by James Cameron. A fictionalized account of the sinking of the RMS Titanic, it stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet as members of different social classes who fall in love aboard the ship during its ill-fated maiden voyage.
Cameron's inspiration for the film was predicated on his fascination with shipwrecks; he wanted to convey the emotional message of the tragedy and felt that a love story interspersed with the human loss would be essential to achieving this. Production on the film began in 1995, when Cameron shot footage of the actual Titanic wreck. The modern scenes were shot on board the Akademik Mstislav Keldysh, which Cameron had used as a base when filming the wreck. A reconstruction of the Titanic built at Playas de Rosarito in Baja California, scale models, and computer-generated imagery were used to recreate the sinking. The film was partially funded by Paramount Pictures and 20th Century Fox, and, at the time, was the most expensive film ever made, with an estimated budget of $200 million.


yuletide  [yool-tahyd]


1. the Christmas season.

2. of or pertaining to the Christmas season.

"Jimmy was so excited for the fact that the yuletime season was finally here"


Although it's celebrated as tradition, the Bible does not specifically mention that any animals were present at Jesus' birth. The Bible simply mentions the "manger" or feeding trough. 


The grace of our Lord was exceedingly abundant, with faith and love which are in Christ Jesus. —1 Timothy 1:14

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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Fun Facts for Thursday, December 18, 2014

Fun Facts for Thursday, December 18, 2014
The 352 day of the year
13 days left in the year


  • Gluten-free Baking Week
  • Christmas Bird Count Week
  • Posadas (16-24)
  • Chanukah (17-24) 


  • Answer The Telephone Like Buddy The Elf Day
  • Arabic Language Day
  • Free Shipping Day (Link)
  • International Migrants Day
  • National Re-gifting Day
  • National Roast Suckling Pig Day

1620: The Mayflower docked at modern-day Plymouth, Massachusetts, and its passengers prepared to begin their new settlement, Plymouth Colony.
1862: the first orthopedic hospital was organized in New York City. 
1865: the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution went into effect.  The amendment abolished slavery. 

1892: Tchaikovsky's "The Nutcracker" was first performed, in St. Petersburg by the Russian Imperial Ballet.

1912: The discovery of the Piltdown Man in East Sussex was announced; it was proved to be a hoax in 1953.

1915: President Woodrow Wilson, widowed the year before, married Edith Bolling Galt at her Washington home.
1935: the one-dollar silver certificate was issued.  It was the first currency to depict the front and back sides of the Great Seal of the United States. 

1936: Su-Lin, the giant panda, arrived in San Francisco, California.  She was the first giant panda to come to the U.S. from China. 

1940: Adolf Hitler signed a secret directive ordering preparations for a Nazi invasion of the Soviet Union.

1956: "To Tell The Truth" debuted on CBS television.  

1957: "The Bridge on the River Kwai" premiered in New York City. 
1961: the Tokens hit number one with their single "The Lion Sleeps Tonight." (Song
1966: Dr. Seuss' "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" aired for the first time on CBS. 
1971: rocker Jerry Lee Lewis divorced his second wife, Myra.  Their 1958 marriage caused an uproar because Myra was 13-years-old at the time and was also Lewis' cousin.  
1975: Rod Stewart announced he was leaving the group Faces to pursue a solo career. 

1997: actor-comedian Chris Farley died at the age of 33.  He is best remembered for his skits on "Saturday Night Live" and several films including "Tommy Boy" and "Beverly Hills Ninja." (Van Down by the River)

1999: after living atop an ancient redwood in Humboldt County, California, for two years, environmental activist Julia "Butterfly" Hill came down to Earth, ending her anti-logging protest. 

2002: the movie highly anticipated "Lord Of The Rings" sequel, "Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers" opened in theaters around the country.
2009: the movie "Avatar," directed by James Cameron," opened in theaters nationwide.  At a reported budget of more than 300-Million-dollars, the fantasy film was said to be the most expensive movie ever made.  
2011: the last U.S. combat soldier left Iraq, putting an end to nearly nine years of war in Iraq that toppled the Saddam Hussein regime. 


The Mayflower docks at Plymouth, Massachusetts (Taken from Link

On December 18, 1620, the British ship Mayflower docked at modern-day Plymouth, Massachusetts, and its passengers prepared to begin their new settlement, Plymouth Colony.


Dr. Seuss' "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" aired for the first time on CBS on this date in 1966. (Taken from Link)

Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas! is a 1966 American animated television special directed by Chuck Jones. It is based on the homonymous children's book by Dr. Seuss, the story of The Grinch trying to take away Christmas from the townsfolk of Whoville below his mountain hideaway. The special is one of the very few Christmas specials from the 1960s to still be shown regularly on television.
Boris Karloff, in one of his final roles, narrates the film and also provides the speaking voice of The Grinch. (The opening credits state, "The sounds of the Grinch are by Boris Karloff...And read by Boris Karloff too!") 


Jolly  [jol-ee]  

1. in good spirits; gay; merry; joyous or happy

2. cheerfully festive or convivial: 

"After her boss made the announcement that everyone could leave early, Bill was in a jolly mood" 


After the departure of the wise men from the east, Joseph and Mary fled to Egypt where they stayed for some time. 

"When they had gone, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream. “Get up,” he said, “take the child and his mother and escape to Egypt. Stay there until I tell you, for Herod is going to search for the child to kill him.”
So he got up, took the child and his mother during the night and left for Egypt, where he stayed until the death of Herod. And so was fulfilled what the Lord had said through the prophet: “Out of Egypt I called my son” (Matthew 3:13-15).


Then Jonathan and David made a covenant, because he loved him as his own soul. —1 Samuel 18:3

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