Fun Facts for Wednesday, November 28, 2012
The 333 day of the year-- 33 days left in the year
- Make Your Own Head Day (if you can't change your head, change your hat)
- Red Planet Day
- National Decorate Your Dog Day. Help your pooch get into the holiday spirit.
- Independence Day in Albania, Mauritania, and Panama.
- National French Toast Day
ON THIS DATE...
1925: In Nashville, WSM announcer George D. Hay introduced 80-year-old fiddler Uncle Jimmy Thompson at 8:00 p.m., beginning a weekly radio show that would evolve into the "Grand Ole Opry." On that first show, Uncle Jimmy bragged that he could "fiddle the bugs off a 'tater vine."
1929: The Chicago Cardinals defeated the Chicago Bears 40-6. By scoring six touchdowns and kicking four extra points, fullback Ernie Nevers accounted for all 40 Cardinal points, a pro football record.
1939: History’s oldest cat, Puss of Clayhidon, England, celebrated his 36th birthday. The next day he died.
1974: Appearing in concert for the last time, John Lennon joined Elton John at New York's Madison Square Garden to sing "Whatever Gets You Through the Night" and "I Saw Her Standing There."
1985: Errol Bird of Lisbon, Northern Ireland, set a world record with 26 hours of continuous yodeling.
1986: Actress Phylicia Ayers-Allen accepted when NBC's Ahmad Rashad proposed during half-time at the Detroit Lions-New York Jets game.
1991: In a panic, a California turkey carver called the Butterball Turkey Talk-Line and screamed that there was no breast meat on his Butterball. Phone helper Jean Schnelle suggested he might have the bird upside-down. She was right, he did.
1991: A man in Waco, Texas, held up a Circle K store after first diverting the clerk's attention by putting a $20 bill on the counter and asking for change. When the register was opened, the robber pulled out a gun and demanded all the money. The clerk put everything in a bag and handed it to the robber--all $15. The robber fled, leaving the $20 bill on the counter.
1995: An anti-crime watch group reported that kidnapping had become so common in the Philippines that gangs were accepting checks to cover their ransom demands. Officials said victims would not stop payment on ransom checks for fear of reprisals.
1995: President Clinton signed a road bill that ended the federal 55 mph speed limit.
1996: In Birmingham, England, 2,854 children played "Let Music Live" and set a record as the world's largest orchestra. It was comic actor Dudley Moore's idea.
2000: A 27-year-old man in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, was arrested for shoplifting $230 worth of nicotine gum and stop-smoking patches from a pharmacy. Police called the case unusual because the products were worthless on the street.
2000: Madonna did a 29-minute, six-song concert for 2,800 people at London's Brixton Academy. Another nine million watched over the Internet.
2001: Enron Corporation, once the world's largest energy trader, collapsed after would-be rescuer Dynegy Inc. backed out of an $8.4 billion takeover deal.
2003: President Bush returned to his ranch in Crawford after a secret, nearly 36-hour journey that took him to Iraq for a Thanksgiving visit with U.S. troops.
The Statue of Liberty's mouth is three feet wide.
Q: Is it illegal to ride a camel on a highway in: (a) Kentucky; (b) Nevada; or (c) Oregon?
Q: Did actor Ed Harris receive a Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination for his role in: (a) "Apollo-13;" (b) "Places in the Heart;" or (c) "The Right Stuff?"
A: "Apollo-13" in 1995.
Q: In the opinion of the late John Lennon, was the greatest rock 'n roll record ever made: (a) "Twist & Shout" by the Beatles; (b) "Can't Get No Satisfaction" by the Rolling Stones; or (c) "Whole Lotta Shakin" by Jerry Lee Lewis.
A: "Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On."
WORD OF THE DAY
[uhp-rawr, -rohr] noun
a state of violent and noisy disturbance, as of a multitude; turmoil or an instance of this
“There was a mild uproar when the football stadium announced they were out of hot dogs."
INTRIGUING BIBLE FACT
Jesus' first disciples were two sets of brothers.
As Jesus was walking beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon called Peter and his brother Andrew. They were casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen. "Come, follow me," Jesus said, "and I will make you fishers of men." At once they left their nets and followed him. Going on from there, he saw two other brothers, James son of Zebedee and his brother John. They were in a boat with their father Zebedee, preparing their nets. Jesus called them, and immediately they left the boat and their father and followed him. (Matthew 4:18-22)