On May 2, 1928 General Motors Corp. purchased Chevrolet Motor Co.
Lightning strikes about 100 times each second, with about 1,800 thunderstorms in progress over Earth’s surface at any given time.
The nicknames of baseball players are the following: Mitch Williams was Wild Thing, Mark Fidrych was The Bird, Lou Gehrig was The Iron Horse and Biscuit Pants, John Franklin Baker was Home Run, and George Herman Ruth was Babe, the Bambino, and the Sultan of Swat.
An eighteen year old Elvis Presley paid a private recording studio 4 dollars in 1953 to record “My Happiness” and “That When Your Heartaches Begin” on a two –sided record as a gift to his mother.
On May 16, 1080, rookie point guard Earvin “Magic” Johnson filled in for injured center Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and scores 42 points in the Los Angeles Lakers’ NBA Championship win.
In 2008, Danica Patrick won the Indy Japan 300, become the first female drive to win and IndyCar race.
Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay became the first climbers known to have reached the summit of Mount Everest in May 1953.
Mark Twain was not a fan of fellow novelist Jane Austen, at one point writing in a letter, “Every time I read Pride and Prejudice I want to dig her up and hit her over the skull with her own shin-bone.”
In 1965, at age 59, Satchel Paige pitched in his last Major League Baseball game for the Kansas City Athletics. In his honor, owner Charles O. Finley furnished the bullpen with a rocking chair.
In 1991, Willy T. Ribbs became the first African-American driver to qualify for the Indianapolis 500.
The Eiffel Tower leans as much as seven inches in really hot weather because the portion of the structure that’s in the sun expands more than the parts in the shade.
Major League Baseball teams managed by Leo Durocher on this way to a career total of 2,009 wins. The teams were Dodgers, Giants, Cubs, and Astros.
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Golfer Jack Nicklaus won the first of his six Masters titles at the age of twenty-three.
Reminiscent of Gary Larson’s The Far Side, Scott Hilburn’s The Argyle Sweater comic strip made its debut on April 6, 2008.
Tornadoes have occurred in every U.S. state and on every continent except Antarctica.
Jackie Mitchell, a seventeen-year old female pitcher, struck out both Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig in an exhibition match between Class AA minor league Chattanooga Lookouts and the New York Yankees in 1931.
Michael Jordan played the final game of his NBA career with the Washington Wizards, a season-ending 107-87 loss to the Philadelphia 76ers. Michael Jordan won six NBA Finals Most Valuable Player awards during his career on April 16, 2003.
Yankee Stadium, the “House That Ruth Built,” opened to baseball fans in the Bronx, New York on April 18, 1923.
More than 580 million people travel to Europe each year. France, Spain, and Italy top the list of destinations.
Jacqueline Kennedy was the first U.S. first lady who was born in a hospital.
Acting credit on the resume of Fred Rogers in which the actor portrayed anyone other than the host of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. Rogers portrayed a reverend on one episode of Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman in 1996.
The World Wide Web was born when the European Organization for Nuclear Research (known by its French acronym CERN) announced it was placing the technology behind the Internet into the public domain, ensuring a free system to connect computers around the world on April 30, 1993.
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The last American troops departed South Vietnam, ending nearly ten years of U.S. military presence in that country.
Jeopardy premiered on March 30, 1964 with host Art Fleming.
The U.S. Congress established time zones and approved daylight saving time in March 1918.
Violinist Midori Goto made her concert debut in 1982 with the New York Philharmonic symphony orchestra at the age of eleven.
Compact disc players and music CDs made their debut in the United States and the UK on March 2, 1983. The products were released in Japan the previous year.
To remove unpleasant odors from your microwave, add a tablespoon of lemon juice to a cup of water and microwave on high for a minute. Your microwave will smell lemony fresh.
The dwarf planet Pluto is only four hours away when traveling at the speed of light
The Sahara Desert once had a wet climate. The area was covered with forests about 12,000 years ago. Today it is the world’s largest desert.
Professional mime Marcel Marceau had the only speaking role in Mel Brooks’ Silent Movie.
Total winnings of Ken Jennings was $2,520,700 during his record-shattering seventy-four game winning streak on the TV quiz show JEOPARDY! (not including a $2,000 consolation prize for coming in second on his final game in 2004).
In 1958, the Boston Red Sox signed Ted Williams for $135,000, which was then the highest salary in baseball.
Number of postage stamps in Franklin D. Roosevelt’s personal collection, according to the FDR Presidential Library and Museum is 1.2 million.
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Since the release of the movie Groundhog Day in 1993, crowds of up to 30,000 have visited Gobbler’s Knob in Pennsylvania each year on February 2nd to see whether Punxsutawney Phil observes his shadow.
Seemingly fluffy, airy clouds are actually quite heavy. The water droplets forming a small cumulus cloud weigh more than a mid-size car.
During Andrew Jackson’s presidency in the 1830s, the United States’ White House lawn was home to a milk cow.
In 1986, Mike Tyson knocked out Trevor Berbick to become the youngest-ever heavyweight boxing champion at the age of twenty years and five months.
Amount of money graphic designer Milton Glaser charged the New York state tourism board for designing the “I (heart) New York” logo in 1977 was zero dollars.
On February 16, 1968, The United States’ first 911 emergency phone system went into service in Haleyville, Alabama. Today, hundreds of millions of 911 emergency calls are made in the United States each year. The Federal Communications Commission estimates that more than 70 percent are wireless calls.
John F. Kennedy was 43 when he was elected the youngest president in U.S. history.
When in Japan, slurp your noodles. It’s considered polite to do so.
The first movie ever to be screened privately at the U.S. White House was The Birth of a Nation, which President Woodrow Wilson viewed in 1915.
To clean a sink drain, put 1/2 cup baking soda down the drain, then flush with hot water.
On February 28, 1983, more than 60% of U.S. TV-owning households watched the final episode of the TV series, M*A*S*H. The series finale boasted a 77 percent share of the Nielsen ratings during its original airing.
Source Material: Andrew McMeel Publishing
January 2018: Looking Back in Time and Some Random Information
Edgar Allan Poe’s famous poem “The Raven” was first published in the New York Evening Mirror on January 29, 2845. Poe was paid $15.
Astronaut John Glenn was seventy-seven when the Space Shuttle Discovery launched in 1998, making Glenn the oldest person ever to travel in space.
Roald Dahl, best known as an author of children’s books, including The BFG and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, was the screenwriter of the 1967 James Bond film, You Only Live Twice.
You probably wouldn’t consider Australia as a skiing destination, but it does snow down under. The Australian Alps get about 6.5 feet of snow from June through September.
Use baking soda in place of many toxic and irritating cleaners. To clean the bathtub, sprinkle baking soda over the tub surface, then wet it, and scrub with a damp sponge. Rinse, and enjoy your shiny tub.
The South Pole is colder than the North Pole.
It is tradition to open your front door on New Year’s Eve in Scotland before midnight to let the old year out and the new year in.
Price for one pound of Oreo cookies in a novelty can when the cookie was introduced in 1912 was 25 cents.
The number of publishing companies that rejected the manuscript of Dr. Seuss’s first book for children, And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street was 27.
The London Underground subway began operations on January 10, 1863.
Source Material: Andrew McMeel Publishing
List of Olympic Host Cities/Countries
How Old Do You Want Live?
Supercentenarians are people who live past the age of 110. This is few and far between given everything that is happening today, but surprisingly, there are more in existence than I thought. I admit it’s crossed my mind when I’ll bite the big one. I guess time will tell. In the meantime, here’s a few top ten lists of the current longest living people, and the ones who hold the record of being the longest living who are now gone.
Not Too Long Ago, But Long Enough
25 Years Ago on This Date… December 6, 1992… San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Jerry Rice breaks Steve Largent’s record for most career touchdowns when he makes his 101st career touchdown reception.
50 Years Ago on This Date… December 21, 1967… The Graduate opens in New York City and becomes the highest-grossing film in 1968, earning $35 million in the first six months, and costing just $3 million to produce. The film, based on a 1963 novel by Charles Webb, tells the story of a college graduate Benjamin Braddock (Dustin Hoffman), who’s seduced by Mrs. Robinson and then falls in love with her daughter. Simon & Garfunkel sold millions of record as a result of the film, with the song “Mrs. Robinson” becoming a top pop hit.
100 Years Ago on This Date… December 12, 1917… Father Edward. J Flanagan establishes the Father Flanagan’s Home for Boys, later known as “Boys Town,” a home for troubled and neglected boys in Omaha, Nebraska. Flanagan’s motto was, “There are no bad boys. There is only bad environment, bad training, bad example, and bad thinking.”
Did You Know… The International Committee of the Red Cross was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1017, 1944, and 1963, making the Red Cross the only recipient to receive the prize three times.
Assortment of Random Information
Fun Fact: The human eyes can distinguish more shades of green than any other color.
Household Tip: Eliminate paint smells in a freshly painted room by putting a pail of cold water in a room and changing the water every few hours.
Fun Fact: Researchers have found a way to turn peanut butter into diamonds.
Fun Fact (Sort of): Doodlers who scratch out patterns based on straight lines tend to be aggressive, assertive types.
Money-Saving Tip: Stock up for the next year. Go shopping after a major holiday and buy holiday-themed items like cards, gift wrap, and decorations on sale or clearance. The discounts are tremendous, and you can put the items in the closet until next year, saving a bundle in money and time.
Trivia: In 1962, Hershey’s added red and green foil-covered Kisses to the traditional silver lineup for Christmas
Trivia: Between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day, household waste increases by 25 percent. In the United States, trash from wrapping appear and shopping bags totals more than 4 million tons.
Easy Energy-Saving Tip: A load of dishes cleaned in the dishwasher uses 37 percent less water than washing by hand.
Fun Holiday: National Good Neighbor Day on September 28… In the words of Mr. Rogers, “It’s a beautiful day in this neighborhood, a beautiful day for a neighbor. Would you be mine?
Source Material: Andrew McMeel Publishing
Be a Kid Again and Learn about Dinosaurs
There were so many choices to pick from in terms of dinosaurs. I could have sifted through a very long list. I decided to narrow it down by time and dinosaurs listed below. The Cretaceous Period was one where the dinosaurs were at their best in terms of size and strength. They were the ones that ruled the lands. There was some focus on their eating habits of whether carnivores, herbivores, or omnivores, and if they were bipedal or not, but what stood out for me was the ability of one dinosaur to swim. I came to the following conclusion.
My Favorite Dinosaur is…
Spinosaurus (Spine Lizard)
The Spinosaurus’s anatomy allowed it to be able to able to swim for long periods of time in order to hunt for fish and other water-dwelling creatures, which was its preferred diet. It had features such as flat feet suitable for paddling, small nostril at the back of the head to limit water intake, dense bone structure of the limbs so it could submerge under water, and spine sail/fin. It was opportunistic in its eating habits where it dined on land creatures such as reptiles as well. It lived during the Cretaceous Period, and was as large as or maybe even larger than the Tyrannosaurus, Giganotosaurus and Carcharodontosaurus. There has been some debate over the size of this particular dinosaur, but there is one thing for sure, and that is it was in a family of its own.
A few more dinosaurs that existed during the three periods.
Last of all very tiny tidbits of information.
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Top of Their Game!
Looking Ahead not Behind!
25 Years Ago on This Date…August 18, 1992
Larry Bird, retires his high-tops. The Boston Celtics forward made it to the NBA in 1970. He was the NBA regular season MVP three years in a row, from 1984 to 1986, and a first-team NBA All-Star nine times. He wrapped up his career at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics as part of the U.S. “Dream Team.”
100 Years Ago on This Date…September 18, 1917
Aldous Huxley, future author of Brave New World, is hired as a schoolmaster at England’s prestigious Eton. One of his pupils was Eric Blair (better known as George Orwell) future author of 1974.
75 Years Ago on This Date…September 21, 1942
The U.S. B-29 Superfortress, the largest bomber used in World War II, makes its inaugural flight in Seattle, Washington. The brainchild of General Hap Arnold, the B-29 Superfortress was created by Boeing. Able to carry loads almost equal to its own weight at altitudes of up to 40,000 feet, the four-engine heavy homer included a pilot console in the rear of the plane in case the front pilot was taken of commission. It also contained the first radar bombing system of any U.S. bomber.
125 Years Ago on This Date…October 5, 1892
After terrorizing citizens of Oklahoma, the Dalton Gang rides to Coffeyville, Kansas, and attempts two simultaneous bank robberies. But townspeople recognized the outlaws and surrounded the banks. All gang members except Emmett Dalton were shot and killed. Four citizens also dies. Emmett Dalton was convicted and served fourteen years in prison before becoming a writer in Hollywood.
25 Years Ago on This Date…October 9, 1992
A meteorite streaks through the skies of the northeastern United States and is captured on video by at least sixteen people before it crashes into a Chevy Malibu parked in a driveway in Peekskill, New York. More than 4 billion years old, the meteorite is about the size of a bowling ball and weights approximately 28 pounds.
150 Years Ago on This Date…October 18, 1867
The United States purchases the territory of Alaska from Russia for $7.2 million, a bargain price of less than 2 cents per acre. The acquisition of the 586,412 square-mile territory is credited to Secretary of State William Henry Seward under President Andrew Johnson. Considered foolish by some at the time, the deal proved itself with Alaska’s rich natural resources—from gold to oil.
125 Years Ago on This Date…October 31, 1892
The book The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Scottish author and physician Arthur Conan Doyle is published. The book’s namesake detective with extreme mental prowess become a legend.
150 Years Ago on This Date…November 15, 1897
The first stock ticker debuts in New York City. Prior to this, information traveled by mail or messenger. The ticker was the brainchild of Edward Calahan, who configured a telegraph machine to print stock quotes on streams of paper tape. The ticker, which caught on quickly with investors, got its name from the sound made by its type wheel.
75 Years Ago on This Date…November 27, 1942
“Here’s looking at you, kid.” Casablanca, starring Humphrey Bogart as Rick Blaine and Ingrid Bergman as Ilsa Lund, premieres in New York City. The film was nominated for eight Academy Awards and took home three Oscars: Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Adapted Screenplay.
Bizarre Holiday: Uncle Sam Day on September 13
One of America’s most recognized symbols, Uncle Sam, is linked to the Samuel Wilson, a meat packer from Troy, New York, who supplied barrels of beef stamped “U.S.” to the Army during the War of 1812. Soldiers referred to it as “Uncle Sam.” The moniker spread and eventually caught on. In 1961, the U.S. Congress issued a resolution recognizing “Uncle Sam” Wilson, and authorization a monument in his hometown. Congress made Uncle same Day official in 1989.
Bizarre Holiday: World Smile Day on October 6
The first Friday of October is World Smile Day, a day to make someone smile with an act of kindness. The yellow smiley face is one of the most recognized symbols of cheer. Harvey Bell created the smiley face in 1963.
Fun Holiday: National Good Neighbor Day on September 28
In the words of Mr. Rogers, “It’s a beautiful day in this neighborhood, a beautiful day for a neighbor. Would you be mine?” And good neighbors are the best kind.
It was Only How Much?
100 Years Ago in 1917
U.S Food Prices in November 1917
Milk: 13 cents per quart
Eggs: 58 cents per dozen
Bacon: 48 cents per pound
Butter: 53 cents per pound
Round Steak: 30 cents per pound
U.S Food Prices in June 2017
Milk: 2.39 per gallon average (Source: Numbeo)
3.29 to 4.25 per gallon range
Eggs: 2.59 per dozen average (Source: Numbeo)
1.74 to 3.99 per dozen average
Butter: 2.32 per pound (Source: USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service)
U.S Food Prices in April 2017
Bacon: 5.74 per pound average (Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics)
Round Steak: 5.57 per pound average (Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics)
Did You Know? Some of It!
Referred to as Lucy after the Beatles song “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds,” the biggest known diamond in the universe is a white dwarf star. The star has a carbon interior that crystallized, forming the ten-billion-trillion-trillion-carat gem fifty light years from earth.
Celery can help produce a good night’s sleep because of the vitamins, minerals (especially magnesium) and nutrients it contains.
Fight the urge to open the oven door and take a peek at what’s cooking. Instead, turn on the oven light and look through the oven window. Opening the door lowers the temperature inside by as much as 25 degrees, which increases cooking time and wastes energy.
U.S. President John F. Kennedy often doodled words. In one example, he repeated the word “Vietnam” eight times in scrawled writing with boxes around the words. During the Cuban Missile Crisis, some of his doodles included a checkerboard and a sailboat along with the words “Castro,” “Blockade,” and “NATO.”
Technically a drupe, the almond is not a nut. It is the pit of a fruit related to peaches, plums, and apricots.
The average American eats more than three pounds of candy over the weeks before and after Halloween.
Before struggling to put on rubber gloves or latex gloves, sprinkle baby powder on your hands (or even flour if you don’t have baby powder). This will help you remove the gloves easily without having to take them off inside out.
Use the right grade of gas for your car; regular-grade fuel costs about 20 cents per gallon less than premium grade. Don’t top off when filling the gas tank, and make sure your gas cap is on tight.
“Jingle Bells” one of the best-known American Christmas songs, was originally written for Thanksgiving.
The average American gobbles up 4,500 calories and 229 grams of fat during a typical Thanksgiving feast with turkey and the trimmings.
Native Americans used cranberries in a variety of foods, including pemmican, a high-protein combination of crushed berries, dried deer meat, and melted fat. They also used it as a medicine to treat arrow punctures and other wounds as a dye for fabric.
The More You Know!
Everyone Likes Gifts, Right?
On This Day
25 Years Ago on This Date… July 25, 1992
The twenty-fifth Olympic Summer Games, the first in which professional athletes participated, opens in Barcelona, Spain. The U.S. men’s basketball team won the gold medal with ease. Comprised of eleven NBA stars, “The Dream Team” included Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, and Scottie Pippen.
50 Years Ago on This Date… July 29, 1067
The Doors top the Billboard chart with the bands’ first No.1 hit, “Light My Fire,” transforming the band from rock cult favorites to international stars of the 1960s counterculture.
125 Years Ago on This Date… August 4, 1892
The bodies of Abby and Andrew Borden are discovered in their home. A week later, Andrew’s daughter Lizzie was arrested for the murders. She becomes immortalized in the rhyme, “Lizzie Borden took an axe, and gave her mother forty whacks; when she saw what she had done, she gave her father forty-one.” With little evidence in the case, Lizzie Borden was found not guilty. The murders remain unsolved.
50 Years Ago on This Date… August 30, 1967
Thurgood Marshall becomes the first African American U.S. Supreme Court justice. He was nominated by President Lyndon Johnson and remained on the Supreme Court for twenty-four years.
Random Information One-third of the world’s soap is used in the United States.
In 2013, Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg received a $1 salary.
Most of the dust bunnies underneath your bed are comprised of your own dead skin.
One-third of the world’s soap is used in the United States.
Household Tip Line a planter with a sponge to help keep plants moist so you don’t have to water as often.
Kelly Clarkson was the first winner from the first season of American Idol: The Search for a Superstar, which premiered on June 11, 2002.
The only continent without reptiles is Antarctica, which features many penguins, whales, seals, krill (the main food for whales), and fish in its waters, but land mammals.
Nomophobia, short for “no mobile phone phobia,” is the fear of being without your cellphone or being out of mobile device contact.
M&Ms, the candy with the chocolate center that won’t melt in your hand, got its name from the last names of the founders. Forrest Mars. Sr. of the Mars candy company, struck a deal with Bruce Murrie, son of Hersey President William Murrie to develop the hard-shelled chocolate candy in 1941.
Volcanic rock known as pumice is the only rock that can float on water.
Holidays to Keep in Mind
Bizarre Holiday: Embrace your Geekness Day July 13th
If you are a geek, today is the day to accept it. The connotation of geek has changed over time from odd or non-mainstream to someone focused on a particular hobby. So indulge in that hobby today-computers, engineering, language, art, music, sci-fi, comic heroes, crafts, video games, sports, pop culture, or whatever!
Interesting Holiday: International Museum Day May 18
Visit or learn about a local museum today. International Museum Day, established in 1977, was created to encourage museum curators to meet the public and make them aware of challenges faced by museums.
Bizarre Holiday: National Mustard Day August 5th
The first Saturday in August, National Mustard Day is a great day for hot dogs! Or spread mustard on sandwiches, pair it with meats and cheeses, or create salad dressings and marinades with it. Made from the mustard seed and mixed with water, salt, lemons juice, and other spices, mustards can be bright yellow to dark brown and taste sweet to spicy. Mustard has been spicing up meals for thousands of years, so explore the unlimited flavors and colors of this unrivaled condiment.
Illuminating Holiday: National Lighthouse Day August 7th
With today’s radar and GPS technology, lighthouses are no longer crucial to the safety of ships and boats finding their way to port during fog and storms, but they remain the symbol of safe harbors for communities relying on the sea for their economies.
It Happened This Day
175 Years Ago on this Date… May 25, 1842
Christian Doppler, and Austrian Physicist, presents his idea, now known as the Doppler Effect, to the science community. The Doppler Effect is the change in frequency of a wave (or other periodic event) for an observer moving relative to its source.
150 Years Ago on this Date… March 1, 1867
Nebraska becomes a state two years after the end of the Civil War. The territorial capital was Omaha, but the state capital was established at Lancaster, later renamed Lincoln, after President Abraham Lincoln, who had been assassinated two years earlier.
75 Years Ago on this Date… March 13, 1942
The U.S. Army launches the K-9 Corps and begins training dogs for the War Dog Program. World War II’s most famous canine hero was Chips, a shepherd-collie-husky mix, who served with the U.S. Army. He attacked an enemy machine gun nest in Italy, forcing the crew to surrender.
75 Years ago on this Date…May 15, 1942
The Women’s Auxiliary Army Corps is established by law, giving women official military status. In May 1941, Massachusetts Representative Edith Nourse Rogers introduced legislation that allowed women to serve in noncombat positions in the Army. Thousands of women enlisted, and in July 1943, “auxiliary” was dropped from the name and the Corps became regular Army.
50 Years Ago on This Date… April 21, 1967
General Motors, the world’s largest automaker at the time, celebrates the manufacture of its 100 millionth American-made car.
25 Years Ago on This Date… February 20, 1992
John Singleton is nominated for a Best Director Oscar his debut film, Boyz n the Hood, becoming the youngest person (at twenty-four), and the first African American, to be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Director. The film depicted the gang-ruled neighborhood of South Central Los Angeles and became one of the first films with a largely black cast to break out as a mainstream hit, earning some $57 million at the box office.
25 Years Ago on this Date… May 6, 1992
Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev says that the end of the Cold War is a “victory for common sense, reason, democracy, and common human values” in a speech as Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri—the same site where British Prime Minister Winston Churchill gave his “Iron Curtain” speech in 1946.
The More You Know!