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.
Pisaries Has Quarters and Created More Lists
Source Material: Andrew McMeel Publishing
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…
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!