The Sunday Funnies and Factoids

Front_page_bobWelcome one and all to the latest edition of the Sunday funnies and factoids.  I hope everyone had a great week and a wonderful weekend thus far.  This, with any luck at all, will be the last time this piece will be published on the website as it exists now.  A rebuild of the site is proceeding along and hopefully will be up and running by the next time I pen The Sunday funnies and factoids.  It will be more user-friendly, have more content, new chat areas, and will be far more aesthetically pleasing.  I am anxious to get the new site up and running and seeing what you folks think of the new and improved All-len-All.

1) In the ‘you can’t legislate away stupid category’……In New Jersey and Oregon, pumping your own gas is illegal. These states banned self-service out of fear that untrained consumers might light themselves on fire. The laws are surprisingly popular with citizens; any mention of their repeal has been met with fervent opposition.  Has anyone ever heard of someone setting themselves on fire at a gas station?  Anyone?  Didn’t think so.  This event is probably less frequent than those damdable elevator crashes. 

2) Mr. Clean was given a first name in 1962 thanks to the “Give Mr. Clean a First Name” promotion. Standouts like “Mean Jean Clean” “Sorta Clean” were passed over for the less funny: “Veritably.”  Huh?  I don’t understand…..can someone help a brother out here and explain this to me?  

3) Despite its 6.5 million square feet of floor space, the Pentagon in Washington was constructed in such a way that no point in the building is more than a seven minute walk from any other point in the building. 

4) During the 2002 Iraqi election, Saddam Hussein’s campaign song was Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You.”

5) The North Pole is not considered a continent like the South Pole because the ice of the North Pole floats on the ocean, while the ice of the South Pole sits on actual ground – the continent of Antarctica. 

6) The View-Master was originally for adults. The device was used to help soldiers recognize ships, planes, and artillery from afar. 

7) On the week of April 4th, 1964, The Beatles held each of the top five spots on the Billboard pop singles chart. 8

8) There are enough restaurants in New York City for a person to eat out every night for 54 years and never visit the same joint twice.  This is a really great info nugget for those of you reading this that are proficient in the long-lost art of dining and dashing.  

9) During a 1992 state dinner, President George H. W. Bush, ill with the flu, lost his lunch in the lap of the Japanese prime minister. Bush’s faux pas led the Japanese to coin a slang word, bushusuru, which translates as “to do the Bush thing,” and means “to vomit.”

10) With sufficient thrust, pigs fly just fine.