The Sunday Funnies and Factoids
Happy Sunday, my friends. It is the last day of the Olympics in Sochi and the gold medal hockey game is on my television in the background. I hope everyone had a great week and a wonderful weekend, thus far. Sorry about the brevity of todays funnies and factoids. I am in the middle of the site rebuild and I am at a loss for enough hours in a day. Be back full speed next Sunday. Until then, please stay safe and enjoy your upcoming week ahead.
1) Mel Blanc insisted on chewing real carrots to provide the chomping sounds when he voiced Bugs Bunny.
2) In the who the hell knew department: Reggie Jackson’s nickname, “Mr. October,” was coined sarcastically by Thurman Munson after Reggie hit .125 in the 1977 ALCS. Reggie went on to win the World Series MVP that year and the name stuck.
3) In a fit of uncharacteristic decisiveness, President James Buchanan tried to buy Cuba. However, his plans ground to a halt when Congress refused to give him the dough to purchase the island, believing that the president would take the money and skip the country.
4) Michael Jackson’s 1988 autobiography Moonwalk was edited by Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. Rumor has it Jackie thought he was a nut job and would only have dealings with him over the phone and never in person.
5) In 1973, NASA launched Skylab, the first American space station. Three successive crews lived and worked there for more than 171 days. Knowing a call to the fire department would accomplish precious little from outer space, NASA and Honeywell International, Inc., developed an alarm system that would alert the station’s crew to smoke or fire. The smoke detector used on the space station is the same kind that is now found in 90 percent of U.S. homes.
6) North Korea is following three accounts on Twitter. Two are simple propaganda accounts while the third is a 25 year old from Texas. No one knows why this individual is being followed.
7) In 1981 Robert Downey Jr. was received a one day suspension for school after grabbing a comic book from a classmate, calling him a nerd, and ripping it to shreds. The comic book was an issue of The Invincible Iron man.
8) A classic. A woman gets on a bus with her baby. The bus driver says: ”Ugh, that’s the ugliest baby I’ve ever seen!” The woman walks to the rear of the bus and sits down, fuming. She says to a man next to her: ”The driver just insulted me!” The man says: ”You go up there and tell him off. Go on, I’ll hold your monkey for you.”
9) John Adams had a dog named ‘Satan,’ which just beats George Washington’s dog, ‘Drunkard’, for weirdest name.