The Sunday Funnies & Factoids
by Keith Lennox, All-len-All, 03/08/15 –
Happy Sunday, one and all. Thanks for stopping by. Daylight Savings Time took place overnight giving people one more thing to bitch about amongst the many others that they choose to drone on about…… sorry, do I sound a tad bitter this morning?
Enough of my prattling and on with what you came here for in the first place, the latest installment of the Sunday Funnies & Factoids.
1) Multiplying 21978 by 4 reverses the order of the numbers: 87912.
3) After Hurricane Katrina, Cuba offered medical aid and Venezuela gasoline plus US$5 million. The U.S. rejected them all.
4) The U.S. government’s “official expert” on Marijuana from 1938 to 1962 once in court, under oath, said that he had smoked marijuana and it turned him into a bat.
5) In 1631, a huge reprint of the King James Bible was recalled and burnt due to a single typo: the Seventh Commandment stated “Thou shalt commit adultery.”
7) The monarch of Norway’s title is “Norway’s King” rather than “King of Norway”, signifying that he belongs to the country and not vice versa.
8) The U.S. imprisons a larger percentage of its black population than South Africa did at the height of apartheid.
9) If you commit suicide in Japan by jumping in front of a train, the family of the deceased will be charged a disruption fee.
10) There’s a Twitter account that narrates WWII in “real time.”
11) The original word for “bear” has been lost. Medieval people thought that saying the ferocious animal’s name would summon it, so they used a euphemism that meant “the brown one” (“bear”).
13) The Movie “Paranormal Activity” cost less than $15,000 to make but grossed over $193,000,000.
14) The F-word is used 265 times in the movie Pulp Fiction…… NO FUCKING WAY……
15) France is the most visited country in the world: 83 million tourists in 2012.
16) Germany, Denmark, Iceland and other countries have official rules about what a baby can be named.
18) The first private detective agency was established in 1833 by Eugene Francois Vidocq, a former fugitive. He used his extensive knowledge of the Parisian underworld to become a master criminologist. Vidocq was a pioneer in the use of surveillance and disguise, ballistics, card-index record keeping, and was the first to use plaster-of-paris to take impressions of shoe prints.
19) “ETAOIN SHRDLU” is a combination of the 12 most-commonly used letters in English, in descending order. Linotype machine keyboards used them in columns: ETAOIN as the first column on the left, SHRDLU as the next to the right. When a typesetter made an error, he would quickly run his hand down the columns to type “ETAOIN SHRDLU” to serve as a flag to discard that line of type. The phrase did, of course, occasionally make it into print.
21) Prohibition made it a crime to produce, sell, or transport alcoholic beverages. But anyone who already had bottles of old liquor stocked away was free to consume it at his or her leisure within the confines of their home.
22) The visual “tail” of a comet has nothing to do with its direction of travel; rather, solar wind pushes it so that it always points away from the Sun.
23) In the early 1900s, jugglers and acrobats, not singers and rappers, kept their eye on Billboard magazine each week. In those days, the magazine served as the insider’s bible for the traveling fair and carnival crowd.
Okay, boys and girls, I am outta’ here. Enjoy the remainder of your weekend and have a great week. Enjoy the sun setting an hour later than yesterday….. it truly does make you feel that, indeed, there is hope and summer is not far off.