The Sunday Funnies & Factoids
by Keith Lennox, All-len-All – 07/12/15 –
Happy Sunday, boys and girls. Another day in paradise here. Mid to high 70s, blue skies and more of the same for the upcoming week….. hope you are all blessed with the same. I just love this time of year….. back deck, beer, and BBQ weather….. chipmunks eating me out of house and home….. Owen yowling at the screen door to get out and ‘play’ with said chipmunks…. good times. AND, breakfast at Wimbledon…… life, she be good.
1) Faith in organized religion dropped in 2015 to just 42% in the U.S., the lowest ever.
3) 75% of school shooting incidents have been linked to bullying and harassment.
4) The British Navy uses Britney Spears’ songs to scare off Somali pirates……. yeah, what’s the surprise with that….
5) George Washington never wore a wig: his hair was naturally long and lustrous, although he did use powder to make it white.
7) Martin Luther King Jr. was the youngest person to ever win the Nobel Peace Prize.
8) If you die homeless or with no money in New York City, you are buried by prisoners on Hart Island in a mass grave: up to 1000 per grave for children and 50 for adults.
9) In their first year of life, baby blue whales gain 200 pounds (91 kg) every day.
10) In 2012, divers discovered a 2,000-year-old Roman shipwreck that was so well preserved even the food was intact in its storage jars.
12) During the Black Death, incoming ships were forced to wait for 40 days to prevent possible infection. The Italian word for 40, “quaranta”, is where we get the word “quarantine”.
13) During WWII, Canada gave out buttons to people who tried to enlist but were refused due to medical reasons to show their willingness to fight.
14) Anne Frank was posthumously baptized “by proxy” into Mormonism at least 9 times.
15) China has mobile “execution vans” to enforce the death penalty without moving to a proper execution ground.
17) IKEA consumes 1% of the Earth’s wood supply every year.
18) Miami has never recorded a temperature over 100°F (37°C).
19) During Apartheid, Glasgow renamed the street where the South African Consulate was located to “Nelson Mandela Place.” Consular officials would be forced to look at his name when reading and addressing postal correspondence.
21) The Golden State Fence Company, hired to build part of the US-Mexico border wall, was fined $5M for hiring illegal immigrant workers.
22) Pretty Boy Floyd, a bank robber in the 1920s, would destroy mortgage documents during robberies, which freed many citizens of their debts.
23) The inventor of the heart stent approached numerous companies for funding and was rejected. It was funded by the owner of Fuddrucker’s restaurant, whom he met by chance on a golf course
25) There’s a bar in Ireland that opened in the year 900 A.D. and is still operational. It’s called “Sean’s Bar”.
26) Even though the Hindenburg was inflated with 7 million cubic feet of highly flammable hydrogen gas, it had a smoking room…… why the hell not? Spark up, Ludwig…….
27) Norway’s first aircraft hijacking was resolved after the hijacker surrendered his weapon in exchange for more beer…… must have been a relative of mine ;-) …..
Well, that’s a wrap for this week. Thanks for stopping by. Have a healthy, safe, and happy week ahead and I look forward to seeing you all back here next week.