The Sunday Funnies & Factoids
by Keith Lennox, All-len-All, 03/29/15 –
Happy Sunday. Thanks for stopping by. I hope this week’s edition of my SF&Fs finds you happy and healthy.
Spring has finally arrived after a brutal winter and moods seem to be elevating some….. have a great rest of your weekend and week ahead and, in the meantime, jump into some absolutely useless facts.
1) In 1891, London built a structure designed to surpass the Eiffel Tower in height. It was unsteady, never completed and demolished in 1907.
3) African-American men were not deemed equal members of the Mormon Church until 1978…… Really? That would imply that The Church of Jeeeebus Christ of Latter-Day Saints are somehow archaic….. tell me it isn’t so.
4) A safe surgery checklist, including questions such as “Do we have the right patient?” and “What operation are we performing?”, has been proven to reduce deaths by more than 40%.
5) In India, there is a vigilante group called the “Love Commandos” that offers protection from harassment to couples from different castes who fall in love……. they frequently contact Bernhard Goetz for advice ;-)
6) Jonathan Lee Riches, a prisoner, has filed more than 4,000 lawsuits. After hearing the Guinness World Records planned to name him the “most litigious man,” he sued them too.
8) Despite several high profile accidents, 2014 was the safest year on record for commercial aviation.
9) There are approximately 850 million visits each year to American museums. That’s more than the attendance at all major league sporting events and theme parks combined.
10) Polio was first recognized 4,000 years ago, just 200 years ago we figured out it is contagious, and 50 years ago we developed the vaccine to prevent it.
11) J.J. Thomson won the Nobel Prize in Physics (1906) for showing that the electron is a particle. His son, George Paget Thomson, won the Nobel Prize in Physics (1937) for showing that the electron is a wave.
12) When a church in Nebraska exploded in 1950, not one of the fifteen people who were supposed to be there for choir practice was injured because every member of the choir was late arriving for practice that evening.
13) The Gulf War cost each American $306, while Vietnam was $2,204 per person. The Korean War cost $2,266 and WWII, $20,388 per person.
14) Of the past 3,400 years, humans have been entirely at peace for 268 of them, or just 8%of recorded history.
15) Every year 0.1 percent of BB gun shootings are attempted suicides. That means about 30 people every year try to kill themselves with the tiny pellets.
17) America’s first “Air Force” was equipped with five hot-air balloons and fifty servicemen…… kinda’ sounds like the modern day Canadian Air Force……
18) James Baskett, who played Uncle Remus in Disney’s film Song of the South, was not able to attend the film’s premiere in Atlanta, Georgia; at the time it was a racially segregated city.
19) “Aposiopesis” is the official name of the rhetorical style in which you deliberately fail to complete a sentence. (“Why you…”)
21) Despite being nominated five times, Gandhi never won the Nobel Peace Prize. Although posthumous awards aren’t given, the Nobel Committee came as close as possible in 1948, the year he died, when they didn’t give out an award because “there was no suitable living candidate.”…….. reeeeeeeeally…. Gandhi never won the Nobel Peace Prize……. really?????
22) On the week of April 4th, 1964, The Beatles held each of the top five spots on the Billboard pop singles chart.
24) President Lincoln’s oldest son was connected to three presidential assassinations. He was invited, but did not attend, Ford’s Theatre (but was by his father’s deathbed in 1865); he was on the scene when Garfield was shot in 1881; and he was present for McKinley’s assassination in 1901.
25) Paul McCartney appeared on the Steve Miller Band’s album Brave New World. He played drums and sang on the song “My Dark Hour” and was credited as “Paul Ramon” on the album sticker.
Have a great day, boys and girls. Enjoy the NCAA playoffs if you are into March Madness…… if not, here’s hoping that the sun is shining and you get to spend some time outdoors in anticipation of a beautiful upcoming Spring and Summer.