The Sunday Funnies & Factoids
by Keith Lennox, All-len-All, 07/26/15 –
Happy Sunday, boys and girls….. beautiful weather up here in the gateway to the north Couldn’t have pre-ordered anything better…. high 70s, plenty of sun, low humidity. I hope you all have the same but looking at the weather map, some of you are in sauna like conditions….. well, turn on the A/C and learn some absolutely worthless trivia that you can use to bore others at a moment’s notice. ;-) Enjoy….
1) Steven Spielberg declined to direct the Harry Potter movies and said “It’s just like withdrawing a billion dollars and putting it into your personal bank accounts. There’s no challenge.”
3) The average adult in Switzerland has a net worth of US $513,000.
4) Nuclear power prevented an average of over 1.8 million deaths between 1971-2009 as a result of lower air pollution from reduced coal usage according to NASA.
5) Harvard offers free tuition if your family makes under $65,000 per year.
6) There is a “Gospel of Judas” not found in the Bible that speaks of Judas as the only one of Jesus’ disciples who fully understood his teachings. He turned Jesus over to the Romans because Jesus asked him to.
7) In 2002, the comptroller of the City of New York estimated the impact of 9/11 on the city’s wealth to be $30.5 billion.
8) And in the ‘You Just Knew I Had to do it Department’….. 5 cringe-worthy Donald Trump factoids…
- Although Donald Trump has described himself as an “ardent philanthropist,” he has only donated $3.7 million to his own foundation. In comparison, a wrestling company has given Trump’s foundation $5 million. He ranks among the least charitable billionaires in the world.
- In 1989, Donald Trump paid $85,000 for an ad pushing death penalty for 14-year-old boy who was later exonerated of the crime. Even though proven innocent through DNA testing, Trump still refuses to apologize.
- New Jersey once tried to use eminent domain on an elderly woman’s home and transfer it to Donald Trump so that he could build a limousine parking lot there. They later lost in court.
- A magazine sent a check for 13 cents to a dozen wealthy people. Only Donald Trump and Adnan Khashoggi, a Saudi Arabian arms-dealer and businessman, cashed the check.
- Donald Trump tried to sue an author for $5,000,000,000 (yes, billion). Reason? The author called him a millionaire instead of a billionaire.
9) Google’s founders were willing to sell to Excite for under $1 million in 1999—but Excite turned them down.
11) Jonas Salk declined to patent his polio vaccine. “There is no patent,” he said. “Could you patent the sun?”
12) The 50-star American flag was designed by an Ohio high school student for a class project. His teacher originally gave him a B–.
13) If you start counting at one and spell out the numbers as you go, you won’t use the letter “A” until you reach 1,000.
15) Redondo Beach, CA adopted the Goodyear Blimp as the city’s official bird in 1983.
16) In 1999, the U.S. government paid the Zapruder family $16 million for the film of JFK’s assassination.
17) In Germany, fake bus stops have been set up in front of nursing homes to keep Alzheimer’s patients from wandering off. It is so effective, it’s catching on throughout Europe.
18) In 1960, siblings James and Tom Monaghan purchased what would later become Domino’s Pizza. Within months, James chose to focus on his full-time job as a postman. He sold his 50% share to his brother, the payment was the Volkswagen Beetle they used for pizza deliveries.
19) Lake Superior is, based on surface area, the largest fresh water lake on the planet; it contains 10 percent of the world’s fresh water supply. There’s enough water in this lake, 3 quadrillion gallons, to flood all of North and South America in a foot of water.
20) On April 14, 1865, President Abraham Lincoln signed a legislation authorizing a government agency to protect the president: the United States Secret Service. Ironically, that same day Lincoln was assassinated by John Wilkes Booth.
21) Satan was never named”Lucifer.” The only use of the word Lucifer in the Bible was by Isaiah, who was referring to the fall of Babylon, not Satan.
22) Lt. Col. “Mad” Jack Churchill was only British soldier in WWII known to have killed an enemy soldier with a longbow. “Mad Jack” insisted on going into battle armed with both a medieval bow and a claymore sword.
That’s a wrap, folks. Have a great Sunday and week ahead….. stay safe.