The Sunday Funnies & Factoids

March 23/14

Front_page_bob-300x176Happy Sunday, one and all.  We got 6 inches of snow this weekend and it is presently 4 degrees below zero in the Great White North.  I don’t think winter will ever end and it is beyond depressing.  So, on that note, I present to you the Sunday funnies and factoids.  If nothing else, it will provide you with a bit of a distraction from your weather woes or woes of any variety for that matter.

1) The tallest mountain on earth, when measured from base to peak, is in Hawaii. From its base on the ocean floor to its peak over 13,000 feet above the Pacific Ocean, Mauna Kea is over 33,450 feet tall.

2) The first armored presidential limo was used by President Franklin Roosevelt just as the United States was entering WW II. This particular Cadillac convertible originally belonged to the gangster Al Capone. It was seized in 1932 when Capone was charged with tax evasion.

3) If you’ve ever been forced to participate in the dreaded “Chicken Dance”, you have Werner Thomas to thank. The Swiss accordionist wrote the song (originally called “Der Ententanz”) in 1963 and used to play it to customers in the diner he owned.  But on the bright side, the Let’s Have Werner Thomas Assassinated Fund  has almost reached it’s $50,000 goal and Werner should no longer be with us this time next month.

4) John Tyler, the 10th president, had the most children of any president: 15.  I wonder if Mrs. Tyler liked the man after giving birth to the 8th or 9th.

5) The longest place name in the United States is Lake  Chargoggagoggmanchauggagoggchaubunagungamaugg, located near Webster, MA.  Really, people?  Really?

6) When Mom told you not to eat apple seeds, she had good reason. From peaches to cherries, many fruit seeds contain cyanogenenic glycosides, which turn into cyanide gas during digestion. In the last 50 years, at least nine people in Turkey have died of cyanide poisoning from gorging on apricots.

7) When asked if they would have sex with Bill Clinton, 86% of women in D.C. said, “Not again.”

8) “Aposiopesis” is the official name of the rhetorical style in which you deliberately fail to complete a sentence. (“Why you…”)  I find this absolutely

9) The dot on top of the letter ‘i’ is called a tittle.  Tittle, that’s funny.

10) BIC estimates that it has sold more than 50 disposable ink pens every second of every day since 1950. In fact, in September 2005, the company proudly announced that it had sold its 100 billionth pen.

11) Kobe Bryant wears the number 24 to remind himself about how many seconds he has to hog the ball.

12) And finally, in conjunction with today’s This Day in History located on the bottom of the Home Page I have a riddle for you.

Q: Who fired the last seven bullets into Mussolini?

A:  378 Italian sharp shooters.

Have a great Sunday and an even better week, folks.  See you back here in seven days.