The Sunday Funnies & Factoids – The ‘Is the Pollen Almost Done?’ Edition
by Keith Lennox, All-len-All, 06/07/15 –
Happy Sunday, gang, and welcome to June. Hope this edition finds you all well and rested up from your weekend respite. Nice weather up here north of the 49th and not too hot….. yet….. that will start sometime sooner than later. But until then the windows are open and Owen and I are savoring every minute of it.
Okay…. on with the show……
1) A wealthy man in Bangladesh built a replica of the Taj Mahal for US$56 Million so that the poor of his nation could get to see it.
3) Ten days after the Chernobyl disaster, further risk of massive thermal explosion was identified. Three men known as “The Chernobyl divers” volunteered to swim through pooled water under leaked reactor to release the safety valves. They died a few days later due to radiation exposure.
4) Christmas ham, originally a pagan tradition, was endorsed by the Catholic Church as a test of truthful conversion from Judaism.
5) The largest known black hole has a diameter of 1 trillion KM, more than 190 times the distance from the Sun to Pluto.
7) Many ancient Egyptian Pharaohs were overweight and unhealthy, in contrast to their typical depiction, due to a sugary diet of alcohol, bread and honey…… ahhhhhh, so kinda’ like modern-day North America……
8) There’s a moon named Cupid that orbits Uranus……. nope, not touching that one, literally or figuratively….. nope, can’t make me do it…..
10) After Michael Jordan scored a game-high 69 points, teammate Stacey King quipped “I’ll always remember this as the night that Michael Jordan and I combined to score 70 points.”
11) Soccer fans in Italy are called “tifosi”, meaning”carriers of typhus”, because their fanaticism is like a fever.
12) A Japanese pilot who attacked a town in Oregon during WWII returned years later to present his family’s 400-year-old sword as a symbol of regret…….. too bad that they then stabbed him to death with it…… just kidding……
13) Canada has fewer people than Tokyo’s metropolitan area.
15) In 2011, a small town in Spain, on the brink of financial ruin, bet on the world’s biggest lottery and won.
16) A cat can swallow and digest their food without chewing it…….. I know, and that cat’s name is Owen…….
17) The Golden Gate uses the largest bridge cables ever made, long enough to encircle the world more than 3 times at the equator……… thank god it isn’t located in Texas or we’d never hear the end of it…….
18) All Pakistani passports bear the inscription ‘This passport is valid for all countries of the World except Israel’.
19) You might know that basketball was invented in 1891 in a Massachusetts YMCA. However, four years later another popular sport got its start in a neighboring Massachusetts YMCA: volleyball.
21) As soon as Citizen Kane was completed, Hearst’s estate offered RKO pictures $800,000 ($100,000 more than the picture cost to make) to destroy the film.
22) “Aposiopesis” is the official name of the rhetorical style in which you deliberately fail to complete a sentence. (“Why you…”)
23) The world’s oldest hotel has been operating since 705 AD.
24) In the USA, ransom payments to kidnappers are tax-deductible…….. jesus keeeriiiist, of course they are because only family members of the wealthy are kidnapped.
25) Viagra can keep cut flowers standing up straight for up to a week longer than normal.
Okay, I am so outta’ here….. got a million things to do and not nearly enough time to do them….. thank gawd cocktails will be involved to get me through it all a little later on this afternoon.
Have a great Sunday and a wonderful week ahead……… until then,