The Sunday Funnies & Factoids – The ‘It Just Might be Spring’ Edition
by Keith Lennox, All-len-All, 04/26/15 –
Happy Earth week…. happy 4/20 day… a busy week for us all, but if you celebrated 4/20 properly you may have missed it…. but the S’mores were to die for.
Not a lot of time to chat today seeing as I’m running behind some….. so, without further ado, proceed and learn something absolutely useless.
1) The last time somebody died from a spider bite in Australia was in 1981.
3) Neptune emits more light than it receives from the Sun.
4) After the fall of the Roman Empire the technology to make concrete was lost for 1000 years.
5) Oscar the Grouch used to be orange. Jim Henson decided to make him green before the second season of Sesame Street. How did Oscar explain the color change? He said he went on vacation to the very damp Swamp Mushy Muddy and turned green overnight.
7) When the mummy of Ramses II was sent to France in the mid-1970s, it was issued a passport. Ramses’ occupation? “King (deceased).”
8) Bear Bryant was once asked to contribute $10 to help pay for a sportswriter’s funeral. According to legend, he said, “Here’s a twenty, bury two.”
10) When asked who owned the patent on the polio vaccine, Jonas Salk said, “Well, the people. There is no patent. Could you patent the sun?”
11) “Silver Bells” was called “Tinkle Bells” until co-composer Jay Livingston’s wife told him “tinkle” had another meaning.
12) There was a long-lost fourth member of the Snap/Crackle/Pop gang. “Pow” represented Rice Krispies’ explosive nutritional value.
14) In Peanuts in 1968, Snoopy trained to become a champion arm-wrestler. In the end, he was disqualified for not having thumbs.
15) During the Cold War, the U.S. considered air-dropping enormous condoms labeled “Medium” on the Soviets.
16) Nikola Tesla on Thomas Edison: “He had no hobby, cared for no amusement of any kind and lived in utter disregard of the most elementary rules of hygiene.”
17) The final speech by Gregory Peck in To Kill a Mockingbird was done in one take.
19) On Sept. 9, 2015, Queen Elizabeth II will become the longest-reigning UK monarch ever, surpassing Queen Victoria.
20) More than 2,500 left-handed people are killed every year by using equipment meant for right-handed people.
21) Italy is home to the largest number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites with 50.
23) Every year, Finland increases in surface area by about 7 sq km (2.7 sq mi) per year because it is rebounding from the weight of ice age glaciers and rising out of the sea.
24) On April 18, 1930, the BBC announced,”There is no news today,” and played piano music instead.
25) If the U.S. can raise its 34.5% recycling rate to 75%, it will be the CO2 equivalent of removing 50 million cars from the road.
Have a great week ahead, boys and girls. Stay happy and healthy and I hope to see you back here next week.