The Sunday Funnies & Factoids – The “Meanwhile In…” Edition
by Keith Lennox, All-len-All, 08/16/15 –
Howdy, hi, boys and girls….. sorry my SF&Fs are a tad late today. Suffice it to say that too many beers was the culprit. On with the show….. here’s a bunch of useless factoids to jam into your ever filling craniums.
1) The Greek language has 4 words for love. Agape: Charitable love; Eos: Sexual love; Philia: Love between friends; and Storge: Family love.
2) One of the assassins of Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife threw a grenade but missed the car. He swallowed cyanide and jumped to the River Miljacka. The cyanide was expired and did not work, and the river was only 10cm deep. He was captured seconds later.
3) Since 2007, an unfinished skyscraper in Caracas, Venezuela, has been re-appropriated by squatters into a vast ‘vertical slum’ which now includes grocery stores, hairdressers, and an unlicensed dentist.
4) Harry Potter’s author J.K. Rowling lost her billionaire status because she donated so much of her money to charity.
5) Between 1990 and 2005, a new prison opened in the U.S. every 10 days.
7) In 1999, the U.S. government paid the Zapruder family US$16 million for the film of JFK’s assassination.
8) In 1970 Jimmy Carter let a prisoner convicted of murder obtain a work release to serve as a maid at the governor’s mansion. He was so impressed by her that when he was elected president in 1976 he volunteered to be her parole officer and let her continue working at the White House. She was later exonerated.
9) After Rat-Packer Sammy Davis Jr. died in 1990, his widow soon discovered that he was nearly broke and owed back taxes. She then had his body exhumed to strip him of the $70,000 worth of jewelry he had been buried with.
10) The first ever comic convention was held in New York City in 1964. It was hosted in a small hotel room and had about 30 guests. The first person that signed up for attendance was a teenager named George R.R. Martin.
11) American steel magnate Charles M Schwab died a pauper with over $300,000 in debt after blowing through a fortune that was worth $500-$800 million dollars today.
12) Walt Disney bought his parents a house with a broken furnace which was inadequately fixed by a Studio repairmen, causing his mother to die of asphyxiation.
13) Dobri Dobrev is a 99-year-old panhandler in Bulgaria who gives all of the money he collects to local orphanages, once giving over $24,000 in a single donation.
15) The current library at Alexandria has a copy of all the web pages on every website on the Internet since it started in 1996.
16) Pandas can poop up to 40 times a day…… sounds like some of my readers. ;-)
17) In darkness, most people eventually adjust to a 48-hour cycle: 36 hours of activity followed by 12 hours of sleep. The reasons are still unclear.
19) The temperature in Fahrenheit can be approximated by counting the number of times a cricket chirps in 14 seconds and adding 40.
20) During the filming of the climactic flood scene of Noah’s Ark (1928), the volume of water used was so overwhelming that three extras drowned, one was so badly injured that his leg needed to be amputated, and a number of people suffered broken limbs and other serious injuries, which led to implementation of stunt safety regulations the following year.
21) Former Governor of Minnesota Jesse Ventura sued “American Sniper” Chris Kyle after he claimed he punched him in his autobiography. He was awarded $1.845 million dollars for defamation.
22) In the 1939 movie The Wizard of Oz, the dog that played Toto was paid a $125 salary each week, which was far more than many of the human actors. The Singer Midgets who played the Munchkins reportedly received $50 to $100 a week.
23) When the Bible was translated into American English, homosexuality was still considered a perverse disorder. It was with this mindset that the translators interpreted the Greek word ‘arsenkoitai’ for a homosexual, even though theologists have argued the word is way more likely to mean molester.
24) For the last 30 years, Larry Flynt has sent a monthly copy of Hustler to every congressional office. Members of Congress have tried to stop the magazines from coming, but they just can’t stop it legally.
25) Australian speed skater, Steven Bradbury, won a gold medal in 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics because everyone in front of him crashed, three races in a row.
Thanks for stopping by…. come back next week for a dose of giggles and knowledge. See y’all next week.