The Sunday Funnies & Factoids – The ‘Roll Away the Stone’ Edition
by Keith Lennox, All-len-All, O4/05/15 –
Happy Sunday. Happy Easter. Happy day that Jeeeebus came back to life, rolled away the stone that blocked the entrance to his cave (tomb), saw his shadow and knew there would be six more weeks of winter……. hehehehehe
Enjoy this week’s edition of the SF&Fs. Thanks for stopping in.
1) A con man in India repeatedly “sold” the Taj Mahal, the Indian parliament and various other heritage sites. He was sentenced to 113 years but managed to escape prison 9 times. The last time, he was 84 years old.
3) 1 in 40 people in Scotland use cocaine, the highest rate in the world…….. well yeah, it’s friggin’ Scotland….. I’d stay high too….
4) The world’s oldest university in continuous operation is the University of Bologna, in Italy, founded in 1088.
5) Denmark has more pigs than people…… so, given that fact, they must have more bacon per capita than any other country….. mmmmmmm, bacon…..
6) Historically, for every 100 climbers who have made it to the summit of Mount Everest, 4 have died.
8) There are tuition-free Universities in Finland, Austria, Norway, Germany, and Sweden with careers in English for international students
9) Gleevec, a cancer drug that costs $70,000 in the U.S. per year, cost justUS$2,500 in India because it can’t be patented there.
10) Not a single engineer, out of the 30, made it off the Titanic: they stayed and kept the power on so others could escape.
11) In 1950, talk show host Faye Emerson became the first woman in history to have a “wardrobe malfunction” on national television. To the dismay of censors everywhere, Ms. Emerson’s “Emersons” popped out of her dress.
12) More than 300 million Cadbury Creme Eggs are produced each year.
13) The epitaph of Alexander the Great is one of the most famous in history: “A tomb now suffices him for whom the whole world was not sufficient.” But in all likelihood, Alexander’s tomb does not contain Alexander himself. The emperor Ptolemy took Alexander’s body and brought it back to Alexandria, where it was on display for a long time. But the body was lost and its current whereabouts are unknown.
14) Christmas classic “Do You Hear What I Hear?” was written as a plea for peace during the Cuban Missile Crisis.
16) The Meet the Press theme music was composed by John Williams.
17) Michael Jackson wanted to do a Harry Potter musical. J.K. Rowling said no…… and have him around all of those children, I think not……
18) The band Blink-182 incorporated under the name “Poo Poo Butt, LLC.” because of how funny it would be to have their accountants, managers and attorneys having to say that over the phone every day.
19) 60% of NBA players are broke within 5 years of retiring from the game.
20) A sardine is not a species of fish, but a name that can apply to many small varieties of pickled fish, including herring and pilchard….. for the non-believers out there…. I repeat, a sardine is NOT a singular fish…..
21) Spain was neutral in WWI and WWII, but experienced a civil war (1936-1939) which killed over 500,000 people.
22) Van Gogh only sold one painting during his lifetime. The rest of his paintings, over 900, were not sold or made famous until after his death.
23) 8 people were crushed to death and 2000 people injured following the funeral procession of Eva Peron in Argentina.
24) Leonardo Da Vinci was almost put to death for sodomy. When no witnesses came forward, his case was dismissed.
25) Children who avoid peanuts for the first 5 years of their lives are up to 7 times more likely to wind up with peanut allergy, a study found.
Have a great week ahead. Stay healthy, happy and safe. See y’all next week.