The Sunday Funnies & Factoids, The ‘Yeah, I Like Cats, So Sue Me’ Edition
by Keith Lennox, All-len-All, 05/17/15 –
Happy weekend to one and all. Hope you’re having a great day. I’ve been in mourning after the passing this week of the blues legend B.B. King and paying tribute to him by playing music by the artists that were so influenced by his music, and there are many.
R.I.P., B.B. We are forever in your debt and many have been lucky enough to ride on your shoulders.
1) The last surviving Civil War widow didn’t pass away until 2008. She married an 86-year-old veteran when she was only 19……. either it was love or money……. hmmmmm…..
2) Anne Frank is on YouTube. She was captured on film while leaning out of her window to get a good look of a wedding. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HPUxjgo5LPE
3) If New York City were its own country and the NYPD was its army, it would be the 20-best-funded army in the world.
4) The youngest king ever was Alfonso XIII of Spain, who became king the day he was born.
5) The company that created Zyklon B, the gas that was used to kill millions of Jews in the Holocaust, still exists as a pest control company.
6) During WWII, the Japanese invaded Alaska, and more Americans were killed or wounded defending Alaska than at Pearl Harbor.
7) Ikea names sofas, coffee tables and bookshelves after places in Sweden; beds, wardrobes and hall furniture after places in Norway; carpets after places in Denmark and dining tables and chairs after places in Finland.
8) California has built 23 prisons since 1980. In the same period, the University of California system has opened just one new campus.
9) In 2008, wine started flowing through taps in dozens of homes during a grape festival in Italy due to a technical error……… those lucky bastages….
10) Martin Luther King Jr. plagiarized a significant portion of his doctoral dissertation from one written by another student 3 years earlier.
12) Mosquitoes can mate in midair, often in as little as 15 seconds….. I’m sure there are more than a few guys out there that can relate…..
13) Cocaine raises dopamine levels by 250%, compared to 100% from sex and 50% from food.
14) And speaking of Bolivian marching powder…. Robert Louis Stevenson wrote the 60,000-words-long “The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” during a six-day cocaine high.
15) Elvis Presley once asked his limo driver, “Do you own this limo or do you work for the company?” He responded, “I work for the company.” Elvis said, “Well, you own it now.”The limo driver’s tip was the limo.
17) U.S. Families living in extreme poverty, with less than US$$2 per day, has doubled to 1.5 million since 1996.
18) Human life expectancy has increased more in the last 50 years than in the previous 200,000 years of human existence.
19) Over 100,000 new dot com domains are registered on the web every day.
20) “Time” is the most commonly used noun in the English language.
22) As a disc jockey on a Memphis, Tennessee, radio station, Riley B. King became known as “The Beale Street Blues Boy,” which was shortened to “Blues Boy” and eventually to “B.B.”
23) B.B. King was playing a dance in Twist, Arkansas, when two men began fighting over a woman and accidentally set the dance hall ablaze. King had to dash back in to save his guitar, which he began calling Lucille, the name of the woman who inspired the fight.
24) In 1956 B.B. King and his band performed 342 one-night stands.
25) In the U.S., if you find a bald eagle feather on the ground, you need a permit to pick it up.
26) During WWII, Nazi soldiers were fed massive quantities of methamphetamine for increased alertness and endurance.
Outta’ here….. the sun is out, the back deck is beckoning, and the chipmunks have been knocking at my door for well over an hour.
Enjoy your Sunday and stay safe until we meet again.