The Sunday Funnies & Factoids – The ‘Yeah Yeah Yeah, Here it is’ Edition’
by Keith Lennox, All-len-All, 04/19/15 –
It must be true….. Spring is upon us. I see laundry drying on clothes lines…. the songbirds are nesting…. the chipmunks are awake and back to their job of stashing food…… BBQ smells fill the air. Tis great to be alive.
Thanks for swinging by…. refill your coffee and let me fill your brain up with worthless crap…… no thanks necessary, it’s what I do…… ;-)
1) Abraham Lincoln actually hated to be called “Abe.”
3) Purple is known as a ‘royal’ color because it was the hardest dye to extract, as it came from sea snails, so only the royalty could afford it.
4) Male ants do not have fathers because unfertilized eggs become males while fertilized eggs become females.
5) The first recorded use of flying the flag at half-mast as a symbol of mourning occurred in 1612 aboard the British ships Patience and Heart’s Ease after their captain was killed in the Northwest Passage.
7) Iran has one of the largest rates of brain drain in the world. Up to 180,000 specialists leave the country every year.
8) Bob Marley was seen as a “white man” in his native Jamaica, due to having a British father. He suffered racism and discrimination when growing up.
9) In 1997, Mikhail Gorbachev appeared in a Pizza Hut commercial.
11) The Kit Kat bar got its name from the Kit Kat Club in London’s West End, a joint famous for bringing dance-band music to the city in the 1920s.
12) The most disliked video on YouTube is Justin Bieber’s “Baby,” with over 4,400,000 dislikes…… sure glad we shipped that little snot south….
13) The Queen of Thailand drowned in 1880 as her subjects looked on, because they were forbidden to touch her.
14) When the American Civil War broke out, the seceding Confederate states snatched up a good bit of government property. This included everything from forts to arsenals to thousands of post offices stocked full of stamps. Not wanting the enemy to profit off their goods, the Union recalled every U.S. stamp ever issued and declared them invalid for postage. Instead, people were allowed to exchange their old stamps for replacements, which the government had quickly printed with new designs.
16) The sword-billed hummingbird is the only bird with a beak longer than its body.
17) Simon Bolivar is the only person in the world to have two sovereign nations named after him: Bolivia and Venezuela (the country’s full name is Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela).
18) The Pyramids were built by paid laborers. Not slaves. That’s a myth by Herodotus, the Greek historian.
19) With 800 languages, New York is the most linguistically diverse city in the world.
20) The Sun accounts for about 99.86% of the total mass of the Solar System.
22) The medical term stroke comes from the 16th century, when a person suffering a cerebral hemorrhage was thought to have been hit by “the stroke of God’s hand.”
23) Air Force One can only be called “Air Force One” when the President of the United States is on it. Hence, the controller announcing, “We are now Air Force One” when the President boards. When the President is not there, it’s just a really expensive plane.
24) In 1946, Ed Waldmire, Jr., revolutionized the meat-on-a-stick world when he debuted the Cozy Dog—the first corn dog on a stick. He had wanted to name his creation the “Crusty Cur,” but his wife convinced him that people wouldn’t want to eat something described as “crusty.”
25) In Monaco, citizens aren’t taxed on their incomes. However, there is a 19.6% “value-added tax” placed on most consumer purchase
26) If the only thing you have to fear is fear itself, you could be suffering from phobophobia: the fear of phobias.
27) The first person to survive going over Niagara Falls in a barrel wasn’t a young male daredevil, but rather a 63-year-old schoolteacher named Annie Edson Taylor.
That’s all, folks….. enjoy the rest of your Sunday. Have a great week….. stay healthy and happy and above all else, embrace Spring…. let the weather fill your hearts and minds with happiness.
See ya’ll back here next week.