Where strange fact and stranger fiction collide
As the month of June coems to an end here are some new things that I learned and the day that I learned them on.
1st– Evangelist Aimee Simple McPherson was the first women in the US to own a radio station.
2Nd– There are 1,200 water slides in the US.
3rd– Originally Scotland Yard refused to offer a reward for information leading to the capture of Jack the Ripper because they were afraid it would lead to made up evidence. Eventually parliament would offer a pardon to anyone who confessed to being an acompliance to the killer.
4th – The spaceship from Mystery Science 3000 the Satellite of Love takes its name from Lou Reed song.
5th– Amelia Earhart first flight was in 1920, when she was 23 years old.
6th– Most of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s stunts are done by his cousin since they look alike and have the same body structure. He is also became an ordained minister so he could marry a fan.
7th-Paris Syndrome is when tourist going to Paris begin to suffer from mental disorder because Paris is so unlike how they imagined it.
8Th-The word mortgage goes back to 1190 AD and translates into modern English as death pledge.
9th– The Oregon Islamic Academy is the only Islamic high school, in the US west of the Mississippi.
10th Steve Nunn a Kentucky legislator who sponsored a law that made anyone killing someone who had a restraining order against them eligible for the death penalty, killed his fiancée, who had a restraining order out against him. He avoided the death penalty from his own law, by making a plea deal.
11th – After World war II, the allies freed hundreds of Mafiosos from Italian prisons, thinking they were political prisoners.
12th– The Austin Martin DB V made for the movie Goldfinger was stolen in 1997 and is still missing to this day.
13th Psuedocide is when a person disappears and lets people guess if they are dead or not.
14th Carly Simon wrote Anticipation about waiting for a date with Cat Stevens.
15th In the Old Testament Isaiah 40:22 says the world is circular meaning it was round, even when most people thought it was flat.
16th In 1972 James Brown publicly supported and campaigned for Nixon.
17Th The Chevy Caprice that the DC snipers uses was once a police car.
18th Anatidaephobia is the fear that somewhere somehow a duck is looking at you.
19th The Freedom of Information Act does not apply to Congress.
20th On September 16th 1920 an explosive device in a horse drawn wagon went off in wall Street killing 38 people, to this day no one knows who set off the explosion.
21st– US involvement in World War One only lasted nine months.
22nd– To help save metal for the war effort during World War Two, the Oscars were made of wood.
23rd– Famous weatherman Willard Scott did three commercials in 1963 as “Ronald McDonald, the Hamburger-Happy Clown” pretty much codifying the McDonald’s mascot.
24th Kevlar was invented by female chemist, Stephanie Kwolek in 1965.
25th – The Bledowska Desert in Poland is the only true desert in Europe.
26Th – India has a Bill of Rights for cows.
27th– Frank Baum named “Oz” after a file cabinet in his office. One cabinet was labeled “A to N,” and the second was labeled “O to Z.
28th– Hessy Levinsons Taft, whose photograph was used in Nazi propaganda as the perfect Aryan child, was actually Jewish.
29th– When he appeared on Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me!, Bill Clinton correctly answered three questions about My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic.
30th– Because the speed of Earth’s rotation changes over time, a day in the age of dinosaurs was just 23 hours long.