Did You Know…..Three Point Oh!

Did You Know…..Three Point Oh!

Ten random fun facts that may help at your next trivia contest.


1. The first written
record we have of a mother and baby surviving a cesarean section comes from Switzerland in 1500. Jacob Nufer performed the operation on his wife. After several days in labor and help from thirteen
midwives, the woman was unable to deliver her baby. Her desperate husband eventually gained permission from the
local authorities to attempt a cesarean. The mother lived and subsequently gave birth normally to five children,
including twins. The cesarean baby lived to be 77 years old.
2. There are three members in the group Salt n Pepa . The group, consisting of Cheryl James (“Salt”), Sandra Denton (“Pepa”), and Deidra Roper (“DJ Spinderella”), was formed in 1985 and was one of the first all-female rap groups.
Before auditioning Roper, Salt-n-Pepa had offered the spot to then-unknown radio and TV personality Wendy Williams. Roper was selected as the group’s DJ, taking the name Spinderella, around the time the group’s first album was being released. Since she was sixteen at the time of joining, Ropers’ parents had to give permission for Roper to travel around the country.
3. Mary Anderson patented windshield wiper. The patent office awarded U.S. Patent No. 743,801 to a Birmingham, Alabama woman named Mary Anderson for her “window cleaning device for electric cars and other vehicles to remove snow, ice or sleet from the window.”
4. Uromancy is a practice of divination. Back in the ages of the Roman Empire, after voiding into a chamber pot, the characteristics of a person’s urine were examined and read for their omens, future predictions such as the sex of an unborn child, and even used to determine if someone was a practitioner of witchcraft. This practice of divination is called Uromancy and some obscure cultures still practice it today.


5. Baseball evolved from the British game of rounders. It is a cousin to cricket in that it also involves two teams that alternate on defense and offense and involves throwing a ball to a batsman who attempts to “bat” it away and run safely to a base. However, baseball-style gloves are not allowed. The main differences between baseball and rounders are that the bat is much shorter and is usually swung one-handed; misses or strikes are not called, so there are no walks or strike-outs; each batter receives only one good ball and must run whether he or she hits it or not. Other differences include the posts for marking the bases, which should be wooden. The playing field is marked in the form of an open irregular pentagon measuring 39 1/2 ft on three sides and 28 ft on the other two.
6. The first professional baseball team was formed in 1869 (the Cincinnati Red Stockings), and it gained in popularity to become United States’ “national pastime” in the late 1800s.
7. We have had a woman president. (kind of) After Woodrow Wilson’s stroke, his wife, Edith Bollin, was called the first woman president. Many believe she took over much of his decision making. Her nickname was Mrs. President.
8. The Harlem Globetrotters played their first game in 1927. On January 7, 1927, the Harlem Globetrotters basketball team traveled 48 miles west from Chicago to play their first game in Hinckley, Illinois. This was at a time when only whites were allowed to play on professional basketball teams.
9. Adults can get umbilical hernias. An umbilical hernia is when the belly button pops outward due to a weakness in the muscles in or around the belly button.
10. There is an Indian tribe that would pull out all of a girl’s hair. In the Ticuna Indian tribe, after the girl is given a drink that makes her slightly drunk or numb the father pulls all of the hair out of her head one strand at a time. It is said that if she can bear this, she can stand the pain of childbirth. When a girl first starts to become a teenager, she is put into a cabin of isolation for up to three years. During this time, she can only be visited by her mother or other women. When she is released, a big ceremony occurs to celebrate.



Did You Know…Two Point Oh!

Did You Know…..Two Point Oh!
Ten random fun facts that may help at your next trivia contest.

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1. Christmas Island is located in the Indian Ocean.


2. Fort Lauderdale is known as The Yachting Capital of the World.
With 300+ miles of inland waterways and 50,000 registered yachts, Fort Lauderdale is often dubbed “The Yachting Capital of the World.” With 23 miles of sandy beaches, Fort Lauderdale draws in millions of dollars of revenue each year from the yachting industry. Another nickname for Fort Lauderdale is, “The Venice of the Americas,” because of the many residential criss-crossing, canal-like water ways

3. Apple Records is a record label founded by the Beatles in 1968.
4. Buttons for a women’s blouse are on the right, while buttons for a man’s shirt are on the left. This is a holdover from when women were typically dressed by a servant, and buttons on the right make it easier for a right handed person to handle them.
5. About 10 percent of a cat’s bones are found in its tail. The cat’s tail has 19 to 23 vertebrae, about 10 percent of the total number of bones in her body. A cat’s skeleton is made up of 250 bones. The tail of cats and dogs are like fingers, bone with joints all the way to the tip. The tail is used to maintain balance. Felines use their tails to show a wide range of emotions.
6. The Earth travels at more than 65,000 mph. Orbited by its companion, the Moon, the Earth travels at more than 65,000 mph (105,000 kph), covering millions of miles each year as it journeys through space The earth moves round the sun in an oval track, that has an average radius of 93 million miles, at a speed of 18½ miles a second A planet’s revolution is its motion around the sun in a path called an orbit. The shape of the earth’s orbit is a closed curve called an ellipse. The force of gravitation between the sun and a planet is always pulling the planet toward the sun. The planet does not fall into the sun because of the centrifugal effect of its orbital motion. It is kept steady in its orbit, like any other planet or satellite, by two balancing forces, the gravitational pull of the sun, and the centrifugal force due to its own speed.
7. Willie Nelson is a fifth-degree black belt. Willie Nelson received his fifth-degree black belt in Gong Kwon Yu Sul just in time for his 81st birthday. The country legend Willie Nelson received this belt in April, 2014.
8. Ruth Wakefield invented chocolate chip cookies in 1937 at the Toll House inn. She and her husband Kenneth ran the inn near Whitman, Massachusetts. It was like a bed and breakfast where she made food for her guests. One evening in 1937 she got the idea to make a chocolate butter cookie so she broke up one of the bars of semi-sweet chocolate that Andrew Nestle gave her. She thought that it would mix together with the dough & make all chocolate cookies. Needless to say, it didn’t. However the cookies came out decent so she served them. They of course were so good they had to be done again. She published the recipe in several newspapers and the recipe became very popular. This gem of Ruth’s she called the Chocolate Crunch Cookie and she made a deal with Nestle that they could put the recipe on their chocolate bar if they supplied her with free chocolate for her cookies at the Inn. Nestle tried to make it easy for people to make these cookies. They even included a small chopper in the package. Finally, in 1939, the Chocolate Morsels that we know today were introduced. The Chocolate chip cookie is the most popular kind of cookie in America. Seven billion chocolate chip cookies are eaten annually. The Toll House produces thirty-three thousand cookies each day. Some Vendors only sell chocolate chip cookies. Half of the cookies baked in American homes are chocolate chip.
9. The B flat tuba is 18 feet long. The main tube of a B♭ tuba is approximately 18 feet long The B flat tuba is the Big Daddy of the brass section. The tubing, if laid out flat, would equal about 18 feet in length.
10. The L.A. Lakers were originally the Minneapolis Lakers. The Lakers were based in Minneapolis from 1947 to 1960. Minnesota is the state with 10,000 lakes.


Did You Know…………..?

Did you know….
Ten random fun facts that may help at your next trivia contest.
1. The letter A was inspired by the ox. The letter A is derived from the Phoenician letter Aleph. Aleph can be traced back to the Middle Bronze Age found in parts of Egypt and Canaan from around 1850 BC. The character comes from an ancient Egyptian hieroglyph or pictogram depicting an ox’s head.


2. Humpty Dumpty was not an egg. During the English Civil War Humpty Dumpty referred to a cannon used by the army of Charles I in 1648. There are two preceding verses, now mostly forgotten, that name the expert gunner, One-Eyed Thompson, and the cannon, Humpty Dumpty. It was mounted on a church tower the church tower was knocked down and the cannon tumbled into the marsh below, never to be found.

In Sixteen Hundred and Forty-Eight
When England suffered the pains of state
The Roundheads lay siege to Colchester town
Where the King’s men still fought for the crown

There One-Eyed Thompson stood on the wall
A gunner of deadliest aim of all
From St. Mary’s Tower his cannon he fired
Humpty-Dumpty was its name…

3. The ampersand was once part of the alphabet. Johnson & Johnson, Barnes & Noble, Dolce & Gabbana: the ampersand today is used primarily in business names, but that small character was once the 27th part of the alphabet. The origin of its name is almost as strange as the name itself.
In the first century, Roman scribes wrote in cursive, so when they wrote the Latin word et which means “and” they linked the e and t. Over time the combined letters came to signify the word “and” in English as well. Certain versions of the ampersand, like that in the font Caslon, clearly reveal the origin of the shape.



The word “ampersand” came many years later when “&” was actually part of the English alphabet. In the early 1800s, school children reciting their ABCs concluded the alphabet with the &. It would have been confusing to say “X, Y, Z, and.” Rather, the students said, “and per se and.” “Per se” means “by itself,” so the students were essentially saying, “X, Y, Z, and by itself and.” Over time, “and per se and” was slurred together into the word we use today: ampersand.
4. The most frequently used letters in the English alphabet are E, T, A, O and N.


5. Betsy Ross was married three times. “Betsy Ross” (January 1, 1752 – January 30, 1836), born “Elizabeth Phoebe Griscom” and was also later known by her second and third married names: “Elizabeth Ashburn” and “Elizabeth Claypoole”.


6. The original color of Oscar the Grouch was orange.


7. Dr. Pepper was the first brand name pop/soda invented.
• 1885 Charles Aderton invented “Dr Pepper” in Waco, Texas.
• 1886 Dr. John S. Pemberton invented “Coca-Cola” in Atlanta, Georgia.


8. Elizabeth Blackwell (The first woman in America to receive a medical degree) had a glass eye. Her eye was infected from a boy that she was treating for his eye infection. She was also against abortion.


9. McDonald’s original fountain drink was 7 oz.


10. Isaiah is the longest book of the Bible written by a single person. There are 66 chapters. Isaiah was a prophet (Someone who brings a message from God to people.) and he referred to his wife as “Prophetess”. His ministry lasted about 40 years from 740 B.C. to 701 B.C.



My two youngest daughters went to an apple orchard today. When I lived in Michigan we always referred to these places as cider mills. That is just one of the many differences I have found between southeast Michigan and central Illinois. A fall activity that I was not aware of until I moved to Illinois (22 years ago) is that of the corn maze. They do have these in Michigan and all over the country. Many of them claim to be the largest in the world. Unlike crop circles, I found out exactly how corn mazes are made. According to richardsonadventurefarms.com:
The cornfield is planted in early May both north-south and east-west to form a dense stand. The original drawing is scanned into a computer. When the corn is 10 inches tall, the trails are tilled guided by a Global Positioning System. In July, most of the trails are tilled again to clean them up. Three tractors with rototillers are used to “cut” the trails into the cornfield.
Richardson Adventure Farms is located in Spring Grove, Illinois. This year’s maze is a tribute to The Beatles.bmaze

At All Seasons Orchard in Woodstock, IL they have a Peanuts maze for 2014.


On drivethenation.com an Australian themed corn maze in Dundee, Michigan is featured for 2014.


These mazes are generally family friendly during the day and a bit spookier at night. (Don’t forget your flashlight.) Find a corn maze in your neck of the woods (or fields) for some fall fun.

Here I go Again

From: Popculturemadness.com

Paul Simon (Grammy for Album of the Year)

Love Will Keep Us Together – Captain and Tennille (Grammy for Record of the Year)

New Artists in the Pop Charts Included:
Boston, Kansas, Bay City Rollers, Nazareth, Eddie Rabbitt, Ted Nugent, Heart, John Travolta, George Benson, Peter Frampton and Thin Lizzie.

There were two surprises I found out about music in 1976. Terry Bradshaw had a song out: “I’m so Lonesome I Could Cry.” (A remake, of course) And, The Heyettes had a song called “The Fonz Song.”
1976-Our country’s bicentennial! I remember decorating my purple flower basket, banana seat Schwinn bicycle with red, white and blue streamers for a parade.
My favorite song from this year is Abba’s “Dancing Queen.”


My first memory of the song comes from a record that I had. It was called Minipops. It came out in 1982, so I was twelve. It was a lot of great pop songs sung by kids. There was an Abba medley which included “Dancing Queen.” I learned a lot of songs from this album. My next-door neighbor (who was like my sister) and I learned all the songs by memory. We each had our part. One was the lead singer, and one was the backup singer. Being three years older, I think I generally took on the lead singer roll. However, Rhonda and I were quite competitive when it came to singing.


I found a website called Minipopkids.com. There were many versions that followed this original one. And, they are still available to buy.
My next major memory of this song comes from 2011. It was March 12 (my youngest daughter’s 7th birthday). We went to see the musical Mamma Mia! It was in Springfield, IL and we went with my BFF, Jane. Jane had seen this musical at least two times before and had drug me to see the film version that came out in 2008. I can’t remember how Joely got interested in this movie, but I know it was on her Christmas list one year, and she got it from her grandma. There is no way to count how many times she has viewed the movie. But, she has all the songs and dialogue memorized.


Party On!


1975: Alice Cooper falls off the stage during a concert in Vancouver, breaking six ribs.
Cher and Gregg Allman are married in a Las Vegas hotel suite.
John Lennon and Yoko Ono become parents of Sean Ono Lennon
Others born that year: Will.i.am, Fergie, Enrique Iglesias
Great bands include: Aerosmith and Wings
Great songs include: “That’s the Way I Like it”, “Slow Ride”, “Do You Know Where You’re Going
And, my favorite song for the year: Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” goes to number one, where it remains for 5 weeks of 1975 and 4 weeks of 1976.


Ironically, the song that knocked this off the #1 chart position in the UK was “Mama Mia” by Abba. The words “Mama mia” are repeated in this in the line “Oh mama mia, mama mia, mama mia let me go.”
According to songfacts.com: You can make the case that the song title is actually a parody, and a clever one at that. There is a rhapsody by the composer Franz Liszt called “Hungarian Rhapsody,” and “Bohemia” is a kingdom that is near Hungary and was part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Furthermore, “Bohemian” is an adjective for something unusual or against convention, and the song is just that.
Of course everyone remembers the “Bohemian Rhapsody” scene from Wayne’s World (1992): Inside the Mirth Mobile (Wayne and Garth’s 1976 sky-blue pacer) Wayne and Garth along with friends Alan, intoxicated Phil(“If you’re gonna spew, spew into this.”), and Terry (“I love you, man.”) cruise the streets of Chicago. Wayne pops in the cassette. They lip sync and head bang to the song.


That same year (1992) was my first year of teaching. I was doing a home visit and from one of the houses I heard “Bohemian Rhapsody” being played perfectly on the piano. It was my 11 year old student, Cassie. She was awesome. I always wanted to get a cassette tape of her playing that.
I have been teaching my youngest daughter about classic rock. In the summer of 2011 we were boating on the Lake of the Ozarks. It was starting to get dark and we were on our way back to our resort. We started to see lightning. Joely is not a fan of storms. My way to calm her was singing: “Thunderbolt and lightning very, very frightening.” She now sings along every time it’s on the radio.


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Swing your Hips

I must say 1970 and 1971 are still my favorite years for music up to this point.
But, 1974 had some good artists: John Lennon, Neil Diamond, Kool and the Gang, and Stevie Wonder. There were some great songs: “Seasons in the Sun”, “Billy don’t be a Hero”, “Taking Care of Business” (a karaoke favorite of mine), and “Rock the Boat”.
My favorite song for 1974 is actually a cover version. The song is “Loco-motion”. The song is notable for appearing in the American Top 5 three times – each time in a different decade, performed by artists from three different cultures: originally African American pop singer Little Eva in 1962 (U.S. No. 1); then White American band Grand Funk Railroad in 1974 (U.S. No. 1); and Australian singer Kylie Minogue in 1988 (U.S. No. 3). This was Grand Funk’s biggest hit. Their other #1 was “We’re An American Band.” (MetroLyrics)


Of course, the song is about a dance, and Grand Funk gives it a great party sound.
My favorite line is “My little baby sister can do it with ease
It’s easier to learn than your A B C’s”. In 1974 I was four years old. My siblings were ten, twelve and thirteen.
I remember this song playing a lot at the roller rink. I think every place had a local roller rink where we spent part of our childhood. Ours was called the Rollerdrome. Our school would have monthly skate nights. I also spent some weekend night there tagging along with my older sister. (I would be willing to bet that she still remembers her rental skate number.) When “The Loco-motion” would play, we would make a train, holding onto the waist of the person in front of us.


Another memory of this song came from my next-door neighbor’s house. My neighbor’s rented their house out for a year. This was in 1979. The family that rented had a teenage son and couple of girls in their late teens/early twenties. I remember having a crush on the boy. I thought the girls were cool because they were part of a band. They would practice in the basement or the backyard. This was one of the songs they sang. They allowed my friends and me to be their groupies.
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