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