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.

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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

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3. Apple Records is a record label founded by the Beatles in 1968.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.

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Top 15 Vacation/Travel/Trip Movies

Top 15 Vacation/Travel/Trip Movies

15.

Blue Lagoon

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14.

The Wizard of Oz

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13.

. Home Alone

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http://www.alltopmovies.net

12.

Forgetting Sarah Marshall

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http://www.listal.com

11.Due Date

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10.. Identity thief

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9.

Castaway

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8.

We’re the Millers

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http://www.filmblerg.com

7.

What About Bob?

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http://www.allmovie.com

6.

. Up

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5.

The Hangover
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http://www.hbo.com

4.

Thelma and Louise

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3.

 National Lampoon’s Vacation

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2.

 Bridesmaids
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1.

 Planes, Trains, and Automobiles

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You’re the One that I Want

1978 Musical Highlights
As Saturday Night Fever becomes a cultural phenomenon, the soundtrack hits #1 on the Billboard Charts.
By request, Ted Nugent autographs his name into a fan’s arm with a bowie knife in Philadelphia.
Steve Martin performs the original “King Tut” on Saturday Night Live; also that night, The Blues Brothers make their first appearance on the show.
The film adaptation of the musical Grease opens in theaters and is a box office hit.
Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, a much-hyped musical film starring Peter Frampton and the Bee Gees performing the music of The Beatles, opens in theaters
Def Leppard’s permanent drummer Rick Allen joins the band at the age of 15.
Kenny Rogers continues his highly successful solo career with the single (and album) “The Gambler” and will go on to star in no less than 5 movies based around the song.
My favorite song from 1978 comes from the movie, Grease.
”Summer Nights” is the name of the song. I distinctly remember going to see the movie with my mom. It was at Fairlane Mall in Dearborn, MI. I remember walking to our car in the parking lot, and telling my mom that I wanted to be Sandy when I grew up. She asked if I meant the Sandy at the beginning of the movie or at the end of the movie. I said both!

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Some little known facts that I found out about the movie(huffingtonpost.com):
-Before John Travolta landed the role of Danny Zuko, Henry Winkler was being considered for the part.
-Most of the cast were well beyond their high school years. Olivia Newton-John was 29. John Travolta was 23, Jeff Conaway (Kenickie) was 26, and Stockard Channing (Rizzo) was the oldest in the group at 33. The youngest members of the cast were Eddie Deezen (Eugene) and Dinah Manoff (Marty), who were both 19.

-The hickeys that are seen on Rizzo’s neck during a scene at the diner were real! According to Channing they were planted on her off-camera by her love interest in the film, Jeff Conaway.

-Filming of the scene where the rivals assemble at the bridge for the car race made several cast members and extras ill. The water on the ground was apparently stagnant and filled with trash.

-Olivia Newton-John had to be sewn into those skin-tight pants for the carnival finale after her zipper broke.

-Originally, there was talk of Lucy Arnaz playing the part of Rizzo.

-The scene at Frenchy’s house was taped the day that Elvis died. Rizzo sings a line about Elvis in the song.

-Jeff Conaway stated in an episode of Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew (2008) that while filming the scene/song “Greased Lightning” he was dropped by his fellow cast members and injured his back leading to his addiction to prescription painkillers.

-Jeff Conaway (6′ 1½”) had to walk slightly stooped so that John Travolta (6′ 2″) would appear taller.

-Susan Dey was considered for the roll of Sandy.

A-MAZE-ING

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.

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

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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.