Although "Johnny B. Goode" is meant to be autobiographical, Chuck Berry wasn't actually from a log cabin "deep down Louisiana close to New Orleans way back up in the woods among the evergreens." He was in fact from a middle class St. Louis home on Goode Street, which may be where Johnny B. Goode got his name. Berry also changed the original ...Read more
According to lead Munchkin Jerry Maren, the "little people" on the set of The Wizard of Oz (1939) were paid $50 per week for a 6-day work week, while Toto received $125 per week. During filming, Toto was stepped on by one of the witch's guards, and had a double for two weeks. A second double was obtained, because it resembled Toto more closely.
The burrowing boodie of Australia is the only kangaroo in the world that lives underground.
Major-league baseball clubs didn't start putting numbers on uniforms until the 1930s. As a result, Ty Cobb, who broke many batting and base-stealing records while playing with the Detroit Tigers (1905-1926), didn't have his uniform number retired. This was, simply, because Cobb never was issued a number.
Since we brought up Han Solo, one of George Lucas's annoying quirks is using special effects to literally change his movies after they come out. The most notorious example was the 1997 rerelease of the first "Star Wars" movie, in which Han shoots Greedo in the cantina. In the new version, Greedo is seen shooting at Han first. Obsessives still ...Read more
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While 7 men in 100 have some form of colorblindness, only 1 woman in 1,000 suffers from it. The most common form of color blindness is a red-green deficiency.
A "duffer" is Australian slang for a cattle thief.
Catnip can affect lions and tigers as well as house cats. It excites them because it contains a chemical that resembles an excretion of the dominant female's urine.
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The mouth produces a quart of saliva a day.
A Scottish term for someone who is sullen or bad-tempered is "dorty."
Mount Everest is the world's tallest mountain. That much is for sure. But the exact height is tough to say. Mountains are hard to measure because they are covered in ice and are so big they have their own gravity. When Radhanath Sikdar first surveyed it in 1852, he came up with exactly 29,000 feet, so he added two more feet so that it wouldn't ...Read more
Le Tour de France (Tour of France), often referred to as La Grande Boucle, Le Tour or The Tour, is the most famous and prestigious road bicycle race in the world. With the exception of interruptions for World War I and World War II, it has been held annually since 1903. It is a long-distance stage race competition for professional cycling teams,...Read more
There are two related concepts worth mentioning: A space fountain would use pellets fired up from the ground by a mass driver, the pellets traveling through the center of a tower. These pellets would impart their kinetic energy to the tower structure via electromagnetic drag as they traveled up and again as their direction was reversed by a ...Read more
Baseball's last legal spitball was thrown by Hall of Famer Burleigh Grimes for the New York Yankees in 1934. Although the pitch had been outlawed 14 years earlier, those already throwing it were permitted to continue.
Hit tunes of the Baby Boomer era are being used (or overused) as advertising jingles. The tip of the pop-hit ice berg include Carly Simon's "Anticipation" for Heinz ketchup, Frank Sinatra's "My Way" for Kids' Cuisine, The Village People's "Macho Man" for Old El Paso, The Four Seasons' "Big Girls Don't Cry" for Johnson & Johnson hair detangler, ...Read more
If you're a Belgian named John Joseph Merlin, you have to be a bit of an oddball. And indeed he was. He invented roller skates, which he revealed to the world by skating into a masquerade ball while playing a violin. He ended up crashing into an expensive mirror. He also opened Merlin's Mechanical Museum in the 1700s, where he displayed his ...Read more
About 93 percent of households in Denmark consume wine, the highest consumption of all countries. French homes follow with about 85 percent.
Prior to the invention of lawn mowers, lawns were cut with scythes, but this operation was ineffective unless the lawn was wet. The sale of lawn mowers got a great boost when lawn tennis came into vogue in England in 1870.
The Sun is colossal. It contains 99.8 percent of the total mass of the solar system. More than one million Earths would be required to match its volume.
Han Solo once boasted that the Millennium Falcon "made the Kessel run in less than 12 parsecs." That's a bit odd, because a parsec is a unit of distance, not time. It is the distance where one astronomical unit subtends an angle of one arcsecond, whatever that means. In A.C. Crispin's Han Solo books, he wrote that Han was talking about hugging a...Read more