In 2004, the World Footballgolf Association was founded to establish official rules and govern international play in the sport of footballgolf. (That's "football" in the European vernacular.) Played on an 18-hole course, a round begins when competitors tee off by kicking the ball from a designated area toward a hole. They keep kicking until they...Read more
The costume of Sesame Street's Big Bird is made of turkey feathers -- dyed yellow, of course.
In 1889, the first coin-operated telephone, patented by Hartford, Connecticut inventor William Gray, was installed in the Hartford Bank. Soon, "pay phones" were installed in stores, hotels, saloons, and restaurants, and their use soared. Local calls using a coin-operated phone in the U.S. cost only 5 cents everywhere until 1951.
By the late 40's M&M candies were extremely popular with the general public. By 1948, the cardboard tube gave way to the familiar brown bag they come in today. With the advent of television in the 50's, M&M's became a household name and by 1954, the infamous yellow-bagged, beefier Peanut M&M's were introduced to rave reviews.
North Korea's most popular pop music group is the Moranbong Band, a 20-piece ensemble of attractive young women who sing and play instruments. Most of their easy-listening tunes are tributes to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, which makes sense since he was responsible for forming the group in 2012. Their repertoire of Western hits includes ...Read more
Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky was financed by a wealthy widow for thirteen years. She stipulated that they never meet and they didn't.
The brightest asteroid is called Vesta. It has a diameter of 335 miles and is the only asteroid visible to the unaided eye.
In 1978, a poll showed that one French television program broadcast on August 14 was watched by no viewers at all. The show was an in-depth interview with an Armenian woman on her fortieth birthday. It covered how she met her husband, her illnesses, and her joy of living. According to the TV survey, 67 percent of viewers had watched a Napoleonic...Read more
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More people are killed by donkeys annually than are killed in plane crashes.
To create the effect of a swarm of locusts in Terrence Malick's 1978 film "Days of Heaven," cinematographers had helicopters fly overhead dropping peanut shells and sycamore seed pods to resemble insects in flight. They filmed the scene in reverse so the "locusts" appeared to rise from the wheat fields instead of falling from the sky. Richard ...Read more
Formally called Kiritimati, Christmas Island in the Indian Ocean is 52 square miles.
Thirty-two percent of computer data loss cases are due to human error.
Without any greenhouse effect, Earth would be cold and lifeless with an average temperature of 0.4 degrees Fahrenheit.
Feeling like you've been touched by the rosy-fingered dawn recently? That's because the Pantone Color Institute named Rose Quartz and Serenity the colors of the year for 2016. Together their gentle blush and sky blue tones look like the sky at sunrise. Pantone was founded in 1963 to standardize color formulations for the printing industry. Today...Read more
In Muddy, Illinois, the post office measures only 7½ by 10½ feet, about the size of a garden shed. If it wasn't for a sign hanging above the door stating, "U.S. Post Office, Muddy, IL., 62965," finding the tiny, wooden building could be difficult. It is believed to be one of the smallest post offices in the United States.
Portuguese wine bottled in 1811 is called "comet wine." Its excellent quality is believed to be due to the Great Comet of that year. The term "comet wine" is often used for any wine made in the year of an important comet.
The penguin is the only bird that can swim, but not fly. It is also the only bird that walks upright.
Abe Silverstein, who headed NASA's Space Flight Development Program, proposed the name Apollo for the space exploration programs in the 1960s. He chose that legendary Greek name because the virile Apollo was a god who rode through the skies in a magnificent golden chariot. The precedent of naming manned spacecraft for mythological gods had been ...Read more
Sharks, Komodo dragon lizards and snakes have proven repeatedly that it doesn't necessarily take two to tango: females can give birth just fine without ever having contact with a male. The phenomenon is called parthenogenesis -- from the Greek for "virgin birth" -- and it occurs with animals both in captivity and in the wild. Strangest of all, ...Read more
U.S. Army doctor D.W. Bliss had the unique role of attending to two U.S. presidents after they were shot by assassins. In 1865, he was one of 16 doctors who tried to save Abraham Lincoln; in 1881, Bliss supervised the care of James Garfield.