Some of the more picturesque team names in all of sport can be found among Japan's professional basketball franchises: the Toshiba Brave Thunders, Mitsubishi Diamond Dolphins and Hitachi Sunrockers for example. Most creative might be the Toyota Alvark Tokyo, whose name (sources at Toyota confirm) derives from the Arabic word for lightning.
Actor Paul Newman was disqualified from the Navy's pilot training program during World War II because he was color blind.
Abraham Lincoln offered this timeless, usually unheeded, piece of advice to lawyers: "Discourage litigation. Persuade your neighbor to compromise whenever you can. As a peacemaker, the lawyer has a superior opportunity of being a good man. There will still be business enough."
The first gold record ever awarded was presented to Glenn Miller and his Orchestra on Feb. 10, 1942, for 1.2 million sales of the single "Chattanooga Choo Choo." The song features in the 1941 movie "Sun Valley Serenade," which was set in Idaho and was basically a vehicle for Norwegian ice-skating star Sonja Henie. The real scene-stealers, though...Read more
The first envelopes with gummed flaps were produced in 1844. In Britain, they were not immediately popular because it was thought to be a serious insult to send a person's saliva to someone else.
To clean tarnished copper bottoms of pots and pans, spread a little ketchup onto the bottom. Let it sit for about one minute. Wipe it clean and rinse.
When British film companies buy a product called "Kensington Gore," they are purchasing artificial blood, used for special effects.
On January 22, 1976, a guerrilla force blasted into the vaults of the British Bank of the Middle East in Bab Idriss, cleaning out the contents of the safe deposit. The boxes of cash and other valuables were estimated by former finance minister Lucien Dahdah at $50 million. It was the single most lucrative bank robbery in history, occurring ...Read more
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Remember that time Johnny Depp telephoned and you hung up on him? Don't laugh. It could have happened. Before Johnny Depp became an actor, he was a struggling musician living in Los Angeles. When the music thing wasn't panning out, he took a job as a telemarketer selling pens. Other not-yet-famous people who worked as telemarketers -- and might ...Read more
The name of the U.S.S. Enterprise in the original draft for the Star Trek TV series was the U.S.S. Yorktowne.
During his entire 47 years in government, Herbert Hoover turned over each of his Federal salary checks to charity. He had become independently wealthy before entering politics.
The female American Oyster lays an average of 500 million eggs per year. Usually only one oyster out of the bunch reaches maturity.
The largest known volcanic eruption occurred in Yellowstone Park when some 10,000 cubic kilometers of ejecta were spewed into the atmosphere. By comparison, Mount St. Helens coughed up about one cubic kilometer of debris.
Francois' langurs are primates found in parts of Vietnam, Laos and China. As adults, they're jet black with distinctive white facial markings that look like sideburns, but the babies are born with bright orange fur that makes them easy to spot in a crowd. Francois' langurs live in groups of three or more, with all the females sharing child-...Read more
President Franklin Pierce was arrested while in office for running over an old woman with his horse, but his case was dropped due to insufficient evidence in 1853.
In Asia, the vine is respected and enjoyed. Ground kudzu root is used in food and medicines. And the vine is pretty, producing sweet-smelling blossoms of several colors. The problem: the vine grows MUCH more readily in the American South than it does in Asia. The climate is perfect for it and the insect predators that keep it in check in Asia ...Read more
The bandaging of a mummy often took from 6 to 8 months. It required a collection of special tools, including a long metal hook that was used to draw the dead person's brains out through his nose.
The English language has absorbed several words from his fiction, including "grok," meaning "to understand something so thoroughly that it becomes part of the observer." During his lifetime, beginning with his very first works in 1939, he was also a major influence on many other writers, who tried to emulate, with varying degrees of success, the...Read more
Mozart once composed a piano piece that required a player to use two hands and a nose in order to hit all the correct notes.
Off the coast of southern California, around 200 bison still roam in Catalina Island's hinterlands, descendants of a few brought there in the 1920s for a movie and left there.