In 1882, Richard Higham of Troy, New York, former manager and National League baseball player, was banished from the league for advising gamblers how to bet on baseball games he umpired, thus earning the infamous distinction of being the only umpire ever judged guilty of dishonesty on the field.
The only items required to play the game are the rulebooks, a character sheet for each player, and a number of polyhedral dice (a set of standard D&D dice includes: d4, d6, d8, d12, d20, and two d10s for percentile: ones and tens), although there are many optional items which can be used to supplement or enhance the gaming experience, such as ...Read more
According to the rules of Gaelic football, players may punch the ball, but the punching motion must be clearly visible to the referee. Players may not pick up the ball off the ground unless they first get their toe under the ball.
A mature, well-established termite colony with as many as 60,000 members will eat only about one-fifth of an ounce of wood a day.
Results of a survey show that 76 percent of women make their bed every day, compared to 46 percent of men.
Madame Alexander dolls were the creation of Beatrice Alexander Behrman, the daughter of Russian immigrants. Mrs. Behrman, whose father operated New York's first doll "hospital," started making dolls in 1923. Her creations soon became famous for their molded heads and limbs, lifelike eyes, rooted hair, and elaborate costumes. Mrs. Behrman sold ...Read more
Constant research and development has always been key to the John Deere company, as Deere himself once said, "They haven't got to take what we make and somebody else will beat us, and we will lose our trade." To this day, the company spends more on research and development than most other companies in its industry.
Both Mona Lisa and La Gioconda became established as titles for the painting in the 19th century. Before these names became established, the painting had been referred to by various descriptive phrases, such as "a certain Florentine lady" and "a courtesan in a gauze veil."
The practice of naming hurricanes began early this century when an Australian weather forecaster decided to insult politicians he didn't like by naming devastating tropical storms after them.
Linux is a Unix-like computer operating system and is one of the most prominent examples of free software and open source development: typically all underlying source code can be freely modified, used, and redistributed by anyone. The name "Linux" comes from the Linux kernel, started in 1991 by Linus Torvalds. The system's utilities and ...Read more
Genuine ivory does not only come from elephants. It can come from the tusks of a boar or a walrus.
As a child, Beethoven made such a poor impression on his music teachers that he was pronounced hopeless as a composer. Even Haydn, who taught him harmony, did not recognize Beethoven's potential genius.
After being struck in the side, the list of the mortally wounded ship left half of Andrea Doria's lifeboats unusable, which might have resulted in significant loss of life, but improvements in communications and rapid responses by other ships averted a disaster similar in scale to the Titanic disaster of 1912. On the Andrea Doria 1660 people ...Read more
Since its first appearance in 1912, OREO Chocolate Sandwich Cookies have reigned supreme as being the number one selling cookie in America. The basic design of the cookie has not changed for more than 50 years. Today's version is a neat 1 3/4 inches across - that's one, two or three bites, depending on how big your bite is!
Scientists have found chocolate has a chemical that helps counteract depression.
Russians are buying skateboards from the U.S. – but not for recreational purposes. They see them as an answer to some of the country's transportation needs, because the boards are less expensive than bicycles and require little storage space. The first boards went to school instructors so they could train pupils how to ride them.
The first guest host of NBC's Saturday Night Live was comedian George Carlin on October 10, 1975.
Architect James Horan was awarded $500 and a parcel of land in Washington, D.C. for his 1792 winning design for the President's House, now known as the White House.
Traveling at a rate of 2 to 3 miles per hour, camels can carry 500 to 1,000 pounds on their backs. They are able to keep up this pace for 6 or 7 hours a day. Camels will refuse to carry loads that are not properly balanced.
The gloves of a boxing professional in the fly- to welter-weight categories weigh 6 ounces; light-middleweight and above, 8 ounces.