parental warning 

Levi Hutchins of Concord, New Hampshire, invented the first alarm clock in 1787. It only rang at 4 A.M. because that’s what time he got up.alarm clock

William Morgan, a student of basketball inventor James Naismith, invented a sport of his own: volleyball.volley Ball




The shallow Champagne glass originated from a mold taken from the bust of Marie Antoinettecheers

The Ice Cream cone was invented in the summer of 1904 by Charles Menches. It made its debut one year later at the St. Louis World Fair.worlds fair
Approximately 60% of the water used by households during the summer is used for watering flowers and lawns.watering

Astronaut Buzz Aldrin’s mother’s maiden name was “Moon.” Buzz was the second man to step onto the Moon in on moon





The term “mayday” used for signaling for help (after SOS) comes from the French “M’aidez” which is pronounced “MAYDAY” and means, “Help Me.”may day


The word “maverick” came into use after Samuel Maverick, a Texan, refused to brand his cattle. Eventually any unbranded calf became known as a brand


There was no punctuation until the 15th century.eats shots and leaves




For 47 days in 1961, the painting “Matisse’s Le Bateau (The Boat)” was hanging upside down in the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Apparently none of the over 116,000 visitors seem to have noticed.




Lead poisoning has been blamed for contributing to the fall of the Roman Empire. Women became infertile by drinking wine from vessels whose lead had dissolved in the wine, and the Roman upper classes died out within a couple centuries. The Romans used lead as a sweetening agent and as a cure for diarrhea. It added up to massive self-inflicted poisoning. wine barrels

Ketchup was sold in the 1830s as medicineketchup

  • American Airlines saved $40,000 in 1987 by eliminating one olive from each salad served in first class.olive salad




  • Charlie Chaplin once won third prize in a Chan look alike contestcharlie chaplin look alikes
  • The Guinness Book of Records holds the record for being the book most often stolen from public libraries.library theief



  • You burn more calories sleeping than you do watching television.TV watching
  • Venus is the only planet that rotates clockwise.mercury and venus stats
  • Apples are more efficient than caffeine in waking you up in the morningapples
  • 47.2% of all statistics are made up on the spot.math



  • Winston Churchill was born in a ladies’ room during a dance.churchhill
  • Elephants are the only land mammals that can’t jump.elephant
  • Your foot is nearly the same length as your forearm as measured from the inside of the elbow to the wristfoot size
  • Spiral staircases in medieval castles turn right as they ascend. This was so that (right-handed) knights defending the castle could more easily combat invading foes who were climbing the stairs.stair way


The day after October 4, 1582 was October 15, 1582.

    • 1582 calendar
    • The ammunition belts in WWII aircraft were 27 feet long, reminiscent of the expression “the whole nine yards”.
    • ammo belts
    • The term “dodger” (from the Brooklyn Dodgers, now known as the Los Angeles Dodgers) was a shortened form of “trolley dodgers,” which described Brooklynites for their ability to avoid being hit by trolley cars.trolley dodgers




  • continentsThe continents names all end with the same letter with which they start.



In ancient Greece, women counted their age from the date on which they were married, not from the date of their birth date a tradition many women appear to follow today.ancient greece


Before they hit it big in show business, Carol Burnett sold handbags in a shoe store, Ellen DeGeneres sold vacuum cleaners, David Hyde Pierce sold clothing, Jerry Seinfeld sold light bulbs, and Jerry Van Dyke sold Bibles. One of the icons of stand-up comedy, Rodney Dangerfield, sold aluminum siding to put food on the situation

jb signing off….06.29.2015 —12:47 p.m.

back to work




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