MONDAY – 10/8/12
-In the 1912 election, the incumbent Republican president, William Howard Taft did no campaigning and only got 8 electoral votes.
Ray Bradbury’s book Fahrenheit 451 was first published a as short story called “the Fireman”.
Ray Bradbury never operated a computer or a car.
A gingko biloba tree loses all of its leaves in one day.
Ray Kroc became the early owner of his chain of hamburger restaurants by buying out the McDonald Brothers for $2.7 million in 1961.
The WWII Flying Fortress known as the “Memphis Belle” was nicknamed after the girlfriend of its Captain, Robert K. Morgan.
The phrase “The Thin Red Line” has its origins in a battle between the undermanned British Artillery forces against the entrenched Russian cavalry
TUESDAY – 10/9/12
The Great London Fire was started at the house of the King’s baker, in 1666.
In 2008, “South Pacific” achieved the most Tony’s ever won for a revival.
Amanda Plummer is the only Tony winner with parents (Christopher Plummer, Tammy Grimes) who’ve also won Tony’s.
Insects breath via the spiracles on the side of their abdomen.
Apple stores, first launched in 2001, take in more money per square foot than any other store, doubling Tiffany’s.
WEDNESDAY – 10/10/12
-The daytime temp on mercury can reach 800 degrees with the nightmare temps cooling off to -275.
-In 1913 Death Valley had at least 5 straight days of temperatures of 129 degrees.
-The last known case of smallpox was in Somalia in 1977.
-The 1st 3-color traffic light was placed at Woodward & Michigan in Detroit.
-The World’s largest truck stop has 300 showers
-One of today’s categories was Pop Culture Before and After. Basically you have to come up with two answers that flow into each other. The clue was” A TV show with Fred MacMurray caring for 3 boys Chip, Ernie, and Robbie and a biker show (not the exact wording). Answer: My Three Sons of Anarchy
THURSDAY – 10/11/12
The Orange Bowl first began in 1935
John Gray, author of “Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus” receiv3d his PhD via a correspondence course.
An eddy can last a whole year
A statue of “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” author, Ken Kesey, is his college town of Eugene, Oregon
FRIDAY – 10/12/12
The English horn is actually a low-pitched oboe, and has no connection whatsoever to England.
Warren Buffet feels if you know an industry well, then put your money into it instead of diversifying.
A lactometer measures the amount of gravity in milk.
Neanderthals were the first humans to actually bury their dead and place flowers on the graves
One of Woody Allen’s first Oscar nominations was for acting. However, none of his other 22 were.