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April 1, 2007

Check out these amazing facts. Some are incredible and some are strange but all are true.

The game Othello was not named after the Shakespeare character but after the dog of the man who patented it.

As a favor to a drama school friend, Academy-Award winner Adrien Brody (best actor for “The Pianist”) made a cameo in a porn video spoof entitled “The Penis.”

The most successful comic strip of all time is “The Katzenjammer Kids” which, at its peak, it was published in all American newspapers that had funny pages.

78% of candy is consumed by adults over the age of 40.

The mouthwash Listerine contains minute traces of MDMA (methylenedioxymethaphetamine) which is the chemical used to make the rave drug Ecstasy.

Kim Jong-il owns stock in Starbuck’s but cannot profit from his stock ownership because of the U.N. freeze on North Korean financial assets.

The Disney Corporation does not provide dental insurance for its employees because Walt Disney believed that cavities were caused by sin and righteous people should not fear poor dental hygiene.

Inuit women are capable of orgasms that last three hours.

The YMCA was started as a gambling club by Mormons who wanted to conceal their vice.

Mad Magazine began as a right wing conservative periodical but changed over to a humor and satire magazine when its publisher lost a bid for the U.S. Senate in 1952.

64% of crayons are never used.

The myth of the Chupacabra (goat-sucker) first appeared in a short story by Ernest Hemingway.

Sugar is illegal in Luxembourg.

Basketball players at Marquette University are required to attend only two classes a semester and maintain a 1.5 GPA to stay on the squad.

Sloths are not actually slower than any other mammal. They get their name from the biologist who discovered them, Jacob B. Sloth.

The name of the famous painting of dogs playing poker is “His Master’s Vice.”  

The band Metallica often relaxes by playing Dungeons & Dragons.

Although surfing is generally agreed to have developed in Polynesia sometime between 1500 BC and 400 AD, the first surfing occurred in Egypt as early as 2540 BC during the reign of Khufu. Wooden boards cut from sycamore trees were used to travel the Nile during flooding season.  

Rapper M.C. Hammer took his stage name from his grandfather who was heir to the Arm & Hammer fortune. However when M.C. Hammer started his rap career, his grandfather disowned him.

Ben & Jerry, the Vermont ice cream makers, are both lactose intolerant and cannot eat ice cream.

The chemical symbol for sodium (Na) was actually created when a lab assistant incorrectly copied the n/a (not applicable) from another line onto the patent form.

Every time you surf the worldwide web, the U.S. Department of Commerce gets .0001 cents. This still nets them billions each year.

The word lobster means literally “Satan’s claw” in Old English.

The pituitary gland continues to function after death, sometimes for as much as a month.

Jim Morrison of the Doors was kicked out of the Boy Scouts after he started a wildfire and nearly destroyed a national park.

Although all mammals lactate, only six are capable of giving milk fit for human consumption: cow, goat, bison, elk, dog and beaver.

Lyme disease is not real. Although first diagnosed in 1991, it was later determined that all cases of Lyme were other diseases misdiagnosed, usually Lupus or MS.

Due to a dill shortage in the Civil War, cucumbers were sometimes pickled with arsenic.

Santa Claus is worshipped as a god on the Polynesian island of Rotuma.

The U.S. President with the most schools named after him is William Howard Taft, primarily due to his progressive education policies.

In its 134 year history, Campbell’s soups have been marketed as aphrodisiacs, health tonics, laxatives and hangover cures.

The Milton Bradley game Twister was originally a tantric sex game in India.  

No one has ever rolled the integer sequence 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 in order with a pair of dice; it is mathematically impossible.

Marlin Perkins, of Wild Kingdom fame, was deathly afraid of animals.  

Actress Bonnie Franklin (One Day At A Time) was born and raised in an Amish community.

The South American rhea is the only bird that does not lay eggs and instead bears live young.

The world’s smallest dog is the Dandie Dinmont Terrier which can fit into a person’s cupped hands.

The members of KISS first met when they were in college. Peter Criss, Ace Frehley and Paul Stanley were students in a life drawing class where Gene Simmons was a nude model.

In addition to 33s, 45s and 78s, albums have also been issed in the following sizes: 8, 23, 51 and 99.

In every episode of “Growing Pains,” somewhere there is a picture of a pyramid topped by a glowing eye, the alleged symbol of the Illuminati, presumably because actor Alan Thicke is rumored to be a Freemason.

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Musty TV

March 19, 2007

I was thumbing through my copy of The Complete Directory To Prime Time Network And Cable TV Shows the other night when I stumbled across an entry entitled What A Dummy.  If you don’t remember this syndicated gem, let me refresh your memory: A kid find his late uncle’s ventriloquist dummy, Buzz, a dummy who was no dummy, as Buzz could walk and talk.  Wacky hijinks ensued, of course, in the usual sitcom manner. 

Not that I recall this series myself.  Even with a memory refreshed and bestirred by the printed word, it sparks not so much as a glint of gray-mattered reminiscence.  And, true, as a buff of that vast wasteland of bubble gum for the mind that is TV, very little surprises me anymore.  Far sillier premises exist (My Mother, The Car, Bosom Buddies, 60 Minutes just to name a few) but what really startled me is that the show ran 24 episodes!  24 EPISODES!!!!  By today’s standards, that’s the equivalent of five years prime time network with a lucrative syndication deal to boot! 

Yet, as incredible as the thought that an idea this dumb made it past the pitching stage, through executives’ infinite tweakings, focus groups, and into a package the production company was willing to submit as their best effort, more remarkable still is the sight that befell me only one page over: 

Yakov Smirnoff’s network series What A Country! lasted two episodes longer. 

Bloody hell. 

Awwwww… KAWAÍI!

March 14, 2007

Kitties dancing!!!!!!!!!!