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... a handkerchief, an igloo, "Two Gun" Hart

by Florence Shea

        Run for your life! Thanksgiving is coming.    

The annual White House Easter Egg Roll was started by President Hayes in 1878.

The character on the first metal lunchbox in the United States in 1950 was Hopalong Cassidy.

The first chocolate candy bar created by Forest Mars in 1923 was the Milky Way.

November 1, 1950 – President Harry S. Truman was the target of an unsuccessful
assassination attempt by two members of a Puerto Rican nationalist movement.

In 1785, Marie Antoinette decreed that the length of a handkerchief should equal
its breadth. In fifteenth-century England, it was illegal for all but nobility to
carry a handkerchief. Queen Victoria had a mourning handkerchief with teardrop
motifs sewn on to it.

A kangaroo cannot jump if its tail is off the ground.

The moon is actually moving away from Earth at a rate of 1.5 inches a year.

Astronauts get taller when they are in space.

The lens of the eye continues to grow throughout a person’s life.

The walls of an igloo – made of entirely of natural material – stand up better to
modern artillery than a concrete barricade, according to tests conducted by the
Swedish army. Not only do its walls absorb an artillery blast, but they are almost
invisible from the air and can’t be spotted by the infrared sensors that guide
today’s missiles.

The giant squid is the largest creature without a backbone. It weighs up to 2.5
tons and grows up to 55 feet long. Each eye is a foot or more in diameter.

Elephants can communicate using sounds that are below the human hearing range: between 14 and 35 hertz.

Limelight is a type of stage lighting once used in theatres and music halls. Although it has
long since been replaced by electric lighting, the term has nonetheless survived, as someone in
the public eye is still said to be “in the limelight”. The actual lights are called limes,
a term which has been transferred to electrical equivalents.

In 1800 William Young invented different shoes for left and right feet.

Gangster Al Capone’s oldest brother Jim — who went by the name Richard “Two Gun” Hart – was
a lawman in Nebraska. He served as a town marshal and state sheriff.

Sources: www.triviaplaying.com; www.historyplace.com; Encyclopedia of useless information by William Hartston; www.funfunnyfacts.com; www.triviafool.com; www.corsinet.com; www.en.wikipedcia.org; www.triviacountry  

November 4, 2016

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