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kneecaps, inauguration photo, Twinkies

by Florence Shea

                                


Although white wine can be produced from both red and white grapes, red wine can only be created from red grapes.

One-third pound stalk of broccoli contains more vitamin C than 204 apples.

Police in the Philippines in 1995 were reported to be seeking a gang who specialized in stealing kneecaps from graves. The thieves were believed to
be members of a sect who believed that spiritual energy could be gained by
grinding up kneecaps and scattering them around a house. The spiritual power
of the dead was believed to be concentrated in the knees because people kneel
to pray.

Mystery writers Gordon Ashe, Michael Halliday, J. J. Marric, and Kyle Hunt are 4 of the 26 pseudonyms used by John Creasey for his 600 plus books.

In 1920 Warren G. Harding was the first president elected when women nationwide had the right to vote.

Roundhay Garden Scene is an 1888 short silent film recorded by French
inventor Louis Le Prince. Shot at Oakwood Grange in Roundhay, Leeds in
the north of England, it is believed to be the oldest surviving film in
existence, as noted by the Guinness Book of Records.

February 28, 1844 – During a demonstration of naval fire power, one of the
guns aboard the USS Princeton exploded, killing several top U.S. government officials on the steamer ship, and narrowly missed killing President John Tyler.

Abraham Lincoln was the first president to sport a beard while serving in office.

Lincoln was the first president to be photographed at his inauguration. Standing close to Lincoln in the photo is his future assassin, John Wilkes Booth.

Baby zebras can begin running just one hour after they are born.

Like horses and other ungulates, zebras can turn their ears in almost any direction.

Baby porcupines are called porcupettes.

Contrary to popular myth, porcupines cannot shoot their quills.

Hostess Twinkies were invented in 1931 by James Dewar, manager of
Continental  Bakeries' Chicago factory. He envisioned the product as a
way of using the thousands of shortcake pans which were otherwise employed
only during strawberry season. Originally called Little Shortcake Fingers,
they were renamed Twinkie Fingers and finally “Twinkies.”



February  3, 2017



Sources: www.alltrivia,net;  encyclopedia of useless information by William Hartston;
www.triviafool.com; www.enwikipedia.org; www.historyplace.conm;
www,republicanpresidents.net; www,funfunnyfacts.com; www.corsinet.com; photo: www.geoff-
mackay.com


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