Thursday, June 10, 2010

An Odd Fact Or Two

An odd fact or two:
>The average life span of a Major League Baseball is 7 pitches.
>Author F. Scott Fitzgerald’s full name was Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald, named after a distant cousin who happened to write “The Star-Spangled Banner.”
>The first fielding gloves in baseball were flesh-colored, so that fans wouldn’t notice that the players were wearing them.
>Television lost about 20 percent of its advertising revenue immediately after tobacco ads were banned in 1971.
>Although estimates vary, humans blink their eyes around five million times each year.
Michigan’s coastline is the longest of the lower 48 states.
>The 1976 comedy ‘Silent Movie’ by Mel Brooks has exactly one WORD of dialog – “NO!” spoken by the famous mime Marcel Marceau!
>Jason Varitek & Ed Vosberg are the only people to play in the World Series, College World Series Championship Game, and Little League World Series.
>Kryptonite, Superman’s great weakness, was first introduced in the radio serials starring Bud Collyer. The plot device was developed to give Collyer a chance to have a vacation while the other actors carried the stories.
>Mock turtle soup does not actually contain turtle; its main ingredient is an entire cow’s head.
>Giant squids have been known to feast on baby whales.
>The Latin phrase “libra pondo” was used in ancient Rome to indicate weight, which is why today the abbreviation for “pound” is “lb.”


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