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09/13/2022 🚋The Good Old Days🚂   Leave a comment

Trivia . . . more trivia . . . Here’s some interesting retro trivia from those good old days that we’ve always heard so much about. You can decide if they were as good as we’ve always been told.

  • Two hundred years ago: For kissing his wife in public on a Sunday after just returning from a three-year voyage, a Boston ship captain was made to sit two hours in the stocks for “lewd and seemly behavior”.
  • The first Cadillac, which was produced in 1903, cost less than the original model T Ford. Their prices, respectively, were $750 and $875.
  • The bathhouse in the late medieval town became the habitat for loose women and lecherous man as family life deteriorated. The medieval word for bathhouse, “stew,” has come down in English as a synonym for brothel.
  • The average married woman in 17th century America gave birth to 13 children.
  • One-third of all automobiles in New York City, Boston, and Chicago in 1900 were electric cars, with batteries rather than gasoline engines.

  • In 1909, Annette Kellerman, the Australian swimming star, appeared on a Boston beach wearing a figure- fitting jersey bathing suit with sleeves shortened almost to her shoulders and trousers ending 2 inches above her knees. She was arrested for indecent exposure.
  • Life expectancy at birth for Americans was 34.5 years for males and 36.5 years for females when George Washington became president in 1789.
  • As late as 1890, nearly 75% of Americans had to fetch their mail from a post office. A community had to have at least 10,000 people to be eligible for home delivery, and most people then lived in towns or on farms.
  • The Puritans, considering buttons a vanity and used only hooks and eyes.
  • In colonial days it was legal to smoke tobacco in Massachusetts only when the smoker was traveling and had reached a location that was 5 miles away from any town. In 1647 Connecticut passed a law forbidding social smoking and limiting the use of tobacco to once a day, and then only when the smoker was alone in his own house.

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09-15-2013   Leave a comment

I think I’ll start your week with a few items of truly useless information.  You can never have enough of this wonderful stuff and I intend to keep shoveling it your way until I run out.  So sit back in your seat and enjoy.

  • Mr. Potato Head was the first toy advertised on TV.
  • Malaria mosquitoes are attracted to ripe Limburger cheese and smelly feet.
  • A fetus acquires fingerprints by the end of the first trimester.
  • Every 20 minutes the world population increases by 3500.
  • Toilet paper was invented by the Chinese in 1391 for the exclusive use by the emperor.
  • The two robbers crucified next to Jesus were Dismas and Gestas.
  • Disney World in Orlando, Florida, covers 30,500 acres (46 square miles).
  • Butterflies are cannibals.
  • Tigers have striped skin under their hair but zebra’s don’t.
  • Monkeys have no feet, they are classified as four-handed.
  • Under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, leeches and maggots are categorized as medical devices.
  • You can in fact get cooties.  Cooties are lice.
  • Poison Ivy is a member of the Cashew family.
  • In late 1600’s Puritan society, a child over 16 years old convicted of cursing at a parent was sentenced to death.
  • E T A O I N S H R D L U C M F G Y P W B V K X J Q Z: The alphabet in order of its frequency of use in written English

Well, there you have it.  See just how many useless facts you were unaware of.  As a reminder, I get a ten percent of all bar bet winnings.  Just so you know.

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