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Jethro Tull is not the name of the rock singer/flautist responsible for such songs as “Aqualung” and “Thick as a Brick”. Jethro Tull is the name of normal_fifties_jukeboxthe band. The singer is Ian Anderson. The original Jethro Tull was an English horticulturalist who invented the seed drill.


In the early days of silent films, there was blatant thievery. Unscrupulous film companies would steal the film print, reshoot a scene or two, and release it as a new production. To combat this, the Biograph company put the company’s trademark initials AB somewhere in every scene — on a door, a wall, or window.


Ever think you’re hearing something in a song, but they’re really singing something else? The word for mis-heard lyrics is ‘mondegreen,’ and it comes from a folk song in the ’50’s. The singer was actually singing “They slew the Earl of Morray and laid him on the green,” but this came off sounding like ‘They slew the Earl of Morray and Lady Mondegreen.’


The 80s song “Rosanna” from the Eighties was written about Rosanna Arquette, the actress.


Compact discs read from the inside to the outside edge, the reverse of how a record works.


The only member of the band ZZ Top to not have a beard has the last name Beard.

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McDonald’s Apricot Pies

The only social fraternity founded during the Civil War was Theta Xi fraternity, at Rensselear Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York in 1864.


The Hudson River along the island of Manhattan flows in either direction depending upon the tide.


Several buildings in Manhattan have their own zip code! The World Trade Center has several.


The “heat” of peppers is rated on the Scoville scale.


Ketchup was once used as a medicine in the United States. In the 1830s it was sold as Dr. Miles’s Compound Extract of Tomato.


Ben and Jerry’s send the waste from making ice cream to local pig farmers to use as feed. Pigs love the stuff, except for one flavor: Mint Oreo.


According to the ceremonial customs of Orthodox Judaism, it is officially sundown when you cannot tell the difference between a black thread and a red one.


In most advertisments, including newspapers, the time displayed on a watch is 10:10 because then the hands of the watch frame the brand name on the watch face.


Each year there is one ton of cement poured for each man, woman, and child in the world.


At McDonalds in New Zealand, they serve apricot pies instead of cherry ones.


Pickled herrings were invented in 1375.


The earliest document in Latin in a woman’s handwriting (it is from the first century A.D.) is an invitation to a birthday party.


A family of six died in Oregon during WW II as a result of a Japanese balloon bomb.


The world’s second largest pipe organ is located at the Organ Grinder on 82nd Avenue in Portland, Oregon.


Jet lag was once called boat lag, back before jets existed.

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Crayola Galaxy

Crayola is a French word that means “Oily chalk.” 1

Every year, Burger King restaurants prepare over 950,000 pounds of bacon for their breakfast customers .

Isaac Newton used to be a member of parliament .

Dumbest Dog: Afghan hound .

At just four years old Mozart was able to learn a piece of music in half an hour .

It would take twenty new mid-size cars to generate the same amount of pollution that a mid-size 1960’s car did.

The honey badger can withstand hundreds of bee stings that would otherwise kill another animal .

There are 500,000 detectable earthquakes in the world each year .

Black pepper is the most popular spice in the world .

In Greece, the climate is so warm that many of the cinemas do not even have roofs .

The word “moose” comes from the native Algonquian Indian word meaning “twig eater.”

All 50 states are listed across the top of the Lincoln Memorial on the back of the $5 bill .

An armadillo can walk under water .

There are over one hundred billion galaxies with each galaxy having billions of stars .

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Full Moon

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Elizabeth Goose, who lived in Massachusetts in the late 1600’s, is credited by some with the nursery rhymes read to us as children. However, most of those rhymes existed before her time in the form of satirical poems and drinking songs. Some were based on actual events or characters. Charles Perrault, a Frenchman, published a collection of these rhymes in 1697 and an illustration accompanying the text showed an old woman telling stories, with the words “Mother Goose” appearing behind her. The book was eventually published in England and the United States and more rhymes were added with each new publication. It wasn’t until the 1800’s that a relative of Mrs. Goose claimed the stories originated with Elizabeth.


Back in 1956 recording artist Johnny Mathis was forced to make the decision between trying out for the United States Olympic team (his specialty was track) or recording his first album for Columbia Records.  He chose the latter and went on to become the eighth biggest selling album artist of all time.  His 1958 album, Johnny’s Greatest Hits, was the first Greatest Hits album ever marketed, spending three weeks at #1 and 490 consecutive weeks on Billboard’s Pop Album chart (that’s almost 9 ½ years!).


Everyone knows that spinach is loaded in iron and makes you stronger – Just look what it has done for Popeye’s career.  Well, Popeye was wrong.  So were all of those parents that stuffed it down their kids’ throats.  In reality, spinach has no more iron in it than any other vegetable.  This spinach misconception dates back to the 1950’s when a food analyst made an error while calculating the iron in spinach.  His decimal place was off by one place, suggesting that spinach had ten times as much iron content than it really did.


At a glance, the Celsius scale makes more sense than the Fahrenheit scale for temperature measuring. But its creator, Anders Celsius, was an oddball scientist. When he first developed his scale, he made freezing 100 degrees and boiling 0 degrees, or upside down. No one dared point this out to him, so fellow scientists waited until Celsius died to change the scale.


The first full moon to occur on the winter solstice, Dec. 22, commonly called the first day of winter, happened in 1999. Since a full moon on the winter solstice occurred in conjunction with a lunar perigee (point in the moon’s orbit that is closest to Earth), the moon appeared about 14% larger than it does at apogee (the point in it’s elliptical orbit that is farthest from the Earth). Since the Earth is also several million miles closer to the sun at that time of the year than in the summer, sunlight striking the moon was about 7% stronger making it brighter. Also, this was the closest perigee of the Moon of the year since the moon’s orbit is constantly deforming. In places where the weather was clear and there was a snow cover, even car headlights were superfluous.

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Klingon Bible

Singer Billy Joel tried to commit suicide when he was 21 by drinking furniture polish.


The largest fish in the world is the whale shark. It can weigh several tons and grow to more than fifty feet in length.

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The world camel population is close to 19 million.


The word “Denim” comes from the French phrase “serge de Nimes” which is a fabric made in a town located in southern France.


February 17th, 1930, was the first flight by a cow in an airplane. The milk that was produced by the cow during the flight was put into containers and parachuted over the city of St. Louis.


The most popular gift that teachers receive in the United States from their students is chocolate.


The Bible has been translated into Klingon.


Thirty-five percent of the people who use personal ads for dating are already married.


Stewardesses is one of the longest words typed with only the left hand.


If a lobster loses an eye or a claw it can usually grow a new one.


The name for the sign “&” which represents the world “and” is ampersand.


The Eiffel Tower weight is approximately 9441 tons.


The fastest bird in the world is the Peregrine Falcon, which can reach speedsn excess of two hundred miles per hour.

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