Fun Facts, Did You Know?

Fact: May 20, 1873, is the “birthday” of blue jeans

According to the Levi Strauss website, this was the day that Levi Strauss and Jacob Davis, the innovators behind the sturdy blue jeans we all love, got a patent on the process of adding metal rivets to men’s denim work pants for the first time in history. The pants were called waist overalls until 1960 when baby boomers began calling them jeans.

Fact: 170-year-old bottles of champagne were found at the bottom of the Baltic Sea

The bottles of bubbly are estimated to have been traveling from Germany to Russia during the 1800s when they sank to the bottom of the sea, says New Scientist. Turns out that the bottom of the sea, where temps are between two and four degrees Celsius, is a great place for wine aging. Oenologists, people who study wine and winemaking, sampled the champagne and described it as, “sometimes cheesy,” with “animal notes,” and that it had elements of “wet hair.”

Fact: The MGM lion roar is trademarked

At the start of any movie made by the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer studio, there’s the iconic lion that roars at the audience. While MGM has gone through several iterations of lion mascots, the sound of the roar is always the same. The company trademarked the “sound mark” with the United States Patent and Trademark Office in the ’80s.

Fact: Neil Armstrong’s hair was sold in 2004 for $3,000

The lucky buyer, John Reznikoff, holds the Guinness World Record for the largest collection of hair from historical celebrities, reports NBC. The not-so-lucky barber Marx Sizemore, who cut Armstrong’s hair, received threats of being sued by Armstrong’s lawyers who said he violated an Ohio law that protects the rights of famous people. Sizemore said he wouldn’t pay, and Reznikoff said he wouldn’t give back the hair but that he’d donate $3,000 to charity.

Fact: Irish bars used to be closed on St. Patrick’s Day

You might associate St. Patrick’s Day with wearing green and drinking so much you think you actually see leprechauns. However, until 1961, there were laws in Ireland that banned bars to be open on March 17. Since the holiday falls during the period of Lent in the heavily Catholic country, the idea of binge drinking seemed a bit immoral.

Fact: Nikola Tesla hated pearls

Tesla was a European electrical engineer who paved the way for current system generators and motors. The way electricity gets transmitted and converted to mechanical power is thanks to his inventions. However, despite experimenting with electricity, he despised being in the presence of pearls. One day when his secretary wore pearl jewelry, he made her go home.

Fact: Thomas Edison is the reason you love cat videos

Thanks to Edison’s invention of the Kinetograph in 1892, he was able to record and watch moving images for the first time. He filmed short clips in his studio named Black Maria. Some of his shorts feature famous people like Annie Oakley and Buffalo Bill, but the real stars are The Boxing Cats. Check out the video Edison captured of adorable cats in a boxing ring circa 1894.

Fact: Brad Pitt suffered an ironic injury on a film set

During Pitt’s prime acting career, he filmed Troy, based on Homer’s Illiad. He played the brave, and buff, Greek hero Achilles. Legend has it that Achilles could not be defeated unless hit in his Achilles heel. While filming an epic battle scene, Pitt ironically hurt his Achilles tendon that put him back two months.

Fact: Pregnancy tests date back to 1350 BCE

Based on an ancient papyrus document, Egyptian women urinated on wheat and barley seeds to determine if they were pregnant or not, according to the Office of History in the National Institutes of Health. If wheat grew, it predicted a female baby. If barley grew, it predicted a male baby. The woman was not pregnant if nothing grew. Experimenting with this seed theory in 1963 proved it was accurate 70 percent of the time.

Fact: Martin Luther King Jr. got a C in public speaking

Everyone remembers Dr. King as a leader of the Civil Rights Movement and often quotes his “I Have a Dream” speech that he delivered in 1963. However, over a decade before his legendary speech, while attending Crozer Theological Seminary in Pennsylvania, he earned a C in public speaking during his first and second term.

So glad you are enjoying these post, I love hearing your hilarious comments.

Have a great weekend.

Melinda

7 comments

  1. I do love your fun and interesting facts. As far as being in trouble when you run out, you don’t have to do 10 every time. Five would be fine. The pearls have me curious. Brad Pitt’s heel injury points to the subconscious power of suggestion. I’m fascinated by ancient pregnancy tests and Martin Luther King’s Cs in public speaking. I’m glad Dr. Kind didn’t let those subjective Cs stop him. I guess one person’s judgment is not necessarily a good test of future success.

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  2. Very ironic about Mr Pitt’s injury! And the pearl aversion of Nikola Tesla’s is funny. Why didn’t he ask his secretary to remove the necklace and put it in a draw rather than sending her home? How melodramatic 😂 These are brilliant, Mel! xx

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    1. I’m in trouble when I run out of what is real soon. I’ll have to search for more. I only have 100 of these and at 10 at a time it won’t last long. People are loving it. I think we all need a break from the seriousness all the time.

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