Archive for July, 2013

July 20, 2013


Volleyball was invented in 1895 by William G. Morgan at the YMCA in Holyoke, Massachusetts. The first version called “mintonette” was created as a recreational activity for local businessmen to enjoy during their lunch hour. The original rules allowed for unlimited players per side and unlimited contact.


July 19, 2013


Barbados was originally called Los Barbados which means “The Beards” because the indigenous ficus tree was thought to resemble male facial hair.


July 18, 2013

Paris When it Sizzles


  Due to the fact that steel expands when it’s hot, the Eiffel Tower is 6 inches taller in the summer.


July 17, 2013

Gosh, That Sure is Swell!


Since Disneyland opened on July 17th, 1955 more than 78 million mouse ears have been sold. That’s enough for every child in America under the age of 18 to have a pair.


July 16, 2013

Today in History


July 16th, 1938: The world’s first parking meter, known as Park-O-Meter No. 1, is installed in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.  The parking meter was invented by a man named Carl C. Magee, a newspaper man who noticed that Oklahoma City shared a common problem with many of America’s urban areas–a lack of sufficient parking space for the rapidly increasingly number of automobiles crowding into the downtown business district each day.

Despite opposition, the first meters were installed in July of 1935; they cost a nickel an hour, and were placed at 20-foot intervals along the curb that corresponded to spaces painted on the pavement. Magee’s invention caught on quickly: Retailers loved the meters, as they encouraged a quick turnover of cars–and potential customers–and drivers were forced to accept them as a practical necessity for regulating parking. By the early 1940s, there were more than 140,000 parking meters operating in the United States.


July 15, 2013

Close But No Cigar!


Years ago, cigars were often given as prizes at fairs and carnivals. When a player almost won, the person running the game would say, “Close but no cigar.”


July 14, 2013


Astronauts have a patch of Velcro inside their helmet so they can scratch their nose.


July 13, 2013


 A daisy is actually two flowers in one: the white petals and the
cluster of tiny yellow disc petals that form the “eye”.