Archive for May, 2014

May 20, 2014

may 20

In the United States alone, the total amount of chewing gum sold in one year would make a stick 3.5 million miles long. That’s long enough to circle the earth’s equator 150 times.

Source: http://www.gleegum.com

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May 17, 2014

may 17th

As soon as the Preakness Stake winner has been declared, a painter climbs to the top of the replica Old Clubhouse copula to paint the weather vane. He applies the colors of the winner’s silks to the jockey and horse, which will remain there until a new winner is declared in the next year’s Preakness. The practice began in 1909 after the original building’s arrow-shaped weather vane was struck down by lightening. To replace it, the Maryland Jockey Club commissioned an ornamental ironworker to forge a vane in the form of a horse and rider. It was christened that spring by coating it with the colors of the silks of that year’s winner, Effendi, and has continued ever since.

Source: http://www.preakness.com

May 17, 2014

may 17

A long-standing Preakness Stakes tradition is to drape a blanket of Black-Eyed Susans — the official flower for the state of Maryland — across the shoulders of the winning horse.  Because Black-Eyed Susans do not bloom until June in Maryland, the centers of daisies are painted black to recreate the correct appearance.

Source: http://www.about.com

May 15, 2014

may 15

Anatidaephobia is the fear that somewhere, a duck is watching you.

Source: http://www.sobadsogood.com

May 13, 2014

may 13

British thieves and swindlers of old used many secret codewords. One such word was fawney, which referred to a gilt ring. They would sell these, saying that they were made of real gold. But the rings were not genuine gold, and the word phony – from fawney – came to be used for anything that is fake or not genuine.

Source: http://www.fun-with-words.com

May 12, 2014

may 12

Holmes never said ‘Elementary, my dear Watson’,  in the original Arthur Conan Doyle novels and stories. Holmes says ‘Elementary!’ and ‘my dear Watson’ at various points, but never together. The first recorded use of this exact phrase is actually in a P. G. Wodehouse novel, Psmith, Journalist.

Source: http://www.interestingliterature.com

May 11, 2014

may 11

A female oyster during her lifetime can produce over 100 million young.

Source: http://www.1011now.com

May 11, 2014

mother's day

A staggering 122 million phone calls are made to moms on Mother’s Day in the United States.

Source: http://www.softschools.com