Friday, October 19, 2012

Today is...Evaluate Your Life Day

Today is Evaluate Your Life Day.

In evaluating the subject of this topic, it has been discovered that it does not make for a particularly enthralling topic. Therefore, today's blog will be a list of random fun facts.

Candy Corn was created in the 1880s and was originally made by hand by the Wunderlee Candy Company.

Camille Saint-Saens was worried that The Carnival of the Animals was likely to harm his reputation as a serious composer because it was too frivolous and would only allow one movement, Le Cygne (The Swan), to be published while he was alive.

The first incarnation of Bugs Bunny was "Happy Rabbit", who appeared in Porky's Hare Hunt in 1938. The first cartoon to feature Bugs as we know him now was in 1940 in A Wild Hare, which also featured Elmer Fudd in one of his first cartoons.

In traditional French decks (the normal 52 card deck), the Jack of Diamonds is the only card to show only one eye. The Jack of Diamonds is historically designed to be based on Hector, the Trojan prince and greatest Trojan fighter in the Trojan War.

Honey Badgers can eat poisonous animals like Cobras.

Chocolate can be poisonous in large doses. 22 lbs will kill a human.

The world pencil comes from Old French pincel, which means small paintbrush, which comes from the Latin word pencillus, which means little tail.

The first photo published on the web was by Tim Berners-Lee in 1992 and was an image of the CERN house band.

Blue Whales cannot swallow anything bigger than a grapefruit.

The author of Ben-Hur, Lew Wallace, was from Indiana and tried to turn Billy the Kid into an informant in exchange for a full pardon from his outlaw ways. This didn't pan out and The Kid went back to being an outlaw.

Certain types of squid can fly above the water for a short period of time, much like a flying fish. Some even move their fins/arms to forcibly stay in the air longer or go further.

The South Pole is colder than the North Pole.

Describe your life in three words.

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