RANDOM TIDS & BITS- Tues 10/06/20 –

“Apples for Show….  6 Hockey Players & a Millionaire…..and Blinkin’ Babes”

Red Delicious apples are the most common crop of apples in the U.S. . . . but they’ve become extremely unpopular because they’re bred for looking good over tasting good.  So about two-thirds of them are now exported.

The Sutter family from Viking, Alberta, Canada had seven boys.  Six of them went on to be NHL players in the ’70s and ’80s.  The seventh one won $10 million in the lottery.

 Women blink more often than men.  Women blink an average of 19 times per minute, men blink 11 times.

RANDOM TIDS & BITS- Fri 10/02/20 –

“What’s a Kangaroo Word?…. Jack Daniels is the Water of Life….. U.S.E. Not USA”

 A kangaroo word is one that contains all the letters of a synonym.  Like the word “chicken” has all the letters for the word “hen” inside it, or “masculine” contains the word “male.”

The word “whiskey” comes from a Gaelic phrase that translates to “water of life.”

1893, a Congressman proposed a Constitutional amendment that would rename the country to the “United States of Earth.”  Obviously, it didn’t pass.

RANDOM TIDS & BITS- Thurs 10/01/20 –

“Sun Joules…. No in service meal served on this flight….. Medieval Beaver Town”

Approximately 430 quintillion joules of energy from the Sun hit the Earth every hour.  That’s more than the total energy everyone on the planet uses in a year.

The world’s shortest commercial flight is between two islands in northern Scotland.  The flight is 1.7 miles and the official time is two minutes . . . but it takes closer to 47 seconds.

Beverly Hills was named after Beverly Farms, Massachusetts.  That was named after Beverley, Yorkshire, England.  And that town was named in 700 A.D. because of a colony of beavers.  So Beverly Hills is named after medieval English beavers.

RANDOM TIDS & BITS- Wed 9/30/20 –

“40 Year Emergency…. They’re Not Makin’ ‘Em Like They Used To …..Proper Rumbly Tummy Name”

There are currently 35 active national emergencies in the U.S., with one going all the way back to 1979.

Only one NFL player weighed over 300 pounds in 1970.  By 2010, there were over 500 players at NFL training camps who weighed over 300.

The technical term for the rumbling in your stomach is “borborygmus.”  

RANDOM TIDS & BITS- Thurs 9/17/20 –

“Two Dudes & Some Olive Oil…. Pistol Packin’ Eleanor …..Strong Male Color”

The official national sport of Turkey is grease wrestling.  Two guys cover themselves in olive oil and win the match by pinning their opponent or lifting him up and carrying him three steps.

Eleanor Roosevelt refused to let a Secret Service member travel with her when she was First Lady . . . she just carried a pistol.

Until the 1940s, baby boys were dressed in pink and baby girls were dressed in blue.  Pink was for boys because it was considered a STRONGER color . . . blue was for girls because it was considered more delicate and dainty.

RANDOM TIDS & BITS- Wed 9/16/20 –

“You Always Hear the “V”….Present-But Not Inflamed …..Lotsa Seconds?”

Every letter in English is silent in at least one word . . . except for the letter “v.”  It’s never silent.

We all currently have hemorrhoids . . . they’re just not inflamed.

The most common street name in the U.S. is . . . Second Street.  The theory is that a town will name its first street either First Street OR Main Street, but they pretty much always go with Second Street after that. 

RANDOM TIDS & BITS- Tues 9/15/20 –

“Favorite Season is Pre-Winter….Thou Shalt Not Do THAT…..Possessed by E.T.?”

There are six seasons in the Hindu calendar:  summer, monsoon, autumn, late autumn or pre-winter, winter, and spring.

The Sixth Commandment literally translates from Hebrew as “Thou shalt not murder,” not “Thou shalt not kill” . . . because it took into account that people might face situations like war or self-defense when killing was necessary.

The first script for “E.T.” was a horror movie.  Steven Spielberg decided he liked it better as a family movie . . . and that horror script was rewritten to become “Poltergeist”.

RANDOM TIDS & BITS- Mon 9/14/20 –

“Above average number of arms….Common Presidential County ….. Which calendar are we using?”

If you have two arms, you have an above average numbers of arms.  How?  Almost no one has more than two arms, but some people have zero or one.  That means the average number of arms worldwide is just slightly less than two.

The most common name for counties in the U.S. is Washington County, with 31.  Jefferson County is second, with 26.

The Russian delegation showed up 12 days late to the 1908 Olympics in London, because they were still using the old Julian calendar . . . and didn’t realize the rest of the world had switched to the Gregorian calendar.

RANDOM TIDS & BITS- Fri 9/11/20 –

“Checkin’ off the Elements….Fair Weather Birthday ….. The Oxymoron that is Oxymoron”

Our bodies contain 60 of the 118 elements on the periodic table, or about 51%.  But there are only large quantities of six of them:  Oxygen, carbon, hydrogen, nitrogen, calcium, and phosphorus.

Every British king or queen has a second birthday assigned to them if their real birthday isn’t in the summer . . . so there’s good weather for their birthday parade. Like, Queen Elizabeth the Second’s real birthday is April 21st, but her “official” birthday is held on a Saturday in June.

The word “oxymoron” is actually an oxymoron.  It’s the combination of two Greek words:  Oxy, meaning sharp and keen . . . and moron, meaning dull and stupid.