More useless trivia.

James K. Polk fulfilled all his campaign promises. During his administration Polk acquired California from Mexico, settled the Oregon dispute, lowered tariffs, established a sub-treasury, and retired from office after one term.

The very first Olympic race, held in 776 BC, was won by Corubus, a chef.

Major League Baseball teams use about 850,000 balls per season.

A soccer ball is made up of 32 leather panels, held together by 642 stitches.

Golf the only sport played on the moon – on 6 February 1971 Alan Shepard hit a golf ball.

Sharks and rays are the only animals known to man that don’t get cancer. Scientists believe this has something to do with the fact that they don’t have bones, but cartilage.

Hot water is heavier than cold.

Only one satellite has been ever been destroyed by a meteor: the European Space Agency’s Olympus in 1993.

Harry S. Truman’s mother, a Confederate sympathizer, refused to sleep in Lincoln’s bed during a White House visit.

William Taft is the only president to also serve as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court (1921-1930).

U. S. Grant’s wife, Julia, owned slaves during the Civil War while her husband served as general of the Union Army.

Robert Todd Lincoln, son of Abraham Lincoln. was at the scene of or nearby three presidential assassinations — his father’s, William McKinley’s, and James Garfield’s. He was also once saved from possible injury or death by Edwin T. Booth, the brother of his father’s assassin John Wilkes Booth.

Theodore Roosevelt had a photographic memory. He could read a page in the time it took anyone else to read a sentence.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Interesting stuff…

Got this in an email from a family friend. Thought I’d share.

 

*Lesson # 1:*
*
* U.S. Tax revenue: $2,170,000,000,000
* Proposed Fed budget: $3,820,000,000,000(Remember we have had no budget the for past 3 years – compliments of the U. S. Senate.)
* New debt: $ 1,650,000,000,000
* National debt: $14,271,000,000,000
* Recent budget cuts: $ 38,500,000,000

Let’s now remove 8 zeros and pretend it’s a household budget:*
*
* Annual family income: $21,700
* Money the family spent: $38,200
* New debt on the credit card: $16,500
* Outstanding balance on the credit card: $142,710
* Total budget cuts so far: $**385**

Got It ?????*
*
OK now Lesson # 2:*

*Here’s another way to look at the Debt Ceiling:

Let’s say, we come home from work and find there has been a sewer backup in the neighborhood….and our home has sewage all the way up to  the ceilings.

What do you think we should do ……

Raise the ceilings, or pump out the crap?

The choice is coming Nov. 2012. *

*Vote wisely. *

Huh? Useless trivia and what-not.

Q: What’s the difference between a cannon and a mortar?

A: A cannon is used to shoot at an obstacle, such as a wall or other fortifications. A mortar is used to shoot over walls and other fortifications.

 

Q: What’s the difference between scissors and shears?

A: Scissors are 6 inches or shorter in length while shears are over 6 inches.

 

Animal groupings…

Ordinary birds are a flock.

Geese on land are a gaggle.

Porcupines are a prickle.

Dragonflies are a cluster.

Owls are a parliament.

Platypus are a puddle.

Crows are either a coven or a murder of crows.

Dolphins and whales are a pod.

Crocodiles and alligators are a congregation.

Butterflies are a flutter.

Kangaroos are a mob.

Lemurs are a plot.

Squirrels are a squad.