Friday Fun Facts- Route 66

August 11, 2017

By the time you get up and read this, I will be on the road somewhere between the mountains of New Mexico and the sheer vastness of the state of Texas. Part of the way will be on the historic Route 66. Bet you didn’t know some of these facts!download

  1. It is 2448 miles long and has been described as “The Mother of All Road Trips”. (8 states and 3 times zones)
  2. John Steinbeck used it as the inspiration of his novel The Grapes of Wrath. He left Chicago in 1937 heading west. He called it the great “concrete path” and in the book it was referred to as the “Mother Road”.download (3)
  3. The Great Depression paved Route 66. From 1933 to 1938 thousands of male youths looking for work became members of the “Road Gangs” and paved all the remaining dirt sections.
  4. Route 66 won’t be on any modern maps! It was decommissioned from the original 1926 grid. The route was considered irrelevant and was replaced by the interstate highway system.
  5. “Get Your Kicks on Route 66” was sung by Nat King Cole. It almost wasn’t to be because when the composer arrived in LA to pitch it, the song was only half completed. Mr. Cole helped finish it and then recorded the song.download (4)
  6. It is also nicknamed “Will Rogers Highway”. The beloved writer spent many years travelling the Route and writing about the people along the way. When he died in a plane crash, radio stations from coast to coast on the road went silent for 30 minutes in honor of the man who wrote about them.
  7. The Kansas section is the shortest- only measuring 13 miles!
  8. The highest point is on the Continental Divide in Gallup, New Mexico at 7245 ft. high!!
  9. One of the most famous motel chains along the Route was The Wigwam Motels. The rooms were designed to look like an Indian teepee. There are only 2 left located in San Bernadino and the other in Holbrook, AZ.
  10. Clark Gable and Carol Lombard spent their honeymoon in Oatman, AZ along the Route.
  11. Phillips Petroleum chose a spot on the Route as the location for their first gas station in 1927. It’s still standing in McLean, Texas!download (1)
  12. The first EVER McDonalds opened on Route 66 in California in 1948.download (2)
  13. A WWII prisoner of war camp was set up 2 miles east of 66 in McLean, Texas. It operated from 1943-1945 and housed up to 3000 German prisoners.images (1)

Friday Fun Facts- Writers

April 28, 2017

Most people know writers tend to live in their own little worlds. I can hear many of you laughing already because you know me! Yes, we are different…but some are even more interesting than you think!

  1. Stieg Larsson, who created The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, stated the heroine was based on what Pippi Longstocking would be like when she was grown. Hmmmm, not what I would have thought about Pippi.image-w448
  2. Alexander Dumas, The Three Musketeers,  fought his first duel at the age of 23. He has the unusual distinction of having his trousers fall down during the event! I think it was better he wrote about fighting instead of participating!
  3. Before finding fame as a novelist, The Da Vinci Code author Dan Brown was a pop singer. One of his solo albums was called Angels and Demons.def98a2af84e994585891c1d0f8372f7
  4. Bram Stoker, Dracula, was a crazy conspiracy theorist! One of his best theories is that the Queen Elizabeth that we all studied about was really a man in drag! Supposedly, the real Elizabeth got sick and died when she was 10.
  5. Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities, was kinda weird. For instance, he always positioned his bed northward- he said it sparked his creativity. He had a thing for the dead. One of his favorite past times was hanging out in the morgue- he even spent a few Christmas and New Years Days at the Paris morgue……Out-Mo2
  6. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Sherlock Holmes, thought Houdini was magical. After his son died, he spent a great deal of time studying mysticism and trying to talk to the dead. Somehow along the way, he decided his friend, Houdini, had magical powers even though Houdini was constantly trying to prove to him otherwise.
  7. Norman Mailer, The Executioner’s Song, was a raging alcoholic who stabbed his wife and beat up actor Rip Torn. Many considered him to be a world renowned jerk! He also ran for mayor of New York City claiming he would outlaw private cars, have trial by jousting and turn the city into the 51st state. The stories only get better from there- I just don’t have space to write about so many!20mailer-600.1
  8. John Steinbeck used 300 pencils to write East of Eden and was known to use up to 60 pencils in a day.
  9. When Dr. Seuss, Green Eggs and Ham, was stuck writing his books, he would go to a secret closet filled with hundreds of hats and wear them till the words came. Something else to make you go hmmmmmm.
  10. Ernest Hemingway, The Old Man and the Sea, once took home the urinal from his favorite bar, arguing he’d ‘pissed away’ so much of his money into it that he owned it.Ernest-Hemingway_1936815b
  11. Sting wrote the song ‘Every Breath You Take’ at the same desk which Ian Fleming used to write his James Bond novels. It was at the ‘Fleming Villa’ at GoldenEye on the island of Jamaica.2016 American Music Awards - Show
  12. D. H. Lawrence, Women In Love, liked to climb trees buck naked because he wanted to stimulate his creativity.

Friday Fun Facts- A Cornucopia of Facts!

April 21, 2017

I started poking around the internet and before I knew it, I had lost two hours! Sigh. I know learning is never a waste, but it sure can be a time suck. Check out some of the tid-bits I dug up!

  1. In 1986, a volcanic lake in Africa let out a cosmic sized burp of sulfuric acid and killed 1746 people within minutes!! Holy Moly!! I had no idea this could happen.tin
  2. There was a Harley Davidson motorcycle built to look like a giant hamburger………………….. why?
  3. In the past 20 years, scientists have found over 1000 plants outside of our solar system. Really? Have you heard about this?
  4. If you started with a penny and doubled your money everyday- you’d be a millionaire in 27 days!pennieswithpurpose
  5. You can’t kill yourself by holding your breath.
  6. In France, it is legal to marry a dead person. (Things that make you go hmmmmm)
  7. It’s considered good luck in Japan if a sumo wrestler makes your baby cry.2080_05
  8. The oldest marathon runner was 100 years old when he finished the Toronto Waterfront Marathon in Canada. Fauja Singh crossed the line in 8hrs., 25min., and 16sec.
  9. The Spanish national anthem has no lyrics.
  10. The full length Greek national anthem has 158 verses. Well, that’s from the sublime to the ridiculous!
  11. Tupac Shakur’s ashes were smoked, along with marijuana, by his friends.
  12. A full head of hair is strong enough to support 12 tons of weight! Another holy moly in my book!!14-Simple-Tricks-To-Make-Your-Hair-Grow-Faster
  13. In 1567, the man who was said to have the longest beard, died trying to run away from a fire. You guessed it! He tripped on his beard.
  14. Did you know you could dance yourself to death? Yes! Yes, you can! There was such a thing called The Dance Fever which occurred in 1518 in Strasbourg. Inexplicably, hundreds of people danced for a whole month. Many of them danced themselves to death.f23892673e56c2cb72ea744be7e3e29b
  15. Light doesn’t necessarily travel at the “speed of light”. The slowest light has been recorded moving is at 38mph. Who knew?!?!?

Link Of The Week- Reverse Dictionary

April 11, 2017

All writers need this!wordfinder-background

I think this link might be one of the most useful we’ve ever found!

 

http://www.onelook.com/reverse-dictionary.shtml

“This tool lets you describe a concept and get back a list of words and phrases related to that concept. Your description can be anything at all: a single word, a few words, or even a whole sentence. Type in your description and hit Enter (or select a word that shows up in the autocomplete preview) to see the related words.”dictionary


Friday Fun Facts- MOM!!!!

February 10, 2017

The only fact you need to know today is that Moms are AMAZING!

 

I love this!! Moms are pretty special people. I know because I’m one of them…just kidding, just kidding. Well, I mean, I am a mom but I wasn’t claiming the “special” part. 🙂

My son is coming home from college for the weekend and I probably won’t get to see him again until Spring Break. I’m so excited, I can hardly sit still to write this! I will get to do extra loads of laundry (because he saves it up for me), cook many extra pounds of meat, wash a ton of extra cups and protein shake (nasty) bottles, and many of my kitchen towels will be mixed in with the car rags and will be covered in oil and axle grease (the boys are restoring a 1970s 280Z).

But…I wouldn’t have it any other way. Enjoy the video.

 

 

I love you, Mom and I miss you everyday.alaska-trip-1990-046


Friday Fun Facts- Potato Chips!

February 3, 2017

Yes, you read that correctly. I bet you didn’t know there was any interesting information about potato chips! Check this out-potato

  1. The United States potato chip industry employs over 60,000 people. Let’s hear it for crispy jobs!!
  2. There’s a tale that says the lowly potato chip was born out of frustration. A New York chef who worked for Cornelius Vanderbilt was so fed up with the mogul complaining about his potatoes being soggy, or bland, or mushy, he decided to teach him a lesson. He shaved the potato paper thin and then let it fry until it was golden colored and too stiff to eat with a fork and knife. To his surprise, Mr. Vanderbilt loved it and the first potato chip was born. Great story, but there are numerous folks who say that it’s a folk tale.vanderbilt
  3. That may be a great story but Americans do own the chip! We had them around before the UK had their crisps. In 1822, there was a found recipe, but it calls for the potatoes to be 1/4″ thick. Chips really do trace their roots back to Saratoga, New York, but it wasn’t until a man by the name of Herman Lay brought it to his Nashville company that it became a national phenomena.
  4. Frederic Baur, the inventor of Pringles, died in 2008. He was cremated and his ashes were buried in one of their cans.177179_030608124542_pringlesfuneral_455x290_591w
  5. In the UK, numbers show that a ton of crisps are eaten every 3 minutes. A telephone box could be filled with eaten chips every 43 seconds and an OLympic sized pool could be filled every 14 hours………..that’s a lot of crisps!
  6. When the US entered WWII, potato chips were declared non-essential food and production was called to a halt! Manufacturers were not happy and set on a campaign to convince the government chips were necessary. They won (Phew) and chips sold better during and after the war than they ever had before.e26a0e47fde16733b3ae10d501f670c6
  7. You’ve heard of the Hatfields and the McCoys’s feud, right? That was nothing compared to Pringles vs. the potato chip industry. Pringles had the gall to make their product from dried potatoes and not from a slice of fresh potato. After 10 years of fighting they lost the right to call it a chip so it is a crisp. Whoa.hqdefault
  8. Your bag of chips doesn’t just have air in it. It’s pumped full of nitrogen to keep it fresher longer.
  9. The largest single bag of potato chips was 18 ft. tall and had more than 2515 lbs. of potatoes in it- all of which were cooked in a single batch to fulfill the Guiness Book of Records’ requirements! It took over 17 hours to fry.
  10. Flavored chips came to be in the 1950s. We have our usual barbeque, sour cream etc., but there are some unusual flavors for sale! Have you ever tried OLd Bay crab seasoning chips? How about fried pickle flavor? Got to Greece and you might get Oregano, Japan, there’s soy sauce flavor and seaweed. Other countries might sell you mayonnaise, paprika, or mint, but I know you’d really like the hoisin duck or Cajun squirrel ones the best!!!!the-14-strangest-potato-chips-flavours4
  11. Laura Scudder came up with the idea to put chips between 2 pieces of wax paper and ironing the ends shut. Voila! The first bag of chips.70ca0fab03c12bcb51a391d9e23016ae
  12. Some engineer spent 6 years studying the “crunchiness” of chips……….I got nothing…….

Friday Fun Facts- What Happened??

January 27, 2017

Happy Friday, everyone! Today is January 27, 2017. Have you ever wondered if this date was special? I thought it’d be fun to check out the 27th and see how it stacks up in history. Let’s see what happened:

  1. American born sumo wrestler, Akebono Taro, was the first foreigner to be promoted to the highest rank of Yokozuna. 199320100820_qfhkkzhe
  2. Germany observes International Holocaust Remembrance Day. 1996
  3. Western Union discontinues its Telegram and Commercial Messaging services. 2006
  4. The U.S. Congress approves Indian Territory (now Oklahoma) clearing the way for forced relocation of the Eastern Indians on the “Trail of Tears”. Not our finest moment. 1825trailoftears
  5.  Lenigrad was liberated from Germany after 880 days. The loss? 600,000 killed. 1944
  6.  The US and North Vietnam come to a “cease fire” thus ending the longest US war and military draft. 1973
  7. 3 astronauts aboard the Apollo 1 die while still on the launch pad. They were practicing for a two week mission in space. 1967ap-1-fire-cover-color
  8. 60 countries signed The Outer Space treaty which stated that no country would place nuclear or other weapons of mass destruction into orbit around earth. If any country were to do this, no country would be safe again. 1967
  9. Michael Jackson’s hair caught on fire while he filmed a Pepsi commercial. 1984article-1199945-05b92f69000005dc-343_634x509
  10. The Red Army liberates Auschwitz in southern Poland. It was the largest of all the concentration camps and is believed that 1,000,000 people were killed there. 19451383280_1400073387745
  11. The US government conducts the first nuclear bomb tests in Nevada. 1951
  12. Coca Cola starts distribution in the Soviet Union. 12 years after Pepsi, I might add. 1985
  13. The first sorority is created- Kappa Alpha Theta. 1870
  14. After accepting the 15th Amendment, Virginia is readmitted to the Union. 1870
  15. Thomas Edison patents the first electric incandescent lamp. 1880thomas-edison1