20160701

Elvis


Elvis wore a cross, a star of David and the Hebrew letter chai. 

He said: “I don’t want to miss out on heaven due to a technicality”.

· Elvis Aaron Presley was one of twin boys. His brother, Jesse Garon, was stillborn

· There are 22 Elvis Presleys on the UK electoral roll

· According to his school records, Elvis had an IQ of 70

· Elvis was naturally blond but dyed his hair black to copy singer Roy Orbison

· According to an FBI report, Presley believed the Beatles had led young people astray "by their filthy unkempt appearances and suggestive music"

· Except for five shows in Canada in 1957, he did not perform in concert outside the US

· In March 1960, Elvis spent an hour at Prestwick airport, his only known visit to the UK

· The famous phrase "Elvis has left the building" reflects the fact that Presley never performed an encore

· Some of Presley's jewel-encrusted jumpsuits weighed more than 30lb

· For a two-year period, Elvis ate nothing but meatloaf, mashed potatoes and tomatoes

· Elvis became a black belt in karate in 1960

· Elvis wore a cross, a star of David and the Hebrew letter chai. He said: "I don't want to miss out on heaven due to a technicality"

· In Switzerland, it is illegal to mow a front lawn while dressed as Elvis

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20160630

Vaseline


Robert Augustus Chesebrough, (January 9, 1837 – September 8, 1933) was an American chemist. 

He discovered petroleum jelly which he marketed as Vaseline and he founded the Chesebrough Manufacturing Company.

He was such a firm believer in its medicinal properties that he claimed to have eaten a spoonful of it a day.

During a bout of pleurisy in his 50s, he ordered his nurse to cover him from head to toe in the substance, and soon recovered. 

20160629

The proud owner of a magnificent 1956 Chevrolet convertible...


The proud owner of a magnificent 1956 Chevrolet convertible, wrote to say he had restored the car to perfection over the last few years, and sent this:

On a very warm summer afternoon he decided to take his car to town. It needed gas, as the gauge was practically on empty, but he wanted ice cream, so he headed first to his favorite ice cream shop.

He had trouble finding a parking space and had to park the car down a side street. He noticed a group of young guys standing around smoking cigarettes and eyeing my car rather covetously. He was a bit uneasy leaving it there, but people often take interest in such an old and well-preserved car, so he went off to enjoy his ice cream.

The line at the ice cream shop was long and it took him quite a while to return to his car. When he did, his worst fears were realized… his car was gone.

He called the police and reported the theft and then went back and bought a quart of pistachio ice cream. About ten minutes later the police called him to say they had found the car abandoned near a gas station a few miles out of town.

It was unharmed and he was relieved. It seems just before he called, the police had received a call from a young woman who was an employee at a self-service gas station. She told them that three young men had driven in with this beautiful old convertible. One of them came to the window and prepaid for 20 dollars-worth of gas.

Then all three of them walked around the car, looking at it carefully, and then just walked away…….without filling the tank.

The question is, why would anybody steal a car, pay for gas that they never pumped, and then abandon the car later and walk away?

Answer: They couldn't find where to put the gas! (See picture)

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France vs. Amazon


France tried stop Amazon offer for free shipping to its customers by fining them €1,000 per day.

Amazon continued to pay the fines instead of ending its policy of offering free shipping.

After law was created banning free shipping, Amazon effectively snubbed it by charging one cent for delivery.

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20160628

President Jimmy Carter Gave A Speech in Japan


In a speech at a small Methodist college in Japan shortly after leaving the White House in 1981, Carter began his speech with a joke. 

The interpreter delivered it in Japanese, and the audience erupted in laughter. 

Impressed with the interpreter’s skill, he asked how the interpreter managed to get such a laugh. 

Eventually, the interpreter admitted that he had said, 

20160627

Shotgun Squads


In January, 1986, the Houston Chronicle reported that Pilgrim Cleaners had begun hiring off-duty police officers to protect the company's 300 stores from robbers. General manager, Guy Robertson, Jr., said, "We've been robbed a lot. We've been losing too much money, and I can't keep my employees." Just in the previous week, four of his stores had been robbed.

But the announcement that the squads were returning brought a firestorm of controversy.

The guards were called "executioners" by a local police chief, and many departments in the area forbade their officers to work the squads.

Most business owners and Houstonians, however, tired of crimes going unpunished, backed Robertson who noted that the squads had been used periodically since the 1960s. He credited their success with helping to keep the company in business.

A police spokesman stated that Houston Police Chief Lee P. Brown would never allow his officers to "lay in wait to ambush" suspected robbers. Clyde Wilson, the private detective responsible for hiring the guards for Pilgrim Cleaners, responded. "I'm not concerned about the rights of criminals," he said. "I'm concerned about the rights of my clients, their employees, and their customers."

Robertson explained how the shotgun squads worked. Each store had large mirrors installed on the walls near the cash register. Some were, well, just mirrors; others were two-way mirrors fronting a hidden room. "The robbers are just going to have to play Russian roulette," Robertson said. In the rooms behind the two-way mirrors, off-duty cops sat with shotguns waiting for a robber to appear. He could then shoot through the mirror and incapacitate the thug.

Over the years, the shotgun squads were highly effective in reducing armed robberies in many cities. In the late 1960s, guards in Dallas killed 11 armed robbers. In Los Angeles, 35 robbers were killed by the squads.

Harris County District Attorney Johnny Holmes acknowledged that squads were legal. "I don't think there's any question that they're a deterrent to crime," he said.

Despite the controversy, Robertson hired several shotgun guards. Within a few weeks, the robberies of Pilgrim Cleaners had ended.

The last report of shotgun guards being used in Houston was in 1992 when Lt. J. W. Fry killed a parolee who had just robbed a Stop 'N Go convenience store. Fry, a Pasadena cop (since Houston PD wouldn't allow their officers to work the squads, stores imported guards from other jurisdictions), was no-billed by a grand jury. An autopsy revealed that the robber, who was carrying a knife, had cocaine in his blood. He'd been recently paroled after serving a twenty year sentence for--you guessed it--armed robbery.

The shotgun squads are a little-known slice of urban Americana. While so-called civil libertarians, liberals, and criminal rights activists decried the use of the squads, many citizens supported them.

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Woman shot man's finger off


In 2005, a man flipped off a woman while entering a Utah Freeway, and proceeded to have his middle finger shot off by her with a .357-caliber revolver. 

20160626

High School Shooting Threat 1973


1973, a student and teacher guarding a Delaware high school after someone called in a shooting threat during a morning class. 

Juniors, seniors, and teachers went to their cars and trucks to grab their guns, and guard the doors between classes. 

20160625

THE 24,000-LITER “WINE BOX”

In recent years, the quantity of wine that is bulk-shipped in giant tanks from its country of origin to markets where it is bottled and sold has increased significantly. 

Most of this wine is transported in giant “plastic bags” known as flexitanks.

A flexitank is a large polyethylene bag that transforms a regular 20ft shipping container into a liquid transportation system. 

Think of a giant “wine box” that fits on the back of an 18-wheel tractor trailer or a rail flatcar and can be used to move liquids securely and cost effectively.

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20160624

Rolex


The Rolex brand became widely known after a woman swam across the English channel wearing one in 1927. 

20160623

The world's first frozen margarita machine


The world's first frozen margarita machine was "invented' by Mariano Martinez of Mariano's in Dallas back in 1971, using an old soft-serve ice cream machine.

It is in the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C., now. Which --- as a sacred cultural artifact ----- is as it should be.

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20160622

A cat named Pudding...


A cat named Pudding saved his new owner’s life just hours after his adoption.

The Wisconsin resident originally had no intention of actually adopting one of the animals but had a strong attraction to Pudding who later that evening saved her from a diabetic seizure.

Amy Jung, who has been living with diabetes since the age of 4, went to bed at about 9:30 p.m. About 90 minutes later, she started to have a diabetic seizure. That’s when, according to the Green Bay Press-Gazette, “Pudding planted his weight on her chest and, when he could not wake her, began swatting her face and biting her nose.”

Jung came to her senses enough to yell out to her son for assistance. At that point, Pudding jumped up onto Ethan’s bed and startled him into action. He immediately rushed to get his mom the help she needed.

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20160621

Curse of the Ninth


Gustav Mahler was superstitious and strongly believed in the Curse of the Ninth, where composers can only compose nine symphonies before they die. 

He tried to beat superstition by calling his 9th symphonic work a “song cycle,” then began work on his 10th symphony and died.

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20160618

Mona Lisa Stolen


In 1911, Vincenzo Peruggia, wanting to bring the Mona Lisa back to Italy after “It was stolen by Napoleon”,

He simply walked in the Louvre, lifted off the painting, took it to a nearby service staircase, removed the frame, put it under his smock, and simply walked out with it in plain sight. Source

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20160617

Street Protester is known for yelling the same statements at the same location for over twenty years


The Seattle Weekly says his name is "Juan". The Stranger says his name is "Pedro", although their newcomers' guide to Seattle refers to him simply as "the Frye Apartments Guy".

Juan is a Cuban refugee. News accounts place his age at 57 in 2001, and 60 in 2004. The protester says he is not homeless; the public does not know where he lives and he occasionally appears at the Municipal building shelter. He is not on the streets to beg or busk and will usually turn down offers of money. He will also not accept food (because the police could have poisoned it).

He is so well known that journalists write of him in passing, assuming the readers know what they are talking about. Other people have even made products available; such as a drink coaster available from SeattleNotables.com, and on occasion vendors selling t-shirts to tourists include his picture.  Source

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20160616

A pig named Lulu


A pig named Lulu saved her owner’s life while the woman was having a heart attack. 

The pig heard the cries of pain, forced her way out of the yard, ran into the road and ‘played dead’ to stop the traffic. 

20160612

The Devil Smoking


One of Columbus’s explorers was the first person to bring tobacco back into Europe. 

Because he could blow smoke out of his mouth, he was accused of being the devil and sent to jail for seven years by the Spanish Inquisition. 

20160528

The first airline stewardess...


The first airline stewardess were all registered nurses, but this requirement disappeared when many nurses left to enlist during WWII.

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20160523

CAN AN AIRCRAFT DOOR BE OPENED MID-FLIGHT?


British Airways' Captain Dave Thomas said that it would not be possible to open an aircraft door mid-flight.

'The exits on modern aircraft are normally referred to as "plug doors",' he explained.

'That means that with the use of clever door mechanisms, the doors themselves, when closed, are tapered like a bath plug so in effect they are bigger than the openings in which they sit.

'This stops them opening outwards and the pressure inside the cabin is equivalent to between two to three tons of pressure, which stops them opening inwards.'

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20160522

Police Diver


As if being a cop wasn’t stressful enough, these police divers are part of an elite group that spend most of their days underwater.

These cops search through murky waters for body parts, guns and discarded evidence, which makes for a pretty grim job. 

When a plane crashes into the ocean, it’s the police diving team that retrieves corpses and evidence to try to figure out what happened.

Police divers have said one of the worst aspects of the job is going into black waters where you can’t see a thing. You can only feel your way.

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