quick facts »

Nowhere In The Bible Does It Say That Three Wise Men Visited Jesus after His Birth

Nowhere In The Bible Does It Say That Three Wise Men Visited Jesus after His Birth

Noreen November 30, 2012 12

Text Version: You’ve probably heard about the 3 wise men who visited Jesus, just after his birth. However, it was Bible scholars who came up with the number 3. Nowhere in the Bible does

Read More »
The Sum of All Numbers On A Roulette Wheel

The Sum of All Numbers On A Roulette Wheel

Noreen November 17, 2012 0

Text Version: One of the earliest descriptions of the casino game roulette was described in the French novel ‘La’ Roulette, Ou Le Jour’, written by Jaques Lablee. Roulette is named after a French diminutive

Read More »
Where the Phrase “Speak Of The Devil” Came From

Where the Phrase “Speak Of The Devil” Came From

Noreen November 17, 2012 0

Text Version: The term “Speak of the Devil” is the shortened version of “Speak of the Devil and he doth appear. ” It comes from England in the middle ages,where it wasn’t used in

Read More »
The Iconic Blue Twitter Bird Actually Has A Name

The Iconic Blue Twitter Bird Actually Has A Name

Noreen November 16, 2012 0

Text Version: The Twitter Bird’s first name is Larry, as in Larry Bird. He’s named after the hall of fame Basketball player Larry Bird, who played for Biz Stone’s (the founder of twitter) home

Read More »
Only One Member Of The Surf-Rock Band ‘The Beach Boys’ Knew How To Surf

Only One Member Of The Surf-Rock Band ‘The Beach Boys’ Knew How To Surf

Noreen November 16, 2012 0

Text Version: Dennis Wilson was the drummer for the surf rock band ‘The Beach Boys’, formed in 1961. The band had several songs about the sport like, “Surfer Girl”,”Surfin’ Safari” and “Surfin’ USA”. However,

Read More »
Two Pioneering Female Journalists Raced Each Other To Beat The Fictional Character Phileas Fogg from “Around The World In 80 Days” in 1889

Two Pioneering Female Journalists Raced Each Other To Beat The Fictional Character Phileas Fogg from “Around The World In 80 Days” in 1889

Noreen November 15, 2012 0

Text Version: In 1888, Nellie Bly (aka Elizabeth Cochrane) discussed with her editor at ‘New York World’ an idea to write a story, and beat the fictitious character ‘Phileas Fogg’ in Jules Verne’s book

Read More »
Pete Sampras Once was Almost Disqualified for Throwing Up During a Match

Pete Sampras Once was Almost Disqualified for Throwing Up During a Match

Noreen November 15, 2012 0

Text Version: In 1996, when Pete Sampras played Alex Corretja in the U.S. Open, he had a bit of a stomach bug. He actually threw up on the baseline during the fifth set. One

Read More »
A Day On Mercury Is Actually Longer Than Its Year

A Day On Mercury Is Actually Longer Than Its Year

Noreen November 14, 2012 2

Text Version One day on Mercury (i.e -the time it takes to rotate around its axis once) lasts 176 earth days. A year on Mercury (i.e – the amount of time for Mercury to

Read More »
Vice President John C. Calhourn Was Married To One of His First Cousins

Vice President John C. Calhourn Was Married To One of His First Cousins

Noreen November 14, 2012 1

Text Version: John C. Calhourn was the only Vice President to serve under two presidents, John Quincy Adams and Andrew Jackson. He also married his first cousin Floride Bonneau Calhoun. Together they had 10

Read More »
The Tentacles That Stick Out From The Head Of A Snail Are Not Its “Feelers”, But Its Eyes

The Tentacles That Stick Out From The Head Of A Snail Are Not Its “Feelers”, But Its Eyes

Noreen November 13, 2012 0

Text Version: The tentacles that stick out from the head of a snail are not its “feelers” as most people believe. On the ends of those tentacles are the snail’s eyes. Land snails have

Read More »
The United States IRS Has A ‘Continuity Plan’ In Place for How to Collect Taxes After a Nuclear Attack

The United States IRS Has A ‘Continuity Plan’ In Place for How to Collect Taxes After a Nuclear Attack

Noreen November 12, 2012 3

Text Version: Even a nuclear war won’t get you out of paying your taxes or keep the Internal Revenue Service from coming after you. Since the 1960s, the U.S. Treasury Department, has had an

Read More »
Harry Potter the Musical?

Harry Potter the Musical?

Noreen November 12, 2012 0

Text Version: The late Michael Jackson had once approached J.K. Rowling about the possibility of doing a musical version of Harry Potter. J.K. Rowling said no to the idea. In an interview with Oprah

Read More »
Giraffes Can Last Longer Than Camels Without Drinking Water

Giraffes Can Last Longer Than Camels Without Drinking Water

Noreen November 11, 2012 0

Text Version: Giraffes spend about 80 percent of their day eating and they are said to be able to eat up to 77 pounds (35 kilograms) of food a day. Their favorite tree is

Read More »
There Are No Terrestrial Snakes in New Zealand, Not Even In Zoos

There Are No Terrestrial Snakes in New Zealand, Not Even In Zoos

Noreen November 11, 2012 0

  Text Version: According to New Zealand’s Ministry for Primary Industries, which is in charge of Bio Security, there were and are no native land snakes in New Zealand and they would like to

Read More »
Mr. Clean’s First Name is Veritably

Mr. Clean’s First Name is Veritably

Noreen November 10, 2012 0

Text Version: Mr. Clean made his debut in 1958. Within six months of launching the cleaner, Mr. Clean became the best selling household cleaner on the market. For the first 4 years, Mr. Clean

Read More »
The Flintstones Was Originally Called ‘Flagstones’

The Flintstones Was Originally Called ‘Flagstones’

Noreen November 10, 2012 2

Text Version: The Flintstones pilot episode came out in 1959, as a 90 second clip to draw advertisers to the show. At the time though, it was called “The Flagstones.” It was intended to

Read More »
Heaviest President In U.S. History

Heaviest President In U.S. History

Noreen November 9, 2012 0

Text Version: The the 27th President of the United States, President William Howard Taft (serving from 1909 to 1913) was the heaviest President in U.S. history. He was 5’11″ tall and weighed 290 pounds.

Read More »
Franklin Roosevelt Was the First U.S Presidents to Start Using an Armored Vehicle For Transportation, Al Capone’s Cadillac

Franklin Roosevelt Was the First U.S Presidents to Start Using an Armored Vehicle For Transportation, Al Capone’s Cadillac

Noreen November 7, 2012 0

Text Version: Franklin Roosevelt was the first President to have an armored car.  But why he would need one, and where he got it, might surprise you.  In 1941, the secret service found themselves in

Read More »