A Word To The Wise

Take your ball & go home



  • 44% of the elderly in Kentucky have no teeth.

  • Four out of five 4th graders in California have substandard reading skills.

  • Pikes Peak is spelled without an apostrophe by law.  The Colorado legislature established the correct spelling in 1978.

  • The term Luddite is based on a mythical character named Ned Ludd in George Pellew's The Life of Lord Sidmouth (1847).  Ned Ludd was a Leicestershire villager of the late 1700s who, in a fit of insane rage, rushed into a stocking weaver's house and destroyed his equipment.  With the onset of the Information Age, Luddite gained a broader sense describing anyone who shuns new technology. 

  • The band toad the wet sprocket took their name from a Monty Python skit.  Prior names included Three Young Studs and Glen.

  • Clans of long ago that wished to rid themselves of people without killing them used to burn the offending parties' houses down.  Hence the expression "to get fired".

  • Isaac Asimov is the only person who has authored a book in each of the Dewey Decimal System classifications.

  • In 1945, a computer at Harvard malfunctioned.  Grace Hopper, who was working on the computer, found a moth in one of the circuits and removed it.  Ever since, when something goes wrong with a computer, it is said to have a bug in it.

  • Executive Order No. 12333 explicitly prohibits the CIA from engaging, either directly or indirectly, in assasinations.

  • The plastic bits on the end of shoelaces are called aglets.

  • The term "It's all fun and games until someone loses an eye" originated in Ancient Rome, where the only way to get disqualified during a wrestling match was to poke someone's eye out.

  • Frank Baum named "Oz" after a file cabinet in his office.  One cabinet was labeled "A to N", and the second was labeled "O to Z".

  • Bilbo Baggins was born on September 22, 1290.

  • The glue on Israeli postage stamps is certified kosher.

  • The United States minted a 1787 copper coin with the motto "Mind Your Business".

  • The M&M in M&M candies stands for Mars and Merrie, who developed the candies in 1941.

  • In the 1700s, European women achieved a pale complexion by eating "Arsenic Complexion Wafers" actually made with the poison.

  • For two years during the 1970s, Mattel marketed a doll called "Growing Up Skipper".  Her breasts grew when her arm was turned.

  • Captain Sensible (The Damned)'s real name is Ray Burns.


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