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January 9, 2010

LNF*

• In Oklahoma there’s an old, forgotten law that states dogs must have a permit signed by the mayor in order to congregate on private property in groups of three or more.

• In Texas it was once illegal to take more than three sips of beer at a time while standing.

• On average, 61,000 people are airborne over the US at any given hour.

• 70% of Americans have visited Disneyland/Disney World.

• A major league baseball has an average life span of 7 pitches.

• Intelligent people have more zinc and copper in their hair.

• The San Francisco Cable cars are the only mobile National Monuments.

• The Main Library at Indiana University sinks over an inch every year because when it was built, engineers failed to take into account the weight of all the books that would occupy the building.

• Each king in a deck of playing cards represents a great king from history; Spades represent King David, Clubs are Alexander the Great, Hearts for Charlemagne, and Diamonds for Julius Caesar.

• “I am.” is the shortest complete sentence in the English language.

• The phrase “rule of thumb” is derived from and old English law which stated that you couldn’t beat your wife with anything wider than your thumb.

• Only one person in two billion will live to be 116 or older.

• The name “Wendy” was made up by J.M. Barrie for the book Peter Pan.

• The phrase “sleep tight” derives from the fact that early mattresses were filled with straw and held up with rope stretched across the bed frame. A tight sleep was a comfortable sleep.

• There are two credit cards for every person in the United States.

• A snail can sleep for 3 years.

• Bullet proof vests, fire escapes, windshield wipers and laser printers were all invented by women.

*Why LNF? Why Plain White Shirt? Read Rorschach’s Ribs and all will be understood.


Plain White Shirt: Holidaze Edition

December 24, 2009

Holidaze LNF*

• If you actually received all of the gifts in the song The Twelve Days of Christmas, you would receive 364 presents.

• Although many believe that Black Friday (the Friday after Thanksgiving) is the busiest shopping day of the year, in reality, it is only the fifth busiest day. The Friday and Saturday before Christmas are actually the two busiest shopping days of the year.

• In 1649 Oliver Cromwell outlawed Christmas Carols in England.

• The word carol is derived from the old French word caroller which derives from the Latin choraula. This itself was derived from the Greek choraules.

Wassail comes from the Old Norse ves heill—to be of good health. This evolved into the tradition of visiting neighbors on Christmas Eve and drinking to their health—until the Puritans stepped in and tried to ruin everything.

Silent Night was written and originally performed on a guitar.

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer was actually created by Montgomery Ward in the late 1930’s for a holiday promotion.

• The biggest selling Christmas single of all time is Bing Crosby’s version of White Christmas.

• The song White Christmas was written by Irving Berlin, who was Jewish and never actually celebrated the holiday.

• Vera Ellen, the Barbie Doll looking actress from White Christmas had all of her costumes, down to her robe and sleepwear, specially designed to cover her neck. It was aged beyond her years due to an eating disorder.

Jingle Bells, written by in 1857 by James Pierpont, was originally intended for the Thanksgiving holiday , only later to become one of the most popular Christmas songs…like, ever.

*Why LNF? Why Plain White Shirt? Read Rorschach’s Ribs and all will be understood.


Plain White Shirt: Holidaze Edition

December 18, 2009

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Holidaze LNF*

• Electric lights for trees were first used in 1895.

• Americans buy 37.1 million real Christmas trees each year.

• Christmas trees are edible.

• Holly berries are poisonous.

• The modern Christmas custom of displaying a wreath on the front door of one’s house, is borrowed from ancient Rome’s New Year’s celebrations. Romans wished each other “good health” by exchanging branches of evergreens. They called these gifts strenae after Strenia, the goddess of health. It became the custom to bend these branches into a ring and display them on doorways.

• Scott Schwartz, the actor who played Flick in A Christmas Story—you know, the kid that gets his tongue stuck to the flagpole—he’s a porn star now.

• An  estimated 400,000 people become sick each year from eating tainted Christmas leftovers.

• Before settling on the name of Tiny Tim for his character in “A Christmas Carol,” three other names were considered by Charles Dickens. They were Little Larry, Puny Pete, and Small Sam.

*Why LNF? Why Plain White Shirt? Read Rorschach’s Ribs and all will be understood.


Plain White Shirt

December 15, 2009

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LNF*

• Fish can get seasick if they are swirled in a pail or kept on board a rolling ship.

• At least fifteen million people are having a birthday today.

• Clark Gable was listed on his birth certificate as a girl.

• Woman blink nearly twice as much as men.

• Humans share one third of their DNA with lettuce.

• Right-handed people live on average, 9 years longer than left-handed people.

• Kermit the Frog is left handed.

• Corn is incapable of reproducing itself in the wild.

• Volleyball is the most popular sport at nudist camps.

• An average of 76 people a year die playing twister, about 23 of which played the nude version. (better to stick to volleyball)

• Thomas Edison was a judge at the first “Miss America” beauty contest in 1880.

HOLIDAZE LNFs:

• Christmas became a national holiday in America on June, 26, 1870.

• In Greek, X means Christ. That is where the word “X-Mas” comes from. Nobody took the “Christ” out of Christmas, they just got lazy.

• Some priests in Australia advise you to say “Happy Christmas”, not “Merry Christmas”, because Merry has connotations of getting drunk

• “Hot cockles” was a popular game at Christmas in medieval times in which participants took turns striking a blindfolded player, who had to guess the name of the person delivering each blow. “Hot cockles” was still a Christmas pastime until the Victorian era.

•“It’s a Wonderful Life” appears on TV more often than any other holiday movie.

• During the holiday shopping season, Visa cards alone are used an average of 5,340 times every minute in the United States.

• More diamonds are sold around Christmas than any other time of the year.
• Seven out of ten dogs receive Christmas Gifts from their owners.

*Why LNF? Why Plain White Shirt? Read Rorschach’s Ribs and all will be understood.


Plain White Shirt…

November 18, 2009

LNF*

• Elephants are the only animals that can’t jump.

• Americans on the average eat 18 acres of pizza every day.

• On average people fear spiders more than they do death.

• Banging your head against a wall uses 150 calories an hour.

• The liquid inside young coconuts can be used as substitute for blood plasma.

• Dentists have recommended that a toothbrush be kept at least 6 feet away from a toilet to avoid airborne particles resulting from the flush.

• American car horns beep in the tone of F.

• Donkeys kill more people annually than plane crashes.

• Barbie’s full name is Barbara Millicent Roberts.

• On average, 100 people choke to death on ball-point pens every year.

• 7% of Americans will eat McDonalds today.

All porcupines float in water.

In Muncie, Indiana, it is illegal to carry fishing tackle in a cemetery.

LNFs on This Day:

1865 – Samuel L. Clemens published “The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County” under the pen name “Mark Twain” in the New York “Saturday Press.”

1928 – The first successful sound-synchronized animated cartoon premiered in New York. It was Walt Disney’s “Steamboat Willie,” starring Mickey Mouse.

1978 – In Jonestown, Guyana, Reverend Jim Jones persuaded his followers to commit suicide by drinking a death potion. Some people were shot to death. 914 cult members were left dead including over 200 children.

1987 – U2 opened for itself by pretending to be a country-rock group called The Dalton Brothers during a concert in Los Angeles

1994 – Cab Calloway died at the age of 86.

*Why LNF? Why Plain White Shirt? Read Rorschach’s Ribs and all will be understood.


Plain White Shirt…

June 13, 2009

LNF*

• The longest word in the English language, according to the Oxford English Dictionary, is pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis. The only other word with the same amount of letters is pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconioses, its plural.
• An ostrich’s eye is bigger than its brain.
• Wilma Flintstone’s maiden name was Wilma Slaghoopal, and Betty Rubble’s Maiden name was Betty Jean Mcbricker.
• Dueling is legal in Paraguay as long as both parties are registered blood donors.
• The phrase “rule of thumb” is derived from an old English law which stated that you couldn’t beat your wife with anything wider than your thumb.
• A group of unicorns is called a blessing. Twelve or more cows are known as a “flink.” A group of frogs is called an army. A group of rhinos is called a crash. A group of kangaroos is called a mob. A group of whales is called a pod. A group of ravens is called a murder. A group of officers is called a mess. A group of larks is called an exaltation. A group of owls is called a parliament.
• Every time you lick a stamp, you’re consuming 1/10 of a calorie.
• The phrase “sleep tight” derives from the fact that early mattresses were filled with straw and held up with rope stretched across the bedframe. A tight sleep was a comfortable sleep.
• Studies show that if a cat falls off the seventh floor of a building it has about thirty percent less chance of surviving than a cat that falls off the twentieth floor. It supposedly takes about eight >floors for the cat to realize what is occurring, relax and correct itself.
• 111,111,111 x 111,111,111=12,345,678,987,654,321
• No word in the English language rhymes with month, orange, silver, and purple.
• There are two credit cards for every person in the United States.
• A snail can sleep for 3 years.
• What do bullet proof vests, fire escapes, windshield wipers and laser printers all have in common?– All were invented by women. (girl power)
• Married men revealed that they change their underwear twice as often as single men.
• 40% of all people who come to a party in your home snoop in your medicine cabinet.
• The first couple to be shown in bed together on prime time television were Fred and Wilma Flintstone.
• Every day more money is printed for Monopoly than the US Treasury.
• It is possible to lead a cow upstairs but not downstairs.
If you toss a penny 10,000 times, it will not be heads 5,000 times, but more like 4,950. The heads picture weighs more, so it ends up on the bottom.

LNFs on this day:

1920 – The U.S. Post Office Department ruled that children may not be sent by parcel post.

*Why LNF? Why Plain White Shirt? Read Rorschach’s Ribs and all will be understood.

Plain White Shirt

June 6, 2009

LNF*

• In 1500’s England they started running out of places to bury people. There was a real humdinger of a plague kicking and folks were dropping like flies. There were so many cats dying, in fact, that they had to dig up coffins and reuse the graves. When reopening these coffins, one out of 25 were found to have scratch marks on the inside. They realized they had been burying people alive. Here’s the real kicker… To avoid doing this to anyone else, a string was tied on the wrist of the stiff. It led out of the coffin, up through the ground and was tied to a bell. Some poor schmuck had to sit out in the graveyard all night (hence the term graveyard shift) to listen for the bell to ring-a-ding-ding. Consequently, someone could be saved by the bell.

• The children’s song “Ring around the Rosy” originated in medieval Europe during the time of the Black Plague. It’s true – “ring around the rosy” refers to dark rings that appeared on the skin of infected people. “Pocket full of posies” refers to the belief that if rose petals were carried in one’s pocket they would not be infected. “Ashes to ashes” refers to the burning of the corpses. And of course, we all fall down meant that everyone infected went to the big casino in the sky.

• The word ’fuck’ is used 105 times in Patrick Swayze’s classic police-drama Point Break.

• A duck’s quack doesn’t echo, and no one knows why.

• The first novel ever written on a typewriter was Tom Sawyer.

• In Minnesota, it is illegal to cross state lines with duck on your head.

• It is illegal to walk down a street in Maine with your shoelaces untied.

• The airplane Buddy Holly died in was the American Pie (Thus the name of the Don McLean song.)

• If a statue in the park of a person on a horse has both front legs in the air, the person died in battle; if the horse has one front leg in the air, the person died as a result of wounds received in battle;  if the horse has all four legs on the ground, the person died of natural causes.

• Clans of long ago that wanted to get rid of their unwanted people without killing them would burn their houses down – hence the expression “to get fired.”

LNFs on this day in history…

• In 1884 the Young Men’s Christian Association was founded in London.

• In 1944 the D-Day invasion of Europe took place on the beaches of Normandy, France. 400,000 Allied American, British and Canadian troops were involved.

• In 1946 the Basketball Association of America was formed in New York City, NY

*Why LNF? Why Plain White Shirt? Read Rorschach’s Ribs and all will be understood.

Plain White Shirt

May 27, 2009

LNF*

• It takes about 40 muscles to smile, but only 4 to pull the trigger of a decent rifle.
• Beard hair grows at twice its usual rate when you’re in a plane.
• You use more calories eating celery than there are in celery itself.
• More than 2,500 left handed people are killed every year from using right handed products.
• The longest word in the English language, according to the Oxford English Dictionary, is pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis. The only other word with the same amount of letters is pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconioses, its plural.
• The Eisenhower interstate system requires that one mile in every five must be straight. These straight sections are usable as airstrips in times of war or other emergencies
• The first toilet ever seen on television was on “Leave It To Beaver”.
• You are more likely to be killed by a champagne cork than by a poisonous spider.
• 9th U.S. president William Henry Harrison was inaugurated on a bitterly cold day and gave the longest inauguration speech ever. The new president promptly caught a cold that soon developed into pneumonia. Harrison died exactly one month into his presidential term, the shortest in U.S. history.
• The youngest pope was 11 years old.

*Why LNF? Why Plain White Shirt? Read Rorschach’s Ribs and all will be understood.

Plain White Shirt…

May 22, 2009

LNF*:
• For most of human history, scientists believed that meteors did not exist. The idea that rocks could drop out of the sky seemed absurd. President Thomas Jefferson once denounced Yale University when one of its professors claimed to have seen a meteor fall.
•Typewriter is the longest word that can be made using only the letters on the top row of the keyboard.
•The Earth is hit by lightning 100 times a second.
•Monday is the only day of the week that has an anagram: dynamo
•You can’t kill yourself by holding your breath.
•Dentists have recommended that a toothbrush be kept at least 6 feet away from a toilet to avoid airborne particles resulting from the flush.
•Polar bears are left handed.
•The first product to have a bar code was Wrigley’s gum.
• In 1906, the horse-drawn traffic in New York City moved along at an average speed of 11.5 miles per hour. In 1978, a survey showed automobile traffic in New York City averaged only 7.9 miles per hour.
• The average human will eat one pound of insects in their lifetime.
• Detroit has more ‘registered’ bowlers than any other American city.
• In George Washington’s days, there were no cameras. One’s image was either sculpted or painted. Some paintings of George Washington showed him standing behind a desk with one arm behind his back while others showed both legs and both arms. Prices charged by painters were not based on how many people were to be painted, but by how many limbs were to be painted Arms and legs are limbs, therefore painting them would cost the buyer more. Hence the expression, “Alright, but it’ll cost you an arm and a leg.”
• In the 1700’s many women and men had developed acne scars by adulthood. The women would spread bee’s wax over their facial skin to smooth out the complexions. When they were speaking to each other, if a woman began to stare at another woman’s face she was told to “mind your own bee’s wax .” *bonus LNF* Should the woman smile, the wax would crack; hence the term “Crack a smile.”
•SUV drivers are twice as likely to talk on a cellphone as drivers of other kinds of cars.
•75% of stage and screen actors do not use their real names.
•The origin of the term bridal shower comes from English brides who used to buy “bride ale” for their wedding guests.

**Lightning Round**
• A “jiffy” is an actual unit of time for 1/100th of a second.
• Almonds are a member of the peach family.
• A cat has 32 muscles in each ear.
• A goldfish has a memory span of three seconds.
• Leonardo Da Vinci invented the scissors.
• Israeli postage stamps are certified kosher.
•The ball on top of a flagpole is called a “truck.”
•The first chalkboard was used in school in 1714.
mid2*Why LNF? Why Plain White Shirt? Read Rorschach’s Ribs and all will be understood.

Daily Dose of Plain White Shirt

May 18, 2009

 

Some LNFs*

• The average adult falls asleep seven minutes after turning out the light.
• Sir Winston Churchill smoked an estimated 300,000 cigars in his lifetime.
• Michelangelo’s cook was illiterate, so he drew her a shopping list, which today is priceless.
• The architect who built the Kremlin had his eyes gouged our by Ivan The Terrible so that he would never be able to design another building like it.
• Pirates wore earrings because they believed it improved their eyesight.
• “Fortnight” is a contraction of “fourteen nights.” In the US “two weeks” is more commonly used.
• Any month that starts on a Sunday will have a Friday the 13th in it.
• The metal instrument used in shoe stores to measure feet is called the Brannock device.
• There are more chickens than people in the world. Beware the uprising.
• There are two words in the English language that have all five vowels in order: “abstemious” and “facetious.”
• There’s no Betty Rubble in the Flintstones ChewablesVitamins

.• NINE PRESIDENTS never attended college: Washington, Jackson, Van Buren, Taylor, Fillmore, Lincoln, A. Johnson, Cleveland, and Truman. The college that has the most presidents as alumni (five in total) is Harvard: J. Adams, J. Q. Adams, T. Roosevelt, F. Roosevelt, and Kennedy.
• A dime has 118 ridges around the edge.
• A dragonfly has a life span of 24 hours.
• Al Capone’s business card said he was a used furniture dealer.
• Your stomach has to produce a new layer of mucus every two weeks; otherwise it will digest itself.
• Rubber bands last longer when refrigerated.
• Peanuts are one of the ingredients in dynamite.
• The average driving/car-bus riding person spends about 3 months of their life at a red light.

Have a lovely commute into work…

 

*Little Known Facts…it’s a copywriter joke, don’t ask