Did you know that
the red, yellow and blue uniform worn by the Swiss guard at the
Vatican was designed by Michelangelo?
Yes, itís one of several costumes worn by the guards but the
only one thatís a true Michelangelo original. You should check
out his spring collection.
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know that John Paul Jones, the famous American patriot, also
served as a rear admiral in the Russian navy?
true, He won several naval victories in Russian encounters with
the Turks in 1788. Here are some other interesting facts about
him: His original name was John Paul. He flogged a crewman who
had later died from his injuries but was found innocent after
the resulting trial. He had also killed the leader of a mutinous
crew in 1773 and, rather than wait in prison to be tried, he
escaped. After his escape, he was considered by the British to
be a pirate and a fugitive of justice. He then adopted the
surname Jones in order to conceal his identity. He later claimed
that it was a one armed man that had actually killed the
Did you know
that the 5-day 40-hour work week originated in the steel
industry? It was adopted
in 1923 by the steel industry and three years later by Henry
Ford. But Iím not exactly sure where the gathering around the
water-cooler to gossip was first adopted.
know that more damage resulted from fire rather than from the
direct effects of the San Francisco earthquake of 1906? The quake
would have measured 7.9 on the current Richter scale. The damage
it yielded initially paled in comparison to the resulting fire
that burned for three days and leveled twenty-eight thousand
buildings-1/3 of the city-across almost five square miles. Itís
sort of similar to how Bill Clinton got into more trouble by
lying about Monica than for what he actually had done with her.
know that Herman and Lily Munster were the first TV sitcom
couple to share a double bed?
the TV couple, played by Fred Gwynne and Yvonne De Carlo, was
the first sitcom couple to do so, during the 1964-65 season. But
who was the first sitcom character to wet the bed?
know why Franklin D Roosevelt was bestowed the honor of being
portrayed on the U.S. dime in 1945? He was
being honored for his work with the March of Dimes and his
struggle with polio. Maybe we should honor Dan Quayle by putting
him on the penny. Since theyíre both considered worthless by
know that Englandís Queen Anne inspired a furniture style?
true. Unfortunately it was her bowlegs that had inspired the
Did you know that a
set of George Washingtonís false teeth was stolen from the
Smithsonian Institution in 1981? They werenít
made of wood either. The uppers were made of gold and
hippopotamus teeth and the lowers were made of elephant and
hippopotamus teeth. Which meant that somewhere, during the
1700s, there were some elephants and hippos going around gumming
Did you know
that the last battle of the War of 1812 actually took place
after the war had officially ended? Itís
true, by the time word of the treaty had actually reached the
battlefield, the Battle of New Orleans had already ended. Maybe
they should have gone with UPS or Federal Express.
know that the infamous Black Plague wiped out one-third of
Europeís population in just two years? As
itís now known, the bubonic plague was transmitted by fleas
carried on rats but it was quickly followed by pneumonic
plague-a related form of the dreaded disease-which was spread
through the air. Most people died within three days of showing
the first symptoms. In fact, Itís about the only thing that
could thin out a crowd quicker than an extended version of
Meatloafís "I would do anything for love."
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