Didn’t Know That Last Week

Didn’t Know That Last Week – 1st August 2018

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1              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.


2              The youngest pope was 11 years old. The youngest pope in history was Pope Benedict IX, born Theophylactus of Tusculum, who was picked as pope on three separate occasions in his lifetime, ruling during a tumultuous period in the church with seven different papacies over a short period of time. The date of his birth is uncertain, but his first papacy, in 1032, was given to him somewhere between the age of 11 and 20.


3              Dr. Samuel A. Mudd was the physician who set the leg of Lincoln’s assassin, John Wilkes Booth, and whose shame created the expression for ignominy: “His name is Mudd.”


4              Wayne’s World was filmed in two weeks.


5              Toto was paid $125 per week while filming The Wizard of Oz.


6              The only member of the band ZZ Top without a beard has the last name Beard.


7              George Lumley, aged 104, married Mary Dunning, aged 10, in Nortallerton, England on August 25, 1783. She was the great-great granddaughter of the woman who’d broken her engagement to Lumley, eighty years before.

8              In Elizabethan England, the spoon was so novel and prized that people carried their own folding spoons to banquets.


9              It costs more to buy a new car today in the United States than it cost Christopher Columbus to equip and undertake three voyages to and from the New World.


10           Millie the White House dog earned more than four times as President Bush in 1991.


11           A law passed in Nebraska in 1912 set hard rules of the road. Drivers in the country at night were required to stop every 150 yards, send up a skyrocket, then wait eight minutes for the road to clear before proceeding cautiously, all the while blowing their horn and shooting off flares.


12           Louis XIV of France really was as unpleasant a fellow as he’s been depicted. In 1674, when he was visiting a school at Clermont, he heard from the school’s authorities that one of the children, a nine- year-old Irish lad named Francis Seldon, had made a pun about the king’s bald head.


Louis was furious. He had a secret warrant drawn up for the child’s arrest, and young Seldon was thrown into solitary confinement in the Bastille. His parents, members of one of Europe’s richest merchant families, were told simply that the child had disappeared. Days turned to months, months to years, and Louis himself passed away. But Francis spent sixty-nine years “in the hole” for making fun of the king’s baldness.



If you hear a voice within you say “you cannot paint,” then by all means paint and that voice will be silenced. —Vincent Van Gogh


Happiness is…learning something new every day


Teacher: Annie what is the chemical formula for water?

Annie: H, I, J, K, L, M, N, O.

Teacher: What on earth are you talking about?

Annie: Didn’t ypu say it’s H to O?


Love is…the perfect answer to stress


Come Back and Shake Me – Clodagh Rodgers

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