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A blog of trivial facts and nothing news

Archive for the month “June, 2012”

Leprechauns Really?

A man in Seattle Washington claims he was attacked by Leprechauns. It seems he was at a local bar and danced with the wrong girl which upset the little guys. Police arrived at the scene of the bar fight to find a man covered in blood and screaming in pain. When the officers asked what happened he told them he had been attacked by a bunch of Leprechauns. Police were not able to find any Leprechauns or anyone else involved in the attack. 

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This Day In World War 2

72 years ago today France was forced to sign an armistice with Germany at Compiegne, France. The terms were dictated by the Nazis in the same railroad car that Germany had signed the original armistice when they had been defeated in 1918. One year later on this date Germany began the invasion of the Soviet Union. They obviously failed in their efforts. And seventy years ago today Fort Stevens at the mouth of the Columbia River in Oregon was shelled by a Japanese submarine. A very busy day in history.

“Don’t Bring Me Down”

I was watching the movie Super 8 and it began with the song “Don’t Bring Me Down” by ELO. After some research I have discovered this song appears in the 1997 mob thriller “Donnie Brasco”, 2011 films “Paul” and “Super 8” (already mentioned), the 2011 video game “NHL 12”. It is in the trailer for “Flushed Away’, “Our Idiot Brother” and “Jack and Jill”. The song is played in a scene from “The Pirates! Band of Misfits,” and the skydiving scene from “College Road Trip”. It is also played in the Doctor Who episode “Love & Monsters”. “Don’t Bring Me Down was dedicated to the Skylab space station July 11, 1979 as it was about to fall apart entering the atmosphere. NASA used it again when the space shuttle Columbia crew had to have an extended stay in space because of bad weather. Overall I would say this song has seen a lot of uses since be number 4 on the American Billboard charts.

FYI Shortest War

The shortest war on record is The Anglo-Zanzibar War which lasted only 45 minutes. The war was fought between the United Kingdom and Zanzibar on August 27,1896. War broke out after Sultan Hamad bin Thuwaini died. His nephew, Khalid bin Bargash, grabbed power in a coup d’état. The British wanted another candidate, Hamud bin Muhammed, to be in charge because they felt he would cooperate with them. They asked Bragash to step down but he refused to abdicate and instead began fortifying the palace. Meanwhile the Royal Navy brought in five warships and landed Royal Marines to support the regular army of Zanzibar. The warships opened fire on the palace at 9 am on 27 August 1896. Bargash ran away to the German consulate where he was granted asylum. The shelling stopped after 45 minutes and thus ended the Anglo-Zanzibar war. 

Casualties

I was informed The Battle of Antietam is ranked as one of the most costly one day battles for the United States. The best estimates are over 22,000 casualties in just one day compared to about 4,500 for D-day. The Battle of the Bulge in World War 2 cost almost 90,000 men but that was over a 31 day stretch. Gettysburg had over 51,000 casualties in just three days. As a comparison the entire Revolutionary war cost nearly 25,000. Casualties for all the battles listed combine those killed, wounded and missing. Just a side note Afghanistan and Iraq together equal 6,000 from 2001 to 2012. 

German Spies Captured in Long Island

Alright this news did not happen in 2012. Sixty-nine years ago today German spies did land on Long Island, N.Y. They did not accomplish anything as they were captured soon after their arrival. 

If You Find A Gun In Detroit…

Here’s the story from World Magazine, a county employee in Detroit who found a loaded revolver while mowing grass. Being a conscientious man he called the police to turn in the gun. However; the cops never showed up so he waited till after his shift to turn in the gun at the local police station. It would have been good except John Chevilott was fired by county officials for having a gun in his possession while on the job. So what was he to do leave a loaded gun in a park? Chevilott is fighting to get his job back.

A Dogs Mouth Is No More Germ Free Than A Humans

I was just talking about this with someone today, so I came home and looked it up. Here are some links for you.

http://brokensecrets.com/2010/06/28/dogs-mouths-are-not-cleaner-than-humans/

http://blogs.howstuffworks.com/2009/12/28/is-a-dogs-mouth-cleaner-than-a-humans/

http://urbanlegends.about.com/od/dogs/a/dog_breath.htm

http://www.dogster.com/answers/question/are_dogs_mouths_really_germy-5221

I like my dog Buddy but I’m not going to touch that mouth.

“Buck” Compton

If you have watched the series Band of Brothers you probably remember the character Buck Compton. Lynn D. “Buck” Compton was a part of the D-day invasion, Operation Market Garden (where he was wounded) and the Battle of the Bulge. What you may not know is that Lynn Compton went on to become a LAPD officer and lawyer. He was part of a three man team which successfully prosecuted Sirhan B. Sirhan who was accused of shooting Robert Kennedy. “Buck” died February of this year. 

Dull and Boring

So here is the story. A town called Boring and another town named Dull have decided to unofficially officially pair with each other so they can be “Dull and Boring”.  Boring is a town of about ten thousand located in Oregon while Dull is a small town of eighty four located in Scotland. Maybe this is a match made in heaven it doesn’t matter it is another tid bit of news you can ramble about anytime you like.

For more information: http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2012/06/06/154416480/ho-hum-dull-and-boring-are-now-a-pair

 

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