Major League Baseball pitcher Ed Porray is the only player in league history to not be born in a country. He was born on a fishing boat in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean on December 5th, 1888. His birth certificate lists “At sea, on the Atlantic Ocean” as his birthplace.
The SEC pays 10-30% of the fine to whistleblowers whose info leads to over $1m fines.
Women’s cigarette holders used the same general description as were used for evening gloves. They were: opera length, usually 16 to 20 inches, theatre length, 10 to 14 inches, dinner length, 4 to 6 inches, and cocktail length, which includes shorter holders.
Allen’s rule describes a pattern in animals’ lankiness and size (surface-area to volume ratio) across related species, where hotter climates yield skinny or small animals whereas colder climates yield bulky or large animals.
Doctors in Lithuania removed over 1 Kilo (2.2lbs) of metal objects, including screws and nails, from a man’s stomach after he was admitted for abdominal pain. Some of the objects were up to 10cm (4in) long. The man claimed he started eating the metal after quitting alcohol a month prior.
In the 1970s Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak offered a 1/3 stake in Apple for $50,000 to Nolan Bushnell, their former boss and founder of Atari. He said no, but later spent $500,000 on the rights to the Pizza Time Theater chain. He said “It’s kind of fun to think about, when I’m not crying.”
In 1841 France almost broke off relations with Texas due to a hotel owner’s marauding pigs eating the French ambassador’s bed linens.
In 1989, scientists at IBM succeeded in arranging 35 individual xenon atoms on a substrate of chilled crystal of nickel to spell out the initials “IBM”. It was the first time atoms had been precisely positioned on a flat surface.
Sprite was originally a Fanta flavor. In 1959 Fanta released a lemon-lime flavor, and it was rebranded & became Sprite in 1961.
Turning over control of the Panama Canal to Panama was a huge controversial emotional issue dividing many Americans in the 1970’s.