Not many athletes make it into the NFL. Out of the 15,588 student athletes playing football, only 256 of those athletes would be drafted into the NFL. Only 0.008% of all high school athletes get drafted.
White Castle was the country’s first fast food chain when it opened in 1921 in Wichita, Kansas. Today Wichita doesn’t have any. There hasn’t been one there since 1938.
Marconi believed, late on in life, that no sound ever dies completely. He dreamt of building a device strong enough to pick up the actual words of Jesus at the ‘Sermon on the Mount’.
In 1953, Swanson overestimated the number of frozen turkeys that it would sell on Thanksgiving by 260 tons. The company decided to slice up the extra meat and repackage it–creating the first ever TV dinner.
For decades, southern states considered Thanksgiving an “act of northern aggression.” Pumpkin pie was seen as a “Yankee food” and a symbol of anti-slavery sentiment.
Charm bracelets had an increase in popularity in the U.S during and after WWII. Soldiers found that they could easily buy and send small charms home to their partners. The charms helped their wives and girlfriends feel connected to them still.
Comedian Katt Williams was sued in 2012 by fans for “non-performance.” He performed a long-winded rant for roughly ten minutes, challenged an audience member to a fight, and angered fans paying upwards of $94.
The first native to greet the settlers at Plymouth colony not only spoke English, he boldly walked into their camp to say hello and ask if they had beer. His name was Samoset, and along with Squanto, he spent several years teaching the colonists to farm, hunt and survive in the New World.
In 2007 Switzerland accidentally invaded .9 miles into Liechtenstein and after their mistake issued an apology to which Lichtenstein’s official response was “no worries these things happen”.
Jingle bells was originally a Thanksgiving song, not a Christmas song.
In 1972 legendary English songwriter Paul McCartney wrote the song, “Give Ireland Back to the Irish.” It was promptly banned from broadcast in the United Kingdom and not played by the majority of radio stations in the United States. However, it was the number one song in Ireland.
While performing in Australia in 1957, Little Richard saw a fireball flying across the sky and took it to be a sign from God to repent from secular music and his wild lifestyle at the time; he wouldn’t return to secular music until 1962. The fireball that he saw was the launch of Sputnik 1.