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The first documented "Me too" post on USENET was made on Feb 1, 1983 by a guy named Leroy Casterline.

Helicopter is constructed from the Greek helico (spiral) + pter (wing), but of course has been redeconstructed into heli + copter.

Ben Edlund, creator of The Tick, wrote the "Jaynestown" episode of Firefly and co-wrote the episode "Trash". He was also one of the producers for the series.

Milky Way was the first filled candy bar, created in 1923.

The voice of Jack in the Jack in the Box commercials is provided by ad campaign creator and director Dick Sittig, who in a brilliant stroke of autonepotism hired himself for the role.

The word "blurb" was coined by Gelett Burgess, author of the poem "Purple Cow", in 1907 when he attributed the endorsement on one of his books to Miss Belinda Blurb.

Phil Hartman designed the Crosby, Still, Nash, and Young logo while working as a graphic artist before making it big in comedy.

October 5th is the most common birthday in the United States.

Christopher Guest played guitar as Nigel Tufnel on the 1979 album Lenny and Squiggy present Lenny and the Squigtones (which of course featured Michael McKean as Lenny), five years before the 1984 release of This is Spinal Tap.

The cooling mouthfeel of dextrose (think powdered donuts, which typically use powdered dextrose) is caused by its negative heat of solution, around -105.5 J/g at 25 °C.

Comedian/actor Patton Oswalt and I wear the same size shoes (7).

Laurence Olivier and Roberto Benigni are the only two actors who have directed themselves in Oscar winning performances.

The Orbital song "Halcyon" (and presumably the derived "Halycon + on + on", one of my all-time favorite trip songs) is a tribute to the benzodiazepine Halcion (Triazolam).

The polo shirt was originally known as the tennis shirt and was invented by then French tennis star and soon-to-be clothing magnate René Lacoste around 1926. It was introduced commercially in 1929 and is considered the first piece of performance sports clothing and the first example of a brand logo (from Lacoste's nickname "Le Crocodile") appearing on the outside of clothing.

Wendy's founder Dave Thomas invented the Kentucky Fried Chicken rotating bucket-of-chicken sign.

Date: 2006-03-22 09:17 pm (UTC)
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Wow. That's a lot of stuff! And now I've learned it too...

Date: 2006-03-22 11:19 pm (UTC)
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Does that make January Fourth the luckiest day? Such close proximity to new year's eve would lead me to adjust the standard accepted 280 day human gestation period to 284 days.

Date: 2006-03-23 12:19 am (UTC)
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Running "cal -j 2006" leads me to believe that October 5th is the 278th day of the year (279th for leap years).

Googling gives values of 266 days (38 weeks) from conception, or 280 days (40 weeks) from last menstruation period (LMP); these are based on the work of Dr. Naegele, circa 1850. More current research, "The Length of Uncomplicated Human Gestation." (1990 Study), gives median values of 274 days (from conception) for first-time mothers and 269 days for repeat deliverers.


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