Stream of Facts
Esperanto, a language invented by L.L. Zamenhof in 1887, was an attempt to create a common language that would be spoken around the world.
Chessington World of Adventures, a theme park in Britain, offers a hypnotherapist to help convince parents to enjoy rides they might otherwise be afraid of.
It is rumored that Marie Antoinette managed to convince King Louis XVI of France to require all handkerchiefs be square.
In London, Trafalgar Square has been a traditional spot to celebrate New Years’ Eve.
In 1991, a Bayport, New York home was invaded by 20,000 bees. Before they were removed, they produced about 10 pounds of honey.
The Beach Boys 1967 release, Wild Honey, surprised fans with its rhythm and blues sound. A far cry from their early surf-rock sound, it foreshadowed the experimental, drug-fueled direction their work would take during the 1970s.
Rather than skipping work one day last year, Scottish hotel worker Steven Reid injured himself with a razor and boulder. The 23-year-old worker then walked to the police station and claimed he had been assaulted.
In June 2001, brothers Daniel and David Dauphinee assaulted police from a 19th floor balcony in Winnipeg, Manitoba. The two former Mounties’ weapon of choice: a massive supply of oranges and onions.
After suffering a two blood vessel stroke in 2001, former handyman and criminal offender Tommy McHugh became an artist savant, painting most surfaces of his house and began writing poetry.
To make the Poetry Foundation’s bestseller list, a book must sell only 50 copies per week.
Overseen & Overheard
“I’m so hungry I could eat a boner!”
— Male student on Quarter Mile
“I wish you could come to Imagine RIT just once.”
— Male student practically in tears
“The Christians are outside!”
— Female student in Campus Center
"Should I give you my cell phone number in case someone finds out there’s aliens on campus or something?”
— Campus tour participant
“If I was editor in chief, there would be a lot more butt slapping.”
— Disgruntled girl at McGinny’s
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