• It was pioneering British film director and producer Alfred Hitchcock who made the following sage observation: “Television has done much for psychiatry by spreading information about it — as well as contributing to the need for it.”
• The grapefruit is so named not because of any relation to or resemblance to a grape (obviously), but because it hangs from the tree in grapelike clusters.
• Those who study such things say that the three most recognized words in the world are God, Coca- Cola and Titanic.
• Although darts is a traditionally English pub game, there are now more than three times as many darts players in the United States than there are in the United Kingdom.
• Jazz musician Glenn Miller was the recipient of the first gold record ever awarded, for the big-band hit “Chattanooga Choo- Choo.”
• The amount of fuel in a jumbo jet single tank would be enough to allow a car to drive around the world — four times.
• If you had visited Peru in the mid-1980s, you could have bought toothpaste with cocaine in it.
• The longest game in the history of professional baseball was played between the Pawtucket Red Sox and the Rochester Red Wings in April of 1981. It lasted just shy of 8 1/2 hours, and ran for an unbelievable 33 innings.
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