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Strange But True




 

 

• If you’re like the average American, you are exposed to 237 ads – in newspapers and magazines, on television and radio and billboards – every single day.

• Those flying discs you see people tossing around in parks on sunny summer days are, of course, Frisbees – but did you ever stop to wonder where that decidedly odd name came from? In the 1920s, the Frisbie Baking Company sold pies to many colleges in New England. After the pies were consumed, students realized that the empty pie tins soared beautifully when they were tossed. The craze spread, and a variety of companies began manufacturing discs specifically for the new sport. Eventually, Wham-O was looking for a catchy name to use in marketing, and it trademarked the name Frisbee as a tribute to the baking company that started it all.

• It was Bertrand Russell, a Welsh philosopher, mathematician, pacifist and Nobel prizewinner (how’s [SET ITAL]that[END ITAL] for a career description?), who made the following sage observation: “No one gossips about other people’s secret virtues.”

• The news service Reuters recently reported that an Australian couple, Pat and Sheena Wheaton, named their newborn son Superman. That may seem odd, but it was actually their second choice for a name; they wanted to call him 4Real, but the government registry rejected the name because it contained a numeral.

• According to CTIA, the international association for the wireless telecommunications industry, 79 percent of U.S. residents own at least one cell phone.

• The inventor of television, Philo T. Farnsworth, came up with the idea in 1921, when he was just 15 years old.

(c) 2007 King Features Synd., Inc.

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