Sunday, May 01, 2005

Care to know....

  1. Gaspar Aquino De Belen wrote the first "Pasyon" in the 18th century.
  2. Fred Perry (1934-36) was the first man to have won all four of the world's major championship titles in tennis - Wimbeldon, Us, Australian and French Open.
  3. Albion was the old name of Great Britain.
  4. Floyed Patterson 1935–, American boxer, b. Waco, N.C. was the first man to regain the heavyweight title in boxing. He was brought up in Brooklyn, N.Y. and was sent to the Wiltwyck School for Boys at Esopus, N.Y., a correctional institution, where he first began to box. As an amateur he won 40 of 44 fights, climaxing his career by winning (1952) the Olympic middleweight championship. As a professional, he lost only one fight before becoming, at the age of 21, the youngest man to win the heavyweight title. He successfully defended his title four times before losing it to Ingemar Johansson, of Sweden, in 1959. Patterson knocked out Johansson one year later to become the first man ever to regain the heavyweight title.
  5. According to both FRENCH and PENNSYLVANIA DUTCH tradition, BELLS NICHOLS is the name of Santa's BROTHER.
  6. Before he was a BEATLE, JOHN LENNON was the leader of the group called THE QUARRYMEN, named after The QUARRY BANK GRAMMAR SCHOOL located in Woolton, England.
  7. Sixteen year old Jane Chester posed for the "Columbia Pictures" LOGO called the PROUD LADY.
  8. The Presidential Retreat in Maryland was originally called "Shangri-La". It was renamed "CAMP DAVID" by President Eisenhower in 1953 for his grandson.
  9. The modern hamburger on a bun got it's start at the ST. Louis World's Fair in 1904.
  10. In Italian: "MAFIA" means "BEAUTY, EXCELLENCE and BRAVERY"; "COSA NOSTRA" means "OUR THING".
  11. The word "Highjack" originated during prohibition. When a truck of illegal liquor was taken, the gunman would say "HIGH, JACK", indicating how the driver should raise his hands.
  12. ROSEBUD" was CITIZEN KANE'S last word on his deathbead in the movie Citizen Kane made in 1941. ROSEBUD was a SLED he had as a child and the frame of the story of the movie was searching for the meaning his last word.
  13. For his first JAMES BOND film Dr. No, 32-year-old SEAN CONNERY received a reported $16,500. By 1966, his salary was $750,000.
  14. Abraham Lincoln, who invented a hydraulic device for lifting ships over shoals, was the only US president ever granted a patent.
  15. Franklin D. Roosevelt was the only US president elected four times.
  16. In the movoe, The Incredibles, Syndrome's plan is called the Kronos Project. It is named for the movie Kronos (1957), about a giant robot that lands from space, much as the Omnidroid does.
  17. Syndrome's "zero-point energy" beam is based on an actual physics concept, the zero-point field, demonstrated in 1948 via the Casimir Effect and essential to Stephen Hawking's theory that black holes eventually evaporate. Harnessing the zero-point field would be quite a feat, as it would yield a truly infinite source of energy.
  18. The code to Edna Mode's Lab is 6395742.
  19. Swans are the only birds with penises.
  20. Glass isn't solid, but liquid.
  21. The first female president of the Philippines sworn into office in 1986 was Corazon Cojuangco Aquino.
  22. Enrique, Magellan's slave was the first human to circle the globe. Magellan had purchased him ''10 years earlier in Malacca, where he was baptized, and he had followed his master ever since across Africa and Europe,'' then across the Atlantic, through the Straits of Magellan and across the Pacific. (see: http://filipinohome.com/archive.html )
  23. Filipinos were introduced tothe English language in 1762 by British invaders, not by the Americans.

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