Tuesday, June 05, 2007

10 things I didn't know until last week

1. John Lennon was the first person to be featured on the cover of Rolling Stones magazine.
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2. The name Polo is derived from the Tibetan word “pulu”, meaning ball.
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3. The first organ to be successfully transplanted in humans is the kidney. The first such transplant was performed at Peter Bent Brigham Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts on Dec. 23, 1954 by Dr. John P. Merrill. The patient, Richard Herrick, aged 23, received a kidney from his identical twin, Ronald.
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4. MAD Magazine named Pac-Man “Man of the Year” in September 1982 and put it on the cover of the magazine. It is one of very few MAD covers that does not feature Alfred E. Neuman.
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5. Christmas was made illegal in Massachusetts in 1659 - and remained so for 22 years.
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6. At 1 min and 37 secs, ‘Stay’ by Maurice Williams and the Zodiacs is the shortest # 1 song ever on the US charts.
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7. In Ireland, the year 1847 is known as ‘Black forty-seven’ because it was the worst year of the potato famine.
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8. It takes just 14 one-year calendars to make a perpetual calendar.
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9. Tom Selleck was initially cast as Indiana Jones but couldn’t take up the role.
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10. Elvis Presley recorded only one commercial in his entire life - a radio commercial for Southern Maid Donuts that aired on the Louisiana Hayride radio program.
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