“Winfield goes back to the wall. He hits his head on the wall and it rolls off! It’s rolling all the way back to second base! This is a terrible thing for the Padres!” — Sportscaster Jerry Coleman
THE TWENTY MOST USEFUL KNOTS.
- Thumb or over-hand knot, tied at the end of a rope to prevent it from opening out, &c.
- Right or reef-knot, for securing all lashings where the ends of the rope meet together.
- Draw-knot, which offers great facility in undoing.
- Running-knot, used to bind or draw anything close.
- Sheepshank, serving to shorten a rope without cutting it or unfastening the ends.
- Clove-hitch, which binds with excessive force, and by which alone a weight can be hung to a smooth pole.
- Timber-hitch, very useful in hauling to move a weight.
- Single bowline-knot, difficult to undo, useful to throw over a post &c., to haul on, used for the draw-loop of a slip noose.
- Double bowline-knot, for slinging a cask.
- Running bowline-knot.
- Woolding or packing-stick hitch, used to tighten ropes.
- Men’s harness hitch, passing over the shoulder and under the opposite arm of men drawing a carriage, &c.
- Stopper hitch, for stoppering the fall of a tackle, &c.
- Inside clinch, for fastening a cable to the anchor ring, &c.
- Common or sheet bend, a very secure method of joining two ropes, or fastening a rope to a loop.
- Hawser bend, for joining two ropes, easily undone.
- Cat’s paw, the turn in the bight of a rope, for hooking a tackle to it.
- Dragrope or lever-hitch, used for fixing hand-spikes or capstanbars to the ropes attached to heavy carriages, &c., which have to be moved by men.
- Half-hitch, cast on the bight of a rope.
- Carrick bend. A wall-knot is a knot made at the end of a rope to prevent it from passing through a hole.
— The Household Cyclopedia of General Information, 1881
If there are 23 people in a room, then there is a slightly more than 50:50 chance that at least two of them will have the same birthday. For 60 or more people, the probability is greater than 99 percent.
Slovenian names of Disney characters:
- Mickey Mouse: Miki Miška
- Minnie Mouse: Mini Miška
- Donald Duck: Jaka Racman
- Daisy Duck: Jakica Racman
- Scrooge McDuck: Stric Skopušnik
- Huey, Dewey and Louie: Pak, Žak in Mak
- Goofy: Pepe
- Pluto: Pluton
- Chip ‘n Dale: Cik in Cak
Average number of vacation days per year:
- Italy: 42
- France: 37
- Germany: 35
- Brazil: 34
- United Kingdom: 28
- Canada: 26
- Korea: 25
- Japan: 25
- United States: 13
Some premature obituaries:
- An unidentified New York newspaper once carried the front-page headline POPE BENEDICT XV IS DEAD. A later edition announced POPE HAS REMARKABLE RECOVERY.
- Melody Maker magazine once announced that Alice Cooper was dead. Cooper reassured his fans: “I’m alive, and drunk as usual.”
- When a magazine reported that Rudyard Kipling had died, he wrote, “Don’t forget to delete me from your list of subscribers.”
- English fiddle player Dave Swarbrick forgave the Daily Telegraph for reporting his death in April 1999: “It’s not the first time I have died in Coventry.”
- In 1982 People magazine reported that Abe Vigoda had died. He posed for a photo sitting up in a coffin, holding the magazine.
- After a heart attack, painter James McNeill Whistler wrote to a Dutch newspaper, saying that reading his own obituary had induced a “tender glow of health.”
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A U.S. forest ranger in Virginia’s Shenandoah National Park, Roy Cleveland Sullivan (1912-1983) survived being hit by lightning seven different times:
- In a lookout tower in 1942, the first bolt struck him in the leg. He lost a nail on his big toe.
- In 1969, a second bolt struck him in his truck, knocking him unconscious and burning his eyebrows.
- The third strike, in 1970, hit him in his front yard, burning his left shoulder.
- The next bolt struck in a ranger station in 1972 and set his hair on fire. After that, he began carrying a pitcher of water with him.
- In 1973, a bolt hit Sullivan in the head, blasting him out of his car and again setting his hair on fire.
- The sixth bolt struck him in a campground in 1974, injuring his ankle.
- The final bolt hit him in 1977, when he was fishing. He was hospitalized for burns on his chest and stomach.
Sullivan shot himself in 1983 … reportedly over a rejected love.
- Hans Christian Andersen, author
- J.M. Barrie, creator of Peter Pan
- Lewis Carroll, author and logician
- Emily Dickinson, poet
- Immanuel Kant
- Søren Kierkegaard
- Nikola Tesla, inventor
- Ed Gein, serial killer
Mark Twain kept his virginity until age 34; Goethe until 39. Voltaire wrote, “It is one of the superstitions of the human mind to have imagined that virginity could be a virtue.”
“When in doubt, make a western.” — John Ford