30 Facts of Today – January 30, 2015

Facts of Today – that on April 1, 1974, the local residents of Sitka, Alaska woke to their nearby dormant volcano, Mount Edgecumbe, billowing out black smoke. When a Coast Guard pilot came closer to investigate, he found 70 tires burning and the words “APRIL FOOL” spray painted into the snow.

that on April 1, 1974, the local residents of Sitka, Alaska woke to their nearby dormant volcano, Mount Edgecumbe, billowing out black smoke

Facts of Today -that in Star Wars Tales #19: Han Solo travels through time and crashes on Earth. Han is killed in an attack by Natives, but Chewbacca lives and becomes the Sasquatch. 126 years later, Indiana Jones is tracking down the Sasquatch only to find the crashed Millennium Falcon and the body of Han Solo

that in Star Wars Tales #19: Han Solo travels through time and crashes on Earth. Han is killed in an attack by Natives, but Chewbacca lives and becomes the Sasquatch

Facts of Today -the Lobsters we eat are generally really young and thus only a fraction of the size they grow to be in the wild. Older/Larger Lobsters are thought to be less tasty, and are a species that mates more prolifically with each year, making killing a 100+ yo behemoth a conservation issue.

the Lobsters we eat are generally really young and thus only a fraction of the size they grow to be in the wild

Facts of Today -that contrary to popular notion, historians have never been able to find any mummies or kingly remains inside the Great Pyramid of Egypt.

that contrary to popular notion, historians have never been able

Facts of Today – the Bororo are one of the few groups of people who all have the same blood type. They all have type O blood.

the Bororo are one of the few groups of people who all have the same blood type

Facts of Today -Carl Sagan wanted to include the Beatles “Here Comes the Sun” on the golden record sent into space on the Voyager spacecrafts. The Beatles said yes, EMI said no.

Carl Sagan wanted to include the Beatles

Facts of Today -Robert Lopez, co-writer of Let It Go from Frozen, co-created and co-wrote Avenue Q and The Book Of Mormon, guest wrote a South Park episode, wrote four songs for the Scrubs episode My Musical, and is one of 12 people to have ever won EGOT: an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar, and a Tony.

Robert Lopez, co-writer of Let It Go from Frozen, co-created and co-wrote Avenue Q and The Book Of Mormon, guest wrote a South Park episode

Facts of Today -Morgan Freeman is against Black History Month

Morgan Freeman is against Black History Month

Facts of Today – that men are more likely to say ‘i love you’ first, than women are

that men are more likely to say 'i love you' first, than women are

Facts of Today -The Boudin bakery in San Francisco, has been making sourdough bread for 166 years and every loaf of sourdough bread they make has a portion of the original “mother dough” from 1849 in it.

The Boudin bakery in San Francisco, has been making sourdough bread for 166 years.

Facts of Today -When Beethoven went deaf, he composed his music by hacking the legs off his piano and sitting on the floor so he could feel the vibrations.

When Beethoven went deaf, he composed his music by hacking the legs off his piano

Facts of Today – that in some parts of the world, people suffering from albinism are kidnapped and dismembered, their body parts are then sold for good luck and a promise of magical powers.

that in some parts of the world, people suffering from albinism are kidnapped and dismembered

Facts of Today -Ulysses S. Grant was pulled over for riding his horse and buggy too quickly. Realizing it was the president the officer apologized and offered to ignore the infraction, but Grant replied “I was speeding, you caught me and I’ll pay the ticket.” He was fined $5, which would have been $91 today.

Ulysses S. Grant was pulled over for riding his horse and buggy too quickly

Facts of Today -that New Hampshire license plates with the slogan “Live Free or Die” are manufactured by state prison inmates.

that New Hampshire license plates with the slogan

Facts of Today -the 1997 video game “The Lost World: Jurassic Park” had a secret ending where Jeff Goldblum implored the gamer to stop playing computer games, go outside, talk to opposite sex and live their lives.

Facts of Today -a study found that semen contains mood altering chemicals which can reduce depression, increase affection and help with sleep.

a study found that semen contains mood altering chemicals which can reduce

Facts of Today -that Bayer Pharmaceuticals used to buy prisoners from Auschwitz for medical testing

that Bayer Pharmaceuticals used to buy prisoners from Auschwitz for medical testing

Facts of Today -that had *Batman & Robin* been successful, WB had already planned a fifth film, which would have been titled *Batman Triumphant*. Directed by Joel Schumacher, it was to feature Scarecrow and Harley Quinn as its villains, with a possible hallucinatory appearance by Jack Nicholson as the Joker.

that had *Batman & Robin* been successful, WB had already planned a fifth film, which would have been titled *Batman Triumphant

Facts of Today -The Raggedy-Ann doll, created is 1915, was used as a symbol for the anti-vaccination movement. TIL 2: There was an anti-vaccination movement in 1915.

The Raggedy-Ann doll, created is 1915, was used as a symbol for the anti-vaccination movement

Facts of Today -The Svalbard Global Seed Vault has more than 20,000 marijuana seeds, ensuring weed will survive the apocalypse.

The Svalbard Global Seed Vault has more than 20,000 marijuana seeds, ensuring wee

Facts of Today -Born in the USA’ was 1st CD Made in the US

Born in the USA' was 1st CD Made in the US

Facts of Today -After murdering a man in a nightclub, Ricky Ray Rector agreed to turn himself in. Instead, he shot the negotiating officer in the back, killing him. He then attempted suicide but failed, effectively lobotomizing himself. He saved part of his last meal for “after the execution”.

After murdering a man in a nightclub, Ricky Ray Rector agreed to turn himself in. Instead, he shot the negotiating officer in the back, killing him

Facts of Today -that state vegetable of Oklahoma is the Watermelon…which is a fruit.

that state vegetable of Oklahoma is the Watermelon...which is a fruit.

Facts of Today -In 15 years of conquest Alexander The Great never lost a battle

In 15 years of conquest Alexander The Great never lost a battle

Facts of Today -Thomas Blood had such a reputation for trickery that his body was exhumed after his death to make sure he had really died.

Thomas Blood had such a reputation for trickery that his body was exhumed after

Facts of Today – that 75% of the US’s oil comes from North and South America, not the Middle East.

that 75 of the US's oil comes from North and South America, not the Middle East.

Facts of Today -the actor Alan Young, who played Wilbur in the ’60s TV show Mr. Ed, still does voice acting for cartoons and video games. He’s been the voice of Scrooge McDuck, Papa Smurf, and worked on Ren & Stimpy, Megas XLR, The Curse of Monkey Island, and Kingdom Hearts Birth.

the actor Alan Young, who played Wilbur in the '60s TV show Mr. Ed, still does voice acting for cartoons and video games. He's been the voice of Scrooge McDuck, Papa Smurf, and worked on Ren & Stimpy

Facts of Today -it wasn’t one but THREE Catholic priests on the Titanic, Father Juozas Montvila of Lithuania, Father Josef Peruschitz, O.S.B. of Bavaria, and English Father Thomas Byles, and all three stayed onboard to hear confessions and give absolution to the people left on the ship.

Facts of Today -American soldiers didn’t just collect teeth, but also noses, ears, and skulls from Japanese soldiers. President Roosevelt was even gifted a letter opener made from a man’s arm.

American soldiers didn't just collect teeth, but also noses, ears, and skulls from Japanese soldiers