William Lawrence Sr Omnibit 10-31-14
The ancient Celts believed that ghosts roamed the land on Halloween night. Hence, they began wearing masks to avoid being recognized as human.
William Lawrence Sr Omnibit 10-30-14
The barleycorn, once a popular form of linear measurement (one barelycorn equals about one-third of an inch) is now only used in shoe sizes.
William Lawrence Sr Omnibit 10-29-14
We eat enough peanut butter each year to cover the floor of the Grand Canyon. It is America’s single most popular food.
William Lawrence Sr Omnibit 10-28-14
Ivan Krumich, the big basketball player on Russia’s 1960 Olympic team, took a size 20 shoe.
William Lawrence Sr Omnibit 10-27-14
Yes, Anthony, cats were treated with much respect in ancient Rome. It was their symbol of liberty.
William Lawrence Sr Omnibit 10-25-14
The SV The Twenty One Friends was three-masted schooner built in 1872 and named for the group of 21 Philadelphia Quakers — vile capitalists they were — that financed it.
It was rammed by the John D. May off Cape Hatteras in1885 while returning to Philadelphia with a full load of lumber from Brunswick, Ga.
The man in charge, a Captain Jeffries, ordered his crew to abandoned the vessel.
The Twenty One Friends, however, proved tougher than thought.
It didn’t sink but for the next two years drifted around the Atlantic as a ghost ship and was sighted on both coast.
She finally came to rest in Ireland, where her cargo was salvaged and she was employed as a fishing vessel.
William Lawrence Sr Omnibit 10-24-14
Until 1849, silk and beaver hats were the style in America. Then a Hungarian patriot named Kossuth arrived wearing a felt hat. The soft hat caught on and remains in style even today.
William Lawrence Sr Omnibit 10-23-14
Alaska is the westernmost — and easternmost state. Its Aluetian Island chain extends past the Antimeridian i.e the 180th Meridian which is considered to be the dividing line between the east and west hemispheres.
William Lawrence Sr Omnibit 10-22-14
Count the number of stitches on the baseball in the toy basket. If there is not exactly 108 stitches it cannot be a regulation ball.
William Lawrence Sr Omnbit 10-21-14
Abner Doubleday, the fellow who invented baseball, was graduated from United States Military Academy at West point. He became a major general during the Civil War and fought heroically at the Battle of Gettysburg.