This Day In History – May 18

1953

Jacqueline Cochran became the first woman to fly faster than the speed of sound!

She piloted an F-86 Sabrejet over California at an average speed of 652.337 miles-per-hour.

1980

Mt. Saint Helens erupted in Washington state.

The volcanic blast was five hundred times more powerful than the atomic bomb that leveled Hiroshima. Steam and ash erupted more than eleven miles into the atmosphere and darkened skies in a 160-mile radius. Sixty people were dead, nearly $3 billion dollars worth of damage occurred. 

1999

The Backstreet Boys released their third album Millennium.

1998

The U.S. federal government and 20 states filed a sweeping antitrust case against Microsoft Corp.

They accused the computer software company had a “choke hold” on competitors by controlling 90% of the software market.

2014

Russian President Putin signed a bill to absorb Crimea into the Russian Federation.

and then lastly…

Happy 63rd Birthday to The King!

George Strait was born in 1952 in Poteet, Texas!

-Tyler Jackson

Dad Forces Kid to Smash Xbox For Bad Grades

A dad made his son smash his Xbox with a sledgehammer for getting bad grades then posted video of it on YouTube.

The boy had three weeks to improve his performance at school and when he didn’t, his dad ordered him to smash the gaming system.The boy refused. His dad yelled and swore at him saying he would do it himself.The boy eventually smashed it with a sledgehammer, as he cried.The dad recorded the incident then posted it online to shame his son ever further.

 

Man posts “wife wanted ad” on his tailgate – but he’s got some requirements!

A 64-year-old Texas man posted a “wife wanted ad” on the tailgate of his pick-up truck.

The man’s been posting marriage invites on his truck for three years but is getting more creative – hoping to get more attention.

He is looking for a non-smoker, non-drinker and she has to be under 40-years-old.

He has been divorced twice and has received about 10 serious calls over the last couple years.

The man admits he receives lots of drunk dialers, and people pranking him.

Ladies, get more info on the man of your dreams by reading more about him here!

-Tyler Jackson

Women ARE Better Drivers Than Men!

Only 28% of women they think they’re better drivers than men, but in actual studies on the road, they got higher scores on driving tests than men.  They’re less likely to speed, tailgate, blow through yellow lights, make dangerous cuts into traffic, talk on the phone, or text.

The only areas where men scored better were on steering and control of the car, and on checking their blind spot before they switched lanes.

Read more about how women are better than men here!

This Day In History – May 15

1940

Nylon stockings from DuPont went on general sale for the first time in the United States.

Nylon was invented in 1935 by Wallace Carothers

1990

Vincent Van Gogh’s Portrait of Doctor Gachet was sold for $82.5 million.

The sale set a new then-world record

and then lastly…

2006

A judge formally charges Saddam Hussein with crimes against humanity

In November he was found guilty of crimes against humanity and sentenced to death by hanging,

He was hanged on December 30th.

-Tyler Jackson

 

 

 

 

 

 

This Day In History – May 14

1804

The Lewis and Clark expedition set out from St. Louis.

What a crazy journey! 

1904

The Olympic Games were held in the United States for the first time!

They were held in St. Louis, Missouri!

1985
The first McDonald’s restaurant — in Des Plaines, IL — became the first museum of the fast-food business.

Quite the business! 

1998

The 180th & final episode of Seinfeld aired after nine years on NBC.

It was watched by 76 million people and a commercials were going for $2 million dollars! 

1998

Frank Sinatra passed at the age of 82.

What a life! 

and then lastly…

2011

Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton married!

Happy 4th anniversary to this country music power couple! 

-Tyler Jackson

What Would Your Name Be if Born Today?

     “Time” magazine has a new feature that’s pretty cool.  It figures out what you’d be named if you were born TODAY.  And no, it doesn’t just spit out “Emma” for women and “Aiden, Brayden, or Jaden” for men.Here’s how it works.  It looks up the popularity of your name from the year you were born, then shows you what name is currently ranked in that spot today.

So if you were born in 1977 and your name is Benjamin, that was the 29th most popular name that year.  If your parents gave you the 29th most popular name TODAY, it would be Christopher.

Find out what your name would be today here!

 

The “Perfect” Celebrity Body!

Scarlett Johansson is as ‘close to physical perfection’ as any celebrity currently alive.

A lingerie company has analyzed the curves of leading celebrity ladies and found the 30-year-old American actress has the perfect ‘Golden Ratio’ figure.

The ancient Greeks claimed there was a Golden Ratio for all things when they approached perfection, and Scarlett’s vital statistics of bust, waist and hip measurements give her a 96.4 per cent score against the Golden Ratio of beauty.

Her hour-glass curves came up with a figure of 1.560 which is close to the Golden Ratio of beauty of 1.618.

The ratio has been held for thousands of years to represent the epitome of beauty. Kim Kardashian was second with a 96.3 percent Golden Ratio, and 69-year-old Helen Mirren was third with a score of 95.6 percent.

Read more and analyze your own body here!

This Day In History – May 13

1950

Born on May 13, Stevland Morris came into the world prematurely. He then recieved too much oxygen in the incubator, which caused the baby to become permanently blind. However, this did not Stevland’s incredible musical talents as a singer, songwriter and multiinstrumentalist.

At the young age of ten, Little Stevie Wonder, as he was called by Berry Gordy at Motown, was discovered singing and playing the harmonica. 

Stevie has won 16 Grammy Awards, an Oscar, and he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1989

Happy Birthday, Stevie!!!

2003

The U.S. government unveiled a newly designed version of the $20 bill.

It was the first to be colorized in an effort to stop counterfeiters.

2014

Christopher Columbus’s flagship, The Santa Maria, is discovered north off the coast of Haiti

and then lastly…

Happy 49th Birthday to Hootie!!

Darius Carlos Rucker was born in 1966 

Here’s my favorite Hootie & The Blowfish song:

Here’s my favorite Darius Rucker song:

-Tyler Jackson