This Day In History – April 6

1916

Charlie Chaplin became the highest-paid film star in the world when he signed a contract with Mutual Film Corporation!

At the age of 26, he signed a contract for $675,000 a year!

Doing a little research, and thanks to the fine folks at USinflationcalculator.com – when adjusting $675,000 into 2015 money, at the cumulative rate of inflation at 2053.4%, that much money would be worth $14,535,536.70 today!

1956

Capitol Tower, the home of Capitol Records in Hollywood, CA, was dedicated.

The building was the first circular office tower designed in America.

It is 13 stories tall and 92 feet in diameter. At night, a light at the tip of the tower blinks the letters”H-O-L-L-Y-W-O-O-D” in Morse Code.

and then lastly…

1985

Alabama’s album 40 Hour Week grabbed the top spot on the Billboard country chart.

The group had a number one album for each of the previous five years

#GroupOfTheEighties!

-Tyler Jackson

 

Meet Darius, the world’s largest rabbit!

He is officially the world’s biggest rabbit  Meet Darius, he measures over four feet long and weighs in at 49 pounds. 

But his title is now being contended by his son Jeff, who already measures 3ft 8in – with six months left of growing to do.

It costs her $7,500 a year to feed her giant bunnies as they munch through 2,000 carrots and 700 apples. They both also eat a huge dog bowl full of specialist rabbit food every day, and a bale of hay a week.

To see pictures of the rabbits, and to read more on them, do so HERE 

-Tyler Jackson

Meet the Newest Addition to the Lambert-Shelton Family

Sadly, it’s not a cute little Shelton baby…or even fur baby for that matter, but it is pretty sweet in it’s own right. Miranda Lambert just posted a pic of her brand-new-to-her 1961 turquoise and red Shasta trailer. Definitely something every camping girl needs!! Check out the full story here.

This Day In History – April 3

1860

The first Pony Express riders left St. Joseph, Missouri, bound for Sacramento, California! 

The trip across took about 10 days. While the Pony Express only lasted about a year and a half, it was sparked a revolution in transportation. 

1882

Outlaw Jesse James was shot in the back and killed by the coward Robert Ford for a $5,000 reward.

Afterwards, there were several different conspiracy theories over whether Jesse James had actually been killed or not  

1936

Bruno Hauptmann was electrocuted for the kidnapping and murder of the Lindbergh baby.

1987

Bill Elliott sets NASCAR qualify record of 212.809 mph at Talladega

Now THAT’S RACIN’! 

1996

The Unabomber, Theodore Kaczynski, was arrested.

He pled guilty in January 1998 to five Unabomber attacks in exchange for a life sentence without chance for parole. 

2004

Freddy Adu, at 14,  became the youngest player in an American professional sport in over a century.

and then lastly…

2010

The first Apple iPad was released!

…and once again, Apple changed the world! 

-Tyler Jackson

Are You Middle Class?

Are you a part of the middle class? That’ll depend on how much you earn and what state you live in.

The states with the highest middle class median were Maryland with $72,483, Alaska with $72,237 and New Jersey with $70,165.

The states with the lower middle class median were Mississippi with $37,963, Arkansas with $40,511 and West Virginia with $41,253.

Middle class numbers are found by households earning 67% – 200% of the states median income.

Find out the state-by-state breakdown:

 

This Day In History – April 2

1972

Burt Reynolds appeared nude in Cosmopolitan magazine. 

This issue of Cosmo became an instant collector’s item and an additional 700,000 copies had to be printed

1978

The first episode of Dallas aired on CBS. 

1985

A day after its release, the album, We are the World, was certified gold with sales in excess of 500,000 copies.

 and then lastly…

1987

The speed limit on U.S. interstate highways was increased to 65 miles per hour in certain areas. 

These days, you’ll get ran over going only 65!

-Tyler Jackson

Kid Gets Tooth Pulled Out By Camaro


A man posted a video of him pulling out his 8-year-old son’s tooth with his car.

A string was wrapped around the boy’s loose tooth and the other end to the trunk of his Camaro.

Afterwards, the boy ran up to his dad yelling, “It came out.”

The boy had asked his dad to pull the tooth out for several days; eventually dad gave in.

The video has been viewed more than 3 million times.

When an April Fools Joke Goes Wrong…

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A 17-year-old girl in Scotland pretended to dump her boyfriend on April Fool’s Day…. and he agreed to break it off.

She sent a message to her boyfriend through the app, “Whatsapp” and said she wasn’t happy with him. He responded, “Thank God you said it first so I didn’t have to.”

The teen was shocked but he later admitted to be playing a prank on her as well.

She posted a screenshot of their conversation on Twitter which has been retweeted over 12,000 times and favorited over 11,000 times.

Awesome Girl Rejects her Duke Rejection Letter!

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When Duke University sent a rejection letter to a 17-year-old student in North Carolina she wrote back, “After careful consideration, I regret to inform you that I am unable to accept your refusal to offer me admission into the Fall 2015 freshman class at Duke.”

She wrote, “Despite Duke’s outstanding success in rejecting previous applicants, you simply did not meet my qualifications. Therefore, I will be attending Duke University’s 2015 freshmen class. I look forward to seeing you then.”

She said getting the letter made her realize how much power colleges have over students.  “Seniors labor over applications, stress over waiting, and sometimes cry over the answer. Then that’s it. The college has all the power.”

She added, “But what if that wasn’t it? What if we got to treat the college like they treated us? I wanted to give them a taste of their own medicine.”

Since posting a copy of the letter to her Tumblr account, the image has gone viral.

And she’s headed to USC this fall.

Read more here!