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

Man Gets Arrested for Saving Dog

Here’s a BIG one for the “no good deed goes unpunished” thing.

Michael Hammons of Athens, Georgia is an Army veteran who served in Desert Storm.  And he was in the parking lot of a shopping center on Saturday when he saw a small dog locked inside a car.  It was REALLY hot out and the dog was struggling.

So Michael used his wife’s wheelchair to smash one of the windows and got the dog out.  Then he took it into the shade and gave it some water.

As he was tending to it, the dog’s owner came out . . . 22-year-old Elantra Cunningham.  And when she found her car window smashed, she freaked out.

The cops came to the scene and Elantra was cited for leaving her dog in the car . . . but she decided to PRESS CHARGES against Michael.

So . . . he was arrested for trespassing.  Apparently under Georgia state law, it’s illegal to break a window to rescue an animal . . . but the police say they wouldn’t have made the charges on their own.

He’s facing up to a YEAR in prison . . . meanwhile Elantra is facing up to a $250 fine and some community service.

Read more here!

What is the Worst Kind of Driver?

Expedia just released their annual survey on bad driving and road rage, and they found the six worst types of drivers.  Check ’em out . . .

 

 

1.  Texters.

 

2.  Tailgaters.

 

3.  Slow drivers in the left lane.

 

4.  People who drive slowly to take in the scenery.

 

5.  Multitaskers.

 

6.  People who drift between lanes.

 

 

The survey also found the five worst passengers . . .

 

 

1.  Backseat drivers . . . they got more than half the vote.

 

2.  Someone who refuses to help navigate.

 

3.  Radio hogs.

 

4.  People who fall asleep while you’re forcing yourself to stay awake to drive.

 

5.  People who take off their shoes.

Read more here!

Woman Sues School Because She Couldn’t Pass

A nursing student in Pennsylvania sued her college because she failed her class twice.The woman sued Misericordia University for $75,000 in damages saying her professor didn’t do enough to help her pass the course.She suffers from anxiety and depression which makes it difficult for her to concentrate, and she claims the school violated the Federal Rehabilitation Act.

Read more here.

This Day In History – May 12

1978

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced that they would no longer exclusively name hurricanes after women. 

We could just take Ellen’s approach at naming storms:

1999

George Jones pled guilty to driving while impaired and violating the Tennessee’s open-container law in Franklin.

He was fined $550

1955

Happy 60th birthday to Kix Brooks!

and then lastly…

1925

Happy 90th birthday to the legendary Yogi Berra!

 -Tyler Jackson