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8/29/03 Trivial Facts:
General - Hamilton Jordan, President Carter's chief of staff, was subjected to a scandal involving cocaine use. It was alleged to have taken place at the then hot disco 'Studio 54'.
Geography - Estonia has Tallinn as its capital city, the country is home to a population of 1,423,316, and the highest point in the country is Suur munamagi at 318 meters. Its main form of government is considered to be a parliamentary democracy, and its comparative size is slightly smaller than New Hampshire and Vermont combined.
Sports - Frank Howard, while playing for 16 years in Major League Baseball, accumulated the following career stats: 1895 games played, 6488 at bats, 1774 hits, 864 runs scored, 245 doubles, 35 triples, 382 home runs, 1119 runs batted in, and had a .273 lifetime batting average.
8/28/03 Trivial Facts:
Movies - The 1993 movie thriller 'Kalifornia', directed by Dominic Sena, had the following tagline in its advertisements: 'A state of fear and terror'. Appearing in the film was David Duchovny, Brad Pitt and Catherine Larson.
General - Ted Kennedy had a Harvard classmate take an exam for him. It earned him a suspension.
Sports - The 1958 Stanley Cup winner in NHL Hockey was the Montreal Canadiens, coached by Hector 'Toe' Blake. The team the Montreal Canadiens beat that year was the Boston Bruins, coached by Milt Schmidt.
8/27/03 Trivial Facts:
History - In the year of 1830, B. Thimonnier invented the sewing machine.
Music - James Taylor, folk and ballad singer and songwriter, was born in Boston, Massachusetts, USA. He was brother of pop-folk musicians Alex, Kate and Livingston Taylor.
Sports - Joe Charboneau won the American League Rookie of The Year Award in 1980 playing for Baseball's Cleveland Indians.
8/26/03 Trivial Facts & Cryptoquote:
Music - In 1989, Billy Joel fired his long-time manager and former brother-in-law Frank Weber after he found that there were major accounting problems. Joel sued Weber for 90 million dollars, claiming fraud and breach of fiduciary duty. In 1991, Joel was awarded 2 million dollars.
History - In the year of 1962, Yukio Horie invented the fiber-tip pen.
Science - Jupiter's Great Red Spot is a storm that has been raging since before Jupiter was first observed, over 300 years ago.
Geography - Switzerland has Bern as its capital city, the country is home to a population of 7,283,274, and the highest point in Switzerland is Dufourspitze at 4,634 meters. Switzerland's main form of government is considered to be a federal republic, and its comparative size is slightly less than twice the size of New Jersey.
Movies - The 1943 Academy Awards went to the following: Best Picture - 'Casablanca', Best Actor - Paul Lukas / 'Watch On The Rhine', Best Actress - Jennifer Jones / 'The Song Of Bernadette'.
TV - Born in Brooklyn, New York, on December 29, 1937, Mary Tyler Moore grew up in Southern California. Moore's first regular part was on the series 'Richard Diamond, Private Detective' in 1959. Although she had dialogue on this show, only her legs were seen.
Music - When Stevie Wonder began recording in 1962, he was only 11 years old. When he turned 21, Wonder invested the money from his trust fund into a recording studio and became the first Motown artist who could call his own shots.
Science - A deer mouse can flatten its body so much that it can squeeze into an opening one quarter of an inch high.
Sports - Al Arbour coached the New York Islanders to the NHL's Stanley Cup Championship in 1981 over the Minnesota North Stars coached by Glen Sonmor.
"H'x muytuzfkubn kznhso kd whoezu dek van gfxhgfpu thbdky vdzu aubxuky."
Sports - The 1992 Stanley Cup winner in NHL Hockey was the Pittsburgh Penguins coached by Scotty Bowman. The team that Pittsburgh Penguins beat that year was the Chicago Blackhawks coached by Mike Keenan.
History - The telegraph was invented in 1837 by Samual Morse.
Music - Ringo Starr was born in Liverpool, England. Starr replaced Pete Best as the Beatles' drummer. Ringo's wry, deadpan humor was a major feature of the Beatles' films, and he continued on as an actor outside of the Beatles movies.
"Gdm gj aqm zmditaomv jgw wmjnvodx ag ziwaoboziam od zgtoaobv ov aqia
"A computer lets you make more mistakes faster than any invention in human history -- with the possible exceptions of handguns and tequila."
- Mitch Ratcliffe, Technology Review, April 1992
8/19/03 Trivial Facts & Cryptoquote:
Music - A young French fan committed suicide in 1984, after his parents refused to pay for plastic surgery to make him look like Michael Jackson.
Movies - Alfred Hitchcock gained a greater measure of celebrity as the host of two popular television series: 'Alfred Hitchcock Presents', which ran from 1955 to 1965, and 'The Alfred Hitchcock Hour', which ran from 1962 to 1965.
TV - Carroll O'Connor was passed over for the role of the Skipper in Gilligan's Island.
"The radical invents the views. When he has worn them out, the conservative adopts them."
- Mark Twain
8/18/03 Trivial Facts & Cryptoquote:
TV - Greg Germann (character Fish on 'Ally McBeal') was born in Houston, and started his acting career in his twenties. He landed roles in 'The Whoopee Boys' and 'Child's Play 2' among others.
Movies - In 'American Pie', members of the California band Blink 182 are shown during the Internet broadcast scene. Their song "Mutt" is playing in the background.
Arts - Leonardo Da Vinci worked as Verrocchio's studio assistant approximately 30 years before he painted the 'Mona Lisa'.
"Jumosyp vd l move yaly undtfsod yao glto ug ksolyxodd. Lx ljjole vd l
cldb tumosvxk yao glto ug ysvnfelyvux."
- Blaeve Kvnslx, "L Alxigfe ug Dlxi ux yao Dauso"
"Poverty is a veil that obscures the face of greatness. An appeal is a mask covering the face of tribulation."
- Kahlil Gibran, "A Handful of Sand on the Shore"
8/15/03 Trivial Facts & Cryptoquote:
Music - In 1974 an album Bob Dylan recorded with The Band, 'Planet Waves', became his first No. 1 album ever.
History - In 1920 prohibition went in to effect, and the first Miss America beauty pageant was held.
TV - In addition to ads for Barbie and Kool Aid, Maureen McCormick, Jan from the 'Brady Bunch', was seen on 'Bewitched', 'My Three Sons' and 'Camp Runamuck'.
"Ofsxuvp lgo gingpo ouuqut vf tuqgct g ixvviu qfyu eyfq lkqgc muxcjo vlgc xv nxii juv xc
- Jufyju Fynuii
"Society has always seemed to demand a little more from human beings than it will get in practice."
- George Orwell
8/14/03 Trivial Facts & Cryptoquote:
Movies - The 2001 action movie 'Evolution', directed by Ivan Reitman, had the following tagline in its advertisements: 'Have a nice end of the world'. Appearing in the film was Dan Aykroyd, Orlando Jones and Julianne Moore.
Arts - Ernest Hemingway's mother pretended that he and his older sister were twin girls. He was dressed and treated as a girl by his mother.
Sports - Billy Williams of the Chicago Cubs ranked 4th in most runs batted in for the decade of the 1960's. He knocked in a total of 853 base runners.
"Be not ashamed of mistakes and thus make them crimes."
- Confucius (551 BC - 479 BC)
8/12/03 Trivial Facts & Cryptoquote:
History - In the year of 1855, Isaac Singer invented the sewing machine motor.
TV - Jason Alexander earned six Emmy Award nominations for his portrayal of George on the hit TV show 'Seinfeld'. Alexander's other television work includes guest starring on the hit HBO series 'Curb Your Enthusiasm' and 'Dream On,' for which he was nominated for an Emmy.
Sports - Johnny Bench while playing for 17 years in Major League Baseball accumulated the following career stats: 2158 games played, 7658 at bats, 2048 hits, 1091 runs scored, 381 doubles, 24 triples, 389 home runs, 1376 runs batted in, and had a .267 lifetime batting average.
"One important key to success is self-confidence. An important key to self-confidence is preparation."
- Arthur Ashe
8/11/03 Trivial Facts & Cryptoquote:
Sports - The 1956 Stanley Cup winner in NHL Hockey was the Montreal Canadiens coached by Hector 'Toe' Blake. The team that the Montreal Canadiens beat that year was the Detroit Red Wings coached by Jimmy Skinner.
TV - Ted Danson and his then wife, actress Mary Steenburgen, after 'Cheers' was off the air, starred in and were executive producers of the CBS comedy series 'Ink' in 1996.
Music - Jennifer Lopez's first feature film was the critically acclaimed 'Mi Familia', or 'My Family', in 1995. Lopez's first big break came in 1997, when she was chosen to play the title role in Selena, a biopic of the Tejano pop singer Selena Quintillana Perez.
"B hdiubug dv pcjykcp do mjhf vpjubkx."
- Hjuf Vbqyxh
"A library is thought in cold storage."
- Lord Samuel
8/8/03 Trivial Facts & Cryptoquote:
Geography - The country of Oman, with the capital city of Muscat, has a total area of 212,460 square kilometers, which is slightly smaller than Kansas. Oman has an estimated population of 2,622,198, and uses the rial as its currency.
History - The flush toilet was invented in 1775 by Alexander Cummings.
Music - The King's three Grammys were all awarded in the gospel genre, twice for the same song: 'How Great Thou Art,' in 1967 and 1974.
"Human beings must be known to be loved; but Divine beings must be loved to be known."
8/7/03 Trivial Facts & Cryptoquote:
Sports - The Chicago Bears with pick number 27 in the first round of the 1988 NFL Football College Draft selected Wendell Davis, wide receiver from LSU.
Geography - The country of India, with the capital city of New Delhi, has a total area of 3,287,590 square kilometers, which is slightly more than one-third the size of the US. India has an estimated population of 1,029,991,145, which is nearly 4 times the population of the US, and uses the rupee as its currency.
History - Toilet paper was invented in 1880 by British Perforated Paper Company. 1880 is also the year that John Milne invented the modern seismograph.
"Uepz ntuzsaxyj httdqltth eyg ntuztyz kxdd uepz e fzsszl httd."
- J. Debsty
"Make something foolproof and someone will make a better fool."
- G. Layton
8/6/03 Trivial Facts & Cryptoquote:
Movies - Oscar winners for 1929: Best Picture went to 'The Broadway Melody', Mary Pickford won Best Actress for her role in 'Coquette' and Warner Baxter won for Best Actor for his role in 'In Old Arizona'.
Music - Paul Simon was born on October 13, 1941, in Newark, New Jersey. The son of Louis, a musician and teacher, and Belle, a school teacher. Simon studied at Queen's College, eventually earning a B.A. in English.
History - In 1944, the kidney dialysis machine was invented by Willem Kolff.
"L Uvjflz urbppn cu l dacupj cj sbcrb rbcnfagj fp dgjljrg hpa xbg gicn
rpjurcgjrg ph xbgca dlagjxu."
- B.N. Wgjrmgj
"A Sunday school is a prison in which children do penance for the evil conscience of their parents."
- H.L. Mencken
8/5/03 Trivial Facts & Cryptoquote:
Movies - Actor Denzel Washington who played Coach Herman Boone in the movie 'Remember the Titans' won an Oscar for his role as a cop gone bad in 'Training Day'.
Arts - Although most of the stories in Arabian Nights occur in Persia, Aladdin was actually Chinese. His nemesis, the magician, was from Morocco.
Music - Billy Joel joined the group Echoes in 1964. He went through a series of bands during the next five years and didn't graduate with his class in 1967. In 1970, as part of the group Attila, Billy Joel wore a Hun outfit on the cover of their album. When his band Attila failed to make it, Joel took factory jobs and wrote a commercial for pretzels to get by.
"This is certain, that a man that studieth revenge keeps his wounds green, which otherwise would heal and do well."
- Francis Bacon
8/4/03 Trivial Facts & Cryptoquote:
Movies - The Academy Award winner for Best Movie of 1978 went to 'The Deer Hunter', the Best Actress Oscar went to Jane Fonda for her role in 'Coming Home'. The Oscar for Best Actor for that year went to Jon Voight for his job in 'Coming Home'.
TV - The name Bart from 'The Simpsons' is simply an anagram for 'brat'.
Sports - The Rookie of the Year Award winner in the American League in 1983 was Ron Kittle of the Chicago White Sox.
"Nrw mwzn ifs ng awwq gbw'z igtu oz bgn ng vohw on."
- Bfqgewgb Mgbfqftnw (1769 - 1821)
"The best way to keep one's word is not to give it."
- Napoleon Bonaparte (1769 - 1821)
8/1/03 Trivial Facts & Cryptoquote:
Geography - Lesotho, a country in southern Africa, has Maseru as its capital city, the country is home to a population of 2,177,062, and the highest point in the country is Thabana Ntlenyana at 3,482 meters. Lesotho's main form of government is considered to be a parliamentary constitutional monarchy and its comparative size is slightly smaller than Maryland.
TV - Max Gail of TV's 'Barney Miller' founded a production company in 1981 called 'Full Circle' which produces material related to social and environmental issues.
Music - Neil Diamond began writing songs in the Tin Pan Alley district of NY after dropping out of a pre-med program at New York U., which he attended on a fencing scholarship.