Archive For The “People” Category

Who Invented the Fly Swatter?

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FACT OF THE DAY: Frank H. Rose, a schoolteacher by trade, is the man who invented the fly swatter. It was 1905 and he attached a piece of wire screening to a yardstick. He originally called it a “fly bat”.

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What Did Don Featherstone Do?

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FACT OF THE DAY: Don Featherstone is the man responsible for the plastic pink flamingos that seem to end up in backyards and parks everywhere you look. Featherstone, who passed away in 2015, created these famous flamingos in 1957.

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The Longest Serving U.S. Mayor

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Hilmar Moore

FACT OF THE DAY: Who is Hilmar Moore? He is the longest serving mayor of a United States city. He was the mayor of Richmond, Texas from September 22, 1949 until December 4, 2012, the day he passed away.

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Baseball’s Career Leader In RBI’s

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Hank Aaron

FACT OF THE DAY: Major League Baseball (MLB) Hall-of-Famer Hank Aaron is the career leader in RBI’s (runs batted in). Aaron, who played from 1954 to 1976, has 2,297. Second on the list is Babe Ruth with 2,214.

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Steve McQueen Owns A Patent For What?

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Steve McQueen

FACT OF THE DAY: Steve McQueen, famed actor, owns a patent for bucket seats. McQueen, star of such films as Bullit, The Great Escape, Papillon, and The Magnificent Seven. It was during the filming of Bullit, that McQueen came up with and patented the design for the bucket seats used in the Ford Mustang.

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Who Is Jim Thorpe?

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Jim Thorpe

FACT OF THE DAY: Jim Thorpe became the first native american to ever win a gold medal in the 1912 Summer Olympic games in Stockholm, Sweden. He won two gold medals, in the Pentathlon and the Decathlon. Less than a year later it was discovered that he had played minor league baseball prior to the 1912 games, thus removing his amateur status. He was forced to return his gold medals.

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Only the Second Player In NBA History

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Russell Westbrook

FACT OF THE DAY: On April 2, 2019, Russell Westbrook joined Wilt Chamberlain in the NBA (National Basketball Association) record books. Westbrook, of the Oklahoma City Thunder, became only the second player to record a triple double with over 20 points, rebounds, and assists. He ended the game with 20 points, 20 rebounds, and 21 assists.

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Who Has the Most MLB Gold Gloves?

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Greg Maddux

FACT OF THE DAY: Hall of Fame pitcher Greg Maddux leads the pack by having won the Major League Baseball (MLB) Gold Glove award 18 times. The Gold Glove award is given at the end of the season to one player in each league (National and American) who played the best defense for his position.

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Who Invented the Richter Scale?

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Charles Richter

FACT OF THE DAY: The Richter scale was invented in 1935 by Charles Richter. Richter, an American seismologist from Ohio, developed a mathematical formula to compare the strength or magnitude of one earthquake to another. The Richter scale was replaced in 1979 by the Moment Magnitude Scale.

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Who Was the NBA’s Oldest Rookie?

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Pablo Prigioni

FACT OF THE DAY: Pablo Prigioni became the NBA’s (National Basketball Association) oldest rookie ever when he made his debut on November 2, 2012. Playing for the New York Knicks, the 35 year old would average 3.5 points, 3 assists, and 1 steal per game.

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