Tuesday, February 19, 2013


~  In 2004 and 2005 North Korea denounced sloppy men's hairstyles in a state-run TV series entitled Let Us Trim Our Hair in Accordance with the Socialist Lifestyle.  (catchy title)

~  The US invasion of Panaman in1989 was the first time a woman led US troops into combat.  US Army Captain Linda Bray commanded 30 MPs in a fierce firefight against Panamanian soldiers defending a huge weapons cache.

~  The pileated woodpecker (the largest woodpecker in North America) pecks a tree 20 times per second at a force equivalent to 16 miles an hour.

~  The ice hockey puck described in the first known written rules of the game was unusual because it was square.  The rules were written by W. F. Robertson, a student at McGill University in Montreal, Canada, in the 1870s.

~  Tonka Toys got its name from the location of its first factory near Lake Minnetonka, in Mound, Minnesota.  For many years its corporate logo included waves to symbolize the lake.

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