Wednesday, May 15, 2013
A bishop was sitting in a doctor’s waiting room when a nun ran out of an exam room, sobbing hysterically. The bishop stormed into the room and demanded to know what the doctor had said to her.
“I told her she was pregnant,” the doctor admitted.
“That can’t be true!” yelled the bishop. “Why would you ever say something like that?”
“Well,” the doctor replied, “it sure did cure her hiccups!”
What two names out of the 10 proposed by Thomas Jefferson in 1784 were given to states carved out of the Northwest Territory?
Illinois and Michigan, which Jefferson had proposed as Illinoia and Michigania. One other name among those he proposed was used—Washington—but not in the Northwest Territory. Jefferson’s other suggestions were Assenisippis, Cheronesus, Metropotamia, Pelipsia, Polypotamia, Saratoga, and Sylvania. In all, six states were formed from the Northwest Territory: Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin.
WEIRD TV MERCHANDISE
Laverne & Shirley secretary play set
This toy was for little girls and boys who wanted to play “office”—it included miniature plastic imitations of a calculator, stapler, bookshelf, notepad, and adding machine. While that doesn’t sound terribly exciting, it also didn’t make any sense—neither Laverne nor Shirley ever worked as a secretary. (It’s also not historically accurate: Laverne & Shirley took place in the late 1950s and early 1960s, about a decade before calculators became commercially available.)
TV’s Davy Crockett (Fess Parker) wore a coonskin cap; the real one never did.