Sunday, February 24, 2013
“It is better to be the head of a live sardine than the tail of a dead trout.”
—FRANCIS BEEDING, pseudonymous mystery writer
What did the judge say when a skunk was called to the witness stand?
“Odor in the court!”
What is used to inflate the tires of cars competing in NASCAR races?
Pure nitrogen. It’s used instead of compressed air because it maintains tire pressure longer, is more fuel efficient, resists heat buildup in hot weather, and reduces oxidation, which can damage a tire from the inside.
“Just the facts, ma’am.”
Sergeant Joe Friday’s deadpan delivery on Dragnet made this statement famous … sort of. Turns out he never actually said it. Friday’s line was “All we want are the facts, ma’am.” So how’d the line become famous? Satirist Stan Freberg spoofed the popular show on a 1953 record called “St. George and the Dragonet,” which featured the line: “I just want to get the facts, ma’am.” The record sold more than two million copies, and Freberg’s line—not Webb’s—became synonymous with the show.
Only actors to win an Emmy and Oscar in the same year: Helen Hunt (1998) and George C. Scott (1971).