Three men were hiking and came upon a large, raging river. They needed to cross it, but they had no idea how. The first man prayed, “God, give me the strength to cross this river.” Poof! God made him strong, and he was able to swim across the river in about two hours despite almost drowning several times.
Seeing this, the second man prayed, “God, give me the strength and the tools to cross this river.” Poof! God gave him a boat, and he was able to row across the river in about an hour, even though the boat almost capsized several times.
Finally, the third man prayed, “God, give me the strength, the tools, and the intelligence to cross this river.” And poof! God turned him into a woman. She looked at a map, hiked upstream a half mile, then walked across a bridge.
Power to women everywhere!
What motivated Minnesota factory worker Charles Strite to invent the automatic pop-up toaster in 1919?
He couldn’t stand the burned toast regularly served in his company cafeteria. Strite’s invention, which browned a single piece of bread on both sides, had a variable timer that turned off the electricity and triggered a spring that ejected the toasted bread.
Next to John Travolta’s Vinnie Barbarino, the most popular of the teenage delinquent Sweathogs on Welcome Back, Kotter was the scrawny, nerdy Arnold Horshack. A two-part episode made during Kotter’s second season in 1977, “There Goes Number 5,” was intended as a spin-off, focusing on Horshack and his equally weird family. Plot: When the family’s fourth stepfather dies, Horshack has to take a job with his uncle to feed his brothers and sisters. The episode was among the lowest-rated of the year, proving that a little Horshack goes a long way.
Highest-paid reality host: Ryan Seacrest of American Idol ($45 million per year).