Wednesday, September 11, 2013
A man was sitting in his yard when he noticed the little boy who lived next door playing with a ball and bat. “I’m the greatest hitter in the world!” the boy shouted as he threw the ball into the air. He swung mightily but missed. “Strike one,” the boy pronounced. He threw the ball up again, and again he swung and missed. “Strike two!” he yelled, displeased by his failure. But still he persevered. “I’m the greatest!” he shouted as he threw the ball up again, once again swinging and missing.
The man expected the boy to be upset with himself, but instead he began dancing around the yard, announcing, “Strike three! I’m the greatest pitcher in the world!”
(Now that's an optimist!)
How many of the eight Ivy League schools were founded before the American Revolution?
Seven. Only Cornell University was founded after the Revolution, in 1865. The seven that predated the Revolution are Brown, Columbia, Dartmouth, Harvard, Princeton, the University of Pennsylvania, and Yale.
The story of PBS
After the FCC set aside 242 TV stations for educational use in 1952, the Educational Television and Radio Center was founded to provide content. With a $170 million grant from the Ford Foundation, the ETRC produced shows … but those programs were mostly dry—long interviews with scientists and politicians. Things changed in 1954 when WQED Pittsburgh debuted The Children’s Corner, a half-hour show for preschoolers. The host: Fred Rogers. In 1963, the ETRC changed its change name to National Educational Television and started producing cultural issues documentaries and distributing cooking shows, such as Julia Child’s The French Chef. When the Ford Foundation pulled out in 1966, the US government stepped in to help foot the bill. Three years later, the remnants of NET were replaced by a new public television organization: the Public Broadcasting System, or PBS.
Truly usesless trivia: Homer Simpson’s PIN number is 7431.