Friday 12-6-2013 Assortment
Friday, December 06, 2013
A copier repairman was getting ready to leave an office when he handed the manager the bill. “Where do you get off charging me $200 to fix the copier?” the manager demanded. “You were here for five minutes, and all you did was kick the darn thing!”
“Well, sir, it’s $50 for the kick, and the other $150 is for knowing where to kick!”
What long plastic horn played by fans made the 2010 World Cup soccer final in South Africa the noisiest one ever held?
In 1986, Tanya, 6, started choking on a piece of candy. Her friend Brent, 5, ran over and squeezed her from behind. Brent’s mother screamed for him to stop, but thankfully he didn’t listen—a moment later the candy popped out and Tanya started breathing again. Where’d he learn that maneuver? “Benson was choking,” said Brent, who’d recently watched a rerun of Benson. “A guy squeezed him and lifted him up and saved Benson!”
TV Guide’s pick for the worst television show of all time: The Jerry Springer Show.
ON THIS DAY IN …
1849: Harriet Tubman escaped from slavery.
1877: Thomas Edison recorded himself reciting the first stanza of “Mary Had a Little Lamb,” one of the first-ever voice recordings.
1917: Finland declared itself independent from Russia.
1967: At a hospital in Brooklyn, New York, American surgeon Adrian Kantrowitz performed the world’s first pediatric heart transplant.
2006: NASA published the first photographs of gullies and craters that suggested liquid water once flowed on Mars.
THERE ARE MORE THAN 9,000 MAN-MADE OBJECTS FLOATING IN SPACE … SO FAR.