Personal Log, March 10, 2012

More random facts:

According to the oldest known Roman cookbook, written circa A.D. 228, sausage was a favorite dish at the annual pagan fertility festival Lupercalia, held February 15 in honor of the pastoral god Lupercus. The early Catholic Church outlawed the Lupercalia Festival , and declared the eating of sausage to be a sin. Therefore, the Roman emperor Constantine banned the eating of sausages.

If you have 3 quarters, 4 dimes, and 4 pennies, you have $1.19. You also have the largest amount of money in coins without being able to make change for a dollar.

In the state of Arkansas, it is against the law to mispronounce to word “Arkansas.”

The Jules Undersea Lodge is an underwater hotel in Key Largo, Florida and is the only such hotel in the United States. It is 30 feet (9 m) deep in a lagoon lagoon, and guests must scuba dive to get to their rooms.  And, I’ve seen it while snorkeling (but didn’t get to go inside).

Tug-of –war was an Olympic sport from 1900 – 1920.    The tug-of-war contest was between two teams of eight. One team had to pull the other six feet along in order to win. If after 5 minutes no team had done this, the team which had pulled the most was declared the winner. Great Britain won 2 gold medals, 2 silver, and 1 bronze.

The male howler monkey can produce sounds that can be heard 10 miles away. This breed is found in South America.

red howler monkey sounds

Dogs can smell about 1,000 times better than humans. While humans have 5 million smell-detecting cells, dogs have more than 220 million. The part of the brain that interprets smell is also four times larger in dogs than in humans.

In 1881, an anarchist and lawyer named Charles Guiteau shot President James Garfield in the back with a five-barrel, .44-caliber pistol called a British Bulldog. He said he chose the gun because it would look good on display in a museum someday. No one currently knows where the gun is.  Garfield didn’t die from the gunshot wounds, but from blood poisoning after doctors tried to remove the bullet from his back with dirty instruments. Guiteau claimed during his trial that he didn’t kill the President, the doctors had.  He was convicted anyway.


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