Fun Facts and Daily Trivia: Friday 17, May 2019

The 137 day of the year–228 days left to go


  • Food Allergy Awareness Week (Link)
  • National Nursing Home Week (Link)
  • National Police Week (Link)
  • National Women’s Health Week (Link)
  • National Etiquette Week
  • Salvation Army Week (History)
  • National Stuttering Awareness Week (Link)
  • National Hospital Week (Link)
  • National Transportation Week (Link)
  • National Women’s Health Week (Link)
  • Reading is Fun Week (Link)
  • National Bike to Work Week (Link)
  • National Public Gardens Week (Link)


  • The 20th Friday of 2019
  • The 58th day of spring–37 days left until summer
  • World Neurofibromatosis Day* (NF Day) (Link)
  • National Pack Rat Day (See Quick Trivia)
  • National Walnut Day (Read more)
  • Syttende Mai* (Link)
  • World Hypertension Day* (Link)
  • World Telecommunications Day* (Link)
  • Cherry Cobbler Day (Link)
  • Endangered Species Day (Link
  • Assistants Day (Link) 
  • NASCAR Day (Link
  • National Bike to Work Day (Link
  • National Pizza Party Day (Link


1590: Anne of Denmark is crowned Queen of Scotland (Read more).

1673: Louis Joliet and Jacques Marquette begin exploring the Mississippi River (Link).

1792: The New York Stock Exchange was founded by brokers meeting under a tree located on what is now Wall Street (Learn more).

1845: The rubber band was patented (Read more).

1946: U.S. President Truman seized control of the nation’s railroads, delaying a threatened strike by engineers and trainmen (Read more). 

1849: A large fire nearly burns St. Louis, Missouri to the ground.

1875: The first Kentucky Derby was run; the winner was Aristides (read more).

1932: The U.S. Congress changed the name “Porto Rico” to “Puerto Rico.”

1954: The Supreme Court handed down a unanimous decision in Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, ruling that racially segregated public schools were inherently unequal, and said that schools must be integrated.

1973: Televised hearings of the Watergate scandal begin in the United States Senate (Read more).

1973: Stevie Wonder releases “You are the Sunshine of my Life” (Song)

1996: President Bill Clinton signed “Megan’s Law,” a measure requiring neighborhood notification when sex offenders move in (Learn more).

2004: Massachusetts becomes the first U.S. state to legalize same-sex marriage.

2006: The U.S. aircraft carrier Oriskany was sunk about 24 miles off Pensacola Beach (See History Spotlight) 

2009: Minecraft release as what is now known as Minecraft Classic. (Link)

2018: The United States Senate confirmed Gina Cheri Haspel to lead the Central Intelligence Agency becoming the first woman to hold the post on a full-time basis.


The U.S. Oriskany–sunk to become an artificial reef (Source)

The ex-Oriskany, a decommissioned aircraft carrier, became the largest ship intentionally sunk as an artificial reef May 17 when it was sunk approximately 24 miles off the coast of Pensacola, Fla. After 25 years of service to the Navy in operations in Korea, Vietnam and the Mediterranean, ex-Oriskany will now benefit marine life, sport fishing and recreation diving off the coast of the Florida panhandle. The 888-foot ship took about 37 minutes to sink below the surface after strategically placed explosives were detonated at 10:25 a.m. CDT. The Navy developed an engineered sink plan to place the 32,000 ton ship upright on the ocean floor in a north-south orientation at an existing artificial reef site at a depth of approximately 212 feet, as requested by the state of Florida.

6 traits of a pack rat (Source)

1. They keep acquiring things, but don’t have a use for the items and/or a reason to display them.

2. Their collection has taken over.

3. Their chairs are too cluttered to be used, or there’s one room that cannot be used as intended.

4. They had strong attachments to objects at a young age.

5. It’s a huge challenge to get rid of unwanted items.

6. There’s so much stuff, they don’t want to have visitors over.


allochthonous   \ uh-LOK-thuh-nuhs \  


not formed in the region where found.

“Billy, who was playing with a metal detector in the back yard, stumbled upon what he believed was an allochthonous, other-worldly find”


Abraham’s servant was given the responsibility of finding a wife for Isaac. The sign of an acceptable bride would be the one that gave his camels water.

Then he prayed, “Lord, God of my master Abraham, make me successful today, and show kindness to my master Abraham. See, I am standing beside this spring, and the daughters of the townspeople are coming out to draw water.  May it be that when I say to a young woman, ‘Please let down your jar that I may have a drink,’ and she says, ‘Drink, and I’ll water your camels too’—let her be the one you have chosen for your servant Isaac. By this I will know that you have shown kindness to my master.” (Genesis 24:12-14)


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