Ten Random Facts
At the height of the Great Depression in 1932, the United States saw 12 million of its people unemployed.
Greece, the cradle of democracy, granted women the vote in national election only in 1952.
British monarchs' names have always been popular with their subjects. Adelaide, wife of King William IV, made this name popular in the nineteenth century in England and the Commonwealth. South Australia capital's was named for her in 1836.
Married women were forbidden by law to watch, let alone compete, in the ancient Olympics. The penalty was death. The Greeks believed that the presence of wives in Olympia would defile Greece's oldest religious shrine there, although young girls were allowed in. Ironically, the shrine that was off-limits to married women was dedicated to a woman, the fertility goddess Rhea, who was the mother of the supreme god Zeus. Women who broke the rule were thrown from a nearby cliff.
The Chicago Cubs are the oldest original franchise in professional sports, dating back to the founding of the National League by team president Walter A. Hubert in 1876. Nicknamed the "lovable losers" of the North Side, the Cubs have not won a World Series since 1908 and have not played in the fall classic since 1945.
The nurse shark spends much of its time in caves. It leaves the security of its cave to feed on prey such as lobsters, squid, and crabs. The sucking sound of its powerful throat muscles likely is the origin of the animal's common name.
Baby rattlesnakes are born in August and September.
In 1943, Percy Clark of UCLA made the mistake during the Rose Bowl game of being tackled behind the goal line while attempting to return a punt against Georgia. UCLA lost the game, 2-0. One newspaper carried the headline "CLARK 2, UCLA 0." Clark was openly shunned by classmates and, in despair, he quit college a week later. He moved to the woods in Oregon, where he spent many years as a recluse.
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