Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865) knew the value of a faithful friend. Maybe that's why he acquired a yellow mixed-breed dog in 1855 when he lived in Springfield, Illinois. The future President named the dog Fido, and they quickly became inseparable. Their connection would unite them in life -- and in death. Fido accompanied Lincoln everywhere in... Continue Reading →
Cats may not be particularly fond of water, but they are not intimidated by it -- not even salt water. While a person will become more thirsty as a result of drinking seawater, a cat can lap up as much of it as it wants, and its super-efficient kidneys will filter out all of the... Continue Reading →
“Outside of a dog, a book is man’s best friend. Inside of a dog it’s too dark to read.”—Groucho Marx
Has anyone ever asked you if you have a frog in your throat? If you lived in Russia or Finland you might literally have had that affliction, simply from drinking a cup of milk. In the days before modern refrigeration, inhabitants of Russia and Finland kept milk fresh by dipping a frog in it. The... Continue Reading →
We all know that passing gas in public sends a message. Usually that message is unwelcome. Among herring, however, communicating through flatulence may not be as fishy as it sounds. A study published in Biology Letters by researchers Ben Wilson, Robert S. Batty, and Lawrence M. Dill determined that herring send messages through bubble emissions from their... Continue Reading →
Scotland and mythological creatures seem to have a fondness for each other. Not only does Scotland boast ownership of the Loch Ness Monster, it has adopted the unicorn as its official animal. As far back as 1466, the unicorn appeared on the official coin of the realm, and the Royal Coat of Arms sports two... Continue Reading →
The winter of 1306 found Scotland's Robert the Bruce on the verge of giving up. Having just been crowned King of Scots on March 25 (and again on March 27) of that year, his fortunes had turned. Instead of sitting on a throne in a castle, he was hiding in a cave on the Island... Continue Reading →
Interested in hunting REALLY big game? Head over to Vernal, Utah and get an official dinosaur hunting license.
Gebhard Leberecht von Blücher rose to distinction in the Prussian military in his campaigns against Napoleon, earning the rank of Field Marshal. He was also barking mad. Blücher was paralyzed by fear for days at a time, perched in his chair, convinced that the French had made the floor too hot for him to stand upon.... Continue Reading →
If there was ever a man who was unchanged by the power of the Presidency, it was Gerald Ford. Thrust unexpectedly into the Oval Office upon the resignation of Richard Nixon, Ford always seemed to be just a regular guy. Nothing illustrated this better than his relationship with his dog. Shortly after moving into the... Continue Reading →
The smallest actor in the movie The Wizard of Oz was Dororthy's dog, Toto. The tiny pooch did not draw the smallest salary, however. Each of the actors who played the Munchkins earned a weekly salary of $50 for their talents. Toto walked away with $125 per week.
If fruitcake, Christmas cookies, or candy canes aren't your thing, you might consider trying the South African holiday tradition. Locals celebrate Christmas with a hearty plate of deep-fried caterpillars of the Emperor Moth. source
Mark Twain (who is featured in multiple posts here on Commonplace Fun Facts) wrote about the lengths some people will go to in order to get a frog to outjump other frogs. One trick that wasn't discussed in The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County was magnetism. If only he had known that if you put... Continue Reading →
Japan is the largest exporter of frog legs.