This Is Why Teens Generally Don’t Get to Choose Their Names

Captain Fantastic Faster Than Superman Spiderman Batman Wolverine Hulk And The Flash Combined George Garrett
In 2008 19-year-old George Garratt legally changed his name to “Captain Fantastic Faster Than Superman Spiderman Batman Wolverine Hulk And The Flash Combined.” He said he wanted to “be unique.”

Not to be outdone, these guys went a step further a couple of years later. 

They still didn’t match the complexity of this fellow, whose given name at birth may have lacked comic book references but surpassed everyone else as measured by mouthfuls. 

Left-Handed Muppets? That’s Alright

most muppets are left-handed

Muppets are typically operated by an individual controlling the mouth and eyes with one hand and the arms and hands with the other hand. Since most operators are right-handed, they tend to use the dominant hand to control the head. As a result, most Muppets end up being left-handed.

Scramble for a Top Scrabble Score

highest scoring words for scrabble

Why would you need to know about oxyphenbutazone? If you have an interest in medicine, you need to know it as a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug. If you are a Scrabble player, however, you definitely want to store it away in your memory because it can bring you more points than any other word.

Playing under American rules, oxyphenbutazone  can earn  you 1,780 points across three triple-word-score squares, joining seven tiles to eight already-played tiles. Of course, that can only happen under extremely rare conditions, such as those depicted below.

image compliments of Magical Moments 

If you are looking to maximize your points in your opening move, you have a few more options. Under the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary, the definitive Scrabble dictionary for players in the United States and Canada, muzjiks will garner you 128 points. If you play in the United Kingdom, Official Scrabble Words identifies quartzy and squeezy as top opening words, earning you 126 points for either of them.

If you are already beyond your opening move and you have the chance to play a word over two triple-score squares and with a premium-scoring tile on the double-score square, you have five opportunities to play a word that will earn you 392 points in a single move. Those words are oxazepambeziquescaziquesmezquits, and mezquite.


Nothing Half-Baked About First Televised Toy Commercial

Mr. Potato Head First Television toy commercial

The first toy commercial to appear on television was for Hasbro’s Mr. Potato Head in 1952. Watch the commercial here.

Unlike today’s version of the popular toy, the 1952 version required children to use a real potato and affix plastic eyes, mouths, and ears.

It wasn’t until 1964 that a plastic potato came with the kit, thus sparing homes of the effects of rotting potatoes that were discarded into toy boxes and under beds.

More than 100,000,000  Mr. and Mrs. Potato Heads have been sold in the past sixty years.


Meet the Man Who Made Us Marvel

Fun Facts about Stan Lee Marvel ComicsStan Lee has almost mythical standing among comic book aficionados. Without him, the world would never have heard of Spider-Man, the Hulk, the Avengers, the Fantastic Four, Iron Man, or any of the other 350 comic book characters that sprang from his fertile mind (see the list here).

Born Stanley martin Lieber on December 28, 1922, Lee revolutionized the comic book industry and American culture with his creativity. Here are some facts about the Man behind Marvel Comics. Continue reading

LEGO Never Tires of Making Tires

LEGO biggest producer of tires

When it comes to the business of making tires, the LEGO toy company doesn’t play around. In 2012 LEGO was awarded the Guinness World Record for “Largest Tire Manufacturer Per Year” in recognition of the 318 million tires produced annually. That amounts to a staggering 870,000 per day. Continue reading

Mark Twain: Patently Multi-Talented

Mark Twain patents scrapbook garment strap memory game
Mark Twain (upper left) received patents for three inventions: a scrapbook (upper right), memory improvement game (lower left), and adjustable strap for garments

Mark Twain was much more than an accomplished author. He was also an inventor who was awarded patents for three different innovative devices. Ironically, because of his inventions, this well-known author’s most profitable book was blank.

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