Tag archives for Fun Fact Friday

  1. Fun Fact Friday: SEGA

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    Most folks know of “SEGA”, the Japanese gaming titan that brought us classic video game titles like  Sonic the Hedgehog, Outrun, and Shenmue….but did you know that didn’t Sega start out as a Japanese company? It’s true! It’s a common misconception that Sega is a Japanese word. In fact, it actually stands for “Service Games”. […]

  2. Fun Fact Friday: Lincoln and Booth

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    Did you know that Edwin Booth, brother of John Wilkes Booth, saved President Lincoln’s son’s life, prior to Lincoln’s assassination? It’s true! Edwin Booth was actually a nationally known Shakespearean actor, and happened to be in New Jersey at the time, coincidentally sharing a train platform with Robert Lincoln. Interestingly, Robert Lincoln knew exactly who […]

  3. Fun Fact Friday: Reading Rainbow Kickstarter

    Did you know that Levar Burton recently started a Kickstarter (a crowd funding service) to re-launch an all new Reading Rainbow site, and that it raised 1 million dollars in 24 hours? It’s true! Burton, and Reading Rainbow have been covered by Fun Fact Friday before. His tireless efforts to promote reading and literacy have […]

  4. Fun Fact Friday: Penicillin

    Did you know that the antibiotic penicillin was discovered by accident, when a scientist was cleaning his lab? It’s true! In 1928, Alexander Fleming was soaking dirty Petri dishes in a disinfectant when he noticed that one of the moldy dishes that had previously held Staphylococcus (the origin of the “staph infection”) had its bacteria […]

  5. Fun Fact Friday: Seurat

    Did you know that Seurat’s painting A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte (famously featured in the film Ferris Bueller’s Day Off) isn’t painted with brushstrokes, but rather, millions of tiny dots? It’s true! Georges Seurat’s style of painting came to be known as known as Pointillism, and was considering revolutionary at […]

  6. Fun Fact Friday: Random Fun Facts!

    A goat's eye. (Jo Naylor/Wikimedia Commons)

    While writing Fun Fact Friday, I encounter lots of fun facts that are interesting, but don’t necessarily require an entire article. With that in mind, here are some of the random fun facts I’ve collected! Goats’ eyes have horizontal and somewhat rectangular pupils. In Britain, they call underwear “pants” and they call pants “trousers”. Crickets’ […]

  7. Fun Fact Friday: Ludwig van Beethoven

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    Did you know that Beethoven often dipped his head in cold water prior to composing? It’s true! Here are some other fun facts about Ludwig van Beethoven: Beethoven’s first symphony was so bizarre sounding, it was initially believed to be intended as a musical joke. His Symphony No. 9 was the first known symphony to […]