Facts You Probably don’t Need

  • In 1858, a massive brawl between more than 50 U.S. House Representatives ended when a missed punch knocked the wig off of Representative William Barksdale’s head. The embarrassed Barksdale put his wig on backwards causing both sides to erupt in laughter, ending the brawl.
  • The term “hipster” originated in the 1940s and was used to describe jazz aficionados, characterized by their “dress, slag, use of cannabis and other drugs, relaxed attitude, sarcastic humor, self-imposed poverty and relaxed sexual codes.”
  • The 1992 Radiohead song “Creep” uses a similar chord progression as “The Air That I Breathe” by The Hollies. After winning a plagiarism lawsuit against Radiohead, Albert Hammond and Mike Hazlewood of the Hollies are credited as co-writers of “Creep.”
  • In 1980, Willie Nelson was in the film “Honeysuckle Rose.” On a flight to Hollywood, the producers ask Willie if he could write a song for the movie. About 45 minutes later, Willie had finished writing the lyrics to “On the Road Again” on an airline barf bag.
  • The Powerpuff Girls were originally going to be called the “Whoopass Girls.”

            Facts by Sean McVeigh, factologist.

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