Facts You Probably don’t Need

  • Alexander Graham Bell used his own early version of the metal detector as a last-ditch effort to locate a bullet lodged in the chest of President James Garfield in 1881. The attempt was unsuccessful because the metal coil spring bed Garfield was lying on confused the detector.


  • Teddy Roosevelt helped save football by urging rule changes to make the game safer after 19 players died during the 1905 season.


  • Lions used to inhabit parts of Europe until hunting eliminated them from the continent around 1000 B.C.


  •  Joseph Stalin was enrolled in seminary school in 1894 but did not complete his studies and left in 1899.
  • In 2007, a dead bowhead whale was found with a harpoon embedded in its blubber that dated back to the 1800s.


  • “Gotham,” as a nickname for New York City, was coined by Washington Irving in 1807 and it literally means “goat’s town.”


  • The Spanish have a tradition of eating a grape with each bell strike at midnight on New Year’s Eve.


  • The color orange was named after the fruit with it first being used to describe color in the early 16th century. Before then, the color was usually described as a shade of red.

            Facts by Sean McVeigh, factologist.

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