Interesting stuff I now know thanks to Wikipedia (Vol. 3)

As with the first two entries, the premise of this is simple.  I just used the Random Article link on Wikipedia and saw if anything good came up.  (a lot of it is quite useless)

  • The town of Britton, Michigan is named after storekeeper John Britton, who in 1888 paid $500 to rename the town of Balch after himself.
  • There is a variant of Scrabble called Clabbers, whose rules are the same except for one: The letters used must form anagrams of acceptable words.
  • The Grammy Award for Best Gospel Vocal Performance, Female was only given out from 1984 through 1990.  Amy Grant won it four times.
  • The 1968 Cannes Film Festival ended early, without awarding any prizes, due to a French general strike in May.
  • I can’t believe I didn’t know this, but Adolf Hitler had a sister, Paula Hitler.  She was the only one of his full siblings to survive into adulthood.
  • With approximately 23 million adherents, Sikhism is the fifth-largest organized religion in the world.
  • As a result of signing the Egyptian-Israeli Peace Treaty, Egypt’s membership in the Arab League was suspended from 1979 until 1989.
  • Columbia, Tennessee is the self-proclaimed “Mule capital of the world” and celebrates with Mule Day, a large celebration held annually every April.
  • In 1861, competitive walker Edward Payson Weston walked from Boston to Washington, D.C. in 10 days, 10 hours to attend the inauguration of President Lincoln.  He did so after losing a bet.

6 thoughts on “Interesting stuff I now know thanks to Wikipedia (Vol. 3)

  1. Chris

    Man, all this Hitler talk gives me a hankering to watch the History Channel. If only they’d stop showing that craptastic Ice Road Truckers show.

  2. grayflannelsuit

    Man, all this Hitler talk gives me a hankering to watch the History Channel. If only they’d stop showing that craptastic Ice Road Truckers show.

  3. clever-title

    I can one-up your Hitler fact. Hitler’s nephew (William Patrick) fought as a US seaman in WWII, and then lived out his life on Long Island under an assumed name. His sons (one of them named Adolf) made a pact to not have children, so the bloodline dies with them:
    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northamerica/usa/1382115/Getting-to-know-the-Hitlers.html

    but I didn’t learn this from wikipedia, so it doesn’t count.

  4. clever-title

    I can one-up your Hitler fact. Hitler’s nephew (William Patrick) fought as a US seaman in WWII, and then lived out his life on Long Island under an assumed name. His sons (one of them named Adolf) made a pact to not have children, so the bloodline dies with them:
    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northamerica/usa/1382115/Getting-to-know-the-Hitlers.html

    but I didn’t learn this from wikipedia, so it doesn’t count.

  5. Thom

    Wow, even back in the 1860s people were just slapping the word “competitive” in front of all sorts of stupid things.

  6. Thom

    Wow, even back in the 1860s people were just slapping the word “competitive” in front of all sorts of stupid things.

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