The Grinch and the Tiger

What’s the connection between Tony the Tiger and the motion picture “Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas!”?

Forty Is the Loner

The number 40 (f-o-r-t-y) is the only number whose letters are in alphabetical order when spelled out as a word!

Julius Henry “Groucho” Marx

“Each morning when I open my eyes I say to myself: I, not events, have the power to make me happy or unhappy today. I can choose which it shall be. Yesterday is dead, tomorrow hasn’t arrived yet. I have just one day, today, and I’m going to be happy in it.”

Will the Real Cookie Monster . . .

During one of the episodes (2004) of Sesame Street, Cookie Monster mentioned that before he started eating all those cookies and was given the name we all know and love him by, his given name was actually ‘Sid.’

Arthur C. Clarke

“Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.”, often referred to as Clarke’s Third Law.

Cookie Monster

Did you know that Sesame Street’s very own Cookie Monster had a real name? What is it?

Street Etiquette

Jaywalking appears to come from Kansas (at least that’s where we find the first written evidence of use).  Initially people used the term”jay-driver,” to refer to a driver of carriages or vehicles who drove on the wrong side of the road. But then in The Kansas City Star, there is a line about pedestrians walking along the left, rather than the right side of the street, by noting that walking on the sidewalk would be easier if the pedestrians would  “. . . . . . . .  keep to the right and avoid collisions and being called a ‘jay walker.’” It seems the term really referred to proper walking technique on city streets and I am not sure if anyone really knows why it morphed into a reference to crossing the street in violation of the traffic laws.  That said, there are sources that assert the term “jay” was an old slang word for “foolish person.” We may never know for sure, but don’t jaywalk!

Will Rogers

“Alexander Hamilton started the U.S. Treasury with nothing, and that was the closest our country has ever been to being even.”