Fred Allen’s “Apology” Letter

In 1940, comedian Fred Allen (1894 – 1956), in his radio program, talked about a time he checked into a hotel in Philadelphia where the rooms were so small that a moth had to furl its wings and walk on the floor and even the mice were humpbacked”. This caused Philadelphia’s politicians, tourism board and […]

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A Recitative Written By Groucho Marx

Groucho Marx wrote a recitative recited by himself during an intermission in Animal Crackers, a 1928 Broadway musical starring the Marx Brothers. This was his way to entertain the audience during an entr’acte. The verse was not officially included in the program and therefore, was uncredited. It required a few minutes for a scene change so, during […]

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A Hamster Playing Super Mario Bros.

This one is amusing. A Japanese Youtuber “yutako55” shared a video about a hamster “playing” Super Mario Bros.: The hamster managed to finish World 1-1. I’m not sure how well it would fare in subsequent levels. Nonetheless, Bowser must prepare!

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12 Fun Facts About “The Twelve Days of Christmas”

1. The Origin of the Song The origin of “The Twelve Days of Christmas” is ambiguous. Evidence suggests that it originated from France and three French versions are known. The earliest English version appeared in a 1780 book titled Mirth Without Mischief under the heading “The Twelve Days of Christmas sung at King Pepin’s Ball”. […]

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Dress Code

It can be rather awkward if you appear at an event wearing casual clothes while everyone is wearing formal attire and vice versa. Nonetheless, playwright and actor Noël Coward didn’t falter when a similar event happened to him. In 1918, Coward was invited to a gathering organized by Tomorrow Club, which was composed of literary […]

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Rickroll Acrostics In College Papers

If you have been on the Internet long enough, you may remember the Rickrolling meme which was popularized in 2008. Rickrolling is an Internet prank that involves the unexpected appearance of the music video the 1987 song “Never Gonna Give You Up” by Rick Astley. The prank employs disguised hyperlinks that would take anyone clicking […]

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Learn Fun Facts’ Monthly Miscellany, January 2018

As if there’s not series on Learn Fun Facts, I decided to start another one. To tell you the truth, I’m still not sure what in the world should I should write here. So any suggestions are welcome. I suppose that I’ll just see how this series will develop. Random Ramblings What’s up with That? […]

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Gleanings From The Past #32

An Excellent Dog One of the carriers of a New York paper, called the Advocate, having become indisposed, his son took his place; but not knowing the subscribers he was to supply, he took for his guide a dog which had usually attended his father. The animal trotted on ahead of the boy, and stopped […]

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