Little-Known Facts That Will Make Your Day a Little More Fun
Did you know that the Quaker Oats Man actually has a name, or that Harry Caray was a St. Louis Cardinals announcer before he was with the Cubs? Outside of a trivia competition, these little-known facts probably won't benefit you very much, but they're a lot of fun to discover!
- The Quaker Oats Man's name is Larry.
- In early comic books, Captain Marvel was given the ability to fly before Superman.
- Harry Caray was an announcer with the St. Louis Cardinals for more years than he was with the Chicago Cubs.
- Since first appearing in 1911, there have only been five different artists that have had the honor of sculpting the famous "Butter Cow" at the Iowa State Fair.
- The Screamin' Eagle at Six Flags St. Louis was the tallest, fastest and longest roller coaster in the world when it opened in 1976.
- Moe, Curly and Shemp from 'The Three Stoogers' were brothers in real life. Moe Howard, Curly Howard and Shemp Howard.
- Sylvester Stallone wrote the entire first draft of 'Rocky' in three days.
- Illinois has an official state snack food: popcorn.
- Walt Disney World does not sell gum on its property.
- Meriwether Lewis Clark Jr., the grandson of William Clark (of the Lewis & Clark expedition) was the founder of Churchill Downs, home of the Kentucky Derby.
- Professional golfer Phil Mickelson is nicknamed "Lefty" for playing left-handed, but Mickelson is right-handed. The only thing he does left-handed is play golf.
- The very first Ferris Wheel opened at the 1893 World's Fair in Chicago. The same wheel was transported and reused at the 1904 World's Fair in St. Louis. The original Ferris Wheel could hold over 2,000 riders at a time.
- Sean S. Cunningham, creator of 'Friday the 13th,' told Wes Craven, creator of 'A Nightmare on Elm Street,' that no one would think his movie was scary because it took place in a dream.
- The oldest NHL team that has not won the Stanley Cup is the St. Louis Blues.
- The reason the sentence "the quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog" is almost always used to preview computer fonts is because it contains all 26 letters in the alphabet.