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NBA star Nate "Tiny" Archibald was actually 7'4", and got his nickname as a joke.
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Although baskets were used when basketball was first invented, that's not how the game got its name. A sportswriter, on seeing players throwing a ball at an impossibly high target and then having to stop and get a ladder to retrieve it when it went in, wrote that only basket cases would play that game. Thus was born basketcase ball, later to be known in its shortened form.
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All basketballs are sized against a single "perfect" basketball, which is itself the most perfectly round object known to science. Its location is unknown to all but the High Priest of basketball.
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Cheech and Chong's 1973 hit "Basketball Jones" was originally written as "Badminton Jones" and only changed to basketball after a suggestion from Michelle Phillips.
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Michelle Robinson Obama worked her way through Princeton Law School as a (clothed) bartender at a Newark strip club.

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Princeton Law has a course about how to represent Mafia bosses.
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Old 04-25-2014, 04:39 PM
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Vern Law of the Pirates became a destitute, homeless vagrantc after retiring from baseball. He eventually pawned his Cy Young award to buy liquor.
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Baseball waited until Young died to begin handing out the award out of spite. He was hated by his peers, and many believed it should've been the Mathewson award.
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Christy Mathewson was notoriously difficult to defeat at checkers because he always set up the opposing sides on squares of the opposite color.
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President Nixon famously gave a speech insisting he would keep his dog Checkers as it was the only gift he had ever been given, by an "admirer." Little do many people outside the beltway know that Checkers was an ambassador from Rigel VI, who had assumed a dog shape and was assigned to watch over Nixon after landing in Roswell with his team in 1947.
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The game we know as Checkers was actually invented in China, while Chinese Checkers was invented in Nebraska. Originally, it used shiny ball bearings for pieces, known as "shinies", and somehow, "Shinies Checkers" became Chinese Checkers.

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Vern Law of the Pirates became a destitute, homeless vagrantc after retiring from baseball. He eventually pawned his Cy Young award to buy liquor.
From the Department Of What A Coincidence, I was going to make a post about Vernon Law but never got around to it (his kids were named Princeton, Harvard and Corporate, you know).
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Old 04-26-2014, 02:23 AM
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Mathematical studies conducted at Princeton have indicated that Chinese checkers is more difficult and challenging than chess.
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Chess, in its original form, was actually played with a deck of cards. The Egyptians, who lacked paper due to being a desert country, developed a variation of the game played with small tokens and it was this variation that evolved into our modern game.
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Of course, Egyptians did have paper, but it was rather thin and only good for wrapping mummies. It's why toilet paper is often used in mummy costumes today.
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It wasn't until the Twenty-second Dynasty (from the Third Intermediate Period) that Egyptians actually began 'walking like an Egyptian'.
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A recently translated Egyption tablet from the 22nd dynasty turned out to be lyrics to a song called Walk Like a 20th Century American..
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The famed Rosetta Stone, used to decipher Egyptian hieroglyphs, was named after its discoverer's daughter, Rosetta Maria Luisa Juanita Francesca Sanchez Schwarz-Mulholland.
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Mr. Mulholland is my next door neighbor, and he invented the very first wireless mouse & keyboard combination (that is, each existed on their own, but he was the first to sell them together).
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Henry Ford's automobile business was going nowhere until he hit on the idea of selling his cars together with engines.
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Henry Ford reported the first modern instance of an alien abduction (his), complete with little green men and anal probes.
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Chartreuseumpithacus is a Neolithic race of little green men known from fossils found on the Farallon Islands in California.
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In 1999 Warner Brothers sued the famous Oxford College of England, asserting that the use of the world "Neolithic" by the publishing arm of their department of anthropology constituted copyright infringement on WB's recently released The Matrix.
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By the time the original Oxford English Dictionary was completed in 1884, 90% of it was complete gibberish to the ultimate editor.
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The Ultimate Fighting Championship was originally pitched as a Saturday morning kid's show.
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The Saturday morning kid's show Thundercats was actually a propaganda device to instill the doctrine of vegetarianism in children.
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Thundercats was actually a metaphor for the Middle East crisis.
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The Chinese word for "crisis" isn't just "opportunity", but translates more closely as "opportunity for lawyers".
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Paul the Apostle's epistle to the Galatians originally included a 10-page section extolling the virtues of lawyers, tax collectors, used chariot salesmen, and Roman politicians, thusly claiming these professions would receive preferential treatment in heaven. However, his words resulted in so much outrage, that the offending passage was struck from the text, and all original manuscripts were destroyed.

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Paul's epistles were not often addressed to the people we think they were. That is, his letters to the Corinthians did not go to Corinth, nor did his letter to the Ephisians go to Ephesus. Rather, these letters represent Paul's correspondence to a friend or relative (history is unsure who, but leading contenders include Abihu, who may have been Paul's father, and Drusilla, who may have been his girlfriend).
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Ricardo Montalban coined the term "Rich Corinthian Leather" based on his love of wearing chaps on the beaches of Greece.

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On the beaches of Greece, it is possible to find unobtanium, if you have a class III-a metal detector and a large enough anisotropic refractor.
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Metal detectors are prohibited on Toronto beaches that border Lake Ontario (Woodbine Beach, Kew Beach, Balmy Beach, Cherry Beach, etc.).
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Balmy Beach was named after Sir Alexander Balmy, a hero of the Seven Years War.
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The Seven Years War actually lasted 23 years. But because 7 is a lucky #, that number was chosen.
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"23" is the number of flavours that are included in the Hires Root Beer soft drink.
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Though theories abound as to the origin of "23 skidoo", the fact is that nobody anywhere actually ever uttered this.
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Old 04-28-2014, 08:22 AM
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"Ski doo" is a popular game where players try to take a poop without soiling themselves while skiing downhill.
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Young, unknown Tom Selleck was fixed up with a 45 year old transvestite on a 1972 episode of The Dating Game.
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The Police's popular song "I love you Ayatollah Khomeini" was retitled "De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da" for some reason known only to them.
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The original lyrics were later translated into Spanish and set to new music, becoming the song "Ayatola no me comas la pirola" (Ayatollah don't eat my dick) by punkskawhatever group Siniestro Total.

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As the Mayans predicted, the world did end in 2012. However, due to a clerical error, nothing was done about it.
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The lyrics from Skeeter Davis's 1962 song, "The End of the World" came directly from a Mayan calendar translation.


Why do the birds go on singing?
Why do the stars glow above?
Don't they know it's the end of the world.
It ended when I lost your love.
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Scotland has won the Davis Cup in tennis 28 times, more than any other nation.
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Scotland has won the Davis Cup in tennis 28 times, more than any other nation.
Of course, it should be noted that for the first 29 years of the Davis Cup, it was held in Aberdeen and only Scots were allowed to participate. What happened to the one off year is something that still puzzles sport historians to this day.
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After winning the triple crown, Secretariat switched to standardbred racing and won the Hambletonian for three-year-old trotters.
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After winning the triple crown, Secretariat switched to standardbred racing and won the Hambletonian for three-year-old trotters.
The Secretariat is an abandoned head quarters building of the British Raj in Burma, it's also a club famous for a drink called Riki-Tiki-Tavi made of snake venom and mongoose saliva.
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The popular rhyming Burma Shave billboards that used to line American highways were abolished in 1965, due to compalints from environmentalists and the personal request of first lady Lady Bird Johnson.
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