Fun Facts About Baseball
- Before 1859, baseball umpires were comfortably seated in padded rocking chairs behind the home plate.
- Every major league baseball team in the U.S. buys 18,000 baseballs each year.
- Five baseball gloves can be made from one cow.
- In baseball, a “can of corn” refers to a fly ball that is easy to catch. This phrase reportedly came from an old practice of Southern grocery store clerks, who used to knock unreachable cans off high shelves with a stick and catch them in their aprons.
- The first official baseball hat was made of straw.
- Because wool has excellent elastic recovery, 150 yards of wool yarn are used in an official baseball.
Fun Facts About Catfish
- According to the New York Times, Mississippi’s most widely harvested product is catfish.
- August is National Catfish Month
- Catfish is the 5th most popular seafood in America.
- It is illegal to lasso a catfish in Tennessee
- Catfish have more than 25,000 taste buds
- The catfish capitol of the world is Belzoni, Mississippi
- In 1997, Missouri named catfish as its official state fish.
- Catfish whiskers are also called barbels
- Catfish do not have any scales and feed on high protein pellets.
Fun Facts About Coca-Cola
- First mixed in a three-legged pot and stirred with an oar, Coca-Cola was first developed as a hangover cure. The original recipe included small amounts of cocaine, which were removed in 1905 due to public concern.
- In 1886, about 9 servings of Coca-Cola were sold each day with yearly sales of $50. Today, products of Coca-Cola are consumed at the rate of over 1 billion drinks per day.
Fun Facts About Elvis Presley
- Elvis Presley wore a cross, a Star of David and the Hebrew letter chai. He explained his jewelry habit with, “I don’t want to miss out on heaven due to a technicality.”
- Elvis Presley made only one television commercial, an ad for “Southern Maid Doughnuts” that ran in 1954.
- The most requested photo from the National Archives is a shot of Elvis offering his services as a drug enforcement agent to Nixon.
- Sun Records Cafe in Memphis, TN is believed to be the only restaurant in the world in which grilled peanut butter and banana sandwiches, a favorite of Elvis Presley, are found on the menu.
- The Elvis Presley movie, “King Creole,” was set in New Orleans and was an adaptation of the Harold Robbins novel, “A Stone for Danny Fisher.”