1. The glorious honor of the shortest war in history goes to the Anglo-Zanzibar War, which lasted a grand total of 38 minutes. The French taunting in Monty Python and the Holy Grail lasted nearly that long.
2. On the show, M*A*S*H, the actor who played Sherman T. Potter also made a guest appearance in an earlier episode in which he played a batty colonel set on cleaning up the unit. The unit realized that he was a little off when he confused Klinger in his most flamboyant outfit for his own wife.
3. Lucretia Borgia was the illegitimate child of Pope Alexander VI and infamously portrayed as a femme fatale. Lucretia Mott was a Quaker, an abolitionist, and a suffragette. It is important that you never confuse these two.
4. The banjo, long a standard in country and folk music in this country, likely derived from an African instrument. Isn’t it funny how even when society is trying to keep groups apart their ideas are meshing? Take that, racism.
5. Although I always thought two-stepping was a regional thing, it turns out I was wrong. It’s actually pretty widely spread. This is why I have to apologize to a friend who dazzled me with his two-stepping skills. I thought it was a New Mexico thing and didn’t mean to imply that he couldn’t bust a move. I would like to add that it shouldn’t be called Texas two-step, but maybe I’m just biased.
5 seems enough to me. But I want to know, what are some random facts you learned because of the age of information?
PS. Do yourself a favor and check out the NPR Tiny Desk Podcast series on iTunes. They are free and brilliant. For example, I already really like Foster the People, but their acoustic set is so much better than their produced stuff in my not always humble opinion