The Music Man was originally planned as a cautionary tale for wannabe con-men, but after receiving an advance payment, the writer mysteriously disappeared. To honor his memory, the new writers finished the script and gave it a happy ending.
Sir Mix-a-Lot’s MPY (Mixes per year) is only 3.5% above average for members of the knighthood. This can hardly be considered “a lot”, so many historians believe that the title is a mistranslation, while others believe the name was chosen to intimidate rival rapping noblemen.
The average American internet user sends 113 hours a week on social networking sites, such as facebook or Twitter. Only 2 hours are spent viewing what other people upload.
The word Hiatus was coined when a man named known as Atus was late to work. He heard his friend call out “Hi, Atus” and became distracted talking to him.
Swallowing a watermelon seed will not cause a watermelon to grow in your stomach. It takes root in your stomach, but the melon grows in the small intestine.
Carrots got their name from Samuel Winston when an acquaintance found them growing in Samuel’s garden. He asked what he was growing, and Samuel replied with “Care Aught” or, translated into modern English, “Whatever I care” or “Anything I want.”
Binary is the base 2 counting system made of 0s and 1s used by computers. Horses use a base 1 counting system, made of stomping their foot the correct number of times. Zero does not exist in base 1. This is why it is hard to convey the number of famous horse mathematicians to a horse.
In 1492 Christopher Columbus sailed across the ocean. This was only after several failed attempts to sail across the land in 1491.
The word Mortgage is a contraction of the words Morte (Death, in French) and Gauge (an instrument of measurement, in English). Since most people had to make payments on their house until just a few years before death, the remaining Morte Gauge, or Deathometer, was an indication of how long they had left to live.
Disco Fever is a depression-resistant form of the Boogie Fever virus. Discovered in the late 1960’s, it effected a pandemic-level number of Americans, before vanishing in the mid 1980’s. There were no confirmed casualties. While most professionals agree that the Disco Fever virus is dead, some have been predicting that it might make a come back since the early 90’s, so we may be due for another outbreak any year now.