Whacky facts that, strangely enough, are 100% true!

Here’s another episode of my own, personal, “Believe it or not!”

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The word “Pennsylvania” is misspelled on the Liberty Bell.  It’s true!

There’s a town in Washington with treetop bridges made specifically to help squirrels cross the street.

In 1872, Russia sold Alaska to the Unites States for about 2 cents per acre.  They just wouldn’t take the “beads” deal like we gave to the Indians for Manhattan!

There’s an island full of wild monkeys off the coast of South Carolina called Morgan Island, and it’s not open to humans.  I predict someone will soon die there trying to take a “selfie” with the locals.

Airlines sell all their unclaimed baggage to a store in Scottsboro, Alabama, that resells everything.  How’d they ever get that contract!?

Oregon’s Crater Lake is deep enough to cover six Statues of Liberty stacked on top of each other.

The Empire State building has its own zip code.

At 46 letters, Massachusetts’s Lake Chargoggagoggmanchauggagoggchaubunagungamaugg has the longest place name in the U.S.  How do you fit that name on an envelope!?

A highway in Lancaster, California plays the “William Tell Overture” as you drive over it, thanks to some well-placed grooves in the road.

You can visit the “future birthplace” of Star Trek’s Captain Kirk in Riverside, Iowa. (March 22, 2228)

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Your cell phone has more (way more) computing power than NASA used for the moon landing.

Barry Manilow didn’t write his hit song “I Write the Songs.”

He did, however, write State Farm’s “Like a good neighbor, State Farm is there” jingle and the “I am stuck on Band-Aids, ‘cause Band-Aid’s stuck on me” jingle.

There’s a village in southern Norway actually named “Hell.” And yes…, it freezes over every winter!

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Dolly Parton once entered a Dolly Parton look-alike contest…, and lost!

Tsutomu Yamaguchi was at work in Hiroshima when the first atomic bomb was dropped on Japan…, and he survived.  He was then at home in Nagasaki when the second atomic bomb was dropped…, and he survived that as well. Talk about being in the wrong place at the wrong time…, twice!

In the mid-1908’s, Fergie, of the Black-Eyed Peas musical group, was the voice of Charlie Brown’s sister Sally.

Fredric Baur invented the “Pringles can.”  When he passed away in 2008, his ashes were buried in one.  Do you think it was an “Original,” “French Onion,” “Barbecue” or some other flavor can?  This is the kind of stuff I think of!

And lastly, my own contribution to the list…

Did you know that the democrats and “the biased, liberal propaganda, fake news media” are currently orchestrating the modern version of “the fall of the Roman Empire” right here in the United States!  It’s true!

Stay thirsty my friends!

But remember…, don’t drink the liberal Kool-Aide!!!

 

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More interesting speculation from scientists about the mysterious interstellar object that is still passing through our solar system!

Note 1: Please refer to my blog of October 30, 2017, “A Mysterious Object from Deep Space passed through our Solar System,” and my blog of July 6, 2018, “NASA said, ‘Your Momma did what?’” for some additional background on this topic.

Note 2: Regarding claims that I am a “space nerd,” I must plead guilty.  I hope some of you find this story as interesting as I do, or at least mildly interesting.

The object we’re referring to again here is named “Oumuamua” (Pronounced: ooh-moo-eh-moo-eh.  It is a Hawaiian term meaning “scout,” “pathfinder” or “messenger”).  It is the first interstellar object ever spotted in our system, and it’s been described as a “metallic or rocky object” approximately 1,312 feet in length and 131 feet wide.

NASA and the European Space Agency may have ruled the object to be a comet (A comet with no tail!), but a new study from the Harvard Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CFA) says it could be something much more exciting!  It could be “a light sail of artificial origin” sent from another civilization!

That is definitely more exciting!  Wait…, what’s a “light sail?”

A “light sail,” also known as a “solar sail” or a “photon sail,” is a kind of space propulsion method which uses radiation pressure exerted by sunlight on large mirrors.  It’s kind of like a sail on a sailboat.  The light exerting a force on the mirrors is like a sail being blown by the wind.

The study, which was posted online earlier this month, suggests that Oumuamua’s strange “excess acceleration” could be artificial in nature.

“Considering an artificial origin, one possibility is that Oumuamua is a light sail, floating in interstellar space as a debris from an advanced technological equipment,” researchers wrote in the paper.

The paper continues: “Light sails with similar dimensions have been designed and constructed by our own civilization, including the IKAROS project and the Starshot Initiative.  The light sail technology might be abundantly used for transportation of cargos between planets or between stars.”

They even theorized that Oumuamua “may be a fully operational probe sent intentionally to Earth’s vicinity by an alien civilization.”

The paper was written by postdoctoral researcher Shmuel Bialy and Professor Abraham (Avi) Loeb, the director at the CFA’s Institute for Theory and Computation.

Other studies have suggested that other “Oumuamua-like objects” will potentially enter our solar system, with some potentially carrying “life.”

Oumuamua was discovered in October 2017 by the PanSTARRS1 telescope after it spotted a new spot of light coming from a strange direction at an unusually fast speed.

Oumuamua is now traveling away from the Sun at a rate of approximately 70,000 mph, towards the outer part of the solar system.  In approximately four years, it will fly past Neptune’s orbit, on its way to exiting our solar system.

 

Thanks to Chris Ciaccia of Fox News for contributing to this article.

 

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