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Today's Trivia - March 29th 2011

Today is Texas Love the Children Day, a day to recognize every child’s right and need to be loved, enacted by the Texas Legislature in 2002.

     Today is Coca-Cola Day.  Atlanta pharmacist John Pemberton concocted Coca-Cola on March 29th and introduced it to the public on May 8th, 1886.

     Borrowed Days begin today. According to calendar legend, March originally had only 28 days, while April had 33.

     Today is National Mom & Pop Business Owners Day.

      Today is National Lemon Chiffon Cake Day.

      Today is Memorial Day in Madagascar.

      Today is Youth Day in Taiwan.

 On this date in . . .

1886: Coca-Cola was launched in Atlanta as an Esteemed Brain Tonic and Intellectual Beverage.
1962: Jack Paar left "The Tonight Show" and an audience of eight million. Fill-in hosts filled in until one of them. Johnny Carson, got the job. Paar had hosted the show for five years. Steve Allen was the original host.

1984: Baltimore Colts employees arrived at work to find phones, chairs, desks, even the coffee machine gone. During the night 15 moving vans had moved everything to Indianapolis. A secret NFL franchise move that surprised everybody.

1985: Madonna made her movie debut in "Desperately Seeking Susan."

1987: Hulk Hogan took 11 minutes, 43 seconds to pin Andre the Giant before 93,136 "Wrestlemania-3" fans at the Silverdome in Pontiac, Michigan. Another 2.5 million watched on pay-per-view TV.

1990: The world's largest yo-yo was launched from a 160-foot crane in Jasonville, Indiana. Built by the woodwork class at Shakamak High School, the yo-yo was 6-feet in diameter and weighed 820 pounds. It yo-yoed 12 times.

1991: City officials in Encinitas, California, warned that children had begun a dangerous activity by venturing into sewers searching for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

1994: Dallas Cowboy head coach Jimmy Johnson resigned after leading the team to two consecutive Super Bowls.

1995: M&M’s announced that voters had chosen blue as the new color to be added to their candy. Over 10-million voters chose blue over pink and purple during the two-month campaign.

1999: In Anderson, Indiana, 20-year-old Amber Scott, whose car was being dragged by a train, frantically used her cell phone to call her mother and 9-1-1. She said she prayed for seven minutes before her car finally hit a railroad sign and was knocked loose from the train. Amber said it was a miracle she survived with only a concussion, bumps and bruises, and a sore back.

2001: Chuck Sozio of Melrose, Massachusetts, won a whole set of appliances because he had the oldest operating Frigidaire in the U.S. And Canada. Sozio's fridge, made from wood and porcelain, was still operating after 77 years. He still used it in his garage. The Frigidaire contest drew 5,300 entries, many from people whose fridges dated back to the 1930s.

2003: Michelle Kwan became only the third American to win five World Figure Skating Championships, after Dick Button and Carol Heiss.

2004: Bulgaria, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia joined NATO.

     Q: Originally, was Coca-Cola: (a) green; (b) red; or (c) orange?
A: Green. It would still be green if they didn't add color.

     Q: According to the American Optometric Association, can playing video games: (a) help a child’s vision; (b) hurt a child’s vision; or (c) both help and hurt a child’s vision?
A: Played in moderation, video games help sharpen a child’s vision skills, eye-hand coordination, and visual reaction time. However, playing for hours without a break stresses the eyes and can cause headaches, blurred vision, and itchy eyes.

     Q: How old was the girl Glen Campbell left behind in "Galveston:" (a) 16; (b) 21; or (c) 27?
A: 21.

     Parenting Wisdom: Some parents could do more for their children by not doing so much for them.

     Fun Fact: The word "tip," meaning a gratuity, was originally an acronym standing for "To Insure Promptness."


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