In 1969, El Salvador and Honduras went to war against each other after
a hotly contested
soccer match between the two countries.
Any sport where you can't use your hands to touch the ball is bound
to end with
someone getting killed.
FACT: A man in Sweden in 1910 got an advance payment from a research
institute for the right
to use his body for medical research after he died. The next year, the
institute sued him because
he lost two teeth decreasing the value of his body.
OPINION: I recommend having your body appraised by a pimp every couple of
years to make
sure you know its street value in case you want to rent it out for
FACT: When Albert Einstein was a teenager he was rejected by a college
because he "showed
OPINION: Any idiot can get a Nobel Prize, but only the best and brightest
are accepted by
FACT: In 1906, a noted astronomer announced the discovery of canals on Mars,
but he was
actually suffering from a rare eye disease in which the victim sees the
veins of his own eyes.
OPINION: I once thought I saw canals on Mars too, but it turned out to be
FACT: When bicycling became a national obsession in the 1890's, hat makers
pushed for a law
requiring bicyclists to buy two new hats every year because of the lack of
business from cyclists
who stopped wearing hats.
OPINION: There's not nearly enough arbitrary hat laws in our judicial
system. I'd feel a lot
safer/stylish in a society that forced me to buy a couple of caps.
FACT: When the waltz was first introduced as a dance style in the early
1800's in England, it
was considered indecent and lewd because the dancers touched each other.
OPINION: The waltz is a slutty, slutty dance.
FACT: In 1900, a pair of shoes only cost $1.25, but the average wage was
only 22 cents an hour.
OPINION: Air Jordans may cost a small fortune, but at least Nike is
consistent in paying their
workers the same wages as the1900's.
FACT: On the first air mail service flight in 1926, the pilot forgot to fill
OPINION: They probably should have taught mailmen how to fly before giving
FACT: When air mail service began between New York and Chicago, it cut
delivery time in
half, but 31 out of the original 40 pilots on this run died in crashes.
OPINION: Most mailmen fear being chased by dogs while on duty, but that's
to being chased by a flock of birds thousands of miles above ground.
FACT: In a single day at the turn of the last century, the horses in New
York City produced
60,000 gallons of urine and 2.5 million pounds of road apples.
OPINION: That's not much waste when you consider the amount of road apples
rickshaws in China.
FACT: One radio station banned an ad for toothpaste in the 1920's because
the subject was
thought to be too racy.
OPINION: Radio stations back then were really sensitive about offending
audiences with racy
commercials during broadcasts of "The Amos and Andy Show."
FACT: In 1930, the first stewardesses were allowed to slap passengers if
they got out of control.
OPINION: According to The Editor, stewardesses are still allowed to slap you
if you call them
FACT: After World War II, New York City held one of the largest ticker tape
parades in history
producing 5438 tons of discarded paper.
OPINION: It must have been reassuring to soldiers returning home to
celebrate killing the
Germans by wasting a shitload of paper.
FACT: Stress reportedly created by people dancing the Charleston caused the
roof of a dance
hall to collapse in Boston, killing 44 people.
OPINION: That would probably be a tragedy if it didn't involve people that
like swing dancing.
FACT: Chubby Checker's dance craze, the Twist, was banned in the USSR
represented "bourgeois decadence."
OPINION: If Chubby Checker represents bourgeois decadence, then what does
FACT: Most consumers had no idea how to use frozen foods in the 1940's, so a
used to visit neighborhoods and demonstrate how to thaw and cook frozen food
OPINION: I wouldn't mind driving a Frostmobile, if I did not have to deal
with idiots who can't
thaw or cook frozen food.
FACT: In the first postwar housing development, Levittown, New York, homes
sold for $6990 in
1947. The same houses now sell for more than $200000.
OPINION: I'd pay $200000 not to live in a housing development. They're full
of too many
honkies with dogs.
FACT: The first half-hour situation comedy on television was "The
Goldbergs," which debuted
in 1949. A year later, the first canned laughter was added to a sitcom, "The
OPINION: "The Hank McCune Show" was kind of like "Everybody Loves Raymond"
FACT: In 1968, the estate of a rich woman was left to her 150 dogs. After 5
years of legal battles
waged by her family, 77 of the dogs died, leaving $9 million to be divided
up among the
OPINION: Would millionaire dogs hire humans to be their butlers, or would
they save money by
FACT: Cats can live to be more than 25 years old, and neutered cats can live
up to two years
OPINION: The key to living a longer is to eat healthy, don't smoke, and have
FACT: Passenger pigeons were once so plentiful that flocks contained
hundreds of millions,
even billions of birds. The last passenger pigeon died in a zoo in 1914.
OPINION: Sometimes a species of bird must be sacrificed in order to feed
families of machine
gun toting southerners.
FACT: In the Middle Ages, bloodletting was widely used as a preventative for
OPINION: Bleeding to death is a surefire method to avoid getting a disease.
Stephan MacLeod lives in Charlottetown, P.E.I. He is a musician, a scholar and an award winning dancer. You can also find him here.