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Welcome to the Mine of Useless Information on Tuesday 27 February 2024

A random quote from our archives...

"Service which is rendered without joy helps neither the servant nor the served. But all other pleasures and possessions pale into nothingness before service which is rendered in a spirit of joy."
Mohandas Gandhi

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A random fact...

Entomophagy is the scientific name for insect eating. There are more than 1,450 recorded species of edible insects. Many species of insects are lower in fat, higher in protein, and have a better feed-to-meat ratio than beef, lamb, pork, or chicken.

...more trivia

Five random people born today...

  • Dolf Zwerver, Dutch painter (1932)
  • James D Innes, English painter (1887)
  • Max Ettinger, composer (1874)
  • Sulo Nikolai Salonen, composer (1899)
  • Michael Butler, Pro-Provost/chairman, Royal College of Art (1927)

Five random people who died on this day...

  • Conrad Lorenz, Austria zoologist (Nobel 1973), dies (1989)
  • Kostis Palamis, Greek poet/scholar (Flogera tou Basilia), dies at 84 (1943)
  • Pat Brady, Toledo Ohio, actor (Roy Rodgers Show), dies at 59 (1974)
  • Fred Rogers, writer/actor/minister/musician, MisterRogers, dies at 74 (2003)
  • Vadim Nikolayevich Salmanov, composer, dies at 65 (1978)

Five random things that happened on this day...

  • Star #46 was added to U.S. flag for Oklahoma (1908)
  • 22nd amendment ratified, limiting president to 2 terms (1951)
  • "People" magazine begins sales (1974)
  • Sacrifice fly adopted (repealed in 1931, reinstated 1954) (1908)
  • Wayne Williams found guilty of murdering 2 of 28 blacks in Atlanta (1982)

Number One Single this time last year...

UK: -
US: Charts not yet in existence
Australia: Charts not yet in existence

Number One Single five years ago...

UK: -
US: Charts not yet in existence
Australia: Charts not yet in existence

Number One Single ten years ago...

UK: -
US: Charts not yet in existence
Australia: Charts not yet in existence

Number One Single 25 years ago...

UK: Britney Spears - ...Baby One More Time
US: Monica - Angel Of Mine
Australia: Britney Spears - ...Baby One More Time

Number One Single 50 years ago...

UK: Suzi Quatro - Devil Gate Drive
US: Terry Jacks - Seasons In The Sun
Australia: Grahame Bond - Farewell Aunty Jack

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