May 11

You’ve been spammed.

Well, here it is again.  The 11th day of the month of May.  And we all know what that means…..In 1937, “SPAM” was registered as a trademark by Hormel Foods, producer of the canned meat product…. on this very date.

So pull up a Twinkie, or some Cheese Doodles….

To commemorate the Anniversary of SPAM… another Kronytown Trivia Night.  So without further ado, let’s get to it.  Alex… I’ll take Trivia for $800 please….

In the Peanuts comic strip, Peppermint Patty’s real name is Patricia Reichardt.  Who the heck knew….  Yes.  Little Patty was the daughter of the Mr. & Mrs. Reichardt’s.  I’m not sure how she picked up the Peppermint moniker, though.

As a rule, European carousels rotate clockwise, while American merry-go-rounds spin counterclockwise.  Now why in the world do you think this is?  I understand why water rotates in different directions south vs. north of the equator.  But why, oh, why… would the Carousel boogie backwards here?

Mitt Romney’s first name is Willard. When he ran for Governor of Massachusetts in 2002, one of his campaign slogans was “Mitt Happens.”  We’ve never had a Willard president before.  There once was a movie called Willard.

And we DID have a Millard president.  Millard Fillmore. (He was 13th and quite possibly one of the most unsuccessful U.S. Presidents in history.)

How’s this for giving peace a chance?  Despite being nominated five times, Gandhi never won the Nobel Peace Prize.  They don’t award it posthumously.

Just as some people talk in their sleep, sign language speakers have been known to sign in their sleep.  My question is this.  When people “talk” in their sleep… the speech is often slurred and difficult to understand.  So do “signers” use sloppy sign language in their sleep?

I trust people.  Like crazy.  So imagine my dismay when I learned this next one.  Barry Manilow’s hit “I Write the Songs” was not written by Barry Manilow.  It’s all a lie.

Each worker bee, in it’s entire lifetime, produces only one twelfth (1/12) of one teaspoon (4.167 ml) of honey.  This made me sad.

Alfred Hitchcock had a fear of eggs; Anne Rice has stated that she is afraid of the dark ; Country star, Lyle Lovett, is reportedly afraid of cows.  Boo.  Or Moo.

SOS is not an acronym for anything.  It doesn’t mean Save Our Ship…. or Save Our Souls.  SOS (· · · — — — · · ·) is simply a Morse code.  It only serves as a distress code.  They picked it because it was catchy… that is… “SOS” became an easy way to remember the correct order of the dits and dahs in Morse.

So… before I sink the entire ship tonight…

I’m going to go grab a spoon and a can of SPAM… and watch Willard on Netflix…. before I drift off to sleep… and talk about all of this in my sleep.