Michael Churchill's weekly 'amazing' facts (with explanations)

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Re: Michael Churchill's weekly 'amazing' facts (with explanations)

Post by michael_churchill » 29 Sep 2020, 08:59

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10 Jul 2020, 09:48
Of the "Big Four" North American sports leagues (NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL), only one US state is home of one of the current champions.

The Kansas City Chiefs (NFL / American football) and St. Louis Blues (NHL / Ice hockey) are both in Missouri. The Toronto Raptors (NBA / Basketball) are in Canada. The Washington Nationals (MLB / Baseball) are in D.C., which is not a state.
This is no longer a fact as the Tampa Bay Lightning have just won the Stanley Cup.

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Post by michael_churchill » 30 Sep 2020, 10:10

Generally, call signs of radio and TV broadcasting stations in the United States start with K in the West and with W in the East, and the Mississippi river is the boundary.

One notable exception is KDKA in Pittsburgh, which claims to be the earliest broadcast radio station in the world, having reported on the results of the 1920 presidential election.

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Post by michael_churchill » 07 Oct 2020, 16:30

When the UK first won the Eurovision Song Contest, in 1967 with Sandie Shaw, the BBC's commentator was Rolf Harris.

In the days before Norton and Wogan, BBC commentators on the Eurovision Song Contest also included Dave Lee Travis, David Vine and Michael Aspel. Spokespeople announcing the UK vote have included Lorraine Kelly, Fearne Cotton, Alex Jones, Nigella Lawson and Richard Osman.

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Re: Michael Churchill's weekly 'amazing' facts (with explanations)

Post by GuyBarry » 12 Oct 2020, 18:33

michael_churchill wrote:
07 Oct 2020, 16:30
When the UK first won the Eurovision Song Contest, in 1967 with Sandie Shaw, the BBC's commentator was Rolf Harris.

In the days before Norton and Wogan, BBC commentators on the Eurovision Song Contest also included Dave Lee Travis, David Vine and Michael Aspel. Spokespeople announcing the UK vote have included Lorraine Kelly, Fearne Cotton, Alex Jones, Nigella Lawson and Richard Osman.
Katie Boyle presented the 1974 Eurovision Song Contest wearing no underwear.
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Re: Michael Churchill's weekly 'amazing' facts (with explanations)

Post by Lunaticonthegrass » 13 Oct 2020, 20:52

GuyBarry wrote:
12 Oct 2020, 18:33
Katie Boyle presented the 1974 Eurovision Song Contest wearing no underwear.
How on earth do we know this??

Do I even to know how we know this?!
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Post by Lunaticonthegrass » 13 Oct 2020, 20:53

Lunaticonthegrass wrote:
13 Oct 2020, 20:52
GuyBarry wrote:
12 Oct 2020, 18:33
Katie Boyle presented the 1974 Eurovision Song Contest wearing no underwear.
How on earth do we know this??

Do I even to know how we know this?!
*want to know...
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Re: Michael Churchill's weekly 'amazing' facts (with explanations)

Post by michael_churchill » 14 Oct 2020, 11:28

Apple's promotional images of the iPhone and iPad always show the time as 9:41. This is a reference to the James Bond film 'A View To A Kill'.

In 'A View To A Kill' Max Zorin, played by Christopher Walken, plans to destroy Silicon Valley by detonating a bomb at the San Andreas fault to create an earthquake. The bomb is timed to explode at 9:41.

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Re: Michael Churchill's weekly 'amazing' facts (with explanations)

Post by GuyBarry » 15 Oct 2020, 19:57

Lunaticonthegrass wrote:
13 Oct 2020, 20:52
GuyBarry wrote:
12 Oct 2020, 18:33
Katie Boyle presented the 1974 Eurovision Song Contest wearing no underwear.
How on earth do we know this??

Do I even to know how we know this?!
She told the story herself. Apparently, seconds before she went on stage, the producer said "I’m sorry but your underwear is showing through your dress, you’re going to have to take it off", and a couple of stage hands ripped it off from beneath her dress. There's a reference here and in many other places.
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