Page 56 - Sports Facts

The Chicago Cubs recently played their first game in Fenway Park since the 1918 World Series.

Last weekend, the Cubs and the Red Sox played an interleague series at Fenway. Friday was the first time these two historic old baseball teams met up in major league baseball’s oldest stadium in over 90 years. It seems fitting that they would scheduled this historic series for apocalypse weekend. True to form, the Cubbies lost 15 to 5 on Friday as well as losing the series at Fenway.

Another fun fact: The Cubs’ last visit to Fenway in 1918 was also the last World Series win for the Red Sox before the “Curse of the Bambino”, an 86-year dry spell that went on until 2004 where the Red Sox failed to win the World Series. The Cubs have an even longer World Series losing streak (102 years!) that is still going today.

An elephant was executed by hanging in 1916.

Charlie Sparks, the owner of a small-time circus called Sparks World Famous Shows, was touring the southern United States. Along for the trip was Mary, a 30-year-old pachyderm that Sparks claimed was the largest animal on Earth, could play the horn, had a .400 batting average, and could kill a man. It turns out only one of those was true.

The many witnesses of the following events offer various accounts of what happened on September 12, 1916, that fateful day when Sparks World Famous Shows came to Kingsport, Tennessee. For whatever reason, whether by mistake or malicious intent, Mary the elephant killed novice elephant handler, Red Eldridge. For her crimes, “Murderous Mary” was sentenced to be executed the next day.

After deciding that there was no way to produce enough electricity to electrocute Mary, Sparks decided instead to execute her with a public hanging. 2,500 people showed up to watch the elephant be hanged at the Clinchfield Railyards. She was so heavy that the chain around her neck snapped shortly after she died. They then buried her in a grave dug by a steam shovel.

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The largest known black hole has a mass of 18 billion Suns!

Located 3.5 billion light years away, this black hole is SO massive that it weighs six times as much as the previous record-holder and is contains about the same mass as a small galaxy! The gravitational field of the giant is so strong that it actually causes a smaller black hole with the mass of 100 million Suns to orbit it! At two points in every 12-year orbit, the smaller hole gets close enough to break through the matter on the outer edge of the larger hole, which causes an outburst that makes the surrounding quasar suddenly brighten. A quasar is a bright celestial object into which matter entering a black hole emits large amounts of radiation.

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New York Giants cornerback Prince Amukamara has five sisters named Passionate, Peace, Precious, Princess, and Promise!

Amukamara’s first name comes from his position in the family hierarchy, in which he descends from royal Nigerian bloodlines. His grandfather was the king of Awo-Omamma in the Imo State! His father is now chief, and Prince was aptly named because he is next in the line of succession. The name draws even more humorous connotations if you were to enter the Amukamara household in Glendale, Arizona. There, Prince is treated like...well, a prince...because the children were raised according to African culture, in which males are not supposed to do any domestic chores!

Although modern ice hockey originated in Canada, it only has 6 teams in the NHL.

Though there have been several franchises lost and gained over the decades, the mid-90s may have been hardest on Canadian hockey fans. In consecutive years, two of Canada’s hockey franchises relocated to America: the Quebec Nordiques became the Colorado Avalanche in 1995 and the Winnipeg Jets moved to Phoenix to become the Coyotes the following year. This left only 6 teams in Canada: Calgary, Edmonton, Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, and Vancouver - comprising just one-fifth of the entire league!


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