A baseball player’s dad forced him to hit lefty, and that helped him set a baseball record! Learn more
Prince Fielder was born in Ontario, California in 1983 and it was during that time that his father, Cecil, was in the minor leagues playing for the Toronto Blue Jays. Prince grew up at the baseball diamonds. Prince, his mother, and sibling were on the road following Cecil everywhere his career took him. Prince began playing baseball as soon as he could walk and he was a natural right handed hitter. When Prince was five, his dad forced him to start hitting left handed.
Cecil told Prince he’d thank him for it later. He was right. As Prince got older he became a strong hitter and batting lefty gave him an edge. Currently Prince Fielder plays for the Detroit Tigers number 28. He is a four time All-Star and he still throws right. His first seven years in the Major League Baseball team was with the Milwaukee Brewers. He is the league’s youngest player to hit 50 home runs in a season.
Donatella Marazziti, Alessandra Rossi, and Giovanni B. Cassano won a Nobel Prize in 2001 for their research in chemistry. They found that biochemically speaking, love and severe obsessive compulsive disorder are indistinguishable. Donatella Marazziti’s acceptance speech is a small classic of romantic writing in itself.
She said, “Research on love is very important, because love is the engine of human life and of the universe. However, I’m sure that despite all of our efforts, the secrets of nature will remain elusive. I only provide this small insight in to the biological mechanism of this typically human feeling.
The main bias of my research was that the sample was constituted mainly of Italians, and the Italian way of falling in love may be quite different than that of other populations, such as the Americans. Please continue to enjoy life, and continue to fall in love.” The research was published in Psychological Medicine.
Frankenweenie was a short film directed by Tim Burton in 1984. At the time, Burton was on the Disney staff. The film is a parody and homage to the 1931 film Frankenstein which was based on the Mary Shelley novel with the same name. It was the last film that Tim Burton took part of with the Disney staff. He was fired over the film, accused of wasting company resources. They felt the film was too scary for kids.
Instead of being released, the film was shelved. It did, however, make theaters in the U.K. in 1985. After Burton had success with other films like Beetlejuice and Batman, the film was released straight to video in 1994. Burton ended up making a feature-length remake of Frankenweenie in 2012. The short film is about a kid who brings his beloved dog, Sparky, back to life through electroshocks after it is hit by a car.
His neighbors get freaked out and chase down the dog. The boy and his dog end up hiding in a miniature golf course windmill prop. The mob arrives and uses a lighter to look inside the windmill, which then catches on fire. The boy gets knocked out and Sparky saves his life. The mob realizes the dog is good and not evil and everyone is happy.
The Internet is pretty crucial to our everyday lives. Everything from work, entertainment, and communication utilizes the Internet and its resources. In 1995, Newsweek wasn’t so sure the Internet would last. It was thought to be a fad that’d run out, I guess. They stated that a store in the mall does more business in an afternoon than the Internet did in a month. Today, that isn’t so. People shop for groceries online and for their books and college books. People shop for clothes, furniture, and just about everything else on the Internet.
The article complains about how silly it is to think we’d buy books straight from the Internet, because it’d be a hassle carrying around a clunky laptop of computer. Boy, were they way off. The Kindle hadn’t yet been introduced, obviously. Another topic picked at was computers in the classroom. They scoffed that computers and the Internet would be utilized in schools. Well, bursting the bubble now: kids can do their entire K-12 education online and half or more of their college online, too.
Most agree that gunpowder originates in Chinese alchemy as early as the Tang Dynasty. They dabbled with chemicals and used them for various purposes, but gunpowder was found in a search for an elixir for immorality. They came across saltpeter and found that it burned purple, and it is the main ingredient in gunpowder. At first, they used too little saltpeter for it to be explosive, but it was highly flammable. There are drawings in the 9th century of a man using a flamethrower.
In the 10th century, fireworks were made by the Chinese to ward off evil spirits. In 1280 AD a storage unit with a lot of gunpowder in it caught fire and exploded. It is estimated that the massive explosion instantly killed 100 guards. From there they perfected the art of gunpowder-making and were able to use it as a weapon. Firearms were also first invented by the Chinese.