July 20, 2015

On July 20, 2015, the hacker group called, “Impact Team” announced that they had hacked the extramarital dating site Ashley Madison. The hacker group threatened to release the data of all of the users, which included names and addresses, if the site did not immediately shut down. The site didn’t, and the info was released. Interestingly, what subsequent research revealed was that of the 5.5 million registered women users of the site, only about 12,000 were probably real women. The other 5.4 million were either bots or people paid by Ashley Madison to respond to the 5.9 million men who were paying to use the site. So, marriages and relationships were destroyed so lonely men or cheating men could have internet sex with bots and other men pretending to be women.

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July 19, 1985

On July 19, 1985, American George Bell won first place in a biggest feet competition with a shoe size of 28-1/2, which measured out at 17 inches in total barefoot length. Mr. Bell, who was 28 at the time, also was 7 feet 8 inches tall. It was quickly ruled that Mr. Bell was not a member of Homo Sasquatchius and was therefore eligible to win the contest.

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July 18, 1970

On July 18, 1970, major league baseball player Ron Hunt of the San Francisco Giants was hit by a pitched ball for the 119th time in his career, breaking the major league record for baseball played after 1900. He played until 1974 and finished with a record of 243 times hit by a pitched ball. His record would stand until 1988 when major leaguer Don Baylor broke it with 267. Outside of pro baseball, the record for most times hit in the head with balls was set by Elton John during his 1980 World Tour.

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July 17, 1917

On July 17, 1917 King George V, King of England decided it would be a good idea to change his family’s last name. It was Saxe-Coburg-Gotha and extremely German, and since England was currently at war with Germany and its allies, King George thought a name change might be conducive to keeping his throne. He chose the entirely English last name of Windsor which was suitably British and the peasants put down their pitchforks. You ask why was the English monarchy German at that time? It’s because the European monarchy was so inbred that they could have just as easily been Spanish, French, English, Dutch, Portuguese, or Swedish. But not Russian. Nobody wanted to interbreed with the Russians. They just happened to have the German last name because Queen Victoria married a German prince and her children and their children had his surname, which was Saxe-Coburg-Gotha. Which wasn’t a problem until World War I started. But when it did, King George V made an executive decision and started the House of Windsor and gave up the German name and all German titles and claims to property. Which kept him on his throne.

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July 16, 1935

On July 16, 1935, the first parking meters were installed in the Oklahoma City business district. Patent-holder of the parking meters and member of the Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce traffic committee, Carl C. Magee, used the parking meters to solve a problem that the business district was experiencing. Workers in the business district were taking up valuable parking spaces in the morning and staying all day. Shoppers and other visitors were unable to find parking and were going to other less difficult places to shop. Magee’s parking meter limited the time a person could park in a given area and parking turnover began to occur and new shoppers were able to visit the downtown area and spend their money. Not only that, but the parking meters also brought in revenue from a source never before farmed; paying to park. So, city shoppers can thank Carl C. Magee for having to pay to park and they can also thank him for there being a place to park. Sometimes you got to take the bad with the good.

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July 15, 1834

On July 15, 1834, after 356 years, the Spanish Inquisition was officially disbanded. This was totally unexpected.

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July 14, 1868

On July 14, 1868, Alvin J. Fellows of New Haven, Connecticut, patented the spring-click tape measure. This is the one that with a push of a button will return the measuring length back into a circular case. It was recommended that Fellows make two separate types of tape measures. One for men and one for women. The one for women would show what an actual inch was. Carpenters quickly vetoed that idea, as they needed accurate measurements when building houses.

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July 13, 1871

On July 13, 1871, Harrison Weir organized the first championship cat show, also known as a Cat Fancy. The show was held at the Crystal Palace, Sydenham, London, England. The cats were judged on several criteria, including overall catness and catness as exhibited by Breed. Some of the athletic events included speed of climbing to avoid large dogs, the most catnip needed to get too high to stand up on all fours, largest hairball, the 10, 20, and 50 yard ignore, which is where the cat ignores its pleading owner to get into the house, and the ability to calculate the most precious object on a table and push it off to its destruction. The athletic events were canceled for all future cat-shows, as the cats just ignored their owners and wouldn’t do any tricks, except snort the cat-nip.

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July 12, 1870

On July 12, 1870, William W. Lyman of Meriden, Connecticut patented the first rotating wheel can-opener. At his death on November 15, 1891, Fluffy, his large calico cat gave the eulogy. Fluffy explained how Provider of the Moist Food, which is what he called Lyman, would be eternally canonized by the cat-faithful and how human’s shoes would forever be used as a receptacle for cat-vomit and hairballs in his honor. Ranger, his dog, just said that Lyman liked to throw the stick. Which was high praise for a dog.

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July 11, 2011

On July 11, 2011, the planet Neptune completed its first orbit around the sun since it was discovered by Johann Gottfried Galle on September 23, 1846. It only took Neptune 165 years or 60,182 Earth days to complete a Neptunian year. In the time it took Neptune to make one complete orbit, the people of Earth went from horse-and-buggy technology to sending spacecraft to photograph Neptune and its moons. Makes you wonder what we’ll be able to do by the time Neptune completes a second orbit, doesn’t it.

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