Author Archives: Joel Byers

About Joel Byers

Born in North Georgia and educated at some very fine public institutions. Real education started after graduating from college and then getting married and raising two boys. Has the ability to see the funny and absurd in most things and will always remark on it, even if it means getting the stink-eye from his victims.

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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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