Facts You Probably don’t Need

  • The Canonical Perspective is a universal trait where we imagine objects from above and tilted. If you ask people to draw a coffee cup, 9 out of 10 will draw it from this angle.
  • Of the 518 people put on the FBI's Most Wanted list since its inception in 1950, 484 have been apprehended or located.
  • In their efforts to apprehend the infamous John Dillinger, the FBI spent over $2 million. For more than the $500,000 Dillinger is supposed to have stolen.
  • At the Battle of Brandywine in 1777, British sharpshooter Patrick Ferguson refused to fire on a Continental general. He believed ambushing a fellow officer would be unchivalrous. The life he spared was George Washington's.
  • Because the streets were so crowded, his carriage could not pass, leaving George Washington no choice, but to walk home after his inauguration after-party.
  • During his WWII surrender, Japan's Emperor Hirohito offered to convert the entire country to Christianity. Gen. MacArthur declined the offer stating, "It must be done on a voluntary basis."
  • During WWII, the United States experimented with Bat Bombs. The idea, conceived by Eleanor Roosevelt's dentist, cost the U.S. Marine Corps as much as $2 million before it was scrapped.
  • The call signs for Apollo 11 were changed from "Snowcone" and "Haystack" to "Columbia" and Eagle." Which is a good thing because, "The Haystack has landed," does not have quite the same ring to it.
  • The Constitutional Convention of 1787 was attended by four prisoners from a nearby jail. They were tasked with carrying Benjamin Franklin, who was suffering from gout.
  • Alexander the Great popularized the clean-shaven look because he couldn't grow a full beard.


                Facts from Sean McVeigh, factologist.