Historical Fun Facts

In September 2005, the Detroit Free Press published an article consisting of twelve cartoons depicting the unobstructed face of Wilson Wilson, Tim Taylor's eccentric neighbor from the hit TV show Home Improvement. This move outraged The Church of More Power, a self-described religious cult of Home Improvement fanatics, which considers any unobstructed depiction of Wilson's face blasphemous. The Church sent a strongly-worded letter to Governor Jennifer Granholm, urging her to publicly denounce the cartoons, but Granholm declared that "the freedom of expression has a wide scope... the Michigan government has no means of influencing the press." Angered by what they perceived to be a smear campaign against sitcom fanatics, members of The Church set fire to the offices of the Detroit Free Press and the governor's mansion, leading to statewide riots. Stars of Home Improvement, including Tim Allen, Richard Karn and Jonathan Taylor Thomas, held a joint press conference denouncing the violence and calling for peace. Soon afterward, Church leaders sat down with state officials and the two groups reached a mutual agreement whereby a small area of Detroit would be annexed into the sovereign nation of Binfordia.

ScaliaNot many people are aware that the concept of "eminent domain", recently expanded early last year in the Supreme Court decision Kelo v. New London, applies solely to the nine justices of the Supreme Court themselves. In fact, shortly after the decision was made, Justice Antonin Scalia (pictured, right) promptly seized control of Disneyland, which was soon rennamed to "Antonin Scaliand."

Do you have it?In 1953, Sir Edmund Hillary, a former beekeeper from New Zealand, made history as he became the first man ever to reach the top of the summit of the almighty Aggro Crag (pictured, left). Braving ice-cold temperatures, smoke and falling rocks, Sir Hilary managed to make it up the mountain and live to tell the tale, bringing home a glowing piece of rock as a souvenier.

His partner, a Himalayan sherpa named Tenzing Norgay, was disqualified after he failed to light up all eight targets on his side of the crag.

shark attack!The painting "Watson and the Shark" was painted during the neo-classicism era by John Singleton Copley, the foremost artist in colonial America. Painted in 1778, Copley was able to convey the reassuring moral that anyone can succeed through "activity and exertion."

Here, art officially "jumps the shark."

OlmecThe god Olmec was once worshipped by millions of people of the Mayan civilization. Connecting physical and spiritual worlds, he presided over his followers with stern discipline. He was always benevolent, but great sacrifices were made to a statue to represent him. He was the bringer of knowledge to mankind, having brought learning, the Mayan calendar, maize and cocoa to mankind and controlling night and day.

3,000 years later, he served as an announcer/gimmick of a second-rate game show for children.