Five Random Facts for Wednesday

Here are some random facts for you.

 

1.  The English alphabet used to have six more letters:  Eth, a “ye” sound . . . thorn, a “th” sound . . . wynn, another “w” sound . . . yogh, a “ch” sound . . . ash, a long vowel sound like “i” in “fine” . . . and ethel, an “oi” sound.

 

2.  Only one player has ever died from an injury they got during a Major League Baseball game.  Ray Chapman of the Cleveland Indians was hit in the head with a pitch in 1920, and died 12 hours later.

 

3.  The United States has been around for 243 years, and involved in at least one war for 226 of them.  And no president has ever gone their entire term without the country being involved in a war.

 

4.  The first Sega has the longest lifespan of any video game console.  The Sega Master System came out in 1986, and it’s still being produced in Brazil by a company that bought the rights.  They even make new games for it.

 

5.  The oldest newspaper in the U.S. is the “Hartford Courant”.  It’s been published without a break since 1764.

 

(Quartz / Wikipedia / Information Clearing House / IGN / Hartford Courant)