"True happiness arises, in the first place, from the enjoyment of one’s self, and in the next, from the friendship and conversation of a few select companions."
Two goldfish are in a tank. One says to the other, "Do you know how to drive this thing?"
There’s only one letter that doesn’t appear in any U.S. state name
Can you guess the answer to this random fact? You’ll find a Z (Arizona), a J (New Jersey), and even two X’s (New Mexico and Texas)—but not a single Q. Check out these other 50 fun facts about every state in America.
In 1710, Native American leaders travelled to Britain to visit the Queen.
Almost 100 years before the (in)famous Lewis and Clark Expedition, the four Mohawk Kings from one the Iroquois Confederacy’s Five Nations and the Algonquian peoples were treated with high honor as diplomats.
Transported through the streets of London in Royal Carriages, they were personally met by Queen Anne at the Court of St. James Palace.
They also visited the Tower of London and St. Paul’s Cathedral.
Hattie McDaniel nearly missed out on her Oscar due to racial segregation
In 1940, Gone With the Wind actress Hattie McDaniel made film history after she became the first African-American actor to win an Academy Award.
However, she nearly didn’t make it to the ceremony at all thanks to the strict racial segregation which existed in America at that time. Producers had to beg the Academy Awards to let McDaniel attend the ceremony, which was being held in a ‘Whites Only’ hotel.
Eventually they relented and allowed McDaniel into the venue – where she was seated a small table at the rear of the hotel away from her fellow nominees. The actress wasn’t allowed to pose with her fellow Gone With the Wind cast members and was not allowed in to any of the after parties either.
Still, McDaniel was given over a minute for her acceptance speech and sobbed as she stated: “I sincerely hope I will always be a credit to my race and the motion picture industry.”
“I am your father.”
Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, 1980
When was the last time you went to a movie theatre?