Curious Trivial Facts (9/18)

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This informative post will be posted on Saturday along with my usual writing.  We can all appreciate some of the lesser known facts from around the world.

Assigned to cover the 1933 Indianapolis 500, a Denver journalist called his Colorado newspaper and promised, “. . . will overhead winner,” meaning he would send the name of the winner via the overhead wires (the telegraph).  The editor, however, misunderstood the message and interpreted it to mean that the name of the winner was “Will Overhead.”  As a result, the headline running in the WORLD INDEPENDENT the next morning read, “Overhead wins Indianapolis Race.”

A muskmelon that was brought from Armenia to Italy in the fifteenth century was planted and cultivated in the gardens of the papal estate near Rome.  The estate was Cantaluppi, so the fruit crop that resulted became known as cantaloupe.

These facts have been discovered in I NEVER KNEW THAT by David Hoffman (2009).

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