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Tuesday June 2, 2015
For #FunFacts today my nephew teaches me about baseball, Rolling Stone hates on one of the most popular rock bands of all time, and science is boring.
The whole world called him Hank
Most people know the basic facts about Hank Aaron: he’s one of the best baseball players of all time, he played for the Milwaukee and Atlanta Braves, and he broke Babe Ruth’s home run record (and still holds it if you rightfully don’t count all the cheaters from the steroid era that are ahead of him on the list).
My ten year old nephew Cal filled me in on a fact about Aaron that I never knew: that he played in the Negro Leagues. He’s obsessed with sports, like I was at his age, and even knew the name of the team he played for: the Indianapolis Clowns. If only teams today had such cool names.
I can mostly give or occasionally take AC/DC. I could go the rest of my life without hearing most of their big hits again, especially “You Shook Me All Night Long,” but the Bon Scott era was inventive and the band carried on admirably after his death. It isn’t their fault that their songs are appealing to so many people.
Rolling Stone had harsh words for them when their first album in 1978: "Hard Rock has unquestionably hit its all-time low." Yikes. I wouldn’t go that far, especially for their early material, but their words were slightly prophetic.
It isn’t “Polaris,” it’s the damn North Star, and it’ll always be*
I was looking for interesting facts about the North Star, Minnesota’s patron star of sorts, but every fact I found about it was boring. So my “fun fact” about the North Star is that it’s so awesome that science can’t say anything interesting about it.
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