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Tuesday June 30, 2015
The first of three #FunFact features this week is all about crickets: the sport, the insect, and the band.
England does have better literature, though…
Before there was baseball, there was cricket. The sport was popular in America throughout the 1800s and early 1900s before giving way to America’s unique pastime. I’m sure I’d dig it if I learned the ins and outs of cricket, but I definitely think America came out victorious here. Like in the Revolutionary War. Burn!
A plethora of cricket facts
Weirdly, I can’t decide which single fact about crickets that I want to highlight so here are a few. They are related to grasshoppers (makes sense), have great vision and can see in multiple directions at once, and are even rumored to be able to tell the outside temperature. Supposedly if you count the number of chirps a cricket makes in a minute, divide it by 4, and then add 40 to that you’ll get the outside temperature. If somebody actually tries that let me know if it’s true.
As most people know, Buddy Holly fronted a band called the Crickets. There are some interesting misconceptions about Holly, including a fabled story about him punching out a record producer at Decca that never happened. This trend at getting Holly facts mixed up started early though, as there are five errors on his birth certificate! Check it out:
A daughter weighing 8 and 1/2 pounds was born at 6:10 o’clock Monday afternoon at Clark-Key Clinic to Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence O. Holley, of 1913 6th Street. Holley is associated with a tailoring establishment here.
First off, Holly obviously wasn’t a girl. Additionally he was born at home, not in a clinic, at 3:30 PM not 6:10, and weighed 6.5 lbs, not 8.5. Even early Holly didn’t catch the breaks…
Erik Ritland is a writer and musician from St. Paul, Minnesota. His blog and podcast Rambling On features commentary on music, sports, culture, and more. He was also Lead Staff Writer for Minnesota culture blog Curious North. Support Erik's music via his Patreon account, reach him via email, or find him on Facebook and Twitter.