On this date in 1484, the Pope set down severe penalties against German witches and magicians... but only for a spell.

It was on this date in 1776 that the first college fraternity, Phi Beta Kappa, was organized at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, VA.
And after 1700 years of retirement, the toga made a comeback.
Their motto: "Gonna party like its 1799!"
Few know that Phi Beta Kappa is Latin for "Betsy Ross is Hot!"

On this date in 1792, President George Washington won re-election. He had promised not to make the same mistakes as his predecessor and people didn't think about it until after the election.

In 1848, President James Polk announced to Congress that gold had been discovered in California. Congress immediately wanted to appropriate enough whiskey for all the prospectors, but that would have been contributing to the delinquency of miners.

On this date in 1876, Daniel C. Stillson patented the pipe wrench.
It was tight. Or, if it wasn't, it soon would be.
Of course, the first words out of the clerk at the patent office was, "For goodness sake, can you pull up your pants!"
Until that time, there was one less weapon in the game of "Clue."
Ironically, that very same year, someone trademarked the butt crack.

In 1908, numbers appeared on football uniforms for the very first time. Took them only one game to realize that everyone shouldn't have been number 3.
Probably would have helped if they weren't all number 8, but it was the coach's lucky number.
Up until then, the referee had to say things like, "Holding on... uh, that guy!"
It beat the heck out of the lettering system.

On this date in 1974, the Seattle Seahawks franchise came into existence. As loud as things are there, their hearing is already shot.


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