Aprons, Missing Arms, and The Pledge of Allegiance

Here are some random facts for you . . .

1.  In four of the five movies nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay at the 2011 Oscars, a character lost an arm:  “127 Hours”“Toy Story 3”“True Grit”, and “Winter’s Bone”.  The fifth movie was “The Social Network”, where no one lost an arm . . . and it won the Oscar.  Maybe there’s a lesson there?

2.  When the A&E Network launched in 1984, it came on after Nickelodeon signed off for the night . . . on the same channel.

3.  Amtrak started in 1971 . . . and has lost money all 50 years it’s been in existence.  It survives mainly on a $1 billion government subsidy.

4.  The Pledge of Allegiance was adopted by Congress in 1942 but didn’t say “under God” until it was amended by Congress in 1954.

5.  The word “apron” was originally “napron.”  But when people would say, “a napron,” most people would hear, “an apron” . . . so eventually it just became “apron.”