Pulse Rate April 2013

According to the federal government’s Consumer Product Safety Commission, the average chainsaw injury requires 110 stitches.

US state county stats. Most counties: Texas with 254. Least counties: Delaware with 3. Most populated: Los Angeles County with 9.8 million-plus. Least populated: Loving County, Texas with 82.

Pablo Picasso himself was a suspect in the 1911 theft of the Mona Lisa from Paris’ Louvre. He was released from custody after literally crying to the judge.

The now-ubiquitous internet abbreviation OMG was first coined by British Admiral John Arbuthnot Fisher in a 1917 letter to Winston Churchill. The full sentence: “I hear that a new order of Knighthood is on the tapis—O.M.G. (Oh! My God!).”

In 1777, Morocco became the first country to recognize the US as a sovereign nation.

A warning to those going on safari: Big game cats such as lions and tigers are drawn to the scent of Calvin Klein’s Obsession for Men. Experts think this is because of the natural vanilla and “green” notes.

@#$%&!: The “Grawlix” was coined by Beetle Bailey creator Mort Walker.

The largest collection of Christian relics outside of the Vatican is at St. Anthony’s Chapel in Pittsburgh. Included in the 5,000-plus collection is St. Anthony’s tooth and St. Ursula’s femur.

Scholars theorize that Beethoven’s “Für Elise” may have been misspelled. His handwriting was notoriously atrocious and while he didn’t know anyone named Elise, he was infatuated with a woman named Therese.

Lions, tigers and other big cats rarely suffer from hairballs. Ingesting grass and animal bones effectively cleans out their digestive tract.

Three men served as president in 1841. Martin Van Buren finished up his term from January 1-March 4, new president William Henry Harrison died in office on April 4 and
John Tyler finished up the rest of the year.

“J” was the last letter added to the English alphabet. It originated as a typographical flourish on the letter “I” until Italian Renaissance grammarian Gian Giorgio Trissino distinguished it as its own letter in 1524.