Pulse Rate November 2013

Mike the Headless Chicken was supposed to be dinner, but his 1945 execution was botched. Just enough of Mike’s brain stem was left to keep his life functions going and he lived another 18 months, sans noggin.

Smallpox and other European maladies may have killed millions of Native Americans, but plenty of Old World denizens were killed by syphilis, strictly a New World disease.

Yes, that email you got is a scam: Nigeria doesn’t even have a prince, because there’s no royal family. It’s a federal republic with a president.

We really wouldn’t have won the American Revolution without France. They supplied the fledgling colonies with 25,000 uniforms in 1777 alone, hundreds of cannons, thousands of muskets and 90 percent of all the gunpowder used in the war.

The Guinness Book of World Records officially declared the hardest tongue twister to be: “The sixth sick sheik’s sixth sheep’s sick.”

Hey “bub,” even though you’re probably “from away,” get to know the Bonackers from East Hampton—descendants of the first white settlers who came over from southern England in the 17th century, bringing with them the distinctive dialect they still use today. That would be “finest kind.”

Your case won’t get thrown out of court if the cops don’t read you your Miranda Rights at time of arrest—the prosecutors just won’t be able to use what you said in the trial.

NASA hopes the six landing sites on the moon from Project Apollo will be made into protected areas. For now they kindly request all future lunar visitors to stay about a mile away at all times.

A big reason why European royal families ain’t what they used to be is due to rampant inbreeding, resulting in such maladies as severe underbite, impotence, infertility, enlarged head, hemophilia, mental handicaps, hormone deficiency and faulty kidneys, just to name a few.

There is a word that rhymes with orange! It’s “sporange,” referring to the spore container that fungi, algae, mosses and ferns use to reproduce.

Elected by the Continental Congress in 1781, Maryland statesman John Hanson really was the first President of the United States. George Washington addressed him as such in letters.

Georgia Tech attained the highest score in college football history in a 222-0 blowout against Cumberland College in 1916. John Heisman, the namesake of the Heisman Trophy, coached Georgia.