Dale’s Daily Data

From weird and wacky to really informative, actually, Dale Mussen gives you a new piece of trivia every weekday morning. (Don't worry, we won't tell your friends where all that knowledge came from!)

A Man In A Can Shot Into Space
For a lot of people it’s ancient history because they weren’t even born yet. But many still remember John Glenn’s historic ride in a space capsule called “Friendship 7” that was only 6-feet wide and 9 ½ feet tall. It sent the future Ohio Senator 100 miles into space making him the first American to …
Preparing Olympic Ice Is An Art
We’ve been hearing so much about snow, or lack of it during the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, one thing that might be overlooked is the ice that’s needed for the various sports. Hockey, figure skating, speed skating, figure skating, ice dancing and curling all use…
Presidential Firsts
George Washington was the first President to be on a postage stamp. His face is also on the $1 bill and the quarter.
John Adams was the first President to live in the White House. Mrs. Adams hung her wash in the East Room.
You’ll Be Surprised Who Invented Lincoln Logs
We honored Abraham Lincoln on his birthday yesterday, and today we focus on a toy that some history books say was named after Abe Lincoln because he was born in a log cabin.
Lincoln Logs were invented in 1916 by the son of architect Frank Lloyd Wright.
Honoring Abraham Lincoln
It’s amazing how the media -- reporters, correspondents, talk show hosts and others -- can use their own opinions to shape ours. And this has been going on for generations. Take, for example, one reporter’s opinion that appeared in the Chicago Times, that the presiden…
Make A Friend Day
Today is Make A Friend Day. I learned at a very young age that if you have one true friend for a lifetime, you should consider yourself lucky. I have a couple of friends from kindergarten who are still dear friends, and I know they’d come running if ever needed them. But nobody ever …
Simply Call It Toothache Day
Actually it's the feast day of St. Appollonia – the patroness of dentistry and those who suffer from toothaches. Oddly, it’s also the day in history when the Hershey Chocolate Company was founded. Just a coincidence I guess.
The First Human Rocket
Can you imagine a time when a man flying in space was a dream? I was pretty young when it happened, but I can remember when the first man was launched into space, when the first man orbited the Earth and when the first man set foot on the moon. It’s just a footnote in history these d…

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