Mullet Over #436

Has your neighborhood seemed crowded as of late? Scientists project that there will be 7 billion people on earth in 2011. There are currently 21 cities with a population of 10,000,000 or more. These statistics seem amazing, perhaps alarming.

The wrasse is a prized fish in many of the world’s restaurants. A 20
pound wrasse may bring $1,000 or more in some regions of China.

Feral hogs have become a big problem in America and in Oklahoma, but there are some local solutions. 

Annually hogs, a porcine mammal, cause many millions of dollars in damages. They are now in 39 U.S. states and 4 Canadian provinces. Ranchers previously charged fees to hunt hogs on their lands, but now they often pay professional hunters and trappers to remove as many swine as possible. There are numerous reports that the pigs have invaded municipalities and suburbs.

Those first elected (1936) into Baseball’s Hall of Fame were: Ty Cobb, Babe Ruth, Honus Wagner, Christy Mathewson and Walter Johnson. As of 2010, the institution has 292 inductees.

The oldest man to ever complete Navy Seal training was age 39. Normally, the maximum age permitted to enter is 28, but this trainee was granted a special waiver.

Gheorge Muresan (seven feet seven inches) was the tallest person to ever play in the NBA. Manute Bol was an NBA player that stood seven feet six inches, but had a measured “wingspan” of eight feet six inches.

Historical records indicate that the very first income tax was levied by Great Britain to fund battle campaigns during the Napoleonic Wars.

In 1088 Odo de Lagery was elected pontiff and chose the name Pope Urban II. In 1095 this church leader gave what has been labeled as “the most effective speech in human history.” He addressed a Church Council and declared that infidels were defiling the Holy Lands. The era of the Holy Crusades was launched and lasted almost 200 years. On July 15, 1099 the crusaders militarily occupied Jerusalem.

The earth’s mightiest river, the Amazon, is in a class all its own. The waterway is fed by more than 1100 smaller rivers, seventeen of which are longer and carry more water than the Rhine River.

In 1705 John Smith was condemned as a robber to be executed at London’s infamous Tyburn Gallows. Approximately 15 minutes after he was hanged, a courier rode up carrying a written reprieve. John was cut down and recuperated sufficiently to enjoy several years of local fame as “Half-Hanged Smith.”

Well, do not attempt to leap over the Amazon, but do have a great week.