Sarah’s Wiki Corner Blog

On Sarah’s Wiki Corner, you’ll learn something new every day! You never know what topic she’ll cover, but she’ll tell you something about something that may or may not be true (it is from the pages of Wikipedia, after all!) Tune in every day at 4:10, with afternoon host Mark Shuttleworth!

April 22, 2024 – Blues Brothers

It was 46 years ago today that the Blues Brothers made their television debut on Saturday Night Live! Though both John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd were cast members on the show, the act didn’t originate on SNL. The

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April 19, 2024 – Record Store Day

Record Store Day is tomorrow, a day to celebrate independent record stores. Head to Record Archive for lots of exclusive releases, live music, special deals and so much more! Find more info here. The first vinyl record

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April 18, 2024 – Saturn

Happy Throwback Thursday! Today we’re featuring the year 1980. In November 1980, the Voyager 1 probe did a fly-by of Saturn, sending back the first high-resolution images of the planet, its rings, and satellites. The surface features of various

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April 17, 2024 – Red Lobster

Red Lobster recently announced that it’s considering filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in the next few weeks. The company blames financial pressures and rising labor costs. The restaurants are expected to continue operating normally while the bankruptcy

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April 15, 2024 – Cicadas

Cicada-geddon is coming to some parts of the country this spring! This year, 2 different broods of periodical cicadas, one with a 13-year life cycle and one with a 17-year life cycle, are emerging at the same

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April 12, 2024 – Turkey Vultures

This week, thousands of turkey vultures have been spotted flying over Monroe County. The reason is that they’re in the middle of their spring migration, returning to our area from their wintering sites down south. Turkey vultures

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April 11, 2024 – The Godfather

Happy Throwback Thursday! Today we’re featuring the year 1972. The highest-grossing movie that year was The Godfather! It was based on Mario Puzo’s novel of the same name, which was a best-seller in its own right. The

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April 10, 2024 – Rosie the Riveter

Earlier today, a group of “Rosie the Riveters” were honored in Washington, D.C., with the Congressional Gold Medal in honor of their contributions to the war effort during World War II. Because so many men were off

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April 9, 2024 – Mercury Seven

65 years ago today, NASA introduced the Mercury Seven, America’s first astronauts! All 7 men were military test pilots, because NASA felt they’d possess the right skills for space travel. Other selection criteria included that they be

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April 6, 2024 – Theme Week Day 5

We’ve come to the end of our 5 Trivia Tidbits theme week. We started the week learning about an animal and we’re going to end the week talking about an animal – sloths! They’re one of the slowest creatures

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April 4, 2024 – Theme Week Day 4

We’re continuing our 5 Trivia Tidbits theme week! Did you know that FEMA uses a “Waffle House Index” to determine the severity of a national disaster? It’s due to the restaurant’s reputation for staying open, even in extreme weather.

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April 3, 2024 – Theme Week Day 3

We’re in the middle of our 5 Trivia Tidbits theme week. Wisconsin is nicknamed The Badger State – but it’s not for the reason you might think! It has nothing to do with the animal. In the 1820’s, the

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April 2, 2024 – Theme Week Day 2

We’re on our second day of our theme week 5 Trivia Tidbits! Did you know that Carly Simon’s father is the Simon of Simon & Schuster? Her father was Richard Simon, who co-founded the book publishing company Simon &

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April 1, 2024 – Theme Week Day 1

Over the weekend, Jeopardy! celebrated its 60th birthday. In honor of this milestone (and because I’m a huge Jeopardy! nerd), we’re kicking off a theme week today: 5 Trivia Tidbits! First up, the bend in a flamingo’s leg

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March 29, 2024 – Peeps

Easter is this weekend so today we’re talking about a classic Easter candy – marshmallow Peeps! They’ve been the #1 non-chocolate brand at Easter for over 20 years! The Just Born company makes an average of 5.5

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March 28, 2024 – Wonder Woman

Happy Throwback Thursday! Our throwback year this week is 1975, the year Wonder Woman premiered on ABC, starring Lynda Carter. Carter has said that she only had $25 in the bank on the day she found out she landed

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March 27, 2024 – Shoelaces

It was on this day in 1790 that the modern shoelace with an aglet (that plastic or metal part at the end) was patented in England by Harvey Kennedy. It’s said that Kennedy earned $2.5 million off

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March 26, 2024 – Slim Jims

Maggie’s Impossible Question inspired today’s Wiki Corner! Her question was: Over half of the sales of this item are at convenience stores. The answer – Slim Jims!    

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March 25, 2024 – $100 Bill

On this day in 1996, the $100 bill got its first design change in over 60 years! The main reason for the update was to deter counterfeiting with the rise of new computer printing and scanning technology.

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March 22, 2024 – Theme Week Day 5

We’ve come to the end of our First Ladies theme week. Today we’re talking about Florence Harding, who was our first lady from 1921 until 1923 as the wife of President Warren G. Harding. After divorcing her first husband

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