By Adam Alexander

by Adam Alexander
What was the Outerbridge Crossing between NJ and NY named for? What HUGE family secret did Jack Nicholson learn at 37? What sport did the “Alley-Oop” actually come from? All that and more with Adam’s Fun Facts:
1. Dancing was banned at Baylor University in Texas until 1996. (New York Times)

2. There’s a bridge called Outerbridge Crossing between Staten Island, New York and New Jersey. But it doesn’t get its name because it’s an outer bridge for New York City.  It’s named after a Port Authority chairman named Eugenius H. Outerbridge. (Wikipedia)

3. “Alley-oop” started as a football term. It was used in 1957 to describe a play where the quarterback would throw the ball up high and another player would jump to catch it. Basketball started using the term two years later. (Wikipedia)

4. When Jack Nicholson was 37, he found out the woman he thought was his sister was really his MOTHER. (Wikipedia)

5. The word dilemma originally meant a choice between two tough options. Three options was a trilemma, four options was a quadrilemma, and so on. (Etymology Online)


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