Facts from 1967

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‘Tis the season for parties and cocktail chatter. So to offer some help, here are some interesting facts, or not facts, from 1967.

According to Article VIII of the Outer Space Treaty of 1967, you can be arrested for a crime committed anywhere in the known universe.

Fact: There really is an Outer Space Treaty, AKA the Treaty on Principles Governing the Activities of States in the Exploration and Use of Outer Space, including the Moon and Other Celestial Bodies, created in September of 1967. Unfortunately this document has not been ratified by all nations. Some nations are still working on it. So maybe this is why aliens have decided to avoid us. It’s been 50 years and humanity has still not agreed on some of the rules. Take a look:

Fact…no, really a Big Lie: The Monkees sold more records than The Beatles and Rolling Stones combined. Mike Nesmith lied about the number of records the Monkees sold in 1967. And his lie, about selling more than The Beatles and Rolling Stones combined in 1967, has been repeated so many times, including by an institution like Rolling Stone magazine, that the lie still is repeated as a fact.  Dazzle your family and friends by correcting the record.
For review, here are some Monkees songs from 1967:

Fact: Did you know that McDonald’s Big Mac had two previous names: the Aristocrat, which consumers found difficult to pronounce and understand, and Blue Ribbon Burger? The Big Mac debuted at a Uniontown, Pennsylvania restaurant in 1967, selling for 45 cents. The third name, Big Mac, was created by Esther Glickstein Rose, a 21-year-old advertising secretary who worked at McDonald’s corporate headquarters.

Good luck with your party chatter,