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It's time for another whimsical Tuesday Turnip search wherein I type a random phrase and we see what kind of interesting factoids "turn-up."

In honor of one of my favorite baseball teams, today I typed in "Fenway Park facts" unearthing the following factoids from a couple different sites:

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  • Opening Day for Fenway Park was April 20, 1912. The Red Sox defeated the New York Highlanders (later named the Yankees) 7-6 in 11 innings before 27,000 fans.
  • Opening Day for Fenway Park was April 20, 1912. The Red Sox defeated the New York Highlanders (later named the Yankees) 7-6 in 11 innings before 27,000 fans.
  • Fenway Park was actually due to open two days earlier, on April 18; however, there were two postponements due to rain.
  • Of course, the opening of Fenway Park was pushed off the front pages of Boston newspapers by news of the Titanic sinking.
  • In 1945, a throw by Athletics outfielder Hal Peck hit a pigeon flying over Fenway Park. The ball then deflected to the A's second baseman, who tagged out Boston's Skeeter Newsome trying to stretch his hit into a double. The pigeon flew away, minus a few feathers but otherwise unharmed. Another pigeon was not so lucky in 1974. Willie Horton hit a foul ball into the air at Fenway Park, hitting a low-flying pigeon. The pigeon fell from the sky — dead — and landed in front of home plate.
  • Prior to 1912, the Red Sox played their home games at the Huntington Avenue Grounds, now part of Northeastern University.
  • Besides the Red Sox, several other teams have played in Fenway Park. In 1914, while Braves Field was under construction, the "Miracle Boston Braves" played their World Series games in Fenway.
  • The Boston Patriots — now the New England Patriots — were fall occupants from 1963-68 before eventually ending up in Foxboro. The Patriots, however, were not the first pro football team in Fenway. The Boston Redskins played four years here before heading to Washington in 1937. The Boston Yanks played here from 1944-48 prior to traveling to New York, Dallas, Baltimore (where they became the Colts) and now Indianapolis.
  • Constructed for the 1912 season, the new ballpark was named by then Red Sox owner John I. Taylor because it was built in an area of Boston known as the Fens. As Taylor said, "It's in that section of Boston, isn't it? Then call it Fenway Park."
  • Taylor was also the person who changed the club's name from the Pilgrims to the Red Sox in 1907.
  • The biggest baseball crowd at Fenway ever was 47,627 for a Yankees doubleheader on September 22, 1935.
  • After World War II, more stringent fire laws and league rules prohibited the overcrowding that was so common in the 1930s. The current capacity of Fenway Park is 36,108 for night games and 35,692 for day games.
  • Fenway Park has one of the last hand-operated scoreboards in the Major Leagues in the left-field wall. Green and red lights are used to signal balls, strikes, and outs.
  • Each scoreboard number used to indicate runs and hits measures 16 inches by 16 inches and weighs three pounds. The numbers used for errors, innings, and pitcher's numbers measure 12 inches by 16 inches, and weigh two pounds each.
  • One seat in the right field bleachers is painted red to mark the spot where the longest measurable home run ever hit inside Fenway Park landed. Ted Williams hit the home run on June 9, 1946 off Fred Hutchinson of the Detroit Tigers. The blast was measured at 502 feet. Legend says that the ball crashed through the straw hat of the man sitting in the seat — Section 42, Row 37, Seat 21.
  • No player has ever hit a home run over the right-field roof at Fenway Park.
  • The screen behind Fenway's home plate that protects fans and allows foul balls to roll back down onto the field was the first of its kind in the Major Leagues.
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Tuesday Turnip
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In case you're not familiar with the Turnip, it's a whimsical Google search, wherein I type a random phrase and we see what kind of interesting pages 'turn-up.' As always with this feature, the _floss is not responsible for accuracy. If you know one of the below statements/links to be untrue, by all means, let the world know in the comments below.

Today, I typed in "the most points ever scored" unearthing the following:

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What is the most points ever scored in a single NFL game? The most points in an NFL game is 72 by the Washington Redskins against the New York Giants on November 27, 1966.

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What is the most points ever scored in a MLB baseball game? The highest scoring baseball game was played between Chicago and Philadelphia on August 25, 1922. The final score was Chicago 26 and Philadelphia 23.

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What is the most points ever scored by one person in an NFL football game? Ernie Nevers of the Chicago Cardinals holds the single-game scoring record with 40 points scored in a Nov. 28, 1929, game against the Chicago Bears. Nevers scored six touchdowns and added four extra points in the game.

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What is the most points ever scored in an nba game? In Dec 13 1983, The Detroit - Denver match scored 186-184. It's by far the most points ever scored!

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what is the most points ever scored in a nba game? (single player) Wilt Chamberlain holds the record for most points scored in an NBA game, with 100!

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What NHL team has scored the most points in a game? The most goals scored by one team in an NHL game was 16. The Montreal Canadiens defeated the Quebec Bulldogs 16-3 on March 3, 1920.

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Jim Bottomley set the Major League record for RBIs in a single game, with 12, on September 16, 1924 (since tied by Mark Whiten).

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Tuesday Turnip
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In case you're not familiar with the Turnip, it's a whimsical Google search, wherein I type a random phrase and we see what kind of interesting pages 'turn-up.' As always with this feature, the _floss is not responsible for accuracy. If you know one of the below statements/links to be untrue, by all means, let the world know in the comments below.

Keeping with the theme of my post yesterday about the most expensive wines ever sold, today I typed in "the most expensive in the world" unearthing the following:

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They are luxurious, they are trustworthy, they are fast and they are also the most expensive in the world...

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Visitors to New York may gasp that locals frequently pay $20 for a single cocktail. But the Big Apple turns out to be cheaper than 26 other world cities. If you really want to feel sticker shock, try relocating to Luanda, Angola. The oil-rich capital city is the most expensive in the world for expatriates, a study released Tuesday shows.

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Avatar ticket prices will go up next week in China because the demand is so great, which means the ticket prices for the movie in IMAX-3D will be the highest in the world!

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A rare book by America's most famous bird artist, John James Audubon, billed as the most expensive in the world, is going under the hammer...

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We know that getting a good night’s rest is extremely important, so why worry with sleepless nights when you can always sink your head down onto a soft pillow and mattress? You can do so with what is deemed to be the most expensive bed in the world, thanks to Parnian Furniture from Arizona.

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Sold in the British capital London apartment believed to be the most expensive in the world worth 140 million pounds sterling

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The US College system is the most expensive in the world and not always the best concerning quality.

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