The Brickyard

DJ Evenstar's Fun Facts for 3/25/16

On the 3/25/16 broadcast of The Brickyard, DJ Evenstar shared the following fun facts:
  1. The very first Apple logo featured Sir Isaac Newton sitting underneath a tree, with an apple about to hit his head.
  2. Google rents out goats from a company called California Grazing to help cut down the amount of weeds and brush at Google HQ!
  3. CD’s, or Compact discs read from the inside to the outside edge, which is the reverse of how records work.
  4. The first ever VCR, which was made in 1956, was the size of a piano!
  5. On 1st April 2005, NASA pulled a prank telling the world that they had found water on Mars.
  6. The first alarm clock could only ring at 4am.
  7. The radio took 38 years, the television took 13 years, and the iPod took 3 years to reach a market audience of 50 million.
  8. In general, people tend to read as much as 10% slower from a screen than from paper.
This was DJ Evenstar's final show. She's graduating from Kettering and moving on to the next chapter in her life. We thank her for the years she volunteered at WKUF and wish her all the best!

Bidding Adieu to The Brickyard

After plenty of music and fun factoids, the student-run show The Brickyard is coming to an end as DJ Evenstar bids WKUF and Kettering University adieu. Debuting in 2013, The Brickyard has been a Friday evening fixture during its run. I'd like to take a moment to thank DJ Evenstar for the hours of entertainment she has provided on the air and the hard work she put in behind the scenes at WKUF as Station Manager (among other things). You will be missed. The final broadcast of The Brickyard airs Friday, March 25th from 6 pm to 8 pm. 

Along with music from a variety of genres, DJ Evenstar also regularly educates her listeners with fun facts on a variety of topics. Below are a few of the things I've learned from listening to The Brickyard:​

  1. The person who invented the Frisbee was cremated and made into frisbees after he died

  2. About 8,000 Americans are injured by musical instruments each year.

  3. The Bible is the most shoplifted book in the world.

  4. In 1895, Hampshire police handed out the first ever speeding ticket, fining a man for doing 6mph!

  5. New-born giraffes stand at around 6 feet tall, making them taller than most adult humans.

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DJ Evenstar's Fun Facts for 3/18/16

On the 3/18/16 broadcast of The Brickyard, host DJ Evenstar shared the following fun facts about Comic Sans: 

  1. Comic Sans owes its existence and creation to the epic failure Microsoft Bob. Bob was ayellow cartoon, Bill Gates-glasses wearing user ‘guide’, designed to help people bend their heads around PCs. The text in Bob’s speech bubbles was intended to be written in Times New Roman, but designer Vincent Connare thought such a serious text for a cartoon was ridiculous. So he set out to create a more kid-friendly font, and so it was that Comic Sans was born.
  2. The movement to ban Comic Sans is the biggest anti-font movement in the world. At the time of writing this post, the ‘Ban Comic Sans’ online petition has over 5,000 signatures!
  3. In 2004, a study called Comic Sans a ‘childish’ font. However, in 2010 a study conducted at Princeton University in America revealed that students who studied materials in harder-to-read fonts, such as Comic Sans, were more likely to retain the info.
  4. In Skype messenger, if you change your font to Comic Sans then the emoticon next to the text-field turns into a frowny, disapproving face. But if you change it to any other font then the smiley face returns.
  5. Ever since 2009, DJs on Dutch radio stations have celebrated the first Friday of every July as Comic Sans Day, encouraging their listeners to “send all your mails, print all your reports and all your sticker address labels in this illustrious font”.
  6. Comic Sans is available on 99.13% of Windows computers and 90.91% of Macs. Only an estimated 61% of Linux users have Comic Sans, however.



You can hear more fun facts like these, along with plenty of pop/rock tunes, by tuning into the final broadcast of The Brickyard on Friday, March 25th from 6 pm-8 pm.




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