Factset 102 - Branect Consult
Fun facts / 08 May 2017
Factset 102
  1. The eye pieces on the Borg in Star Trek: First Contact, flash in Morse code, spelling out the names of several members of the production team
  2. A phone number couldn’t begin with a letter on the zero position because dialing that would call the Operator. And letters couldn’t go on the “one” because it was used for phone company internal codes. That left eight numbers and twenty-six letters, but twenty-four letters made an even fit. “Q” and “Z” were least likely to be needed for the mnemonic words, so they were banished forever.
  3. An average of 100 people choke to death on ball point pens each year.
  4. The dome on Monticello, Thomas Jefferson’s home, conceals a billiards room. In Jefferson’s day, billiards were illegal in Virginia.
  5. A shark is the only fish that can blink with both eyes.
  6. The average human body contains enough: Sulphur to kill all fleas on an average dog, Carbon to make 900 pencils, Water to fill a ten gallon tank, Potassium to fire a toy cannon, Fat to make 7 bars of soap, Phosphorus to make 2,200 match heads.
  7. According to the latest national survey, 5,313,105 dogs have been taught to sit on command.
  8. In midevial times people lived in small, isolated villages.
  9. America’s first nudist organization was founded in 1929, by 3 men.
  10. You can’t plow a cotton field with an elephant in North Carolina.
  11. The average American will eat about 11.9 pounds of cereal per year.
  12. The first Rose Bowl game was held in 1902 in Pasadena, California. The University of Michigan beat Sanford 49-0.
  13. The placement of a donkey’s eyes in it’s’ heads enables it to see all four feet at all times!
  14. An insanely expensive carts is a special edition of Nintendos Stadium Events. A copy sold for $41,300.
  15. To most Americans, the orient is China, Japan, Korea and Vietnam; to Europeans it is the area of India and Pakistan.
  16. Stephen Hawking was born exactly 300 years after Galileo died.
  17. Your finger nails grow at 1 nanometre per second (0.000 000 001 m/s). Your hair grows at 4 nanometres per second (0.000 000 004 m/s).
  18. Pinocchio was made of pine.
  19. The 1st winner of the Academy Award for best picture, and the only silent film to achieve that honor, was the 1927 film, “Wings”.
  20. ABBA got their name by taking the first letter from each of their first names (Agnetha, Bjorn, Benny, Annifrid).
  21. To port Asteroids to the VCS, programmers had to use bank switching which enabled the game to contain 8k of code.
  22. About 4 years ago, the FDA allowed the use of bacteriophages to fight microbes that are found on lunch meat, sausages, and hot dogs. – If you are wondering what a bacteriophage is, the general term would be virus. What this really means is that that the processed turkey you eat for lunch contains a number of virus’s that are being used to fight off one microbe that can be dangerous for consumption.
  23. Influenza caused over twenty-one million deaths in 1918, known as the Spanish Flu, though it didn´t originate from Spain.
  24. An eighteenth-century German named Matthew Birchinger, known as “the little man of Nuremberg,” played four musical instruments including the bagpipes, was an expert calligrapher, and was the most famous stage magician of his day. He performed tricks with the cup and balls that have never been explained. Yet Birchinger had no hands, legs, or thighs, and was less than 29 inches tall.
  25. Ingrown toenails are hereditary.
  26. The average American butt is 149 inches long.
  27. The word “samba” means “to rub navels together”.
  28. A mole can dig a tunnel 300 feet (91 m) long in just one night.
  29. Beetles taste like apples, wasps like pine nuts, and worms like fried bacon.
  30. Flatfish (halibut, flounder, turbot, and sole) hatch like any other “normal” fish. As they grow, they turn sideways and one eye moves around so they have two eyes on the side that faces up.
  31. In Iceland, a Big Mac costs $5.50.
  32. More people are afraid of open spaces (kenophobia) than of tight spaces (claustrophobia).
  33. The state with the longest coastline in the US is Michigan.
  34. In 2000, 129,770 US students studied abroad.
  35. Eleanor Roosevelt was the only first lady to carry a loaded revolver.
  36. Since 1896, the beginning of the modern Olympics, only Greece and Australia have participated in every Games.
  37. The three most common elements in the universe are 1) hydrogen; 2) helium; 3) oxygen.
  38. England and the American colonies adopted the Gregorian calendar on September 14th, 1752. Where 11 days disappeared.
  39. When Heinz ketchup leaves the bottle, it travels at a rate of 25 miles per year.
  40. In 1952 KELLOGG’S introduced two new cereals: “SUGAR SMACKS” and “SUGAR FROSTED FLAKES.
  41. Beards are the fastest growing hairs on the human body. If the average man never trimmed his beard, it would grow to nearly 30 feet long in his lifetime.
  42. Many of Rome’s most ambitious emperors idolized Alexander the Great. When Julius Caesar was a 33 year-old general in Spain, he wept when he saw a statue of Alexander, lamenting that he had accomplished nothing, while Alexander had conquered the whole world by his age. The schizophrenic emperor Caligula built a bridge of wooden boats across the Bay of Naples and rode back and forth across it on a horse, wearing armor he stole from Alexander’s tomb. Emperor Caracalla set out to conquer the same eastern lands Alexander had conquered, and made a great show of visiting his grave in Alexandria, Egypt.
  43. 39-year-old Fu Bingli can do 12 one-fingered pushups.
  44. Five years ago, 60% of all retail purchases were made with cash or check. Now it’s 50%. By 2010, 39% of purchases will be made by cash or check.
  45. Bananas are one of the few fruits that ripen best off the plant. If left on the plant, the fruit splits open and the pulp has a “cottony” texture and flavor. Even in tropical growing areas, bananas for domestic consumption are cut green and stored in moist shady places to ripen slowly.
  46. Both George Washington and Thomas Jefferson grew cannabis sativa (marijuana) on their plantations.
  47. Queen Victoria insisted on being buried with the bathrobe of her long-dead husband, Prince Albert, and a plaster cast of his hand.
  48. Formicophilia is the fetish for having small insects crawl on your genitals. Gross!!
  49. Diamond is the hardest naturally occurring substance, and is also one of the most valuable natural substances.
  50. The phrase “raining cats and dogs” originated in 17th Century England. During heavy downpours of rain, many of these poor animals unfortunately drowned and their bodies would be seen floating in the rain torrents that raced through the streets. The situation gave the appearance that it had literally rained “cats and dogs” and led to the current expression.

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