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Fun facts / 08 May 2017
Factset 103
  1. Former enemies, America and Russia now have a great deal in common – they both lead the world in locking people up.
  2. Europe has no deserts – it is the only continent without one.
  3. Stalin’s left foot had webbed toes, and his left arm is noticeably shorter than his right.
  4. The largest jellyfish ever caught measured 7’6″ (2,3 m) across the bell with a tentacle of 120 ft (36 m) long.
  5. The odds are almost 1 out of 2 (44%) that you’re a millionaire (if you’re a member of the US Congress).
  6. Nova Scotia boasts Sober Island, 30 miles from Wine Harbor
  7. The Butterfinger candy bar was first produced by Chicago’s Curtiss Candy Co.in 1923. As an advertising ploy, candy bars were dropped from an airplane on cities in 40 states.
  8. Ancient Romans ate flamingo tongues and considered them a delicacy
  9. All of the clocks in the movie “Pulp Fiction” are stuck on 4:20.
  10. Roger Ebert is the only film critic to have ever won the Pulitzer prize.
  11. Moxie began as a medicinal tonic in 1876, a beverage in 1884, and has survived to be the oldest carbonated drink still sold, available at Bates College in Lewiston, Maine.
  12. Ostriches stick their heads into the sand to find underground drinking water.
  13. The average person laughs 10 times a day!
  14. When Vladimir Ilyich Lenin, leader of the Russian Revolution, died in 1924, his body was mummified and placed on display at the Kremlin wall in Moscow.
  15. A group of ravens is called an unkindness.
  16. Cole Porter got a kick from fudge. He had nine pounds of it shipped to him each month from his hometown.
  17. Elephants spend 23 hours a day eating.
  18. One plain milk chocolate candy bar has more protein than a banana.
  19. Men loose about 40 hairs a day. Women loose about 70 hairs a day.
  20. The leading cause of on-the-job deaths in workplaces in America is homicide.
  21. Turkey began to roast and grind the coffee bean in the 13th Century, and some 300 years later, in the 1500’s, the country had become the chief distributor of coffee, with markets established in Egypt, Syria, Persia, and Venice, Italy.
  22. It is against the law in Connecticut for a man to write love letters to a girl whose mother or father has forbidden the relationship.
  23. Percentage of North America that is wilderness: 38.
  24. Crickets hear with their legs.
  25. Every 45 seconds, a house catches on fire in the United States.
  26. Of 2,100,000 deaths in the USA in 1987, 1,500,000 were related to diet (ie. meat and dairy)
  27. Combining these figures, 25% of methane emissions are due to animal farming (not including the billions of sheep, pigs and poultry so the real figure is much higher)
  28. Pearls melt in vinegar.
  29. Ancient Egyptians believed that “Bast” was the mother of all cats on Earth.
  30. The oldest inhabited city is Damascus, Syria.
  31. Chrysler built B29’s that bombed Japan. Mitsubishi built the Zeros that tried to shoot them down. Both companies now build cars in a joint plant called Diamond Star.
  32. Lorne Greene had one of his nipples bitten off by an alligator while he was host of “Lorne Greene’s Animal Kingdom”.
  33. One quarter of the bones in the human body is in the feet
  34. Each year, over 1,000,000 people fail to itemize out the mortgage interest deduction on their income taxes. Last year, this amounted to $473,000,000 in taxes.
  35. When the Titanic sank, 2228 people were on it. Only 706 survived.
  36. It is illegal to swim in central park.
  37. This ‘telephone’ has too many shortcomings to be seriously considered as a means of communication. The device is inherently of no value to us. – Western Union internal memo, 1876
  38. In 1933, Mickey Mouse, an animated cartoon character, received 800,000 fan letters.
  39. Dublin is home to the Fairy Investigation Society
  40. In medieval Thailand, they had moveable type printing presses. The type was made from baked oxen dung.
  41. The average person laughs about 15 times a day.
  42. There are 318,979,564,000 possible combinations of the first four moves in Chess.
  43. Saint Lawrence (d. 258 A.D.), deacon to Pope Sixtus II, turned to his executioners while being burned to death and remarked, “I am cooked on that side, turn me over, and eat.”
  44. Australians consume 60% more coffee than tea, a sixfold increase since 1940.
  45. The coccyx is the only bone in our 200+ bone system that serves no purpose.
  46. Life Savers got their shape by a malfunctioning machine, which mistakenly punched a hole in the center of each candy.
  47. The European Union has banned more than 1,100 chemicals from cosmetics. The United States has banned just 10.
  48. The name Wendy was made up for the book Peter Pan. There was never a recorded Wendy before it.
  49. Water expands by about 9% as it freezes.
  50. Meat and dairy farming uses 70 litres of water per day per animal in the UK or 159,250,000, 000 litres per year in total

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