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Fun facts / 08 May 2017
Factset 106
  1. Laredo, Texas is the U.S.’s farthest inland port.
  2. The February of 1865 is the only month in recorded history not to have a full moon.
  3. Roman coins have been dug up in America, suggesting that perhaps the Vikings or Columbus weren’t the first Europeans to visit the New World. The coins were found in locations as far afield as Texas, Venezuela and Maine. One stash was found buried in a mound in Round Rock, Texas. The mound is dated to approximately 800 A.D. In the town of Heavener, Oklahoma, a bronze tetradrachm bearing the profile of Emperor Nero was found in 1976. The coin was originally struck in Antioch, Syria, in 63 A.D.
  4. If your eyes are six feet above the surface of the ocean, the horizon will be about three statute miles away. Illinois has the most personalized license plates of any state.
  5. The 1st interracial kiss on TV took place November 22, 1968 between Captain James T. Kirk (William Shatner) and Lt. Uhura (Nichelle Nichols) on an episode of “Star Trek”.
  6. Roosters have to extend their necks in order to crow
  7. The world record for time without sleep is 264 hours ( ~11 days) by Randy Gardner in 1965 (Nevertheless; Michael Corke of Chicago suffered from rare genetic disease that affected his ability to sleep. The disease, Fatal Familial Insomnia, led to his death in 1992 after going 6 months without sleep).
  8. Hawaii is moving toward Japan 4 inches every year.
  9. The first man-made object to circle the earth was Sputnik I, launched in 1957.
  10. Emperor Nero’s lust for excess was most evident in his elaborate parties. According to the ancient writer Seutonius, Emperor Nero’s Domus Aurea had a circular main dining room with a roof that revolved day and night, in time with the sky. In what remains of the palace today, there is a large octagonal room with a domed ceiling that some believe is this dining room. The octagonal room has a large dome with an oculus in the middle. It predates the Pantheon–and was probably the inspiration for it. The architects of the Domus Aurea developed an innovative mechanism cranked by slaves, that made the ceiling underneath this dome revolve like the heavens. While the ceiling revolved, perfume was sprayed from the ceiling and rose petals were dropped on the diners. Legend has it there were so many rose petals falling at one dinner that one of the guests was asphyxiated.
  11. Raisins don’t settle to the bottom of cereal boxes because half the box is filled with cereal before the first raisin makes an appearance. Then, in the upper half of the box, raisins and cereal are mixed. The raisins eventually do settle, but this clever packing method insures that they do not end up clumped together on the bottom.
  12. Gun ownership per person in Finland is the third highest in the world.
  13. The Neanderthal’s brain was bigger than yours is.
  14. The water in the Great Salt Lake of Utah is more than four times saltier than any ocean.
  15. There is a bar in London that sells vaporized vodka, which is inhaled instead of sipped.
  16. Tom Selleck appeared twice on the Dating Game in his early years, but didn’t get picked.
  17. Ginger has been clinically demonstrated to work twice as well as Dramamine for fighting motion sickness, with no side effects.
  18. More than 8,100 US troops are still listed as missing in action from the Korean war.
  19. The flea can jump 350 times its body length, that is like a human jumping the length of a football field.
  20. All the planets in our solar system rotate anticlockwise, except Venus. It is the only planet that rotates clockwise.
  21. The Hawaiian alphabet has 12 letters (I was thankfully corrected by a friend: The Hawai’ian alphabet has 13 letters, A, E, I, O, U, H, K, L, M, N, P, W, ‘ (which is called an okina).
  22. The new president usually took office on March 4. But that year it fell on a Sunday, and although President James Polk left on schedule, Zachary Taylor did not take the oath until the next day. Rice was president pro tempore of the Senate, and under the provisions of the Constitution, he served until Taylor was sworn in. Atchinson neither started a war nor raised any taxes: he just left quietly after 24 hours.
  23. The Sanskrit word for “war” means “desire for more cows”.
  24. It’s where we get the phrase “mind your P’s and Q’s”
  25. The first movie to use sound was “The Jazz Singer,” released in 1927: the first words, spoken by Al Jolson, were: “Wait a minute, you ain’t heard nothing yet.”
  26. You’re more likely to be a target for mosquitoes if you consume bananas.
  27. Heroin usually appears as a white or brown powder.
  28. Rice paper does not have any rice in it.
  29. Gaetano Albert “Guy” Lombardo did the first New Year’s Eve broadcast of “Auld Lang Syne,” from the Roosevelt Grill in New York City in 1929/1930.
  30. A cat’s ear has 30 muscles that control the outer ear (by comparison, human ears only have six muscles). These muscles rotate 180 degrees, so the cat can hear in all directions without moving its head.
  31. Number of US states that claim test scores in their elementary schools are above national average: 50.
  32. At nearly 50 percent fat, whale milk has around 10 times the fat content of human milk, which helps calves achieve some serious growth spurts – as much as 200 pounds per day.
  33. Blueberry juice boosts memory
  34. Chocolate syrup was used for blood in the famous 45 second shower scene in Alfred Hitchcock’s movie, Psycho, which actually took 7 days to shoot.
  35. Latte is the Italian word for milk. So if you request a latte’ in Italy, you’ll be served a glass of milk.
  36. The people of France eat more cheese than any other country in the world.
  37. You’re born with 300 bones, but by the time you become an adult, you only have 206.
  38. If battering and abuse is not decreasing, its increasing and tends to develop over time.
  39. When Swiss cheese ferments, the bacterial chemistry creates a gas. – When the gas is released, it creates bubbles that eat their way through. This is how the holes are made in your Swiss cheese.
  40. Each card in a deck represents a king from history: Spades- King David, Hearts- Charlemagne, Clubs-Alexander the Great, Diamonds- Julius Caesar
  41. You will weigh less if you weigh yourself when the moon is full.
  42. Harriet Beecher Stowe’s “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” was published March 20, 1852. It was the first American novel to sell one million copies.
  43. The Presidential Retreat in Maryland was originally called “Shangri-La”. It was renamed “CAMP DAVID” by President Eisenhower in 1953 for his grandson.
  44. Banana oil never saw a banana; it’s made from petroleum.
  45. In most advertisements, including newspapers, the time displayed on a watch is 10:10.
  46. Colgate claims “Tooth Fairy” as a registered trademark.
  47. When cats scratch furniture, it isn’t an act of malice. They are actually tearing off the ragged edges of the sheaths of their talons to expose the new sharp ones beneath. Cats have a third eyelid called a haw and you will probably only see it when the cat´s not feeling well.
  48. Silkworms have been bred in captivity for thousands of years and as a result are domesticated.
  49. The shape of plant collenchyma cells and the shape of the bubbles in beer foam are the same – they are orthotetrachidecahedrons.
  50. Ionic columns have 23 flutes.

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