Factset 107 - Branect Consult
Fun facts / 08 May 2017
Factset 107
  1. The longest flight of a chicken is about 13 seconds
  2. India never invaded any country in her last 10,000 years of history.
  3. I. Joe first appeared in 1942.  The cartoonist Dave Gerger combined G.I. and Joe in his strip for “Yank”.
  4. We have four basic tastes plus umami. The salt and sweet taste buds are at the tip of the tongue, bitter at the base, and sour along the sides; umami is a mixture of tastes sensed along the center of the tongue.
  5. Queen Elizabeth II is one of the 10th wealthiest women in the world.
  6. The house fly hums in the middle octave key of F.
  7. Traffic jams are nothing new. In 45 BC, Rome banned all vehicles from within the city – and in other cities vehicles, including horses, were allowed only at night… because of traffic jams.
  8. Isaac Asimov is the only author to have a book in every Dewey decimal category.
  9. Cowabunga was a word started on the Howdy Doody Show, and also means “big wave” in Austrailian.
  10. Spiders have noses on their feet that can pick up the odours of possible prey, predators, or mates.
  11. The cat lover is an ailurophile, while a cat hater is an ailurophobe.
  12. The blood of mammals is red, the blood of insects is yellow, and the blood of lobsters is blue.
  13. Gerald Ford, George Bush, Tommy Lasorda, Ted Koppel, John F. Kennedy Jr. and Bill Clinton are all left handed.
  14. To give you an idea of how long the Nile is, if it were in the US it would stretch from NY to Los Angeles.
  15. For his first James Bond film Dr. No, 32-year-old Sean Connery received a reported $16,500. By 1966, his salary was $750,000.
  16. Aubergine, brinjal, melanzana, melongene, garden egg, and patlican are all alternative names for eggplant.
  17. Van Gogh sold only one painting during his life.
  18. Q is the only letter in the alphabet that does not appear in the name of any of the United States.
  19. A snowflake can take up to an hour to fall from the cloud to the surface of the Earth.
  20. In a typical season major league baseball will require 4,800 ash trees worth of Louisville sluggers.
  21. Meat eaters are two and a half times more likely to get bowel cancer than Vegetarians
  22. The word “tip” dates back to the old London coffeehouses. Conspicuously placed brass boxes etched with the inscription, “To Insure Promptness,” encouraged customers to pay for efficient service. The resulting acronym, TIP, has become a byword.
  23. Wyoming was the first state to allow women to vote.
  24. The British ship Carpathia was the first ship that answered the S.O.S. distress call of the doomed “Titanic”.
  25. The United States government keeps its supply of silver at the US Military Academy at West Point, NY.
  26. Diabetes is the fourth leading cause of death in the USA, accounting for about 180,000 deaths per year.
  27. Topless saleswomen are legal in Liverpool, England, but only in tropical fish stores.
  28. The cow population of Vermont is greater than that of it’s people.
  29. Napoleon Bonaparte is the historical figure most often portrayed in movies. He has been featured in 194 movies, Jesus Christ in 152, and Abraham Lincoln in 137.
  30. When potatoes first appeared in Europe in the seventeenth century, it was thought that they were disgusting, and they were blamed for starting outbreaks of leprosy and syphilis. As late as 1720 in America, eating potatoes was believed to shorten a person’s life.
  31. A full-loaded supertanker traveling at normal speed takes at least 20 minutes to stop.
  32. If we had the same mortality rate now as in 1900, more than half the people in the world today would not be alive.
  33. Right-handed people live, on average; nine years longer than left handed people.
  34. The Pentagon, in Arlington, Virginia, has twice as many bathrooms as is necessary, because when it was built in the 1940s, the state of Virginia still had segregation laws requiring separate toilet facilities for blacks and whites.
  35. 1% of all US prisoners are in prison for drug offenses.
  36. Annie Lennox holds the record for the most Brit awards (8).
  37. Earth is the only planet not named after a god.
  38. In 1955, the richest woman in the world was Mrs Hetty Green Wilks, who left an estate of $95 million in a will that was found in a tin box with four pieces of soap.
  39. Los Angeles’ full name is “El Pueblo de Nuestra Senora la Reina de los Angeles de Porciuncula”.
  40. The male of one species of insect related to the praying mantis can only reproduce after the female has bitten off his head.
  41. A Georgia company will mix your loved one’s ashes with cement and drop it into the ocean to form an artificial reef.
  42. Women are more likely to report abuse then men are as victims.
  43. 5,840 people with pillow related injuries checked into US. emergency rooms in 1992.
  44. Hot water is heavier than cold.
  45. Peanuts are one of the ingredients of dynamite.
  46. The name Jeep came from the abbreviation used in the army. GP. for ‘General Purpose’ vehicle.
  47. 13% of Americans actually believe that some parts of the moon are made of cheese.
  48. An electric oven uses one kilowatt-hour of electricity in about 20 minutes, but one kilowatt-hour will power a TV for 3 hours, run a 100-watt bulb for 12 hours, and keep an electric clock ticking for 3 months.
  49. Due to earth’s gravity it is impossible for mountains to be higher than 49 000 feet (15,000 metres).
  50. In 1900, a person could expect to live to be 47. Today, the average life expectancy for men and women in developed countries is longer than 70 years.

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