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Fun facts / 08 May 2017
Factset 108
  1. In the last 3,500 years, there have been approximately 230 years of peace throughout the civilized world.
  2. The “save” icon on Microsoft Word shows a floppy disk with the shutter on backwards.
  3. The value of Pi will be officially “rounded down” to 314 from 314159265359 on December 31, 1999.
  4. When you sneeze, air and particles travel through the nostrils at speeds over100 mph. During this time, all bodily functions stop, including your heart, contributing to the impossibility of keeping one’s eyes open during a sneeze.
  5. A housefly will regurgitate its food and eat it again.
  6. Barbie was introduced at the New York Toy Fair on 9 March 1959; her real name is Barbie Millicent Roberts and her parents are Ruth and Elliot Handler. Barbie has four sisters: Skipper (1964), Stacie (1992), Kelly (1995) and Krissy (1995).
  7. Ferenc Szisz from Romania, driving a Renault, won the first Formula One Grand Prix held at Le Mans, France in 1906.
  8. In every episode of “Seinfeld” there is a Superman picture or reference somewhere.
  9. Midday refers to the moment the sun crosses the local meridian.
  10. Rugby, North Dakota is the geographical center of North America.
  11. The flea can jump 350 times its body length. It’s like a human jumping the length of a football field.
  12. There are about a million ants per person. Ants are very social animals and will live in colonies that can contain almost 500,000 ants.
  13. The characters Bert and Ernie on Sesame Street were named after Bert the cop and Ernie the taxi driver in Frank Capra’s “It’s a Wonderful Life.”
  14. Adult fleas can live for up to 2 years during which time the female can lay up to 1200 eggs.
  15. If you swim one hour in a public pool you will intake 1/12 liters of urine.
  16. 1/3 of all the potatoes sold are French fried.
  17. Osama Bin Laden officially come out against global warming.
  18. Your heart beats some 37,000,000 times in a year. During your life it’s will beat some two-and-a-half billion times.
  19. Coleco was the first company to develop games for 3 different consoles.
  20. A mole can dig over 250 feet of tunnel in a single night.
  21. Flies have 4000 lenses in each eye.
  22. The Looney Tunes song is actually called “The Merry-Go-Round Broke Down”.
  23. If all your DNA is stretched out, it would reach to the moon 6,000 times.
  24. There are more living organisms on the skin of a single human being than there are human beings on the surface of the earth.
  25. 70% of all grain is fed to animals
  26. Pamers disposable diapers were invented in 1961.
  27. Majel Barret is the only person to be on all four Star Trek series.
  28. Fleas can jump 130 times higher than their own height. In human terms this is equal to a 6 foot person jumping 780 feet into the air.
  29. The largest baseball card collection, 200,000 cards, is in the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
  30. Who’s that playing the piano on the “Mad About You” theme? It’s Paul Reiser himself. And Greg Evigan sang the “My Two Dads” theme. Kelsey Grammar sings and plays the piano for the theme song of Fraiser. Alan Thicke, the father in the TV show “Growing Pains” wrote the theme songs for “The Facts of Life” and “Diff’rent Strokes”.
  31. Dismal first-year sales of famous products: 1. VW Beetle (USA) – sold 330 first year. 2. Liquid Paper – sold 1,200 bottles first year. 3. Cuisinart – sold 200 first year. 4. Remington typewriter- sold 8 first year. 5.Scrabble – sold 532 first year. 6. Coca-Cola – sold 25 bottles first year. (For total of $50; supplies and advertising ran at $70.)
  32. The first transoceanic cable message was sent on August 16, 1858 and said “Europe and America are united by telegraph. Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace and good will towards men”.
  33. When the fancy apartments on top of apartment buildings began to appear around 1900, they reminded people–in terms of their location–of the small shed-like structures that covered the top of the stairsleading to the roof. The word pentis then just got stretched out a bit into penthouse.
  34. MTV (Music Television) made its debut at 12:01 a.m. on August 1, 1981 The first music-video shown on the rock-video cable channel was, appropriately, “Video Killed the Radio Star” by the Buggles.
  35. Bird droppings are the chief export of Nauru, an island nation in the Western Pacific.
  36. The total number of Americans killed in the Civil War is greater than the combined total of Americans killed in all other wars.
  37. If John Kerry and Geroge Bush in the US election was held in Canada, John Kerry would have beaten George Bush in a landslide – 64% to 19%.
  38. C3P0 is the first character to speak in Star Wars.
  39. The foot is 12 inches long because the arm of King Henry I of England measured 36 inches, and he decreed that the standard foot should be 1/3 of that measurement.
  40. During the blackout of 1977 when New York City was without power from early evening to late the next afternoon, a record 80 million telephone calls were made.
  41. Contrary to belief, most black widow spiders don’t eat their mates.
  42. When the Black Death swept across England one theory was that cats caused the plague. Thousands were slaughtered. Ironically, those that kept their cats were less affected, because they kept their houses clear of the real culprits, rats.
  43. Einstein’s Jewish heritage earned him a spot on the five pound note, even though he was born in Germany, a citizen of Switzerland, and then of the US. The US honours him with his face on the 15 cent stamp. Other inventors and currencies: the discoverers of radioactivity Marie and Pierre Curie are featured on the French 500 franc note. Nikola Tesla of alternating current fame is on the Yugoslavian 5 million dinar note. Benjamin Franklin showed that lightning is electricity and is shown on the USA 100 dollar note. Niels Bohr earned a spot on Danish 500 kroner note for his quantum mechanical model of atom.
  44. The Titanic’s rudder outweighed Christopher Columbus’ Santa Maria.
  45. In 1973, a brewery in Poland accidently connected the beer storage tanks to the local water supply, delivering fresh beer to every tap in town.
  46. On June 26th, 1945, the charter of the United Nations was signed by 50 countries in San Francisco. (The text of the charter was in five languages: Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish.)
  47. There are approximately 100 million acts of sexual intercourse each day.
  48. Bees have five eyes. There are 3 small eyes on the top of a bee’s head and 2 larger ones in front.
  49. In California, a law created in 1925 makes it illegal to wiggle while dancing.
  50. Russian scientists have developed a new drug that prolongs drunkenness and enhances intoxication.

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