Factset 109 - Branect Consult
Fun facts / 08 May 2017
Factset 109
  1. Coffee is grown commercially in over forty-five countries throughout the world.
  2. In 75% of American households, women manage the money and pay the bills.
  3. On February 7, 1969 a meteorite weighing over 1 ton fell in Chihuahua, Mexico.
  4. The Ritz cracker was introduced to markets in 1934, but gourmets had to wait until 1953 for the invention of cheese in a can.
  5. The daughter of confectioner Leo Hirschfield is commemorated in the name of the sweet he invented: Although his daughter’s real name was Clara, she went by the nickname Tootsie, and in her honor, her doting father named his chewy chocolate logs Tootsie Rolls.
  6. 97% of the Earth’s water is in the oceans.
  7. During World War II, the very first bomb dropped on Berlin by the Allies killed the only elephant in the Berlin Zoo.
  8. In the film Forrest Gump, all the still photos show Forrest with his eyes closed.
  9. For every 10 successful attempts to climb Mount Everest there is one fatality.
  10. Minus 40 degrees Celsius is exactly the same as minus 40 degrees Fahrenheit
  11. Les Miserables has a 3-page, 823-word sentence which is divided by 93 commas, 51 semicolons, and 4 dashes. Rumor has it that someone suffocated from lack of oxygen in the 1940’s just short of the 73rd comma while giving a dramatic reading from the work.
  12. In Italy, espresso is considered so essential to daily life that the price is regulated by the government.
  13. The ashes of an averaged sized human being after cremation weighs 9 pounds
  14. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, about 3 to 5 percent of the general population has the disorder, which is characterized by agitated behavior and an inability to focus on tasks.
  15. In Illinois, the law is that a car must be driven with the steering wheel.
  16. The average bank teller loses about $250 every year.
  17. A chameleon can move its eyes in two directions at the same time.
  18. You burn more calories sleeping than you do watching TV.
  19. Even today, 90% of the continental United States is still open space or farmland.
  20. Not even genitals have as much sensitivity as lips
  21. On average women say 7,000 words per day. Men manage just over 2000.
  22. The first product to have a bar code scanned was Wrigley’s gum.
  23. There is a rare condition called Exploding Head Syndrome which you have probably never heard of.
  24. Stinging nettle plants sting with hypodermic-needle-like hairs which inject formic acid into the skin.
  25. The Brownie box camera, introduced by Eastman Kodak, sold for $1.00 in 1900.
  26. A party boat filled with 60 men and women capsized in Texas after all the passengers rushed to one side as the boat passed a nude beach.
  27. It is possible for any American citizen to give whatever name he or she chooses to any unnamed mountain or hill in the United States.
  28. There are roughly 6,500 spoken languages in the world today. However, about 2,000 of those languages have fewer than 1,000 speakers.
  29. Life in the 1500’s – Houses had thatched roofs. Thick straw, piled high, with no wood underneath.  It was the only place for animals to get warm, so all the pets – dogs, cats, and other small animals, mice, rats, bugs lived in the roof. When it rained it became slippery and sometimes the animals would slip and fall off the roof. Hence the saying, “It’s raining cats and dogs”.
  30. Felix the Cat is the first cartoon character to ever have been made into a balloon for a parade.
  31. You’ll eat about 35,000 cookies in your lifetime.
  32. The only animal which was allowed into an ancient Roman temple was a cat
  33. Toxic house plants poison more children than household chemicals.
  34. The Hall of Fame for “Great Americans” is located on the grounds of New York University in New York City. The hamburger was invented in 1900 by Louis Lassen. He ground beef, broiled it, and served it between two pieces of toast.
  35. Trench coats, standard issue among salary men and robust American capitalists, were first worn in the deep battlefield dugouts during World War I, from which they derived their name.
  36. The Beatles won a Grammy in 1964 for “Best New Artist”.
  37. The dot over the letter ‘i’ is called a tittle.
  38. The San Franciso Cable cars are the only mobile National Monuments.
  39. Cats have better memories than dogs. Tests conducted by the University of Michigan concluded that while a dogs memory lasts no more than 5 minutes, a cat’s can last as long as 16 hours – exceeding even that of monkeys and orangutans.
  40. It is not allowed to have living US presidents featured on US currency
  41. Male Lions may mate 50 times a day.
  42. Richard Nixon was the first US president to visit China in February, 1972.
  43. US Presidents who never attended college: Grover Cleveland, Abraham Lincoln, Harry S Truman, and George Washington.
  44. Sheffield FC in England is the world’s oldest football club.
  45. 1875: A Swiss chocolate maker, Daniel Peter, mixes Henri Nestle’s condensed milk with chocolate and the two men founded a company to manufacture the first milk chocolate.
  46. Polar bears are left-handed.
  47. In 1947, Toys for Tots started making the holidays a little happier for children by organizing its first Christmas toy drive for needy youngsters.
  48. Sixty cows can produce a ton of milk a day.
  49. The smallest of the recognized dog breeds, the Chihuahua, is also the one that usually lives the longest. Named for the region of Mexico where they were first discovered in the mid-19th century, the Chihuahua can live anywhere between 11-18 years.
  50. A palindrome is a sentence or group of sentences that reads the same backwards as it does forward: Ex: ‘Red rum, sir, is murder’ ‘Ma is as selfless as I am’ ‘Nurse, I spy gypsies. Run!’ ‘A man, a plan, a canal – Panama’ ‘He lived as a devil, eh?’

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