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Fun facts / 08 May 2017
Factset 110
  1. The human skull is 80% water.
  2. Chewing gum while peeling onions will keep you from crying.
  3. Only 55 percent of all Americans know that the sun is a star.
  4. The “caduceus” the classical medical symbol of two serpents wrapped around a staff – comes from an ancient Greek legend in which snakes revealed the practice of medicine to human beings.
  5. Superman made his debut in Action Comics in 1938 and the artist was Joe Shuster and the writer was Jerry Siegel.
  6. One in every 9000 people is an albino.
  7. However, after investigation, the radio emissions were traced to a microwave in the building.
  8. Americans on average produce 1,200 lbs of waste every year.
  9. John Lennon’s first girlfriend was named Thelma Pickles.
  10. Honey is the only food that does not spoil.
  11. The idiom “pillar of salt” means to have a stroke, or to become paralyzed and dead.
  12. Charles Lindbergh carried with him five sandwiches he bought at a drugstore at the last minute (he is reported to have said that he wouldn’t need more than five if he made it across the Atlantic, and he wouldn’t need more than five if he didn’t)
  13. Chewing gum was patented in 1869 by William Semple.
  14. On average, US onliners view 100 videos per month each.
  15. Fairchild Semiconductor’s Channel F was the first microprocessor-based cartridge console.
  16. While sleeping, one man in eight snores, and one in ten grinds his teeth.
  17. In 1947, heavy snow blanketed the Northeast, burying New York City under 25.8 inches of snow in 16 hours; the severe weather was blamed for some 80 deaths.
  18. There are 2,598,960 five-card hands possible in a 52-card deck of cards.
  19. Average number of days a West German goes without washing his underwear: 7
  20. It takes about 14218 licks to reach the center of a Tootsie pop.
  21. The average person spends about two years on the phone in a lifetime.
  22. There are 336 dimples on a regulation golf ball.
  23. A scientific satellite needs only 250 watts of power, the equivalent used by two hour light bulbs, to operate.
  24. Bob Dylan’s first professional performance was as opening act for John Lee Hooker at Gerde’s Folk City in New York, 1961.
  25. Frank Lloyd Wright’s son invented Lincoln Logs.
  26. In space, astronauts cannot cry, because there is no gravity, so the tears can’t flow.
  27. More than 60 million people annually visit France, a country of 60 million people.
  28. The Australian $5 to $100 notes are made of plastic.
  29. A quarter of Russia is covered by forest.
  30. Jimmy Carter is a speed reader (2000 wpm).
  31. I Love Lucy debuted on CBS on October 15, 1951. Since then, Lucille Ball had starred in a similar show on radio, “My Favorite Husband”.
  32. Brian Jones of The Rolling Stones plays sax on The Beatles’ single “Baby You’re a Rich Man”.
  33. In the course of a lifetime the average person will grow 2 Metres of nose hair.
  34. To help reduce budget deficits, several states have begun reducing the amount of food served to prison inmates. In Texas, the number of daily calories served to prisoners was cut by 300, saving the state $6,000,000 per year.
  35. On average, a movie makes about 5 times more from its DVD sales than ticket takings.
  36. Orville Wright was involved in the first aircraft accident. His passenger, a Frenchman, was killed.
  37. Termites outweigh humans by almost ten to one.
  38. The oldest living tree is a California bristlecone pine name ‘Methuselah’. It is about 4600 years old. The largest tree in the world is a giant sequoia growing in California. It is 84 meters tall and measures 29 meters round the trunk. The fastest growing tree is the eucalyptus. It can grow 10 meters a year.
  39. A leech is a worm that feeds on blood. It will pierce its victim’s skin, fill itself with three to four times its own body weight in blood, and will not feed again for months. Leeches were once used by doctors to drain “bad blood” from sick patients.
  40. A barber is not to advertise prices in the State of Georgia.
  41. Midgets and dwarfs almost always have normal-sized children, even if both parents are midgets or dwarfs.
  42. The elephant is the only mammal that can’t jump.
  43. Morphine was given its name in 1803 by the discoverer, a 20 year old German pharmacist named Friedrich Saturner. He named it after Morpheus, the Greek god of dreams.
  44. Maine is the only state in the United States whose name has one syllable.
  45. The earth’s surface contains 196,950,711 square miles (510,100,000 square kilometers).
  46. The California grape and wine industries were started by Count Agoston Haraszthy de Moksa, who planted Tokay, Zinfandel, and Shiras varieties from his native Hungary in Buena Vista in 1857.
  47. Most kisses in a movie: 127, by Lionel Barrymore in Don Juan (1926). The recipients were Mary Astor and Estelle Taylor. This was also the first feature film with a musical soundtrack (but no dialogue).
  48. At any one time, there are 100 million phone conversations going on in the United States.
  49. The elephant, as a symbol of the US Republican Party, was originated by cartoonist Thomas Nast and first presented in 1874.
  50. A recent study indicates when men crave food, they tend to crave fat and salt. When women crave food, they tend to desire chocolate.

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