Factset 113 - Branect Consult
Fun facts / 08 May 2017
Factset 113
  1. Japan ranks Number 3 in the world for coffee consumption.
  2. All clams start out as males; some decide to become females at some point in their lives.
  3. The world’s largest art gallery is the Winter Palace and Hermitage in St. Petersburg, Russia. Visitors would have to walk 15 miles to see the 322 galleries which house nearly 3 million works of art.
  4. A chameleon’s tongue is twice the length of its body.
  5. The elephant is the only animal with 4 knees.
  6. The state of Maryland has no natural Lakes.
  7. Bamboo can grow up to three feet in a 24 hour period.
  8. The catfish has the most taste-buds of any animal, over 27,000.
  9. It take the insect eating Venus Flytrap plant only half a second to shut its trap on prey.
  10. Vultures sometimes eat so much they can’t take off again.
  11. Right handed people live, on average, nine years longer than left-handed people
  12. In Missouri, a man must have a permit to shave.
  13. The first known marketer of the flushing toilet was Thomas Crapper.
  14. The Egyptians created the first organized navy in 2300 BC.
  15. Chicago’s Lincoln Park was created in 1864. The original 120 acre cemetery had most of its graves removed and was expanded to more than 1000 acres for recreational use.
  16. In New York, it is against the law for children to pick up or collect cigarette and cigar butts.
  17. Coffee lends its popularity to the fact that just about all flavors mix well with it.
  18. Hair on the head grows for between two and six years before being replaced. In the case of baldness, the dormant hair was not replaced with new hair.
  19. John F. Kennedy could read four newspapers in twenty minutes.
  20. An infestation of head lice is called pediculosis.
  21. I Love Lucy was the first major network program filmed before a live audience.
  22. The characters Bert and Ernie on Sesame Street were named after Bert the cop and Ernie the taxi driver in Frank Capra’s “Its A Wonderful Life”.
  23. El Azizia in Libya recorded a temperature of 136 degrees Fahrenheit (57.8 Celsius) on September 13, 1922 – the hottest ever measured.
  24. The bones in your body are not white – they range in color from beige to light brown. The bones you see in museums are white because they have been boiled and cleaned.
  25. The first train reached a top speed of only 8 km/h (5 mph).
  26. Androbots were designed as educational add-ons to Apple II computers, but eventually Atari computers could control them as well.
  27. Ants don’t sleep.
  28. The white part of your fingernail is called the lunula.
  29. The letters KGB stand for Komitet Gosudarstvennoy Bezopasnosti.
  30. Gamblers mostly don’t see any clocks in Las Vegas gambling casinos.
  31. American Roy Sullivan has been struck by lighting a record seven times.
  32. Comedian/actor Billy Crystal portrayed Jodie Dallas, the first openly gay main character on network television on ABC’s Soap, which aired from 1977 to 1981.
  33. In the late 19th century, millions of human mummies were used as fuel for locomotives in Egypt where wood and coal was scarce, but mummies were plentiful.
  34. No president of the United States was an only child for his parents
  35. Sweetbread is neither sweet, nor bread. It is a dish made up of the pancreas or the thymus gland of a calf or lamb.
  36. The first coin minted in the United States was a silver dollar. It was issued on October 15, 1794.
  37. Soccer players run on average as many as 6 miles during the course of a game
  38. October 5 to October 14, 1582, did not exist, due to a decree from Pope Gregory XIII which changed the calendar from the Julian model to the Gregorian model.
  39. Penguins don’t always live in cold climates. Though they can be found in the South Pole, they can also be found on the equator.
  40. Alexander Graham Bell (who invented the telephone) also set a world water-speed record of over seventy miles an hour at the age of 72.
  41. An electric eel can produce a shock of up to 650 volts.
  42. George Washington spent about 7% of his annual salary on liquor.
  43. Citrus has been added to coffee for several hundred years.
  44. At the age of 26, Michelangelo began sculpting his monumental statue of David. He finished it seventeen months later, in January, 1504.
  45. In Italian: “MAFIA” means “BEAUTY, EXCELLENCE and BRAVERY”; “COSA NOSTRA” means “OUR THING”.
  46. The Arctic ocean is the smallest and shallowest. It is mostly covered by solid ice, ice floes, and icebergs
  47. The bloodhound is the only animal whose evidence is admissible in an American court.
  48. Catgut comes from sheep not cats.
  49. Pharaoh Amenhotep IV, or Akhenaten, was married to Nefertiti, and was king Tutankhamen’s father, he also decreed that the sun god Aten was the only god to be worshiped by Egyptians during his reign
  50. Buttermilk does not contain any butter

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