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Fun facts / 08 May 2017
Factset 112
  1. When Henry Aaron hit his 715th Home Run, breaking Babe Ruth’s record, the pitcher who served it up was Al Downing of the Los Angeles Dodgers. They were both wearing number 44.
  2. Peanuts are beans, not nuts.
  3. Cinderella got to wear glass slippers thanks to a lousy translator in the 17th century. In the original version, she wore squirrel fur slippers. Also, it was the left shoe that Aschenputtel (Cinderella) lost at the stairway, when the prince tried to follow her.
  4. At the height of its power, in 400 BC, the Greek city of Sparta had 25,000 citizens and 500,000 slaves.
  5. In Britain’s House of Commons, the government and opposition sides of the House are separated by two red lines. The distance between the lines is two swords’ lengths, a reminder of just how seriously the Brits used to take their politics.
  6. Ludwig van Beethoven said, “Applaud, friends, the comedy is finished…” then he died.
  7. At 40 Centigrade a person loses about 14.4 calories per hour by breathing.
  8. The Mona Lisa, by Leonardo daVinci, is 2’6” by 1’9”.
  9. A Penny whistle has six finger holes.
  10. In ancient Egypt, you could be put to death for killing a cat.
  11. One pound of tea can make 300 cups of the beverage.
  12. 52% of Americans drink coffee.
  13. Coffee was first known in Europe as Arabian Wine.
  14. Many years ago in England, pub frequenters had a whistle baked into the rim or handle of their ceramic cups. When they needed a refill, they used the whistle to get some service. “Wet your whistle” is the phrase inspired by this practice.
  15. Cattle convert only 6% of their energy intake (mainly grains and soya) into flesh, the remaining 94% is wasted as heat, movement (which is why they keep many animals in very close confinement), hair, bones, feces etc
  16. The Pony Express delivery service in America only lasted 18 months, from April 1860 to October 1861.
  17. Naturalists use marshmallows to lure alligators out of swamps.
  18. The first coin operated vending machine was made in ancient Greece around 215 BC by Hero of Alexandria. The heavy coin currency of the time would drop onto a lever, which would uncork a spigot and dispense a trickle of holy water.
  19. An Olympic gold medal must contain 92.5 percent silver.
  20. American made parts account for only 1% of the Chrysler Crossfire. 96% of the Ford F-150 Heritage Truck was American.
  21. Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer, was created in 1939, in Chicago, for the Montgomery Ward department stores for a Christmas promotion. The lyrics were written as a poem by Robert May, but weren’t set to music until 1947. Gene Autry recorded the hit song in 1949.
  22. Hawaii was annexed by the United States as a territory in 1898, and became a state in 1959
  23. Ostriches stick their heads in the sand to look for water.
  24. A wind with a speed of 74 miles or more is designated a hurricane.
  25. 1 in every 4 Americans has appeared someway or another on television (mostly in the audience at sports events).
  26. The most poisonous spider is the black widow. Its venom is more potent than a rattlesnake’s.
  27. The human brain uses the same amount of energy as a 10-watt lightbulb and is 85% water.
  28. Over 90% of the salmon that is sold in American stores is farm-raised and can contain as many as 16 more contaminants than wild salmon. Farm raised Salmon have grey flesh, as they do not consume their natural foods, they are given coloring agents that give them the salmon pink color.
  29. Undocumented immigrant victims are somehow more vulnerable to abuse, because of their partner’s documented legal status, making them less likely to seek help due to deportation threats made by their abusers.
  30. In Star Wars film The Empire Strikes Back there is a potato hidden in the asteroid field and in Return of the Jedi there is a tennis shoe hidden among the rebel fleet.
  31. The first FAX machine was patented in 1843, 33 years before Alexander Graham Bell demonstrated the telephone.
  32. Betty Boop is a red head. She appeared in her only colour cartoon, Cinderella, with red hair.
  33. Pork is the world’s most widely-eaten meat, but not eaten by Muslims.
  34. The amount of time that people spend on travel has been consistent at 1.1 hours per person per day in all societies.
  35. Domestic and family violence kills just as many women every 5 years as the number of Americans killed in the Vietnam War according to The Domestic Violence Sourcebook, Berry, 1996.
  36. In the past 100 years only 12 people have been attacked by mountain lions in the state of California. Five died and two of those were because of rabies in 1909
  37. Valentine Tapley from Pike County, Missouri grew chin whiskers attaining a length of twelve feet six inches from 1860 until his death 1910, protesting Abraham Lincoln’s election to the presidency.
  38. In 1978 the late Steve Jobs approached Nolan Bushnell about Atari marketing the inexpensive micro computer he built in his garage. Bushnell declined and Jobs started Apple Computers.
  39. Neurons in the human brain multiply at a rate 250,000 neurons per minute during early pregnancy.
  40. The first film animation was “Humorous Phases of Funny Faces” made in 1906 by American J. Stuart Blacton.
  41. Coffee beans are similar to grapes that produce wine in that they are affected by the temperature, soil conditions, altitude, rainfall, drainage and degree of ripeness when picked.
  42. After studying it for 47 days, the New York Museum of Modern Art discovered that the Matisse painting Le Bateau was hanging upside down.
  43. In 1670, Dorothy Jones of Boston was granted a license to sell coffee, and so became the first American coffee trader.
  44. The shortest war on record was fought between Zanzibar and England in 1896. Zanzibar surrendered after 38 minutes.
  45. A crocodile always grows new teeth to replace the old teeth.
  46. In 1969, Midnight Cowboy became the first and only X-rated production to win the Academy Award for Best Picture.  (Its rating has since been changed to R.)
  47. The four principal characters from the cartoon series “The Chipmunks” are Alvin, Simon, Theodore, and Dave.
  48. In playing poker, there is one chance in 500 of drawing a flush.
  49. Stewardesses is the longest word typed with only the left hand.
  50. There are about 450 types of cheese in the world. 240 come from France.

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