Factset 115 - Branect Consult
Fun facts / 08 May 2017
Factset 115
  1. The $ sign was designed in 1788 by Oliver Pollock.
  2. There is one slot machine in Las Vegas for every eight inhabitants.
  3. Men are less likely to report abuse as victims due to embarrassment, stigmas, credibility and nothing has been done to encourage it.
  4. One out of three employees who received a promotion use a coffee mug with the company logo on it.
  5. Infant beavers are called kittens.
  6. At age 47, the Rolling Stones’ bassist, Bill Wyman, began a relationship with 13-year old Mandy Smith, with her mother’s blessing. Six years later, they were married, but the marriage only lasted a year.
  7. The origin of bananas is traced back to the Malaysian jungles of Southeast Asia, where so many varieties and names for the banana are in that area.
  8. Only 30% of stolen artwork worth more than $1,000,000 each is recovered.
  9. Aromatherapy is a term coined by French chemist René Maurice Gattefossé in the 1920’s to describe the practice of using essential oils taken from plants, flowers, roots, seeds, etc., in healing.
  10. The largest pumpkin weighed 377 pounds.
  11. Pressure on land due to meat farming leads to soil erosion 6billion tons/year in the USA
  12. A ‘jiffy’ is an actual unit of time for 1/100th of a second.
  13. On ebay, there are an average of $680 worth of transactions each second.
  14. Beethoven who was a coffee lover, was so particular about his coffee that he always counted 60 beans each cup when he prepared his brew.
  15. The heavy tea tax imposed on the colonies in 1773, which caused the “Boston Tea Party,” resulted in America switching from tea to coffee. Drinking coffee was an expression of freedom.
  16. Each year, sixteen million gallons of oil run off pavement into streams, rivers and eventually oceans in the United States. This is more oil than was spilled by the Exxon Valdez.
  17. Women burn fat more slowly than men, by a rate of about 50 calories a day.
  18. The Pacific Giant Octopus, the largest octopus in the world, grows from the size of pea to a 150 pound behemoth potentially 30 feet across in only two years, its entire life-span.
  19. The Beatles gave The Rolling Stones their first hit single “I Wanna Be Your Man”.
  20. Karmuela Searle died while playing Tarzan. During the filming of The Son of Tarzan he was mauled to death by an elephant.
  21. The average person walks the equivalent of twice around the world in a lifetime.
  22. The most common speed limit sign in the United States is 25 m.p.h.
  23. The first US president to both be sued for sexual misconduct and forced to give a deposition while in office was William Jefferson Clinton.
  24. The brain can turn down its ability to see in order to listen to complex sounds like music.
  25. There are 403 steps from the foundation to the top of the torch in the Statue of Liberty.
  26. In MandM candies, the letters stand for Mars and Murrie, the developers of the candy in 1941.
  27. The first modern Olympic Games were held in Athens, Greece in 1896. There were 311 male but no female competitors.
  28. All major league baseball umpires must wear black underwear while on the job (in case their pants split).
  29. The cheetah is the only cat in the world that can’t retract its claws.
  30. Only female mosquitoes bite.
  31. Tasmania, Australia has the cleanest air in the inhabited world.
  32. The first pop video was Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen, released in 1975.
  33. 40,000 Americans are injured by toilets each year.
  34. Hong Kong holds the most Rolls Royce’s per capita.
  35. Only one person in two billion will live to be 116 or older.
  36. The muzzle of a lion is like a fingerprint – no two lions have the same pattern of whiskers.
  37. 1,800 cigarettes are smoked per person each year in China.
  38. An atomic clock is accurate to within 1 second in 1,7 million years.
  39. Dreamt is the only English word that ends in the letters “mt.”
  40. In 1865, Frederik Idestam founded a wood-pulp mill in southern Finland, naming it Nokia. The same company today is now one of the world’s largest cell phone manufacturers.
  41. Kuwait is about 60% male (highest in the world). Latvia is about 54% female (highest in the world).
  42. In the original Star Trek series Captain Kirk’s middle name was Tiberius.
  43. India has the most post offices of any country with 280,181.
  44. No word in the English language rhymes with “MONTH”.
  45. The tongue of a blue whale is as long as an elephant.
  46. A sizable oak tree, during the typical growing season, gives off 28,000 gallons of moisture.
  47. Humans shed and re-grow outer skin cells about every 27 days – almost 1,000 new skins in a lifetime.
  48. The first toothbrush with bristles was developed in China in 1498. Bristles were taken from hogs at first, later from horses. The nylon bristles were developed in 1938 by DuPont.
  49. A Hindu temple dedicated to the rat goddess Karni Mata in Deshnoke, India, houses more than 20,000 rats.
  50. Charles Dickens kept the head of his bed aligned with the North Pole, believing the earth’s magnetic field would pass longitudinal through his body and ensure him a good night sleep.

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