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Fun facts / 08 May 2017
Factset 116
  1. Domestic Violence is a disease as it can be transmitted from one generation to the other.
  2. In the Balanta tribe of Africa, a bride remained married until her wedding gown was worn out. If she wanted a divorce after 2 weeks, all she had to do was rip up her dress.
  3. Some animals can regrow parts of their bodies if damaged. Starfish can grow new ‘arms.’ Slow-worms can regrow broken-off tails. Lizards can grow new tails.
  4. The sound you hear when you crack your knuckles is actually the sound of nitrogen gas bubbles bursting.
  5. The Beetham Tower cost over £150 million to build.
  6. Swimming pools in Phoenix, Arizona, pick up 20 pounds of dust a year.
  7. Dreamt is the only English word that ends in the letters “mt”.
  8. The colored part of the eye is called the iris. Behind the iris is the soft, rubbery lens which focuses the light on to a layer, called the retina, in the back of the eye. The retina contains about 125 million rods and 7 million cones. The rods pick up shades of gray and help us see in dim light. The cones work best in bright light to pick up colors.
  9. The slowest fish is the Sea Horse, which moves along at about 0.01 mph (0.016 km/h).
  10. Scientists in Australia’s Parkes Observatory thought they had positive proof of alien life, when they began picking up radio-waves from space.
  11. In the 19th century, craftsmen who made hats were known to be excitable and irrational, as well as to tremble with palsy and mix up their words. Such behavior gave rise to the familiar expression “mad as a hatter”. The disorder, called hatter’s shakes, was caused by chronic mercury poisoning from the solution used to treat the felt.  Attacking the central nervous system, the toxin led to behavioral symptoms.
  12. The official name of the St. Louis Gateway Arch is “The Jefferson National Expansion Memorial”. The Gateway Arch looks taller than it is wider, but it is exactly 630 feet by 630 feet.
  13. The Statue of Liberty’s index finger is eight feet long.
  14. The LP (long-playing) record was invented by Paul Goldmark in 1948. The LP is not dead yet: more than 10 million LPs are sold every year.
  15. In 7 out of 10 cases women were the aggressors of an Abuser/Abusee relationship where there male partner did not re-act physically According to a national survey on partner aggression Published by the Centers for Disease Control in May 2007.
  16. There are less than 100 surviving American World War I veterans.
  17. Reindeer milk has more fat than cow milk.
  18. Men / women The average person speaks about 31,500 words per day.
  19. Crack Cocaine is still cocaine. It is simply a different chemical process applied to cocaine powder that allows cocaine to be smokeable. This means that the ‘high’ from Crack Cocaine is much stronger and more immediate (taking about 8 seconds to reach the brain); and also shorter lived then from the powder.
  20. The Earth weighs around 6,600,000,000,000,000,000,000 tons (5,940 billion billion metric tons).
  21. The 1st personal computer, the Apple II, went on sale in 1977.
  22. Giraffes have no vocal cords.
  23. A hummingbird weighs less than a penny.
  24. In 1892, Italy raised the minimum age for marriage for girls – to 12.
  25. On an average work day, a typist’s fingers travel 12.6 miles.
  26. Wild Bill Hickok was killed playing poker, holding two pairs – aces and eights, which has become known as ‘Dead Man’s Hand’.
  27. The Beatles were depicted in wax at Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum in London, in 1964, the first pop album stars to be honored.
  28. Osama Bin Laden was known to fellow jihadists as Abu Abdullah.
  29. There are no cemeteries in San Francisco, CA (excluding the federal National Cemetery at Lincoln Way)
  30. Eskimos do not and did not live in igloos. Generally an igloo is an emergency shelter.
  31. Last December, the House of Representatives earmarked $50,000,000 to create an indoor rain forest in Iowa.
  32. The WD in WD-40 stands for Water Displacement. It was invented on the 40th try for a formula that worked.
  33. The world’s largest squid was 35 feet long and weighed 2.2 tons.
  34. Sports command the biggest television audiences, led by the summer Olympics, World Cup Football and Formula One racing.
  35. 8-bit CPU and ALU architectures are based on registers, address/data buses, of that size. It‘s also a term given to computers in which 8-bit processors were the norm
  36. Sony was a late arrival in the video game business. The company brass regarded Sony as strictly an audiovisual company and regarded entrance into the “game and toy” market as embarrassing.
  37. Within three days of death, the enzymes that once digested your dinner begin to eat you. Ruptured cells become food for living bacteria in the gut, which release enough noxious gas to bloat the body and force the eyes to bulge outward.
  38. For every ‘normal’ webpage, there are five porn pages.
  39. Julius Caesar, Alexander the Great, and Dostoyevsky were all epileptics (aka brain disorder).
  40. The first Ford cars had Dodge engines.
  41. There was once an undersea post office in the Bahamas.
  42. About a third of all Americans flush the toilet while they’re still sitting on it.
  43. Facetious and abstemious contain all the vowels in the correct order, as does arsenious, meaning “containing arsenic”.
  44. Odds of being killed by lightening? 1 in 2million/killed in a car crash? 1 in 5,000/killed by falling out of bed? 1 in 2million/killed in a plane crash? 1 in 25 million.
  45. The longest place-name still in use is: Taumatawhakatangihangakoauauotamateaturipukakapikimaungahoronukupokaiakitnatahu, a New Zealand hill.
  46. You were born with 300 bones, but by the time you are an adult you will only have 206.
  47. All of the clocks in the movie “Pulp Fiction” are stuck on 4:20.
  48. Delilah was given a few thousand pieces of silver to deceive Samson into revealing the secret of his strength. (NKJV) Judges 16:4-5: “And the lords of the Philistines came up to her and said to her, ‘Entice him, and find out where his great strength lies, and by what means we may over power him….and every one of us will give you 1100 pieces of silver.’ ”
  49. If you keep a goldfish in the dark room, it will eventually turn white.
  50. John was the only apostle who witnessed the crucifixion of Jesus.

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