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Fun facts / 08 May 2017
Factset 117
  1. The KGB is headquartered at No.2 Felix Dzerzhinsky Square, Moscow
  2. Al Capone’s business card said that he was a used furniture dealer.
  3. Leonardo daVinci invented the scissors.
  4. The 1st time the “f-word” was spoken in a movie was by Marianne Faithfull in the 1968 film, “I’ll Never Forget Whatshisname”. In Brian De Palma’s 1984 movie, “Scarface,” the word is spoken 206 times – an average of once every 29 seconds.
  5. Count the number of cricket chirps in a 15-second period, add 37 to the total, and your result will be very close to the actual outdoor Fahrenheit temperature.
  6. More bullets were fired in ‘Starship Troopers’ than any other movie ever made.
  7. The eyes of a donkey are positioned so that it can see all four feet at all times.
  8. About 50 Bibles are sold every minute. It is the world’s best-selling book. Some 1 billion copies of Bibles have been sold.
  9. Canadian researchers have found that Einstein’s brain was 15% wider than normal.
  10. Gymnasiums were introduced in 900BC and Greek athletes practiced in the nude to the accompaniment of music. They also performed naked at the Olympic Games.
  11. The Wright Brothers tested the first airplane in a wind tunnel before flying it.
  12. Los Angeles’ full name is “El Pueblo de Nuestra Senora la Reina de los Angeles de Porciuncula”
  13. If this doesn’t work, we’re trying in vitro! In Madagascar, families dig up the bones of dead relatives and parade them around the village in a ceremony called famadihana. The remains are then wrapped in a new shroud and reburied. The old shroud is given to a newly married, childless couple to cover the connubial bed.
  14. Ithyphallophobia is a morbid fear of seeing, thinking about or having an erect penis.
  15. It took 20,000 men 22 years to build the Taj Mahal.
  16. On average, 12 newborns will be given to the wrong parents daily.
  17. After eating, a housefly regurgitates is food and then eats it again.
  18. Sweden is the largest spender on ketchup.
  19. The Antarctic ice sheet is 3-4 km thick, covers 13 million sq km and has temperatures as low as -70 degrees centigrade.
  20. An average person uses the bathroom 6 times per day.
  21. The world’s largest coins, in size and standard value, were copper plates used in Alaska around 1850. They were about
  22. Li is the family name for over 87 million People in China.
  23. On February 9, 1993, “Dateline NBC” was forced to publicly apologize, and NBC president Michael Gartner resigned for a scandal caused by “Dateline” rigging a GM truck with explosives to simulate a “scientific” crash-test demo.
  24. The first episode of “Joanie Loves Chachi” was the highest rated American program in the history of Korean television. “Chachi” is Korean for “penis”.
  25. Homely criminals get 50% longer jail sentences, on average, than good-looking criminals.
  26. Books used to be bound in human skin.
  27. Slugs have 4 noses.
  28. About 20% of gift cards never are redeemed at the full value of the card.
  29. October 1st is the official Coffee Day in Japan.
  30. The length from your wrist to your elbow is the same as the length of your foot.
  31. Coffee is graded according to 3 criteria: Bean quality (Altitude and Species) Quality of preparation Size of bean
  32. Watermelon, considered one of America’s favorite fruits, is really a vegetable (Citrullus lanatus). Cousin to the cucumber and kin to the gourd, watermelons can range in size from 7 to 100 pounds.
  33. Methylphenidate also is occasionally prescribed for treating narcolepsy.
  34. The first CD pressed in the US was Bruce Springsteen’s “Born in the USA”.
  35. Any month that starts on a Sunday will have a Friday the 13th in it.
  36. Joel Poinsett, the first US ambassador to Mexico, brought the poinsettia to US in 1828. The plant, called “flower of the blessed night” in Mexico was renamed in Poinsett’s honor.
  37. The encyclopedia “Elements of Mathematics”, written by several mathematicians under the pen name “Nicholas Bourbaki”, dedicates 200 pages to the number 1.
  38. Though human noses have an impressive 5 million olfactory cells with which to smell, sheepdogs have 220 million, enabling them to smell 44 times better than man.
  39. All of Queen Anne’s 17 children died before she did.
  40. John Quincy Adams, sixth president of the United States, loved to skinny dip in the Potomac River.
  41. The original name chosen for Bushnell and Dabney’s enterprise was Syzygy- an astronomical term meaning unity or alignment.
  42. About one-third of bottled water contained synthetic organic chemicals, bacteria, and arsenic. – In a study of over 900 bottles and 100 store brands that were tested by the National Resources Defense Council. On another note, there are also more than 115,000 human-made chemicals that are finding their way into the public water supply system.
  43. Dolphins don’t automatically breath; they have to tell  themselves  to do it.
  44. At – 40 degrees Centigrade a person loses about 14.4 calories  per hour by breathing.
  45. The horses were stabled on the ground floor and figured out how to walk up straight staircases.
  46. Most extras assembled for a single scene: 300,000, for the two-minute funeral scene in Gandhi.
  47. Solid structures (parking lots, roads, buildings) in the United States cover an area the size of Ohio.
  48. The giant squid continues to grow through its entire life, some of them have gone on to reach lengths of 50 feet.
  49. Negative emotions such as anxiety and depression can weaken your immune system.
  50. People say “bless you” when you sneeze because your heart stops for a millisecond.

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