Factset 118 - Branect Consult
Fun facts / 08 May 2017
Factset 118
  1. The male penguin incubates the single egg laid by his mate. During the two month period he does not eat, and will lose up to 40% of his body weight.
  2. The early phone companies thought that seven-digit phone numbers would be too hard to remember. So as a mnemonic device they assigned the first two letters of a word to the first two digits of each phone number. For example, 555-1234 became KL5-1234, the “KL” standing for “Klondike”.
  3. In the US, federal law states that children’s TV shows may contain only 10 minutes of advertising per hour and on weekends the limit is 10 and one-half minutes.
  4. On average, 40% of all hotel rooms in the United States remain empty every night.
  5. In 1970, 127 runners ran the NY Marathon. Nowadays its in 5 figures.
  6. 2,520 can be divided by 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, and 10 without having a fractional leftover
  7. Dartboards are made out of horsehair.
  8. McDonald’s and Burger King sugar-coat their fries so they will turn golden-brown.
  9. The pitches that Babe Ruth hit for his last-ever home-run and that Joe DiMaggio hit for his first-ever home run where thrown by the same man.
  10. George Washington didn’t want his image on US coins. He didn’t want to imitate European monarchs.
  11. The only 15 letter word that can be spelled without repeating a letter is Uncopyrightable.
  12. Prussic acid, in a crystalline powder called Zyklon B, was used to kill in Germany’s gas chambers. The gas would paralyze the victim’s lungs, causing them to suffocate.
  13. Oar-powered ships were developed by the Sumerians in 3500 BC.
  14. Jean Claude Van Damme was the alien in the original Predator in almost all the jumping and climbing scenes.
  15. The USA uses 29% of the world’s petrol and 33% of the world’s electricity.
  16. In India it is cheaper to have sex with a prostitute than buy a condom!
  17. Mosquitoes are the common vector for malaria, encephalitis, yellow fever and dengue fever.
  18. The door to the vault of the US gold reserve in Fort Knox, Tennessee, weighs 20 tonnes.
  19. The World Health Organization says mosquitoes cause more than 2 million deaths a year worldwide.
  20. The city of Venice stands on about 120 small islands.
  21. Caballero was the first porn studio to release an X-rated video game for the 2600. They did so under the name Mystique. The game sucked.
  22. Egg yolk is a dense concentration of saturated fat and the white is high in albumin protein associated with leaching calcium into your urine. Butter is 80% saturated fat, cream is 40% saturated fat and cheese is 25-40% saturated fat
  23. The largest scorpion is a specimen of Heterometrus swannerdami, which was uncovered during the Second World War in Krishnarajapuram, India. The overall length of the scorpion measured 11.5 inches from its stinger to its ‘pincer.’
  24. Tourism is the world’s biggest industry, affecting 240 million jobs.
  25. A lightning bolt generates temperatures five times hotter than those found at the sun’s surface.
  26. People who ran illegal dice games in England three centuries ago would employ someone whose sole job was to swallow the dice in case of a raid.
  27. Napoleon constructed his battle plans in a sandbox.
  28. Vanilla is the extract of fermented and dried pods of several species of orchids.
  29. A professor at the University of Michigan has shown that men are six times more likely to be hit by lightning than women.
  30. Abe Lincoln bought 50 cents worth of cocaine in 1860
  31. It’s a common myth that chocolate aggravates acne.
  32. Sharks apparently are the only animals that never get sick. As far as is known, they are immune to every known disease including cancer.
  33. In Germany, an official approval is needed before a new born is named.
  34. Every minute in the US six people turn 17.
  35. During World War II, bakers in the United States were ordered to stop selling sliced bread for the duration of the war on January 18, 1943. Only whole loaves were made available to the public. It was never explained how this action helped the war effort.
  36. Most of them eventually became poisoned by the fumes, as demonstrated by the Mad Hatter in Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland. Breathing mercury’s fumes over a long period of time will cause erethism, a disorder characterized by nervousness, irritability, and strange personality changes.
  37. The venom of a female black widow spider is more potent than that of a rattlesnake.
  38. We’ll never know Albert Einstein’s last words. He spoke them in German and his attending nurse didn’t speak the language.
  39. Sex burns 360 calories per hour
  40. Typical cheese products contain less than 51 percent real cheese. Cheese whose package states it is processed or pasteurized is most likely made from less than 51 percent of cheese, the other 49 percent would be a concoction of flavorings, additives and flavorings to give your taste buds the illusion of cheese.
  41. Should there be a crash, Prince Charles and Prince William never travel on the same airplane, as a precaution.
  42. After six months at the off-Broadway New York Shakespeare Festival Theater, Hair opened at the Biltmore Theater in New York, in 1968. It was the first rock-musical to play on the Great White Way. After spending hours working at a computer display, look at a blank piece of white paper. It will probably appear pink.
  43. The term “white chocolate” is a misnomer. Under Fedaral Standards of Identity, real chocolate must contain chocolate liquor. “White” chocolate contains no chocolate liquor.
  44. James J. Kilroy was a Massachusetts shipyard inspector who marked his work with the infamous “Kilroy was here”.
  45. The name Jeep comes from “GP”, the army abbreviation for General Purpose.
  46. Julius Caesar, Martin Luther and Jonathan Swift all suffered from Ménièr’s disease. It is a disorder of the hearing and balance senses causing hissing, roaring or whistling sounds to be perceived.
  47. The term “smart money” refers to gamblers who have inside information or have arranged a fix, the gambling term for insuring the outcome of an event by illegal methods.
  48. More people commit suicide in New York City than are murdered.
  49. Every time you lick a stamp, you’re consuming 1/10 of a calorie.
  50. The Pantheon is the largest building from ancient Rome that survives intact.

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