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Fun facts / 08 May 2017
Factset 120
  1. During the 1991 Gulf War, the Allies dropped more than 17,000 smart bombs and 210,000 dumb (unguided) bombs on Iraqi troops.
  2. In 1919, 18-year-old Walt Disney teamed up with Ub Iwerks, to produce a series of cartoons entitled “Alice in Cartoonland.”
  3. Lightning strikes the earth about 8 million times a day.
  4. A group of Unicorns is called a blessing.
  5. A bee must visit 4000 flowers in order to make one tablespoon of honey.
  6. George Washington was the first President of the United States to have an “inaugural ball”. It was held in New York City, NY on May 7, 1789.
  7. The highest waterfall in the world, Angel Falls in Venezuela, has a total drop of 3,121 feet.
  8. In Ohio, one must have a license to keep a bear.
  9. An olive tree can live up to 1500 years
  10. The catfish has over 27000 taste buds (more than any other animal)
  11. There are no letters assigned to the numbers 1 and 0 on a phone keypad. These numbers remain unassigned because they are so-called “flag” numbers, kept for special purposes such as emergency or operator services.
  12. Every State in the U.S. has a State coalition against domestic violence.
  13. It doesn’t matter what he does, he will never amount to anything. – Albert Einstein’s teacher to his father, 1895
  14. When a giraffe’s baby is born it falls from a height of six feet, normally without being hurt.
  15. Coconuts kill more people in the world than sharks do. Approximately 150 people are killed each year by coconuts.
  16. Bamboo can grow up to 3 ft in 24 hours.
  17. A group of goats is a trip.
  18. The symbol on the “hash” key (#) is called an octothorpe.
  19. Each slug eats twice its body weight a day.
  20. In ancient Egypt, killing a cat was a crime punishable by death.
  21. Money isn’t made out of paper, it’s made out of linen.
  22. Spiralling obesity rates are forcing councils to upgrade their crematoria, to take wider coffins.
  23. 20% of Americans think that the sun orbits around the Earth.
  24. More water flows over Niagara Falls every year than over any other falls on earth.
  25. Antony and Cleopatra were ugly.
  26. The smallest cell in the human body is the male sperm. It takes about 175,000 sperm cells to weigh as much as a single egg cell.
  27. Al Capone’s business card said he was a used furniture dealer.
  28. In the average lifetime, a person will walk the equivalent of 5 times around the equator.
  29. Ten percent of the Russian government’s income comes from the sale of vodka.
  30. The thumbnail grows the slowest, the middle nail the fastest, nearly 4 times faster than toenails.
  31. A healthy (non-colorblind) human eye can distinguish between 500 shades of gray.
  32. Baby Ruth candy bar was named after Grover Cleveland’s daughter, Ruth, not the baseball player.
  33. Excavations from Egyptian tombs dating to 5,000 BC show that the ancient Egyptian kids played with toy hedgehogs.
  34. In Denmark there are twice as many pigs as people.
  35. Mexico City sinks about 10 inches a year
  36. Peanuts are one of the ingredients of dynamite.
  37. Automatic mandatory arrest laws escalate, not reduce, the risk of successful partner violence, because when abusers are let loose they are known to retaliate.
  38. In Providence, Rhode Island, it is against the law to jump off a bridge.
  39. The 80s song “Rosanna” from the Eighties was written about Rosanna Arquette, the actress.
  40. The human head contains 22 bones. More on the head and brains
  41. The middle initial in Harry S Truman stands for nothing. Both grandfathers’ names started with S and Harry’s parents didn’t want any family squabbles.
  42. A group of larks is called an exaltation.
  43. The Chinese, during the reign of Kublai Khan, used lions on hunting expeditions. They trained the big cats to pursue and drag down massive animals – from wild bulls to bears – and to stay with the kill until the hunter arrived.
  44. Approximately two-thirds of people tip their head to the right when they kiss
  45. One million Americans, about 3,000 each day, take up smoking each year. Most of them are children.
  46. The NATO attack on Serbia in 1999 during the Kosovo war killed more animals than people.
  47. Hugh “Ward Cleaver” Beaumont was an ordained minister.
  48. A Boeing 767 airliner is made of 3,100,000 separate parts.
  49. The highest point of the earth, with an elevation of 29,141 feet, is the top of Mt. Everest in Tibet.
  50. A dentist invented the Electric Chair.

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