Factset 121 - Branect Consult
Fun facts / 08 May 2017
Factset 121
  1. Contrary to popular belief, a swallowed chewing gum doesn’t stay in the gut. It will pass through the system and be excreted.
  2. The largest cell in the human body is the female egg and the smallest is the male sperm.
  3. The fastest -moving land snail, the common garden snail, has a speed of 0.0313 mph.
  4. In Utah, birds have the right of way on any public highway.
  5. The Swedish pop group ABBA recently turned down an offer of $2 billion to reunite.
  6. Koalas and humans are the only animals that have finger prints.
  7. There are 200,000,000 insects for every one human.
  8. There are 60,000 miles of blood vessels in the human body.
  9. The prime ministerial Jaguar is called Pegasus.
  10. The bubbles in Guinness beer sink to the bottom rather than float to the top as in other beers.
  11. The scent of rose (marak) encourages men buyers, while vanilla entices women to buy more.
  12. Every year, kids in North America spend close to half a billion dollars on chewing gum.
  13. Iceland has the highest concentration of broadband users in the world per thousand.
  14. Harvesting rhubarb in candlelight helps preserve its flavor.
  15. A chariot imported from Egypt cost around 600 shekels of silver (1 Kings 10:29). That would be about $77,000. One shekel was 4 days wages.
  16. James, written around 45 AD, is the oldest book in the New Testament.
  17. A deployed air bag adds as much as $2,000 to the cost of repairing a vehicle. That’s enough for insurance companies to often declare the car “totaled”.
  18. Pepsi was originally named ‘Brad’s Drink’ after the druggist Caleb Bradham who concocted the formula in the back of his pharmacy.
  19. The human eye is so sensitive that, in perfect darkness, it can see a lit match 50 miles away.
  20. William Marston engineered one of the earliest forms of the polygraph in the early 1900’s. Later he went on to create the comic strip Wonder Woman, a story about a displaced.
  21. The abbreviation ‘ORD’ for Chicago’s O’Hare airport comes from the old name ‘Orchard Field.’
  22. The richest self-made American under 40 is Michael Dell, chairman of Dell Computers. He is worth $18 billion.
  23. Surgeons who grew up playing video games make 37 percent fewer mistakes.
  24. Bullet proof vests, fire escapes, windshield wipers and laser printers were all invented by women.
  25. A church in Lake Worth, Florida has agreed to a deal with T-Mobile to build a 100-foot cross on church property that will double as a cell phone tower.
  26. A rooster’s crowing is actually a mating call.
  27. Orcas (killer whales) kill sharks by torpedoing up into the shark’s stomach from underneath, causing the shark to explode.
  28. 111,111,111 x 111,111,111 = 12,345,678,987,654,321
  29. Walt Disney had an hereditary condition of webbed toes on both feet.  Possibly giving him the idea of Donald Duck.
  30. Work on St. Peter’s Basilica, Rome, began in 1506. Construction took over a century, reaching completion in 1612.
  31. The TV dinner was introduced during WWII by Swanson because cans and metals were rationed during the war.
  32. You swallow about one quart of snot every day.
  33. The world’s costliest coffee, at $130 a pound , is called Kopi Luwak. It is in the droppings of a type of marsupial that eats only the very best coffee beans. Plantation workers track them and scoop their precious poop.
  34. Worldwide, goats provide people with more meat and milk than any other domestic animal.
  35. Pea crabs (the size of a pea) are the smallest crabs in the world.
  36. In most advertisements, the time displayed on a watch is 10:10.
  37. Chocolate contains the same chemical, phenyl ethylamine that your brain produces when you fall in love.
  38. One hour of bright light exposure at night shifts the brain’s sleep clock forward by about 10 minutes.
  39. According to various estimates by scientists, every day 35-150 species of life become extinct.
  40. There are more than 500 varieties of banana in the world: The most common kinds are Dwarf Cavendish, Valery, and Williams Hybrid bananas. Other types of bananas include Apple and a small red banana called the Red Jamaica. A large type of banana called the plantain is hard and starchy and is almost eaten as a cooked vegetable. The Cavendish is the most common variety of bananas now imported to the United States. The Cavendish is a shorter, stubbier plant than earlier varieties. It was developed to resist plant diseases, insects and windstorms better than its predecessors. The Cavendish fruit is of medium size, has a creamier, smooth texture, and a thinner peel than earlier varieties.
  41. Iceland was the first country to legalize abortion in 1935.
  42. Footprints of astronauts who landed on the moon should last at least 10 million years since the moon has no atmosphere.
  43. A group of geese on the ground is a gaggle – a group of geese in the air is a skein.
  44. The longest tennis match took place at Wimbledon 2010 when John Isner of the United States beat Nicolas Mahut of France 6-4, 3-6, 6-7 (7), 7-6 (3), 70-68 in a match that lasted 11 hours and 5 minutes, played over 3 days, June 22, 23 and 24.
  45. The six official languages of the U.N. are: English, French, Arabic, Chinese, Russian and Spanish.
  46. In a speech made in 1961, John F. Kennedy was recorded as speaking at 327 words per minute, the fastest in public history
  47. The only Atari console to generate a profit from the late 1980s onward was the 2600jr, a sub-$50 bargain version of the original 2600.
  48. Propylene Glycerol used for antifreeze keeps your salad crispy . – This chemical, also comes with alerts like skin and eye irritation if exposed to the human body. It is generally used in products like Sierra Anti Freeze and even worse Astroglide Sexual Lubricant .
  49. The world’s first skyscraper was the 10-storey Home Insurance office, built in Chicago in 1885. (During Roman times buildings were up to 8 stories high.)
  50. Less than 1% of the Caribbean Islands are inhabited.

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