Factset 122 - Branect Consult
Fun facts / 08 May 2017
Factset 122
  1. Albert Einstein and Charles Darwin both married their first cousins
  2. Daniel Boone hated coonskin caps.
  3. If you go blind in one eye you only lose about one fifth of your vision but all your sense of depth.
  4. John Rolfe married Pocahontas the Red Indian Princess in 1613.
  5. Tony Blair does not keep a personal diary.
  6. If you urinate when swimming in a South American river, you may encounter the candiru. Drawn to warmth, this tiny fish is known to follow a stream of urine to its source, swim inside the body, and flare is barbed fins.
  7. People photocopying their buttocks are the cause of 23% of all photocopier faults worldwide.
  8. The world’s first TV news helicopter was introduced by KTLA Channel 5 in Los Angeles on 4 July 1958.
  9. Over one Million of Domestic Violence allegations are false.
  10. In the 40’s, the Bich pen was changed to Bic for fear that Americans would pronounce it ‘Bitch.’
  11. Less than 7% of the population donates blood.
  12. In Czecholslovakia there is an ancient church decorated with the bones of 10,000 humans.
  13. The largest bird egg in the world today is that of the ostrich. Ostrich eggs are from 6 to 8 inches long. Because of their size and the thickness of their shells, they take 40 minutes to hard-boil.
  14. A million dollars’ worth of $100 bills weighs only 10 kg (22 lb).
  15. The longest word in the Bible is Maher-shalal-hash-baz: Isaiah 8:1.
  16. Spammer get 1 response to every 12 million emails they send (yet it still makes them a small profit).
  17. About 85% of the plant life on the Earth is in the ocean.
  18. Penny Marshall was the first woman film director to have a film take in more than $100 million at the box office – she accomplished this with the 1988 flick Big.
  19. Lee Harvey Oswald’s cadaver tag sold at an auction for $6,600 in 1992.
  20. The human body has 45 miles of nerves, enough blood vessels to circle the equator six times, and about a mile of intestines.
  21. He envisioned the product as a way of using the company’s thousands of shortcake pans which were otherwise employed only during the strawberry season. Originally called Little Shortcake Fingers, they were renamed Twinkie Fingers, and finally “Twinkies”.
  22. Superman’s real parents were Jor-El and Lara who died when the planet Krypton was destroyed.
  23. 70% of Americans have visited Disneyland or Disney World.
  24. A 1,200-pound horse eats about seven times it’s own weight each year.
  25. Hungarian brothers George and L”szlo Biro invented the ball point pen in 1938.
  26. Most insects used in a film: 22 million bees in The Swarm.
  27. The number of people alive on earth right now is higher than the number of all the people that have died. Ever.
  28. The 12th president of the United States was David Rice Atchinson, a Missouri senator who served for one day in 1849.
  29. Official 1999 FDA guidelines allow whole pepper to be sold with up to 1% of the volume made up of rat droppings.
  30. The trigger of death, in all cases, is lack of oxygen. Its decline may prompt muscle spasms, or the “agonal phase,” from the Greek word agon, or contest.
  31. When Disneyland, California, was under construction, Walt Disney had a private apartment installed over the historic fire station on Main Street, U.S.A. so he could supervise. After the park was built, he and his family continued to use it frequently. Everyone in the park knew when Disney was there because he left a light burning in the window. Since Disney’s death in 1966, the light has been left on to honor his memory and to show that his spirit will always be a part of Disneyland.
  32. Mexican women spend 15.3% of their life in ill health.
  33. On average, Americans drink 55 gallons of soda a year.
  34. Astronauts cannot burp in space. There is no gravity to separate liquid from gas in their stomachs.
  35. From the age 30 to 70 your nose may lengthen and widen by as much as half an inch.
  36. In 1900 the average age at death in the US was 47. Today, the average life expectancy for men and women in developed countries is longer than 70 years.
  37. The only Oscar statuette ever made of wood was presented to Edgar Bergen in 1938 for his “outstanding comic creation,” his ventriloquist dummy Charlie McCarthy.
  38. In England there is no difference between a pig and a hog, but here in the states if a pig is over 180 pounds, it is considered a hog.
  39. During a severe windstorm or rainstorm the Empire State Building sways several feet to either side.
  40. Mozart wrote the nursery rhyme ‘twinkle, twinkle, little star’ at the age of 5.
  41. The giant squid has the largest eyes in the world.
  42. Accounts from Holland and Spain suggest that during the 1500s and 1600s urine was commonly used as a tooth-cleaning agent.
  43. Children grow faster in the springtime.
  44. Honey is the only natural food that is made without destroying any kind of life.
  45. More steel in the US is used to make bottle caps than to manufacture automobile bodies.
  46. There have been about 30 films made at or about Alcatraz, the now-closed federal prison island in San Francisco Bay, including The Rock (1996), Birdman of Alcatraz (1962), and Escape from Alcatraz (1979).
  47. The Lone Ranger’s mask was made from the vest of his dead brother Capt. Daniel Reid by Tonto.
  48. Actor Bruce Willis has filed a lawsuit against the movie studio that produced his film “Tears of the Sun”, alleging he was struck in the forehead by a fake bullet. Since 2002 (when the movie was in production), the lawsuit claims he has endured “extreme mental, physical, and emotional pain and suffering”.
  49. The design has remained unchanged, except for getting a higher pedestal in the 1940’s.
  50. Your foot is the same length as your forearm.

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