Factset 32 - Branect Consult
Fun facts / 07 May 2017
Factset 32
  1. A dime has 118 ridges around the edge. A quarter has 119.
  2. Australians are the heaviest gamblers in the world; an estimated 82% of Australians bet. That is twice as much per capita as Europeans or Americans. Yet, Australia, with less than 1% of the world population, has 20% of the world’s poker machines.
  3. Every time you lick a stamp you consume 1/10 of a calorie.
  4. In ancient China, the nose of a criminal who attacked travelers was cut off.
  5. Mercedes Benz cars are named after Mercedes Jellinek.
  6. Some kinds of sharks lay the biggest eggs in the world; most other kinds of sharks give live birth.
  7. The three most recently discovered planets were Uranus in 1781, Neptune in 1846, and Pluto in 1930.
  8. One in ten people live on an island.
  9. The average human eats 8 spiders in their lifetime at night.
  10. Popeye’s measurements in real life: chest – 30″, expanding to 60″; neck – 8″; biceps – 7″; forearms – 20″.
  11. Chairman Mao also loved to chain-smoke English cigarettes, when his doctor asked him to cut down, he explained that “smoking is also a form of deep-breathing exercise, don’t you think?”
  12. Big Ben is not the name of the clock in London, rather it’s the name of 7 1/2 foot tall, 9 foot in diameter, 13 1/2 ton bell which has kept ringing out the hour since 1859. Its installation was supervised by the Commissioner of Public Works, Sir Benjamin Hall. Sir Benjamin’s height and waistline were both substantial, earning him the nickname of “Big Ben”. The press and members of Parliament affectionately gave that name to the new bell, and it stuck.
  13. Over 2500 left handed people are killed each year, because they used products made for right handed people.
  14. The cat was domesticated over 4,000 years ago. Today’s house cats are descended from wildcats in Africa and Europe.
  15. Wine grapes, oranges, figs and olives were first planted in North America by Father Junipero Sera in 1769.
  16. In 1976 a Los Angeles secretary named Jannene Swift officially married a 50 pound rock. The ceremony was witnessed by more than 20 people.
  17. President James Garfield could write Latin with one hand and Greek with the other simultaneously. He was ambidextrous.
  18. The Walt Disney company was founded in 1923, and in 1927 Walt came up with the idea for an animated mouse called Mortimer Mouse. His wife Lillian convinced him to change it to Mickey Mouse.
  19. When King Tut’s tomb was opened in 1922, by British Egyptologist Howard Carter, Americans bought into a short-lived fad of buying chairs resembling Egyptian thrones and naming kids Tutter and Tuttie.
  20. Oak trees do not have acorns until they are fifty years old or older.
  21. 22% percent of all Divorces in middle-class relationships are due to violence (EAP Digest November/December 1991)
  22. At the moment of being hanged, many observers have noted the victim, if male, often has an erection and may even ejaculate.
  23. The tune of The Star Spangled Banner was an old English drinking song . It was not made the official national anthem until 1931.
  24. John F. Kennedy was the Only President to win a Pulitzer, for “Profiles in Courage”.
  25. Tapeworms range in size from about 0.04 inch to more than 50 feet in length.
  26. A white Christmas in New York only has a snowball’s chance, 1 in 4.
  27. Mayflies live only one day as an adult. During that day they molt twice, mate, and lay eggs in water.
  28. People with initials that spell out GOD or ACE are likely to live longer than people whose initials spell out words like APE, PIG, or RAT.
  29. Leonardo daVinci could write with one hand while drawing with the other.
  30. Anti-Americanism began in Paris in the 18th Century.
  31. The declawing of a pet cat involves surgery called an Onychectomy, in which the entire claw and end bone of each toe of the animal are amputated.
  32. German chocolate cake did not originate in Germany. In 1852, Sam German developed a sweet baking bar for Baker’s Chocolate Co. The product was named in honor of him — Baker’s German’s Sweet Chocolate.
  33. Russia has the most movie theaters in the world.
  34. You can’t swing on vines in the jungle because they’re attached to the ground.
  35. The estimated weight of the Great Pyramid of Egypt is 6,648,000 tons.
  36. In 1889, the first coin-operated telephone, patented by Hartford, Connecticut inventor William Gray, was installed in the Hartford Bank. Local calls using a coin-operated phone in the US cost only 5 cents everywhere until 1951.
  37. Of the waste in UK landfills, 0.1% is plastic carrier bags.
  38. The Brothers Grimm wrote 211 fairy tales
  39. On the South Pole every direction you look is north.
  40. The average person falls asleep in seven minutes.
  41. The right side of a boat was called the starboard side due to the fact that the astronavigators used to stand out on the plank (which was on the right side) to get an unobstructed view of the stars.
  42. The 1st Academy Awards ceremony to be telecast was the 25th, in 1953.
  43. The Guinness Book of Records holds the record for being the book most often stolen from Libraries.
  44. When you transport something by car, it’s called a shipment, but when you transport something by ship it’s called cargo.
  45. In order to find a bride a man had to essentially kidnap her from another village, which the bride’s family would not take too kindly.
  46. Donald Duck’s middle name is Fauntleroy.
  47. A starfish can turn its stomach inside out.
  48. Jacques Cousteau invented scuba gear while in the French resistance during World War II
  49. Japan is a heavily entertainment-based society, with probably more restaurants, cafés, bars, clubs, karaoke, game centers, manga cafés, massage parlors and relaxation centers per square kilometer than anywhere else on earth. Japan also has the world’s largest sex industry.
  50. There are 66 books in the Bible, 39 in the Old Testament and 27 in the New Testament.

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