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Fun facts / 07 May 2017
Factset 38
  1. At California´s Disneyland Resort, the Sleeping Beauty Castle features a real working drawbridge, but it’s only been lowered  twice: on opening day in 1955, and to celebrate the newly remodeled Fantasyland in 1983.
  2. The eel is the only fish in the world that spawns in the middle of an ocean but spends its adult lives in rivers.
  3. The first posthumous Oscar winner was Sidney Howard, for the screenplay of Gone with the Wind.
  4. There are no clocks in Las Vegas casinos.
  5. The color KHAKI was first used during the AFGHAN WAR in 1880 because the color was considered good camouflage.
  6. Insulin was discovered in 1922 by Sir Frederick Banting and Dr. Charles Best.
  7. Absolutely pure gold is so soft that it can be molded with the hands.
  8. The first losing candidate in a US presidential election was Thomas Jefferson. He lost to John Adams. George Washington had been unopposed.
  9. In 1982, in the first operation of its kind, doctors at the University of Utah Medical Center implanted a permanent artificial heart in the chest of retired dentist Dr. Barney Clark, who lived 112 days with the device.
  10. Carnegie Hall in New York City opened in 1891 with Tchaikovsky as guest conductor.
  11. Burials in America deposit 827,060 gallons of embalming fluid—formaldehyde, methanol, and ethanol—into the soil each year. Cremation pumps dioxins, hydrochloric acid, sulfur dioxide, and carbon dioxide into the air.
  12. Antarctica is the only continent without reptiles or snakes.
  13. Los Angeles, California, taxi drivers can be fined $1,500 for wearing plaid.
  14. The word ‘news’ did not come about because it was the plural of ‘new’. It came from the first letters of the words North, East, West and South. This was because information was being gathered from all different directions.
  15. Nobel Prize resulted from a late change in the will of Alfred Nobel, who did not want to be remembered as a propagator of violence-he invented dynamite.
  16. Any free moving liquid in outer space will form itself into a sphere, because of its surface tension
  17. The airplane Buddy Holly died in was the “American Pi” Thus the name of the Don McLean song “American Pie”.
  18. Over 141 million cans of Spam are sold worldwide each year.
  19. The oldest existing government parliamentary body of Iceland, the Althingi, has been around since CE 930.
  20. On average, people fear spiders more than they do dying. However, statistically you are more likely to be killed by a champagne cork than by the bite of a poisonous spider.
  21. Armored knights raised their visors to identify themselves when they rode past their king. This custom has become the modern military salute.
  22. The first telephones did not have bells and were connected all the time. In order to attract the attention of someone on the other side of the line, one would have to yell, “Ahoy” into the receiver.
  23. The most popular celebrity name used for specials on restaurant menus is Rosie O’Donnell.
  24. The song “Happy Birthday to You” was originally written by sisters Mildred and Patty Hill as “Good Morning to You.” The words were changed and it was published in 1935.
  25. Urban birds have developed a short, fast “rap style” of singing, different from their rural counterparts.
  26. The USSR set off the largest nuclear explosion in history, detonating a 50 megaton bomb (2600 times the Hiroshima bomb) in an atmospheric test over the Novaya Zemla Islands, October 30 1961.
  27. It is considered to be a separate event and is given its own time.
  28. Scientists find as many as 10,000 new species of insects a year.
  29. The city of Rome was built on seven hills. They were Palatine, Capitoline, Quirinal, Viminal, Esquiline, Caelian, and Aventine.
  30. Skepticisms, when typing, is the longest word that alternates hands.
  31. 7-foot 2-inch tall Peter Mayhew wears elevated boots under his Chewbacca costume.
  32. Genetically-engineered babies were born first in 2001.
  33. In 1985, the most popular waist size for male pants was 32. Today it’s 36.
  34. Lenny Kravitz’s mother played the part of “Helen” on “The Jeffersons”.
  35. The Great Lakes are the most important inland waterway in North America. All the lakes, except Lake Michigan, which lies entirely in the United States, are shared by the United States and Canada and form part of the border between these countries.
  36. Those British are sophisticated people, in almost everything except their choice of coffee. They still drink instant coffee ten-to-one over fresh brewed coffee.
  37. A horse can look forward with one eye and back with the other.
  38. If you went out into space, you would explode before you suffocated because there’s no air pressure.
  39. Sex burns 360 calories per hour.
  40. The pop you hear when you crack your knuckles is actually a bubble of gas burning.
  41. 98% of Japanese are cremated.
  42. Antarctica is the only continent on which no Lepidoptera have been found.
  43. Elephants have the longest pregnancy in the animal kingdom at 22 months. The longest human pregnancy on record is 17 months, 11 days.
  44. In 1961. the US launched a male chimpanzee called Ham into space.
  45. Maine is the only state that has borders with only one other state.
  46. On average, people can hold their breath for about one minute. The world record is 21 minutes 29 seconds, by David
  47. One quarter of the bones in your body, are in your feet!
  48. Domestic violence shelters funded by the Federal Government are not required to produce information and do not, information about what they do, how many numbers in or out is unknown, statistics and algorithms are not recorded, this does not help determine if domestic violence is rising or decreasing.
  49. Chopsuey is not a native Chinese dish, it was crafted in California by Chinese immigrants.
  50. More than 5,000 gallons of paint are used each year to keep Disneyland, in California, looking fresh and better-than-new.

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