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Fun facts / 07 May 2017
Factset 50
  1. William Penn purchased a pound of coffee in New York in 1683 for $4.68.
  2. The deadliest war in history excluding World War II was a civil war in China in the 1850s in which the rebels were led by a man who thought he was the brother of Jesus Christ.
  3. Men can read smaller print than women can; women can hear better.
  4. Adding sugar to coffee is believed to have started in 1715, in the court of King Louis XIV, the French monarch.
  5. Approximately 21,000 “cast members” work at the Disneyland Resort in California. Collectively, they contribute more than 500 arts, crafts, professions and other skills to the operation.
  6. On average, 100 people choke to death on ballpoint pens every year.
  7. Florida’s beaches lose 20 million cubic yards of sand annually.
  8. Polar bears with transparent, fluffy fur actually have black skin
  9. The 22nd and 24th presidents of the United States was Grover Cleveland.
  10. Pain is measured in units of “dols”. The instrument used to measure pain is a “dolorimeter”.
  11. The average criminal sentence length is 137 years in Colombia.
  12. The Ohio river forms at the confluence of the Allegheny and the Monongahela.
  13. The human body can survive longer without food than without sleep. While starvation takes a few weeks you would die after about 10 days without sleep.
  14. The first western movie (silent) was filmed on September 8, 1903, not in the West but in the Adirondack Mountains of New York.
  15. Your stomach produces a new layer of mucus every two weeks so that it doesn’t digest itself.
  16. Ralph H. Baer is a video game pioneer, inventor, engineer, widely known as “The Father of Video Games”, who is noted for his many contributions to the video game industry.
  17. Fresh urine is more sterile than spit or the skin on your face because healthy pee is not home to bacteria.
  18. David Bowie thinks he is being stalked by someone who is dressed like a giant pink rabbit. Bowie has noticed the fan at several recent concerts, but he became alarmed when he got on a plane and the bunny was on board.
  19. Googolplex is one followed by a googol of zeroes.
  20. Barbie’s full name is Barbara Millicent Roberts.
  21. Jefferson invented the dumbwaiter, the monetary system, and the folding attic ladder.
  22. The average woman consumes 6 lbs of lipstick in her lifetime.
  23. There are only four words in the English language which end in “dous”: tremendous, horrendous, stupendous, and hazardous.
  24. A snail can sleep for 3 years.
  25. Bruce Lee was so fast that they actually had to s-l-o-w film down so you could see his moves.
  26. George Washington and Thomas Jefferson both grew hemp. Ben Franklin owned a mill that made hemp paper. The US Declaration of Independence was written on hemp paper.
  27. In the 17th century, wool fabrics accounted for about two-thirds of England’s foreign trade. Today, the leading wool
  28. Most insects are beneficial to people because they eat other insects, pollinate crops, are food for other animals, make products we use (like honey and silk) or have medical uses.
  29. Some 200 mosques in Mecca, Islam’s holiest city, point the wrong way for prayers.
  30. The largest NFL stadium is the Pontiac Silverdome in Detroit, Michigan.
  31. The longest book chapter in the Bible is Psalm 119, the shortest is Psalm 117.
  32. On a daily average you will inhale 1 liter of others anal gasses.
  33. It takes 3,000 cows to supply the NFL with enough leather for a year’s supply of footballs.
  34. US presidents who have been assassinated: Abraham Lincoln in 1865, James A. Garfield in 1881, William H. McKinley in 1901, and John F. Kennedy in 1963.
  35. The praying mantis is the only insect that can turn its head.
  36. The US Army is handing out $2,500 to Fallujah residents whose property was destroyed by US planes and artillery.
  37. Each year in America there are about 300,000 deaths that can be attributed to obesity.
  38. In the 19th century, Egypt had such an excess of mummies that they started using them as fuel for trains engines.
  39. Seuss coined the word “nerd” in his 1950 book “If I Ran the Zoo”.
  40. The world’s first coffee shop opened in 1554 in Constantinople. But it wasn’t until 1683 when coffee was served with milk, sugar, and a strainer was used to separate the grounds from the beverage.
  41. Gary Cooper was the first Academy Award winner for best actor to make his acceptance speech on television.
  42. F. Goodrich, the tire company, once experimented with making radioactive golf balls. They figured it would be easier to find a ball in the rough with a Geiger counter.
  43. When the University of Nebraska Cornhuskers play football at home, the stadium becomes the state’s third largest city.
  44. The human body swallows about one quarter of snot everyday.
  45. The largest animal ever seen alive was a 113.5 foot, 170-ton female blue whale.
  46. A baseball ball has exactly 108 stitches, a cricket ball has between 65 and 70 stitches.
  47. 25 gallons of water to produce 1lb of wheat and 2500 gallons to produce 1lb of meat
  48. The United States hold the record for the highest divorce rate in the world
  49. Each banana plant bears only one stem of fruit. To produce a new stem, only two shoots – known as the daughter and the granddaughter – are allowed to grow and be cultivated from the main plant.
  50. If an Amish man has a beard, he is married.

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