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Fun facts / 07 May 2017
Factset 52
  1. In the UK cats can be police constables.
  2. Cats, camels and giraffes are the only animals in the world that walk right foot, right foot, left foot, left foot, rather than right foot, left foot .
  3. Vegans and vegetarians have lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels – high levels are associated with heart disease, strokes and kidney failure.
  4. The first novel ever written on a typewriter: Tom Sawyer.
  5. The domestic cat is the only species able to hold its tail vertically while walking. Wild cats hold their tail horizontally, or tucked between their legs while walking.
  6. Adding milk to tea negates the health-giving effects of a hot brew.
  7. The Ramses brand condom is named after the great Pharaoh Ramses II who fathered over 160 children.
  8. Since 1972, a cow in Minnesota has been correctly predicting the winners of presidential elections.
  9. The longest words in the English language with only one syllable are the nine-letter “screeched” and “strengths”.
  10. Ramses brand condom is named after the great pharaoh Ramses II who fathered over 160 children.
  11. It has been calculated that in the last 3,500 years, there have only been230 years of peace throughout the civilized world.
  12. There are 7 lavatories on Air Force 1.
  13. The specific gravity of your skin and Silly Putty is close enough that doctors have actually used it to align and test CAT scan machines.
  14. A fetus develops fingerprints at eighteen weeks.
  15. Dark roasted coffees actually have LESS caffeine than medium roasts. The longer a coffee is roasted, the more caffeine burns off during the process.
  16. The human eye blinks an average of 4,200,000 times a year.
  17. A bee can see the colors green, blue and ultra-violet – but red looks like black.
  18. Some dogs can predict when a child will have an epileptic seizure, and even protect the child from injury. They’re not trained to do this, they simply learn to respond after observing at least one attack.
  19. Seaweed is used to thicken ice cream.
  20. The “pound” key on your keyboard () is called an octotroph.
  21. Francis Scott Key was a young lawyer who wrote the poem, ‘The Star Spangled Banner’, after being inspired by watching the Americans fight off the British attack of Baltimore during the War of 1812. The poem became the words to the national anthem
  22. Despite its reputation for its rich array of eccentric inventions or useless gadgets, Japan has not invented a lot mainstream products by itself. Its most famous contributions to modern technology are the VHS tape (developed by JVC in 1976), the Compact Disk and the CD-ROM (both developed by Sony in collaboration with the Dutch company Philips). Sony also invented the now defunct Betamax videocassette and the Mini Disk (MD).
  23. The largest tumor ever removed intact weighed 303 lbs.
  24. Men can be just as afraid of women in intimate partner relationships.
  25. Dutch, on average, are the tallest people in the world.
  26. The standard US railroad width (4 feet, 8.5 inches) is directly derived from the width of Roman war chariots. This is because the English expatriates who designed the US railroad system based their measurements on the pre-railroad tramways built in England. Those tramways were built using the same tools used to build wagons, which were also that width. The reason wagons were built to that width is because otherwise, they would break during long treks across the old English roads. Those roads – built by the Romans – were full of ruts carved out by Roman war chariots. All Roman chariots were built to a standard width of 4 feet, 8.5 inches, and so English wagons were built so that their wheels would fit into those ruts.
  27. New Jersey has a spoon museum with over 5,400 spoons from almost all the states.
  28. The NASDAQ stock exchange was totally disabled in on day in December 1987 when a squirrel burrowed through a telephone line.
  29. The cost of domestic violence towards men us “UNKNOWN” however the cost of domestic violence towards women is $5.8 Billion according to the center for disease control but supposedly $13 Billion from other sources.
  30. The Los Angeles Rams were the first US football team to introduce emblems on their helmets.
  31. In 2003, there were 86 days of below-freezing weather in Hell, Michigan.
  32. Cats purr at about 26 cycles per second, the same frequency as an idling diesel engine. (26Hz)
  33. Moon was Buzz Aldrin’s mother’s maiden name. (Buzz Aldrin was the second man on the moon in 1969.)
  34. Blueberry Jelly Bellies were created especially for Ronald Reagan.
  35. In 1982, seven books by Jim Davis about GARFIELD were on the New York Times best-sellers list at the same time.
  36. In London on April 2, 1877, the first human being was shot out of a cannon. Her name was Zazel, described as the beautiful lady fired from a monstrous cannon.
  37. Emus and kangaroos cannot walk backwards, and are on the Australian coat of arms for that reason.
  38. A group of toads is called a knot.
  39. Carl Panzram (murderer of twenty-three people) said—“I wish the whole human race had one neck and I had my hands on it!”, before he died.
  40. A unique instrument was commissioned by Louis XI, the king of France (1461-1483), which was such that keys of an organ were connected to sharp pins positioned over the hindquarters of pigs. When the keys were struck, the pig was stuck, which caused it to oink.
  41. Nutmeg is extremely poisonous if injected intravenously.
  42. STASI, the East German secret police, managed to duplicate the scent of a female dog in heat and apply it to the shoes of people they had under surveillance. If they needed to track them down, they just had to let some male dogs follow the scent.
  43. The cheetah is the only cat that can’t retract its claws.
  44. There are 41,806 different spoken languages in the world today.
  45. In Phoenix, Arizona, you can’t walk through a hotel lobby with spurs on.
  46. The first parachute jump from an airplane was made by Captain Berry at St. Louis, Missouri, in 1912.
  47. In West Virginia, one can’t cook sauerkraut or cabbage due to the odors and the offense is subject to imprisonment.
  48. Traffic lights were used before the advent of the motorcar.
  49. Underground is the only word in the English language that begins and ends with the letters “und.”
  50. Paul, Minnesota was originally called Pigs Eye after a man who ran a saloon there.

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