Factset 56 - Branect Consult
Fun facts / 07 May 2017
Factset 56
  1. It takes 8 minutes for the light of the sun to travel 94 million miles to reach us on Earth.
  2. The pound cake got its name from the pound of butter it contained.
  3. 61,000 people are airborne over the US at any given time.
  4. Your hair grows at 4 nanometers per second (0.000 000 004 m/s).
  5. Eating vast quantities of animal flesh, eggs, milk and butter is a luxury that most of the planet can not afford
  6. Alexander the Great was an epileptic.
  7. The second-loudest animal on Earth is the Howler Monkey.
  8. There is a word in the English language with only one vowel, which occurs six times: Indivisibility.
  9. Each month, there is at least one report of UFOs from each province of Canada.
  10. Napoleon’s penis was sold to an American Urologist for $40,000.
  11. The Great Wall of China is the only man-made structure visible from space.
  12. Women blink nearly twice as much as men.
  13. Adolf Hitler’s mother seriously considered having an abortion but was talked out of it by her doctor.
  14. Chinese Crested dogs can get acne.
  15. Humans use a total of 72 different muscles in speech.
  16. Jean Genevieve Garnerin was the first female parachutists, jumping from a hot air balloon in 1799.
  17. Ancient Chinese artists would never paint pictures of women’s feet.
  18. As part of a charity event, 500 cats were spayed and neutered in the cafeteria of an elementary school. School was cancelled for days and $10,000 was spent on cleaning and sterilizing the room.
  19. If a statue in the park of a person on a horse has both front legs in the air, the person died in battle; if the horse has one leg front leg in the air, the person died as a result of wounds received in battle.  George Washington statues have one leg in the air, for example. If the horse has all 4 legs on the ground, the person died of natural causes.
  20. Louis Pasteur’s theory of germs is ridiculous fiction. – Pierre Pachet, Professor of Physiology at Toulouse, 1872
  21. Even if you cut off a cockroach’s head, it can live for several weeks.
  22. The world’s tallest grass, which has sometimes grown 130 feet or more, is bamboo.
  23. producers are Australia, New Zealand, Argentina and China.
  24. In Vermont, USA, it is illegal for women to wear false teeth without the written permission of their husbands.
  25. To find out if a watermelon is ripe, knock it, and if it sounds hollow then it is ripe.
  26. The World Rubik Cube championship was held in Budapest on June 5, 1982. Nineteen National Champions took part. Minh Thai, the US Champion, won by solving the Cube in of 22.95 seconds.
  27. It is, however, illegal to threaten lives or solicit money, two things chain letters were noted for.
  28. The first extensive use of the rickshaw for transportation started in Japan from the 1870’s. It later spread to the rest of East Asia and South Asia, where the motorized version is still very popular. The rickshaw is, however, not a Japanese invention. Some claim that it was invented by the American blacksmith Albert Tolman in 1848. Others attribute it to Jonathan Scobie, an American missionary to Japan, who invented it in 1869 to transport his invalid wife through the streets of Yokohama.
  29. Most fast food chains dip their French fries in sugar to give them that deliciously golden brown hue after frying . – What many of us don’t realize is that some fast food fries aren’t just fatty and starchy. They are also sugary as well. While they don’t taste very sweet, the sugars are added for other incentives. It also helps to develop that nice outer crispiness that can be complicated to imitate when frying at home.
  30. Leonardo daVinci began painting the Mona Lisa in 1503. He was still working on the painting when he emigrated to France in 1516 and is believed to have finished it three years later, just before he died. The painting has remained in France ever since and is owned by the state. It once hung in Napoleon’s bedroom.
  31. Your heart beats 101,000 times a day. During your lifetime it will beat about 3 billion times and pump about 400 million liters (800 million pints) of blood.
  32. Unwanted male chicks (because they can’t lay eggs) are gassed or pulped while their sisters go to the battery sheds
  33. The strongest muscle in the body is the tongue.
  34. In Kentucky, it’s the law that a person must take a bath once a year.
  35. Most-visited presidential grave: John F. Kennedy’s in Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va.
  36. In 1965, auditions were held for the “Monkees” TV show. Some of the people who responded (but were not hired) were Stephen Stills, Harry Nilsson, Paul Williams and Charles Manson.
  37. Spam filters that catch the word “cialis” will not allow many work-related e-mails through because that word is embedded inside the word “specialist”.
  38. Coffee trees are evergreen and grow to heights above 15 feet but are normally pruned to around 8 feet in order to facilitate harvesting.
  39. Lake Titicaca is known as the largest lake in South America.
  40. The human brain feels no pain. It’s the surrounding membrane laced with nerves which transmit sensations to the organ.
  41. Every year in the UK alone they feed livestock enough food to feed 250,000,000 people while in the world 30,000,000 people die of starvation
  42. Between 1950 and 1985 grain production in Europe and the USA increased massively but 2/3 was fed to animals
  43. In 19th-century Europe there was so much anecdotal evidence that living people were mistakenly declared dead that cadavers were laid out in “hospitals for the dead” while attendants awaited signs of putrefaction.
  44. An adulterous Greek male was sometimes punished by the removal of his pubic hair and the insertion of a large radish into his rectum.
  45. Alfred Hitchcock didn’t have a belly button. It was eliminated when he was sewn up after surgery.
  46. On a Canadian two dollar bill, the flag flying over the Parliament building is an American flag.
  47. The first product to have a UPC bar code on its packaging was Wrigley’s gum.
  48. In third world countries 1 in 10 babies die before their first birthday
  49. Diabetes was first diagnosed in 1815 when French chemist Michael Eugene Chevreul discovered that the urine of a diabetic was identical to sugar found in a grape.
  50. In 1908, the city council in New York City passed a law against women smoking cigarettes in public.

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