Factset 59 - Branect Consult
Fun facts / 07 May 2017
Factset 59
  1. The little hole in the sink that lets the water drain out, instead of flowing over the side, is called a “porcelator”.
  2. The Jefferson Memorial in Washington, D.C., is almost a dead-ringer for the Pantheon. And the original Penn Station in New York was modeled on the Baths of Caracalla.
  3. The Imperial torte, a square chocolate cake with five thin layers of almond paste, was created by a master pastry chef at the court of Emperor Franz Joseph (1830 – 1916).
  4. The average American/Canadian drinks about 600 sodas a year.
  5. UK farm animals produce 200,000,000 tonnes of slurry (liquid excrement) every year, the majority of which ends up in our rivers
  6. As of January 1, 2012, Sony had sold 52 million PlayStation 3’s while Microsoft had sold 55 million of its rival Xbox 360.
  7. Early Egyptians created a compound for reversing baldness using the fat of crocodiles, goats, snakes, cats, lions, and hippopotami.
  8. The record for a person being covered by bees–and living to tell about it–is held by bee-keeper Jed Shaner, who had 80 pounds of them on his body. He says that his feat was sponsored by “a police group that helps teens at risk”.”
  9. There is a 1 in 4 chance that New York will have a white Christmas.
  10. Abusers may use legal and or illegal drugs to spike a victim’s food or drink in order to further manipulate them and make them more vulnerable.
  11. Costco is the largest wine retailer in the United States. Annual wine sales are about $700 million.
  12. Intelligent people have more zinc and copper in their hair.
  13. A fathom is 6 feet (1,8 meters).
  14. Eating the heart of a male Partridge was the cure for impotence in ancient Babylon.
  15. Nearly 80% of all animals on earth have six legs.
  16. The Human eyes never grow, but nose and ears never stop growing.
  17. Worcestershire sauce in essentially an Anchovy Ketchup.
  18. After a certain period of growth, hair becomes dormant. That means that it is attached to the hair follicle until replaced
  19. Coca-Cola contained Coca (whose active ingredient is cocaine) from 1885 to 1903.
  20. Humphrey Bogart NEVER said “Play it again, Sam” in Casablanca
  21. Jim Henson first coined the word “Muppet”. It is a combination of “marionette” and “puppet.”
  22. The longest one-syllable word in the English language is “screeched.”
  23. A woodchuck breathers only ten times during hibernation.
  24. Cleopatra’s last name was Ptolemy, she was Greek, not Egyptian
  25. The ancient Egyptian language was a mix of Cushitic and Berber languages from North Africa and a few words from Semitic languages in Asia.
  26. The sound of E.T. walking was made by someone squishing her hands in jelly.
  27. More people are killed by donkeys annually than are killed in plane crashes.
  28. The world’s largest fish market is the Tsukiji fish market in Tokyo.
  29. Worcestershire sauce is made from dissolved fish. – The world renown English sauce is made with liquefied anchovies. The anchovies are soaked in vinegar until they are totally melted down. This includes the bones and all!
  30. The average person is about a quarter of an inch taller at night.
  31. Goethe couldn’t stand the sound of barking dogs and could only write if he had an apple rotting in the drawer of his desk.
  32. Video Killed the Radio Star by the Buggles was the first music video played on MTV.
  33. Women who experience domestic violence first hand are more likely to get sick in their latter years, sick as in suffering from asthma, getting a stroke, 70% chance of having heart disease and a chance of turning to substance abuse or heavy drinking.
  34. The Bible is the world’s most shoplifted book.
  35. If NASA sent birds into space they would soon die, because they need gravity to swallow.
  36. Three-hundred-million cells die in the human body every minute.
  37. There are about 540,000 words in the English language and growing
  38. A 1.5 oz. milk chocolate bar has only 220 calories. A 1.75 oz. serving of potato chips has 230 calories.
  39. A pause feature appeared on the Atari 7800, but only newer 7800 games programmed to take advantage of the pause feature worked.
  40. Bananas are perennial crops that are grown and harvested year-round. The banana plant does not grow from a seed but rather from a rhizome or bulb. Each fleshy bulb will sprout new shoots year after year.
  41. The first Kentucky Derby was run at Churchill Downs in 1875 with Aristides as winner.
  42. The first children’s book that was published in the US was called “Spiritual Mild for Boston Babes in wither England Drawn from the Breast of Both Testaments for Their Soul’s Nourishment”.
  43. Rats multiply so quickly that in 18 months, two rats could have over 1 million descendents.
  44. A kiss stimulates 29 muscles and chemicals causing relaxation. Women seem to like it light and frequent, men like it more strenuous.
  45. A Brussels Airlines flight to Vienna was aborted because the pilot was attacked in the cockpit. The attacker was a passenger’s cat, who got out of its travel bag.
  46. Mojo Risin is an anagram for Jim Morrison.
  47. The first game to feature multiple endings depending on how you played the game was Castlevania 2: Simon’s Quest on the NES
  48. The name for Oz in the “Wizard of Oz” was thought up when the creator, Frank Baum, looked at his filing cabinet and saw A-N, and O-Z, hence “Oz.”
  49. STAR TREK’s Captain James T. Kirk’s middle name is Tiberius.
  50. Domesticated turkeys (farm raised) cannot fly. Wild turkeys can fly for short distances at up to 55 miles per hour. Wild turkeys are also fast on the ground, running at speeds of up to 25 miles per hour.

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