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Fun facts / 07 May 2017
Factset 62
  1. In Star Wars the aliens playing in the band are played by members of the ILM creature shop, including Phil Tippett, and the executive producer
  2. Porcupines float in water.
  3. Weevils are more resistant to poisons in the morning than at night.
  4. Registered in 1985, “symbolics.com” is the first ever internet domain registered
  5. The well known “It Girl” Clara Bow, a leading actress in silent films, once in 1927 bedded the entire USC football team. The invitation to her mansion advertised a game of nude football.
  6. Eating a packet of crisps a day is equivalent to drinking five liters of cooking oil a year.
  7. If you counted at the rate of 100 numbers a minute and kept counting for eight hours a day, five days a week, it would take a little over 4 weeks to count to one million and just over 80 years to reach one billion.
  8. A newborn kangaroo is about 1 inch in length.
  9. Jergens Lotion was created by Andrew Jergens, a former lumberjack, in 1880.
  10. Coffee represents 75% of all the caffeine consumed in the United States.
  11. Anagrams amused the ancient Greeks, Romans and Hebrews, and were popular during the Middle Ages.
  12. A standard slinky measures 87 feet when stretched out.
  13. In space, astronauts are unable to cry, because there is no gravity and the tears won’t flow.
  14. Tehran is the most expensive city on earth.
  15. The symbol on the “pound” key (#) is called an octothorpe.
  16. A female oyster produces 100 million young in her lifetime, the typical hen lays 19 dozen eggs a year, and it is possible for one female cat to be responsible for the birth of 20,736 kittens in four years. Michelle Druggar holds the record for largest human family, having given birth to 17 children.
  17. Babies are born without knee caps. They don’t appear until the child reaches 2-6 years of age.
  18. Every year 4 people in the UK die putting their trousers on.
  19. In ancient Rome, when a man testified in court he would swear on his testicles.
  20. Meryl Streep had more Best Actress nominations than any other actress; 13 in total, leading to 2 awards. Katharine Hepburn received 12 nominations and won 4 Academy Awards.
  21. From the 1500’s to the 1700’s, tobacco was prescribed by doctors to treat a variety of ailments including headaches, toothaches, arthritis and bad breath.
  22. Sex is biochemically no different from eating large quantities of chocolate.
  23. Japan is the 10th most populous country in the world. Its population is equal to the United Kingdom, France and Denmark combined.
  24. Pregnant women that are battered are more likely to have babies with defects,low birth weights and even miscarriages.
  25. Atlantic salmons can leap as high as 15 feet out of the water.
  26. Bittersweet chocolate is what is usually called for in baking. It contains more chocolate liquor (at least 35%) and less sugar than sweet chocolate. Semisweet chocolate contains 15% – 35% chocolate liquor.
  27. Bird eggs come in a wide variety of sizes. The largest egg from a living bird belongs to the ostrich. It is more than 2,000 times larger than the smallest bird egg, which is produced by the hummingbird. Ostrich eggs are about 7.1 inches long, 5.5 inches wide and typically weigh 2.7 pounds. Hummingbird eggs are half an inch long, a third of an inch wide and weigh half a gram, or less than one-fifty-fifth of an ounce.
  28. Uranus is the only planet that rotates on its side.
  29. 82% of Americans made a purchase at Wal-Mart in 2002.
  30. Pumice is the only rock that floats in water
  31. The pilot with the most flying hours is American John Edward Long. From May 1933 to April 1977 he flew 62 654 hours, achieving a total of more than 7 years airborne.
  32. The largest cockroach on record is one measured at 3.81 inches in length.
  33. When Pedro I became King of Portugal in the 14th century, he had his dead mistress dug up so she could be crowned queen alongside him. Many of the nobles at the coronation even kissed her hand. After the ceremonies they put her back in the box and returned her to her tomb.
  34. The word “trinity” is not mentioned in the Bible.
  35. Sheep are mentioned 45 times and goats 88 times in the Bible. Dogs are mentioned 14 times and lions 89 times, but domestic cats are not mentioned.
  36. A Walla Walla scene is one where extras pretend to be talking in the background when they say walla walla it looks like they are actually talking.
  37. Purring is part of every cat’s repertoire of social communication, apparently created by the movement of air in spasms through contractions of the diaphragm. Interestingly, purring is sometimes heard in cats who are severely ill or anxious, perhaps as a self-comforting vocalization. But, more typically, it is a sign of contentment, first heard in kittens as they suckle milk from their mother.
  38. The average cough comes out the mouth at 60 mph.
  39. The pineapple was symbol of welcome in the 1700-1800’s. That is why in New England you will see so many pineapples on door knockers. An arch in Providence RI leading into the Federal Hill neighborhood has a pineapple on it for that very reason. Pineapples were brought home by seafarers as gifts.
  40. Michelangelo’s sculpture Pieta is the only work of his to bear his signature, it is on Mary’s mantle strap
  41. The largest insect in the world, the meganeuron, a prehistoric dragonfly, measured 29 inches from wingtip to wingtip.
  42. When a new Roman Catholic pope is elected, he is given a ring with a picture of Saint Peter engraved on it. It is called the Fisherman’s Ring, and all papal documents must receive its seal. When the pope dies the ring is smashed, no one but the pontiff to whom it was given is allowed to wear it and a new one is fashioned for his successor. This Tradition can be traced back to Saint Peter himself.
  43. The human head contains 22 bones.
  44. There are 1,792 steps to the top of the Eiffel Tower.
  45. Each king in a deck of playing cards represents a great king from history: Spades – King David, Hearts – Charlemagne, Clubs – Alexander the Great, Diamonds – Julius Caesar.
  46. Your stomach cells secrete hydrochloric acid, a corrosive compound used to treat metals in the industrial world. It can pickle steel, but mucous lining the stomach wall keeps this poisonous liquid safely in the digestive system.
  47. Until the 18th century people did not use soap to clean themselves.
  48. What we call the sky is merely the limit of our vision into the atmosphere. The sky, like the horizon, is always as far away as one can see.
  49. The vast majority of coffee available to consumers are blends of different beans.
  50. The human brain uses the same amount of energy as a 10-watt light bulb.

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