Factset 65 - Branect Consult
Fun facts / 07 May 2017
Factset 65
  1. In 2004, Virgin Atlantic Airlines introduced a double bed for first class passengers who fly together.
  2. Columbus brought cacao (chocolate) beans back to Spain on his fourth voyage in 1502.
  3. Mexico City is sinking at a rate of 6 to 8 inches a year because it’s built on top of an underground reservoir. Wells are drawing out more and more water for the city’s growing population of more than 15 million people.
  4. 640K ought to be enough for anybody. – Bill Gates, 1981
  5. Capsaicin, which makes hot peppers “hot” to the human mouth, is best neutralized by casein, the main protein found in milk.
  6. The herring is the most widely eaten fish in the world. Nutritionally its fuel value is that equal to that of a beef steak.
  7. Astronauts are not allowed to eat beans because passing wind in a spacesuit damages them.
  8. The first recorded revolution took place at around 2800 BC when people from the Sumerian city of Lagash overthrew bureaucrats who were lining their own pockets but kept raising taxes.
  9. The same chemical is found in the sweat of human males.
  10. China uses 45 billion chopsticks per year and 25 million trees are chopped down to make ’em.
  11. 25% of Central america’s forests have been destroyed for cattle grazing since 1960
  12. 1894: Milton Hershey adds a line of chocolate to his caramel manufacturing business. Soon he invents the Hershey Bar by experimenting with milk chocolate. Hershey’s Cocoa appears next.
  13. No two spider webs are the same.
  14. The cruise liner Queen Elizabeth II moves only six inches for each gallon of diesel that it burns.
  15. It can be possible to sneeze with your eyes open. The American TV show “Mythbusters” proved this.
  16. There are 43,252,003,274,489,856,000 different color combinations possible on a Rubik’s Cube.
  17. The world’s first speed limit regulation was in England in 1903. It was 20 mph.
  18. The word “homosexual” was not coined until 1869 by the Hungarian physician Karoly Maria Benkert.
  19. Clocks made before 1687 had only one hand, an hour hand.
  20. The chemical n-acetyl-cysteine found in raw eggs is proven to help hangovers.
  21. Houdini performed the world’s first elephant vanishing trick in 1918.
  22. Members of the Nazi SS had their blood type tattooed on their armpits.
  23. At least one concert was performed with this instrument.
  24. From the Middle Ages up until the end of the 19th century, barbers performed a number of medical duties including bloodletting, wound treatment, dentistry, minor operations and bone-setting. The barber’s striped red pole originated in the Middle Ages, when it was a staff the patient would grip while the barber bled the patient.
  25. All polar bears are left handed.
  26. The Museum of Modern Art in New York City hung Matisse’s ‘Le Bateau’ upside-down for 47 days before an art student noticed the error.
  27. The popular saying came to mean that all ways or methods of doing something end in the same result, no method being better than another.
  28. Some lions mate over 50 times a day.
  29. Because of Animal Crackers, many kids until they reach the age of ten, believe a bear is as tall as a giraffe.
  30. Gone With the Wind had the working titles Tote the Weary Load and Ba! Ba! Black Sheep
  31. There are 701 types of pure breed dogs. There are about 54 million dogs in the US, and Paris is said to have more dogs than people.
  32. Relative to size, the strongest muscle in the body is the tongue.
  33. It is illegal to hunt camels in the state of Arizona.
  34. The 16th century Escorial palace of King Phillip II of Spain had 1,200 doors.
  35. There is an ATM at McMurdo Station in Antarctica, which has a winter population of 200.
  36. CDs were nearly called mini-racks.
  37. BWS or Battered Women’s Syndrome first came about in the 1970’s. This alleged syndrome helped and cushioned women who murdered their husbands, boyfriends, or lovers. It was also used to justify why they killed their partners.
  38. A snail’s reproductive organs are in its head.
  39. For the first time in history, the number of people on the planet aged 60 or over will soon surpass those under 5.
  40. Little Jackie Paper was the name of Puff the Magic Dragon’s human friend.
  41. The 1,300,000,000 cattle in the world emit 60,000,000 tons of methane per year (methane is a greenhouse gas and leads to global warming)
  42. Famous billionaire Howard Hughes stored his own urine in large bottles.
  43. Hydroponics is the technique by which plants are grown in water without soil.
  44. The highest point in Pennsylvania is lower than the lowest point in Colorado.
  45. If you counted 24 hours a day, it would take 31,688 years to reach one trillion.
  46. Almonds are the oldest, most widely cultivated and extensively used nuts in the world.
  47. The NY phone book had 22 Hitlers before WWII. The NY phone book had 0 Hitlers after WWII.
  48. The town of Calma, Chile in the Atacama Desert has never had rain.
  49. Romans invented the game of horseshoes.
  50. Forest fires move faster uphill than downhill.

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