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Fun facts / 08 May 2017
Factset 70
  1. A shark is the only fish that can blink with both eyes.
  2. In England, the Speaker of the House is not allowed to speak.
  3. Steely Dan got their name from a sexual device depicted in the book ‘The Naked Lunch’.
  4. The sperm of a mouse is actually longer than the sperm of an elephant.
  5. A crocodiles tongue is attached to the roof of its mouth.
  6. At the height of its power in 400 BC, the Greek city of Sparta had 25,000 citizens and 500,000 slaves.
  7. Every minute, 24 hours of video is uploaded to YouTube, or about 200,000 videos per day.
  8. In a survey of 200000 ostriches over 80 years, not one tried to bury its head in the sand.
  9. Mel Blanc, who played the voice of Bugs Bunny, was allergic to carrots.
  10. In the original Super Smash Brothers Melee, the Princess Daisy trophy had a mysterious third eye on the back of its head. Unfortunate glitch? Or something more sinister?
  11. Conception occurs most in the month of December.
  12. Months that begin on a Sunday will always have a ‘Friday the 13th’.
  13. The expression ‘to get fired’ comes from long ago Clans that wanted to get rid of unwanted people, so they would burn their houses instead of killing them, creating the term ‘Got fired’.
  14. About 42,000 tennis balls are used in the plus-minus 650 matches in the Wimbledon Championship.
  15. Canada is the only country not to win a gold medal in the summer Olympic games while hosting.
  16. Groucho Marx was the oldest Academy Award winner – in 1973 he received a Honorary Award at the age of 83.
  17. New York cabs get about 2000 tickets per month, handed out by about 2000 traffic attendants.
  18. The largest giant squid ever recorded was captured in the North Atlantic in 1878. It weighed 4 tons. Its tentacles measured 10 m (35 ft) long.
  19. There is actually no danger in swimming right after you eat, though it may feel uncomfortable.
  20. Domestic Violence can be that of a slavery setting, where the victim works and the abuser reaps the benefits and controls every aspect of the victim’s lifestyle.
  21. Nolan Bushnell’’s Atari was incorporated on June 27, 1972!
  22. The video recording machine was invented by the Ampex corporation of California in 1956. The first video recorder, the Ampex VR1000, stood 1,1 m (3 ft 3 in) high and weighed as much as a small car: 665 kg (1,466 lb).
  23. This is because in ancient times, at an intersection of three streets in Rome, they would have a type of kiosk where ancillary information was listed. You might be interested in it, you might not, hence they were bits of “trivia”.
  24. There are only three words beginning with the letter “q” in the English dictionary which do not have “u” following the first letter.
  25. A typical athlete’s heart churns out 25 to 30 litres (up to 8 gallons) of blood per minute.
  26. When a worker ant finds a source of food, it leaves a trail of scent to attract other ants in the colony to it.
  27. Studies have proven that it is harder to tell a convincing lie to someone you find sexually attractive you can smell. Particles of whatever you are smelling make their way past your nasal passage and onto your taste-buds
  28. By the time you turn 70, your heart will have beat some two-and-a-half billion times (figuring on an average of 70 beats per minute).
  29. Native Hawaiian women were not allowed to cook.
  30. Flavored coffees are created after the roasting process by applying flavored oils specially created to use on coffee beans.
  31. The first animated film to be  nominated for a Best Picture Oscar was Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, in 1991. The award went to Silence of the Lambs but Beauty and the Beast won 2 Oscars: Best Original Score and Best Original Song.
  32. Since 1815 there has been more than 210 interstate wars.
  33. Pregnancy in humans lasts on average about 270 days (from conception to birth).
  34. Travelling at the speed of light it would take 4 years to reach the closest star.
  35. The Pope’s been known to wear red Prada shoes.
  36. The total combined weight of the worlds ant population is heavier than the weight of the human population.
  37. A baby eel is called an elver.
  38. Hotel elevators usually have mirrors next to them because vanity and hotel proprietors expect that your attention will be diverted as you admire your own image. The longer you look at the pretty reflection in the mirror, the less time you’ll spend thinking about the wait caused by the lack of elevators.
  39. Domestic Violence claims the life of 2 women a week minimum, based on what is reported.
  40. Honeybees have hair on their eyes.
  41. In the UK animals are killed by first being stunned with electricity or a captive bolt gun (ie. a bolt is fired into their heads) before having their throats slit and being plunged into boiling water – all this happens on a production line with the animals being hung upside down from a moving conveyor belt – this is factory farming
  42. Over 2500 left handed people are killed each year from using products made for right handed people.
  43. Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin and Jim Morrison all died at the age of 27.
  44. Italy now has over 200,000 coffee bars, and still growing.
  45. Walter Huston and his son John become the first father-and-son team to win Oscars as director of and an actor in “Treasure of Sierra Madre” in 1949.
  46. Former keyboard player for Jethro Tull David Palmer is now a woman named Dee Palmer. He waited until his wife died before going through with his longtime desire for a sex change.
  47. Light travels at the rate of 186,200 miles a second.
  48. The first commercial espresso machine was manufactured in Italy in 1906.
  49. Of all the words in the English language, the word “set” has the most definitions.
  50. The entire town of Capena, Italy (including children as young as 2 years old) lights up cigarettes each year in honor of St. Anthony’s Day. This tradition is centuries old.

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