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Fun facts / 08 May 2017
Factset 71
  1. The world’s highest railway is in Peru. The Central Railway climbs to 15,694 feet in the Galera tunnel, 108 miles from Lima. Tourists take it to get to the ruins of Machu Picchu.
  2. “Underground” is the only word in the English language that begins and ends with the letters “und”.
  3. Sherlock Holmes NEVER said “Elementary, my dear Watson”
  4. Starfish have no brains.
  5. The Michelin man is known as Mr. Bib. His name was Bibendum in the company’s first ads in 1896.
  6. More than 800,000 Flashback 2.0s were sold. Its a small 2600 replica that sold for under $30 and included a version Pong.
  7. Stocks have reached what looks like a permanently high plateau. – Irving Fisher, Professor of Economics, Yale University, October 16, 1929.
  8. Zoroastrians in India leave out the bodies of the dead to be consumed by vultures.
  9. Male bats have the highest rate of homosexuality of any mammal.
  10. According to a Kinsey survey, 75% of men ejaculate within three minutes after penetration
  11. Sigmund Freud had a morbid fear of ferns.
  12. The Dead Sea is the world’s saltiest body of water.
  13. US Presidents who never had children: George Washington, known as the “Father of the Country,” James Madison, Andrew Jackson, James Polk, James Buchanan, and Warren Harding.
  14. Firehouses have circular stairways originating from the old days when the engines were pulled by horses. The horses were stabled on the ground floor and figured out how to walk up straight staircases.
  15. On average, Americans’ favorite smell is banana.
  16. The longest word in the English language, according to the Oxford English Dictionary, is: pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis.
  17. $283,200 is the absolute highest amount of money you can win on Jeopardy.
  18. Almonds are members of the peach family.
  19. Do you know the names of the three wise monkeys? They are: Mizaru (See no evil), Mikazaru (Kikazaru – Hear no evil), and Mazaru (Iwazaru – Speak no evil).
  20. If you stack one million US$1 bills, it would be 110m (361 ft) high and weight exactly 1 ton.
  21. It is impossible to lick your elbow.
  22. Julius Caesar was the first to encode communications, using what has become known as the Caesar Cipher.
  23. Your brain consumes 25 watts of power while you’re awake. This amount of energy is enough to illuminate a lightbulb.
  24. According to Genesis 7:2, God told Noah to take 14 of each kind of ‘clean’ animal in to the ark.
  25. Not all our taste buds are on our tongue; about 10% are on the palette and the cheeks.
  26. Canada declared national beauty contests canceled as of 1992, claiming they were degrading to women.
  27. The only bone in the human body not connected to another is the hyoid, a V-shaped bone located at the base of the tongue between the mandible and the voice box. Its function is to support the tongue and its muscles.
  28. Rene Descartes came up with the theory of coordinate geometry by looking at a fly walk across a tiled ceiling.
  29. When Catherine de Medici married Henry II of France (1533) she brought forks with her, as well as several master Florentine cooks. Foods never before seen in France were soon being served using utensils instead of fingers or daggers. She is said to have introduced spinach (which “à la Florentine” usually means) as well as aspics, sweetbreads, artichoke hearts, truffles, liver crépinettes, quenelles of poultry, macaroons, ice cream, and zabagliones.
  30. The South American giant anteater eats more than 30,000 ants a day.
  31. There are about 1,500 sake (“rice wine”) breweries in Japan.
  32. The phosphoric acid found in cola is so acidic that it can dissolve a nail in 4 days. – The pH of soda is equivalent to the pH level of vinegar .That’s what makes this the most acidic beverage that is sold. Next time you see a truck toting concentrated Coca-Cola, look for the highly corrosive materials sign.
  33. The microwave was invented after a researcher walked by a radar tube and a chocolate bar melted in his pocket.
  34. The 1st US federal legislation prohibiting narcotics (opium) was enacted in 1909.
  35. Haggis, the national dish of Scotland: take the heart, liver, lungs, and small intestine of a calf or sheep, boil them in the stomach of the animal, season with salt, pepper and onions, add suet and oatmeal.
  36. Chameleons can reel in food from a distance as far away as more than two and a half times their body lengths.
  37. The thong accounts for 25% of the United States women’s underwear market.
  38. The extended right arm of the Statue of Liberty is 42 feet long.
  39. Meat is full of traces of antibiotics, hormones, toxins produced by stress and pesticide residues that become concentrated from all the crops they have eaten
  40. The bulls-eye on a dartboard must be 5 feet 8 inches off the ground.
  41. The largest item on any menu in the world is probably the roast camel, sometimes served at Bedouin wedding feasts.
  42. The original Christmas was celebrated on January 6th.
  43. At one time chocolate was considered a temptation of the devil.
  44. The average human blinks their eyes 6,205,000 times each year.
  45. No NFL team which plays it’s home games in a domed stadium has ever won a Superbowl.
  46. A quarter has 119 grooves on its edge, a dime has one less groove.
  47. The most miles ever put on a car is 1,615,000 miles on a 1966 Volvo P-1800.
  48. A mosquito has 47 teeth.
  49. While trying to improve the telegraph, Alexander Graham Bell invented the telephone.
  50. The remains of 125 people will be launched into space where they will orbit the Earth for centuries.

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