Factset 72 - Branect Consult
Fun facts / 08 May 2017
Factset 72
  1. A Swiss ski resort announced it would combat global warming by wrapping its mountain glaciers in aluminum foil to keep them from melting.
  2. Whiskey in Ireland is spelled with an ‘e’ before the ‘y’. Scottish Whisky (or Scotch) is spelled without the ‘e’.
  3. Canned Coca-Cola was first introduced in the domestic market in 1960.
  4. Chile’s Atacama Desert is the driest place on Earth, not raining for centuries at a time.
  5. The image of the king used in most standard decks of playing cards is said to have been based on Charles I, the English monarch who was beheaded in 1649.
  6. The hummingbird is the only bird that can hover and fly straight up, down, or backward.
  7. Thomas Jefferson, author of the Declaration of Independence and third President of the US, made no public appearances or speeches in his eight years in Presidential office. He even gave his State of the Union in writing.
  8. Fidgeting can burn about 350 calories a day.
  9. The only nation who’s name begins with an “A”, but doesn’t end in an “A” is Afghanistan.
  10. In the year 1763, there were over 200 coffee shops in Venice.
  11. In 1950, President Harry Truman threw out the first ball twice at the opening day Washington DC baseball game; once right handed and once left handed.
  12. A water-tight denial by a politician – as opposed to one that leaves room for later manoeuvre – is known as a Sherman pledge. The other sort is called a non-denial denial.
  13. In Tennessee, it is against the law to drive a car while sleeping.
  14. The high jump method of jumping head first and landing on the back is called the Fosbury Flop.
  15. The success of Sony’s game consoles have been credited to Ken Kutaragi, a former engineer and the CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment and the “the father of the PlayStation.” He was the one that convinced Sony to go into gaming alone after a deal with Nintendo fell through. He assembled a team that developed PlayStation from scratch in the 1990s. His team outdid itself with PlayStation II, which was made with components made from scratch (in the past consoles were made with off the shelf parts).
  16. Persians first began using colored eggs to celebrate spring in 3,000 B.C. 13th century Macedonians were the first Christians on record to use colored eggs in Easter celebrations. Crusaders returning from the Middle East spread the custom of coloring eggs, and Europeans began to use them to celebrate Easter and other warm weather holidays.
  17. 80% of 6th graders in the USA can’t find the United States on a map of the world.
  18. The only time the human population declined was in the years following 1347, the start of the epidemic of the plague ‘Black Death’ in Europe.
  19. The Aztecs had a primitive form of basketball called “ollamalitzli”. The difference from today’s sport is that the first person to get the ball through the ring high above the ground had the right to collect the clothes right off the backs of everyone watching the game.
  20. The people who built Stonehenge lived at an ancient village in Durrington Walls.
  21. Due to overgrazing 850,000,000 people live on land threatened by desertification and over 230,000,000 already live on land so severely desertified that they are unable to sustain their existence and face imminent starvation
  22. In 1993, the board of governors at Carl Karcher Enterprises voted (5 to 2) to fire Carl Karcher. Carl Karcher is the founder of Carls Jr. restaurants.
  23. Hawaii is the only US state that grows cacao beans to produce chocolate.
  24. Wheat is the world’s most widely cultivated plant; grown on every continent except Antarctica.
  25. The 1st US federal holiday honoring Martin Luther King, Jr. was in 1986.
  26. Shrimps’ hearts are in their heads.
  27. American Airlines saved $40,000 in 1987 by eliminating one olive from each salad served in first-class.
  28. In Vermont, the ratio of cows to people is 10:1
  29. The ant always falls over on its right side when intoxicated.
  30. The word “dexter” whose meaning refers to the right hand is typed with only the left hand.
  31. A man’s beard grows fastest when he anticipates sex.
  32. Beethoven was the first composer who never had an official court position, thus the first known freelance musician. Born in 1770, he grew up poor, but published his first work at age 12. By age 20 he was famous. He often sold the same score to six or seven different publishers simultaneously, and demanded unreasonably large fees for the simplest work. He was short, stocky, dressed badly, didn’t like to bath, lived in squalor, used crude language, openly conducted affairs with married women, and had syphilis. Beethoven was deaf when he composed his Ninth Symphony.
  33. Fishing is the biggest participant sports in the world.
  34. In his time, Michael Schumacher was the highest paid sportsman, ahead of Tiger Woods and Arnold Palmer. (Not including sponsorship endorsements.)
  35. Montpelier, Vermont is the only state capital without a McDonald’s.
  36. The pin that holds a hinge together is called a pintle.
  37. Pre-president Andrew Jackson, who may have fought as many as 100 duels before entering the White House, did not miss on May 30, 1806, when at 24 paces he killed a man who had insulted his wife.
  38. The international telephone dialing code for Antarctica is 672.
  39. Pablo Picasso’s career lasted seventy-eight years, from 1895 until his death in 1973.
  40. The US federal income tax was first enacted in 1862 to support the Union’s Civil War effort. It was eliminated in 1872, revived in 1894 then declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court the following year. In 1913, the 16th Amendment to the Constitution made the income tax a permanent fixture in the US tax system.
  41. Elton John’s real name is Reginald Dwight. Elton comes from Elton Dean, a Bluesology sax player. John comes from Long John Baldry, founder of Blues Inc. They were the first electric white blues band ever seen in England-1961.
  42. The world’s deadliest mushroom is the Amanita phalloides, the death cap. The five different poisons contained by the mushroom cause diarrhea and vomiting within 6 to 12 hours of ingestion. This is followed by damage to the liver, kidneys, and central nervous system – and, in the majority of cases, coma and death.
  43. The world’s largest rodent is the Capybara. An Amazon water hog that looks like a guinea pig, it can weigh more than 100 pounds.
  44. Bananas are available all year-round. They are harvested everyday of the year.
  45. It is estimated that 4 million “junk” telephone calls, phone solicitations by persons or programmed machine are made every day in the United States.
  46. Self-striking matches were invented by accident by an English chemist searching for a new type of combustible material. The first pack of these friction matches was sold on April 7, 1827.
  47. Goldfish lose their color if they are kept in dim light or are placed in a body of running water, such as a stream.
  48. When a queen bee lays the fertilized eggs that will develop into new queens, only one of the newly laid queens actually survives. The first new queen that emerges from her cell destroys all other queens in their cells and, thereafter, reigns alone.
  49. The first issue of People Magazine, in 1974, cost 35 cents and featured actress Mia Farrow on the cover.
  50. Married men revealed that they change their underwear twice as often as single men.

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