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Fun facts / 08 May 2017
Factset 73
  1. You can be arrested for using someone’s wi-fi network without permission.
  2. Frank Baum named “Oz” after a file cabinet in his office. One cabinet was labeled “A to N,” and the second was labeled “O to Z”.
  3. More American workers (18%) call sick on Friday than any other day of the week. Tuesday has the lowest percent of absenteeism (11%).
  4. The elephant cannot jump, thus it´s penis moves  fast back and forth, the elephant does not need to move it´s body and legs.
  5. During World War II the USA government used 260 million pounds of instant coffee.
  6. A flamingo can eat only when its head is upside down.
  7. The leading cause of deaths for children between the ages of 1 and 4 are motor vehicle crashes.
  8. A walla-walla scene is one where extras pretend to be talking in the background – when they say “walla-walla” it looks and sounds like they are actually talking.
  9. Chances are 1 in 2 that an American lives within 50 miles of where they grew up. This is known as propinquity.
  10. The first company to ever issue stock was “The mysterie and companie of Merchants adventurers for the discoverie of regions, dominians, islands, and places unknown”, chartered in 1553, later simplified to “The Russia Company”.
  11. Blood is 92% water.
  12. A full seven percent of the entire Irish barley crop goes to the production of Guinness beer.
  13. The number of triplets born in the US in 1994 (4,594) was more than triple the number born in 1971 (1,034), an increase attributed to older age of the mothers and the use of fertility-enhancing drugs and techniques.
  14. China’s Beijing Duck Restaurant can seat 9,000 people at one time.
  15. In the States there is actually a Mothers-In-Law day, the fourth Sunday of October.
  16. The largest McDonald’s is in Beijing, China – measuring 28,000 square feet. It has twenty nine cash registers.
  17. On the new hundred-dollar bill the time on the clock tower of Independence Hall is 4:10.
  18. Land will be lost due to rises in sea level due to global warming due to animal farming.
  19. During a severe windstorm or rainstorm the Empire State Building may sway several feet to either side.
  20. C. Fields, the great 1930’s movie comedian and famous misanthrope, died on Christmas, the holiday he despised. Of all the notable quotes that issued from this notorious curmudgeon, the most often quoted, said to be from his California tombstone, is “All things considered, I’d rather be in Philadelphia”. But you would have an easier time locating his ghost than the words on that famous marker. Fields was cremated and has no tombstone. He made the remark to a magazine that had asked what he would want on his stone.
  21. More than half (52%) of smokers haven’t told their parents about their habit.
  22. A chef’s hat is shaped the way it is for a reason: its shape allows air to circulate around the scalp, keeping the head cool in a hot kitchen.
  23. There are 31,557,600 seconds in a year.
  24. If the full ecological cost of meat was passed onto the consumer – the price would be quadrupled (at least)
  25. The oldest living thing in existence is not a giant redwood, but a bristlecone pine in the White Mountains of California, dated to be aged 4,600 years old.
  26. It is against the law to mispronounce the name of the State of Arkansas in that State.
  27. The metal instrument used in shoe stores to measure feet is called the Brannock device.
  28. Large kangaroos cover more than 30 feet with each jump.
  29. Chameleons can move their eyes in two different directions at the same time.
  30. 99% of the pumpkins sold in the US end up as jack-o-lanterns.
  31. A grand piano can be played faster than an upright (spinet) piano.
  32. Ants closely resemble human manners: When they wake, they stretch and appear to yawn in a human manner before taking up the tasks of the day.
  33. Half of all Americans live within 50 miles of their birthplace.
  34. It has been estimated that humans use only 10% of their brain.
  35. One third of all cancers are sun related.
  36. The average lifespan of an eyelash is five months.
  37. The Minneapolis phone book has 21 pages of Andersons.
  38. The world record for spitting a watermelon seed is 65 feet 4 inches.
  39. “The sixth sick sheik’s sixth sheep’s sick” is said to be the toughest tongue twister in English.
  40. A polar bears skin is black. Its fur is actually clear, but like snow it appears white.
  41. Americans on average eat 18 acres of pizza every day.
  42. Benjamin Franklin was the fifth in a series of the youngest son of the youngest son.
  43. Domestic cats purr at about 26 cycles per second, the same frequency as an idling diesel engine.
  44. Football (soccer) is the most attended or watched sport in the world.
  45. In 10 minutes, a hurricane releases more energy than all of the world’s nuclear weapons combined.
  46. In May 1997, Paul McCartney broke his own world record by obtaining his 81st gold disc.
  47. Ketchup was sold in the 1830s as medicine.
  48. More people are killed each year from bees than from snakes.
  49. One in fourteen women in America is a natural blonde. Only one in sixteen men is.
  50. The longest song to reach number one on the Billboard charts on LP was “I’d Do Anything For Love (But I Won’t Do That)” by Meatloaf, the shortest: “Stay” by Maurice Williams and the Zodiacs.

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