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Fun facts / 08 May 2017
Factset 79
  1. Grapes explode when you put them in the microwave. You have been warned!
  2. The first triple jump in figure skating competition was performed by Dick Button in 1952.
  3. There are over 58 million dogs in the USA.
  4. Twelve or more cows are known as a “flink”.
  5. 10 percent of all human beings ever born are alive at this very moment.
  6. The cartoonist was Richard Felton Outcault.
  7. 7-Up was created in 1929 by Charles Leiper Grigg and originally called Bib-Label Lithiated Lemon-Lime Soda. Some theories on why he changed the name: ‘Seven Up’ has 7 letters; the original bottle held 7 ounces; it has 7 ingredients; it comes from throwing a 7 in craps; he saw a cattle brand which looked like 7 UP and thought if it were unique enough for a cow it would be unique enough for him.
  8. 32 out of 33 samples of well-known brands of milk purchased in Los Angeles and Orange counties in California had trace amounts of perchlorate. Perchlorate is the explosive component in rocket fuel.
  9. It is impossible to out-swim a shark – sharks reach speeds of 44 mph (70 km/h). Humans can run about 21 mph (35 km/h).
  10. The largest movie theater in the world, Radio City Music Hall in New York, opened in 1932 – it seats almost 6,000 people.
  11. The living does not outnumber the dead: since the creation about 60 billion people have died.
  12. 95% of poultry suffer injuries before being killed and 30% suffer broken bones
  13. In San Francisco, there is an ordinance, which bans the picking up and throwing of used confetti.
  14. The average American consumes enough caffeine in one year to kill a horse.
  15. Canada is the westernized version of “Kanata” which is an Indian word meaning “Big Village”
  16. Taphephobia is the fear of being buried alive.
  17. More than 114 million acts of sex are performed each day around the world. (World Health Organization)
  18. The youngest pope ever was 11 years old.
  19. If you cheated while playing the Sega 32x version of Doom, after the game ends you’re taken to a fake DOS prompt. You can’t quit out of it, and the only way to escape the screen is to reset the console. If you didn’t cheat, you get an extra cutscene.
  20. Los Angeles’s full name is El Pueblo de Nuestra Senora la Reina de los Angeles de Porciuncula and can be abbreviated to 3.63% of its size, LA
  21. Adultery laws vary from state to state. In states were adultery is still prosecutable, the penalties vary from a life sentence in Michigan, to a fine of $10 in Maryland.
  22. A group of geese on the ground is a gaggle.
  23. Caffeine is on the International Olympic Committee list of prohibited substances. Athletes who test positive for more than 12 micrograms of caffeine per milliliter of urine may be banned from the  Olympic Games. This level may be reached after drinking about 5 cups of coffee.
  24. The term “honeymoon” is derived from the Babylonians who declared mead, a honey-flavored wine, the official wedding drink, stipulating that the bride’s parents be required to keep the groom supplied with the drink for the month following the wedding.
  25. Lassie, the TV collie, first appeared in a 1930s short novel titled Lassie Come-Home written by Eric Mowbray Knight. The dog in the novel was based on Knight’s real life collie, Toots.
  26. China has more English speakers than the United States.
  27. Meteorologists claim they’re right 85% of the time (think about that one!)
  28. The Eisenhower interstate system requires that one mile in every five must be straight in case of war or emergency, they could be used as airstrips.
  29. About 200,000,000 MandMs are sold each day in the United States.
  30. Camel’s have three eyelids.
  31. Greece’s national anthem has 158 verses.
  32. There is a city called Rome on every continent.
  33. In Utah, birds have the right of way on all highways.
  34. Stephen Stills, John Sebastian and Paul Williams all failed auditions to become members of the MONKEES.
  35. In Iceland, 96% of women go to university.
  36. The Tokyo World Lanes Bowling Center is the largest bowling establishment in the world with 252 lanes.
  37. 75% of domestic violence is caused by drug addicts.
  38. SCUBA divers cannot pass gas at depths of 33 feet or below
  39. Texas was one of the first states to adopt capital punishment by lethal injection in 1977.
  40. Studies show that if a cat falls off the seventh floor of a building it has about thirty percent less chance of surviving than a cat that falls off the twentieth floor. It supposedly takes about eight floors for the cat to realize what is occurring, relax, and correct itself.
  41. Egyptians used to sleep on pillows made of stone.
  42. Every day, the average person produces about a quart of mucus.
  43. Cats have over one hundred vocal sounds, while dogs only have about ten.
  44. Los Angeles’ full name ‘El Pueblo de Nuestra Senora la Reina de Los Angeles de Porciuncula’ is reduced to 363% of its size in the abbreviation ‘LA’.
  45. The cruise liner, Queen Elizabeth II, moves only six inches for each gallon of diesel that it burns.
  46. A word or sentence that is the same front and back (racecar, kayak) is called a “palindrome”.
  47. Butterflies range in size from a tiny 1/8 inch to a huge almost 12 inches.
  48. Google indexed it’s 1 trillionth unique URL on July 25, 2008. That is thought to be about 20% of all the pages on the Internet but a high percentage of the World Wide Web (the public Internet).
  49. In York, it is perfectly legal to shoot a Scotsman with a bow and arrow (except on Sundays)
  50. Some peasants in ancient China shaved their pigs because the pigs would sleep with people and the bristles were uncomfortable in bed.

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