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Fun facts / 08 May 2017
Factset 80
  1. The first instance of global electronic communications took place in 1871 when news of the Derby winner was telegraphed from London to Calcutta in under 5 minutes.
  2. Feet sweat because there are about 250,000 pores on their soles that squirt a quarter cup of liquid each day.
  3. People have legs of slightly different lengths.
  4. Nose prints are used to identify dogs, just like humans use fingerprints.
  5. Coffee sacks are usually made of hemp and weigh approximately 132 pounds when they are full of green coffee beans. It takes over 600,000 beans to fill a coffee sack.
  6. A private elementary school in Alexandria, Virginia, accidentally served margaritas to its schoolchildren, thinking it was limeade.
  7. Evian spelled backwards is naive.
  8. Three chemicals are used to execute criminals by lethal injection. First, Sodium Thiopental is injected, causing the inmate to fall into a deep sleep. The second chemical agent, Pancuronium Bromide, a muscle relaxer, follows.This causes the inmate to stop breathing due to paralyses of the diaphragm and lungs. Finally, Potassium Chloride is injected, stopping the heart
  9. In The Empire Strikes Back there is a potato hidden in the asteroid field
  10. The first airline, DELAG, was established on October 16, 1909, to carry passengers between German cities by Zeppelin airships. Up to November 1913, more than 34,000 people had used the service.
  11. From its completion in 125 A.D. until 1958, the Pantheon’s domed ceiling was the largest unsupported concrete span in the world. It was surpassed only with the construction of the CNIT building in Paris.
  12. If you stretch a standard Slinky out flat it measures 87 feet long.
  13. There are more than 100 million dogs and cats in the United States.
  14. Toilet paper was invented in 1857.
  15. Dalmatians are born without spots
  16. During your lifetime, you’ll eat about 60,000 pounds of food, that’s the weight of about 6 elephants.
  17. A German World War II submarine was sunk due to malfunction of the toilet.
  18. The modern Olympic Games were held in the first time in 1896 at Athens and were then followed by the 1900 Paris games. The winter games were added in 1924.
  19. Kotex was first manufactured as bandages, during WWI.
  20. A poll of 3,000 Americans found that for 41 percent, the thing they’re most afraid of is speaking before a group of people. 32 percent stated they were afraid of heights.
  21. The first credit card, issued in 1950, was Diner’s Club. Frank X. McNamara started the company with 200 card holders.
  22. One person in two billion will live to be 116 or older.
  23. Baseball’s National League was born in 1876. Eight competing baseball teams met in New York City’s Grand Central Hotel. The first president of the new league was Morgan Gardner Bulkeley, who later became a US Senator. The eight original cities with teams were: Boston, Chicago, Cincinnati, New York, Philadelphia, St. Louis, Louisville and Hartford. Two of the original teams are now in the American League (Boston and New York) while Louisville and Hartford are now minor-league baseball towns.
  24. Karen Roman grew the world’s largest cauliflower, weighing in at 22 pounds.
  25. BVD stands for the organizers of the company: Bradley, Voorhies, and Day.
  26. Michael Sangster, who played in the 1960s, had tennis’ fastest serve, once clocked at 154 mph.
  27. Two-thirds of the world’s eggplant is grown in New Jersey.
  28. The water used to produce a 1000 lb beef steer is enough to float a Destroyer battleship
  29. Chickens can be diagnosed with depression.
  30. Grog is the term for rationed rum on board a sailing vessel, discontinued in 1970. In 1740, Admiral Vernon ordered the rations be diluted with water. He wore a coat of rough material, a mix of wool and mohair, known as grogram, came to be known as “Old Grog”, hence the nickname of grog.
  31. Oslo, Norway is the world’s most expensive city. A gallon on gas costs almost $5, and it costs $1.32 to use the public restrooms.
  32. The most fatal car accidents occur on Saturday.
  33. Charles Lindbergh only flew at a top speed of only about 110 mph.
  34. In 1908, Michael Murphy proposed that sprinters on track teams be allowed to start form a crouching position. This was the first time this was permitted.
  35. Life in the 1500’s – The wealthy had slate floors which would get slippery in the winter when wet. So they spread thresh on the floor to help keep their footing. As the winter wore on they kept adding more thresh until when you opened the door it would all start slipping outside. A piece of wood was placed at the entry way, hence a “thresh hold”.
  36. Infants spend more time dreaming than adults do
  37. The day after President George W. Bush was reelected, Canada’s main immigration website had 115,000 visitors. Before Bush’s re-election, this site averaged about 20,000 visitors each day.
  38. The only two bald Presidents were Martin Van Buren and Dwight D. Eisenhower
  39. In your lifetime you will swallow 8 spiders in your sleep, on average.
  40. Life in the 1500’s – There was nothing to stop things from falling into the house. This posed a real problem in the bedroom where bugs and other droppings could really mess up your nice clean bed. So, they found if they made beds with big posts and hung a sheet over the top, it addressed that problem. Hence those beautiful big four poster beds with canopies. The floor was dirt. Only the wealthy had something other than dirt, hence the saying “dirt poor”.
  41. Banging your head against the wall uses 150 calories an hour.
  42. It takes more calories to eat a piece of celery than the celery has in it to begin with.
  43. Paper was invented early in the second century by Chinese eunuch.
  44. Your stomach needs to produce a new layer of mucus every two weeks or it would digest itself.
  45. Apart from the four main islands, Japan is composed of over 3,000 smaller isles.
  46. Taito’s arcade hit Space Invaders grossed over $100 million as a cartridge for the 2600.
  47. In England, in the 1800’s pants was considered a dirty word.
  48. A Swedish company called ‘Promessa’ now offers an ecological burial. They freeze-dry your body in liquid nitrogen, then pulverize it with high-frequency vibrations, and then put your powdered remains into a cornstarch coffin. It all decomposes within six to twelve months.
  49. If you add up the letters in all the names of the cards in the deck (Ace, two), the total # of letters is 52, the same as the # of cards in the deck.
  50. Duelling is legal in Paraguay as long as both parties are registered blood donors.

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