Factset 81 - Branect Consult
Fun facts / 08 May 2017
Factset 81
  1. The penalty for masturbation in Indonesia is decapitation.
  2. Tomb robbers believed that knocking Egyptian sarcophagi’s noses off would and therefore forestall curses.
  3. Jeremy Bentham, a British philosopher who died in 1832,left his entire estate to the London Hospital provided that his body be allowed to preside over its board meetings. His skeleton was clothed and fitted with a wax mask of his face. It was present at the meeting for 92 years.
  4. Donald Duck comics were first banned in Finland because he didn’t wear pants.
  5. The cannonballs were stacked in a pyramid formation, called a brass monkey. When it got extremely cold outside they would crack and break off, hence the saying.
  6. Most dust particles in your house are made from dead skin.
  7. CBS executives initially thought that Desi Arnaz, Lucy Ball’s *real life* spouse, wouldn’t be believable as her husband on the show.
  8. When christening a new ship the Vikings would sacrifice a human being, believing the spirit of the deceased would guide and guard the ship.
  9. Kissing helps prevent tooth decay
  10. The water used to produce 10 lbs of steak is equivalent to the average consumption of water for an entire household for an entire year
  11. Witch is a Saxon word meaning “wise one”.
  12. The Beatles played Shea Stadium in New York City on August 15, 1965 playing for 35 minutes and sang 12 songs in front of 56,000 fans. They were paid $160,000.
  13. The dachshund is one of the oldest dog breeds in history (dating back to ancient Egypt). The name comes from one of its earliest uses – hunting badgers. In German, Dachs means “badger, “Hund is “hound”.
  14. The first ring donuts were produced in 1847 by a 15 year old baker’s apprentice, Hanson Gregory, who knocked the soggy center out of a fried doughnut.
  15. A signature is called a John Hancock because he signed the Declaration of Independence. Only 2 people signed the declaration of independence on July 4. The Last person signed 2 years later.
  16. In medieval France, unfaithful wives were made to chase a chicken through town naked.
  17. ‘Stewardesses’ is the longest word that is typed with only the left hand.
  18. The storage capacity of human brain exceeds 4 Terabytes.
  19. There were always 56 curls in Shirley Temple’s hair.
  20. A Czech man, Jan Honza Zampa, holds the record for drinking one liter of beer in 4.11 seconds.
  21. Australian soldiers used the song “We’re Off to See the Wizard” as a marching song in WWII.
  22. Every person, including identical twins, has a unique eye and tongue print along with their finger print.
  23. In America you will see an average of 500 advertisements a day.
  24. Melba toast is named after Australian opera singer Dame Nellie Melba (1861-1931).
  25. Mutiny on The Bounty (1935) was the only film to have had three nominees for Best Actor Oscars (Charles Laughton, Clark Gable and Franchot Tone) but won only the Best Picture award.
  26. Fresh water from the River Amazon can be found up to 180 km out to sea.
  27. Through contact with door knobs, counter tops, and other daily objects your hand will come in contact with 15 penises a day.
  28. Lovebirds are small parakeets who live in pairs. Male and female lovebirds look alike, but most other male birds have brighter colors than the females.
  29. False eyelashes were invented by film director D.W. Griffith while he was making the 1916 epic, “Intolerance”. He wanted actress Seena Owen to have lashes that brushed her cheeks.
  30. Insects do not make noises with their voices. The noise of bees, mosquitoes and other buzzing insects is caused by rapidly moving their wings.
  31. There are between 5,000 and 7,000 tigers kept as pets in the United States.
  32. The major flavouring in the soda Dr. Pepper is prune juice.
  33. Ladies in nudist camps tend to use more makeup than ladies elsewhere.
  34. One of Steve Martin’s first jobs was selling Mickey Mouse hats at Disneyland.
  35. It would take 1,200,000 mosquitoes, each sucking once, to completely drain the average human of blood.
  36. Ancient Egyptians slept on pillows made of stone.
  37. The candy bar Baby Ruth wasn’t named after Babe Ruth, but rather after the daughter of President Grover Cleveland.
  38. A pound of potato chips costs 200 times more than a pound of raw potatoes.
  39. Pitcher Joe Nuxhall of the Cincinnati Reds hurled his first major-league game in 1944. Nuxhall, the youngest pitcher in major league baseball, was only 15 years, 10 months and 11 days old when he pitched that game against the St. Louis Cardinals.
  40. There are an average of 178 sesame seeds on a McDonald’s Big Mac bun.
  41. You have to pay a tax in Denmark to use the back seat of your car for passengers
  42. Hundreds of years ago people put coins for safe keeping in a jar made of “pygg,” a kind of clay.
  43. Mosquito repellents don’t repel. They hide you. The spray blocks the mosquito’s sensors so they don’t know your there
  44. When water falls from a shower head it slows due to air resistance, causes turbulence, and forms a mini-storm system with low pressure at its center. The air pressure outside the shower is now higher, and that’s what causes the shower curtain to be blown inwards during a shower.
  45. Nearly a third of all bottled drinking water purchased in the US is contaminated with bacteria.
  46. Tennis balls are fuzzy to increase air resistance to make it slower and to keep the ball on the strings of the racket a split second later for more control.
  47. The female initiates sex by ripping the males head off.
  48. Heroin is processed from morphine, a naturally occurring substance extracted from the seedpod of the Asian poppy plant.
  49. The femur, or thigh bone, is the largest bone in the body.
  50. The average bed is home to over 6 billion dust mites.

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