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Fun facts / 08 May 2017
Factset 85
  1. Jim Gordon, drummer of Derek and the Dominos (“Layla”), killed his mother with a claw hammer.
  2. Strange-but-true The average four year-old child asks over four hundred questions a day.
  3. Montpelier, Vermont is the only US state capital without a McDonald’s.
  4. The leap of an average flea is equivalent to a 100 pound man leaping 1,000 and enduring a g-force of 20,000 pounds with an acceleration greater than that of a space shuttle.
  5. Nixon was the first US president to attend a regular season NFL game while in office.
  6. By 1850, the manual coffee grinder found its way to most upper middle class kitchens of the USA.
  7. If you sneeze too hard, you can fracture a rib.
  8. The angel falls in Venezuela are nearly 20 times taller than Niagara Falls.
  9. Battered women shelters serve more children than they do women.
  10. If a surgeon in Ancient Egypt lost a patient while performing an operation, his hands were cut off.
  11. Ancient Egyptians shaved off their eyebrows to mourn the death of their cats.
  12. The human heart creates enough pressure when it pumps out to the body to squirt blood 30 feet.
  13. The microwave was invented after a researcher walked by a radar tube and a chocolate bar melted in his pocket.
  14. The busiest shopping hour of the holiday season is between 3:00 pm and 4:00 pm on Christmas Eve.
  15. Gerry Adams doesn’t own a credit card, so gets a friend to download songs from the internet.
  16. The largest single-ticket jackpot winner in history is Jack Whittaker Jr. of West Virginia. In December 2002 he had the sole winning ticket for a $314.9 million jackpot in the US Powerball lottery.
  17. Slinkys were invented by an airplane mechanic; he was playing with engine parts and realized the possible secondary use of one of the springs.
  18. Muhammad Ali once said “When a man can fight sex, you know he’s strong”.
  19. The amount American Airlines saved in 1987 by eliminating one olive from each salad served in first class: $40,000.
  20. A human head remains conscious for about 15 to 20 seconds after it is decapitated.
  21. The silkworm moth has lost the ability of flight due to domestication.
  22. The last time a cigarette commercial appeared on TV was December 31, 1970.
  23. A ten year old mattress weighs double what it did when it was new, because of the -ahem- debris which is absorbed through the years. That debris includes dust mites (their droppings and their decaying bodies), mold, millions of dead skin cells, dandruff, animal and human hair, secretions, excretions, lint, pollen, dust, soil, sand and a lot of perspiration, of which the average person loses a quart per day. Good night.
  24. In ancient Rome, when a man testified in court he would swear on his testicles
  25. Our olfactory system is designed to detect changes in odor rather than give a constant smell landscape, much like how our vision detects motion. If exposed to an odor for more than 15 minutes one will cease to smell the odor.
  26. Crocodiles swallow large stones that stay permanently in their bellies. It’s been suggested these are used for ballast in diving.
  27. The giant squid has the largest eyes in the world.
  28. Potato chips were invented in Saratoga Springs in 1853 by chef George Crum. They were a mocking response to a patron who complained that his French fries were too thick.
  29. The Chinese were using aluminum to make things as early as 300 AD Western civilization didn’t rediscover aluminum until 1827.
  30. Designer discount retailer TK Maxx is called TJ Maxx in the US.
  31. So far, GENE AUTRY is the only entertainer to have FIVE STARS on Hollywood’s “Walk of Fame”. One in each of the “Walks” five categories of FILM, TV, RECORDING, RADIO and THEATER. So many visitors were taking his cigars, so Thomas Edison devised a plan to discourage the practice. He had several boxes of cigars custom-made with cabbage leaves. But when the offensive smelling stogies were delivered to his office, his secretary sent them on to his home where his wife went ahead and packed the items in his luggage, and the offensive items accompanied Mr. Edison on his business trip. This just goes to show you that even a genius can’t outsmart his wife.
  32. Blueberry Jelly Bellies were created especially for Ronald Reagan.
  33. Lawn darts are illegal in Canada.
  34. The citrus soda 7-UP was created in 1929; ‘7’ was selected after the original 7-ounce containers and ‘UP’ for the direction of the bubbles.
  35. A third of the world’s people live on less than $2 a day, with 1,2 billion people living on less than $1 a day.
  36. Butterflies and insects have their skeletons on the outside of their bodies, called the exoskeleton. This protects the insect and keeps water inside their bodies so they don’t dry out.
  37. Golf the only sport played on the moon – on 6 February 1971 Alan Shepard hit a golf ball.
  38. In the U.S, Frisbees outsell footballs, baseballs and basketballs combined.
  39. The U.S. city with the highest rate of lightning strikes per capita is Clearwater, Florida.
  40. A person at rest generates as much heat as a 100watt lightbulb
  41. Burials in America deposit 827,060 gallons of embalming fluid – formaldehyde, methanol, and ethanol – into the soil each year. Cremation pumps dioxins, hydrochloric acid, sulfur dioxide, and carbon dioxide into the air.
  42. Sex is biochemically no different from eating large quantities of chocolate.
  43. In Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Mike King dove from a hovering helicopter into water 150 feet below. He accomplished what he wanted to do and broke the old record of 135 feet.
  44. Elephants from Asia, only the males have tusks. Both sexes of African elephants have tusks.
  45. The word “jaywalking” came from the US slang “jay”, a term popular in the early 20th Century meaning a rustic newcomer unfamiliar with city ways.
  46. The smallest transistor is 50-nanometres wide – roughly 1/2000 the width of a human hair.
  47. Ricin is a protein produced by the castor oil plant, Ricinus communis, which is highly toxic (the minimal lethal dose is around 1 µg / kg body weight, that means 1/15th of a milligram could kill a 150 lb. person).
  48. The term Cop comes from Constable on Patrol, which is a term used in England.
  49. The prison system is the largest supplier of mental health services in America, with 250,000 Americans with mental illness living there.
  50. The “Spruce Goose” flew on November 2, 1947, for one mile, at a maximum altitude of 70 feet. Built by Howard Hughes, it is the largest aircraft ever built, the 140-ton eight-engine seaplane, made of birch, has a wingspan of 320 feet. It was built as a prototype troop transport. Rejected by the Pentagon, Hughes put the plane into storage, never to be flown again.

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