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Fun facts / 08 May 2017
Factset 87
  1. The main character in “A.I.” starring Will Smith does not blink during the entire movie.
  2. The shortest English word that contains the letters A, B, C, D, E, and F is “feedback”.
  3. An average person’s nose produces a cup of mucus a day, most of which dries and protects the membrane.
  4. The famously awful E.T. game for the Atari 2600 actually sold more than its most famous game, Space Invaders. E.T. sold 1.5 million, while Invaders only shifted a million
  5. We don’t like their sound, and guitar music is on the way out. – Decca Recording Co. rejecting the Beatles, 1962
  6. After the great ballet dancer Vaslav Nijinsky died, doctors cut open and examined his feet. They wanted to find out whether his foot bones were different from those of ordinary men, thinking that his bone structure might account for his ability to perform the extraordinary leaps for which he had been famous. The autopsy, however, revealed nothing unusual.
  7. The dye used to stamp the grade on meat is edible. It’s made from grape skins.
  8. A Holstein’s spots are like a fingerprint or snowflake. No two cows have exactly the same pattern of spots.
  9. Sea water, loaded with mineral salts, weighs about a pound and a half more per cubit foot than fresh water at the same temperature.
  10. Vincent van Gogh painted a picture every day for the last 70 years of his life.
  11. In all three Godfather films, when you see oranges, there is a death (or a very close call) coming up soon.
  12. Babies are born with 300 bones, but by adulthood we have only 206 in our bodies. They don’t appear until the child reaches 2-6 years of age.
  13. Respiratory Disease is China’s leading cause of death.
  14. The surface of the human skin is 6.5 square feet (2m).
  15. There were 240 pedestrian fatalities in New York City in 1994.
  16. The Amazon ‘Jesus Christ lizard’ can run across water.
  17. The electric chair was invented by a dentist.
  18. Almonds are a member of the peach family.
  19. On a plane, if the passenger in your seat on the incoming flight had serious gas, then you are sitting on a cushion full of disease-causing microbes.
  20. 55% of Americans claim they would continue working even if they received a $10,000,000 lottery prize.
  21. Nuclear ships are basically steamships and driven by steam turbines. The reactor just develops heat to boil the water.
  22. TIP is the acronym for “To Insure Promptness.”
  23. Just 17 states kept data on reported domestic violence offenses in 1991, According to this report: (Senate Judiciary Committee Report, October 1992)
  24. Some of the oldest mountains in the world are the Highlands in Scotland. They are estimated to be about 400 million years old.
  25. The winter of 1932 was so cold that Niagara Falls froze completely solid.
  26. Amusement park attendance goes up after a fatal accident. It seems many people want to ride upon the same ride that killed someone.
  27. If two flies were left to reproduce without predators or other limitations for one year, the resulting mass of flies would be the size of the Earth.
  28. Natural gas has no odor. The smell is added artificially so that leaks can be detected.
  29. Fingerprints of koalas are similar (in pattern, shape and size) to the fingerprints of humans
  30. Teddy Roosevelt’s famous attack in Cuba during the Spanish-American Was is referred to as the charge of the “Rough Riders,” even though the troops were not on horses.
  31. The pigmy shrew – a relative of the mole – is the smallest mammal in North America. It weighs 1/14 ounce – less than a dime.
  32. About 1/3 of all Americans say they flush the toilet while sitting.
  33. Mistletoe is a parasite, entwining itself around poplars and apple trees so it can suck the sap from them. At its worst, mistletoe is a killer organism, destroying its host, and can be stopped only by yanking it out by its roots. But when it doesn’t get out of hand, mistletoe, an evergreen, can help its host by supplying it with chlorophyll in winter when the host plant has lost its leaves.
  34. Afterward, they feed the chicks a special liquid from their throats. When the mother penguins return to care for the young, the fathers go to sea to eat and rest.
  35. Bananas are not grown commercially in the continental United States. They are grown in Latin and South America from countries like Costa Rica, Ecuador, Colombia, Honduras, Panama and Guatemala.
  36. In 1893 two fighters were duking it out for the lightweight championship of the south. They ended in a draw after 110 rounds.
  37. The shrimp’s heart is in its head
  38. Britain’s present royal family was originally named Saxe-Coburg and Gotha. The name was changed in 1917, during WW1 because of German connotations. The name Windsor was suggested by one of the staff. At the same time the Battenberg family name of the cousins to the Windsors was changed into Mountbatten.
  39. In 1985 there were 4 write-in votes for Mr. Potato Head for the election of mayor in Boise, Idaho.
  40. Diet Coke was only invented in 1982.
  41. The Ocarina, a musical wind instrument, is also known as the Sweet Potato.
  42. Baby robins eat 14 feet of earthworms every day.
  43. 36 cans of Spam are consumed each second.
  44. Hershey’s Kisses are called that because the machine that makes them looks like it’s kissing the conveyor belt.
  45. Only 6 people in the whole world have died from moshing.
  46. The most common street name in the US. is Second Street.
  47. 3% of all road accidents in Canada involve a Moose.
  48. An annoyed camel will spit at a person.
  49. Seuss pronounced his name “soyce”.
  50. In 1386, a pig in France was executed by public hanging for the murder of a child

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