Factset 88 - Branect Consult
Fun facts / 08 May 2017
Factset 88
  1. The first streetlights in America were installed in Philadelphia around 1757.
  2. The names of all the continents end with the letter they start with.
  3. There are about a billion bicycles in the world, twice as many as motorcars.
  4. Women can indeed support themselves if they leave a domestic violence relationship, even if they believe otherwise. There are many programs available for Domestic violence victims.
  5. The majority of women who have been victims of spousal abuse become less negotiating about practicing safe sex or using protection with future partners.
  6. It costs $6,400 to raise a medium size dog to age eleven.
  7. A mayfly only lives one day, but a tortoise can expect to live 100 years.
  8. Australian termites have been known to build mounds twenty feet high and at least 100 feet wide.
  9. Heroin used to be a cough medicine for children. A German company (Bayer) registered heroin as a trademark.
  10. The average person eats eight spiders in their sleep in their whole entire lifetime!
  11. Edward Teach was also known as Blackbeard the pirate.
  12. Alfred Hitchcock didn’t have a belly button. It was eliminated when he was sewn up after surgery.
  13. If you bring a raccoon’s head to the Henniker, New Hampshire town hall, you are entitled to receive $0.10 from the town.
  14. In October 1959 Elizabeth Taylor became the first Hollywood star to receive $1 million for a single film (Cleopatra).
  15. Deborah Winger did the voice of ET.
  16. Most American car horns honk in the key of F.
  17. The first contraceptive was crocodile dung used by the ancient Egyptians.
  18. About 55% of all movies are rated R.
  19. Cephalacaudal recapitulation is the reason our extremities develop faster than the rest of us.
  20. Hannibal had only one eye after getting a disease while attacking Rome.
  21. No matter where you stand in Michigan, you are never more than 85 miles from a Great Lake.
  22. Rock drawings from the Red Sea site of Wadi Hammamat, dated to around 4000 BC show that Egyptian boats were made from papyrus and reeds.
  23. It takes a yard of sugarcane to make one sugar cube.
  24. Fortune cookies were actually invented in America (not China), in 1918, by Charles Jung, a Los Angeles noodle maker.
  25. Right handed people live, on average, nine years longer than left handed people do.
  26. The first McDonald’s restaurant in Canada was in Richmond, British Columbia.
  27. A Wisconsin forklift operator for a Miller beer distributor was fired when a picture was published in a newspaper showing him drinking a Bud Light.
  28. To insure a worldwide audience, Alfred Hitchcock filmed his opening and closing remarks in English, French and German. He also drew the famous profile of himself that he steps into before each episode of Alfred Hitchcock Presents.
  29. St Paul wrote 14 (of the 27) books of the New Testament.
  30. The Space Shuttle always rolls over after launch to alleviate structural loading, allowing the shuttle to carry more mass into orbit.
  31. Major Holidays aren’t any better for victims than they are for Abusers, Thanksgiving and Christmas raises tension and stress in domestic abuse relationships due to the victims yearning want to see his or her family and the abuser just not allowing it.
  32. Donald Duck comics were once banned from Finland because Donald doesn’t wear pants.
  33. In the 1800’s, people believed that gin could cure stomach problems.
  34. Every time you lick a stamp, you’re consuming 1/10 of a calorie.
  35. In 1221 the daughter of Genghis Khan ordered the killing of the entire population of the city of Nishapur (about 60,000) in one hour.
  36. The first coffee drinkers, the Arabs, flavored their coffee with spices during the brewing process.
  37. The average North Korean 7-year-old is almost three inches shorter than the average South Korean 7-year-old.
  38. Adding a drop of olive oil and lemon juice to an ice cube then running it over your face gives you better results than some expensive skin care products.
  39. The vibrator was originally used as a medicinal treatment for female “hysteria” during the 19th century
  40. The word ‘pound’ is abbreviated ‘lb.’ after the constellation ‘libra’ because it means ‘pound’ in Latin, and also ‘scales’. The abbreviation for the British Pound Sterling comes from the same source: it is an ‘L’ for Libra/Lb. with a stroke through it to indicate abbreviation. Same goes for the Italian lira which uses the same abbreviation (‘lira’ coming from ‘libra’). So British currency (before it went metric) was always quoted as “pounds/shillings/pence”, abbreviated “L/s/d” (libra/solidus/denarius).
  41. There are about 2 chickens for every human in the world.
  42. 8-bit integers, memory addresses, or other data units are those that are at most 8 bits (1 octet) wide.
  43. A elephant is the heavest of all land mammals at around 8,000 pounds.
  44. A Tropical Leafcutter ant uses its sharp outer jaw to cut leaves and make them into pulp. The pulp is later used to make fungus gardens. These gardens are looked after and harvested for food.
  45. VHS stands for Video Home System.
  46. Horses don’t pull wagons with all four legs. Their real pulling power comes from their hind legs. The main purpose of a horse’s front legs is to keep it up.
  47. Radio station call letters were assigned by an international convention in 1912. French stations were to begin with “F,” Canadian stations with “C,” and so on. The US was issued A, N, W, and K. “A” was for Army and “N” for Navy, each of which had their own stations. The logic behind “W” and “K” for the other stations is unknown, but eventually, all stations east of the Mississippi were assigned W, and west of it, K.
  48. Coffee, along with beer and peanut butter, is on the national list of the “ten most recognizable odors”.
  49. In Florida, it is against the law to put livestock on a school bus.
  50. The second Saturday in September is usually a popular time for weddings. Not in 2004, as most couples did not want their anniversaries on September 11.

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