Factset 89 - Branect Consult
Fun facts / 08 May 2017
Factset 89
  1. “Canada” is an Indian word meaning “Big Village”.
  2. Although the two-finger V for Victory sign is synonymous with Winston Churchill, it actually was the idea of a Belgian refugee in London, Victor De Laveleye.
  3. Dogs and cats consume over $11 billion worth of pet food a year
  4. If you were to take a taxicab from New York City to Los Angeles, it would cost you $8,325.
  5. Julius Caesar’s autograph is worth about $2,000,000.
  6. The first TV commercial was a 20-second ad for a Bulova clock, broadcasted by WNBT, New York during a game between the Brooklyn Dodgers and the Philadelphia Phillies in July 1941. Bulova paid $9 for that first TV spot. Bulova also was the first watch in space.
  7. The world’s smallest dog is the Chihuahua, which means “tiny dog in the sky.”
  8. Lobsters have blue blood.
  9. A female cod can lay up to 9 million eggs.
  10. An ant has two stomachs, in one stomach it stores food for itself and in the other it stores food that is to be shared with other ants.
  11. In 1907 a Massachusetts doctor conducted an experiment with a specially designed deathbed and reported that the human body lost 21 grams upon dying. This has been widely held as fact ever since. It’s not.
  12. In Hong Kong, a betrayed wife is legally allowed to kill her adulterous husband, but may only do so with her bare hands. The husband’s lover, on the o
  13. 60% of electrocutions occur while talking on the telephone during a thunderstorm.
  14. Humans are the only primates that don’t have pigment in the palms of their hands.
  15. Pearls melt in vinegar.
  16. The name of all continents in the world end with the same letter that they start with.
  17. 14% of all facts and statistics are made up and 27% of people know that fact.
  18. An Olympic gold medal must contain 92.5 percent silver
  19. Duran Duran took their name from a mad scientists in the movie Barbarella.
  20. In 1900, the price of gold was less than $40 per ounce. It reached $600 in 1930. In 2009 it reached $1,000 per ounce.
  21. Leonardo Da Vinci invented the scissors, the helicopter, and many other present day items.
  22. A bathometer is an instrument for indicating the depth of the sea beneath a moving vessel.
  23. The mortarboards graduates wear are modeled after the Middle Ages Catholic church officials’ biretta, worn to symbolize their knowledge, experience, and high place. The cardboard was added to keep the high crown from flopping in the graduate’s face.
  24. The Jazz Singer, 1927, was the first movie with audible dialogue.
  25. Jim Carrey voted in 2004 at the Beverly Hills City Hall. He had an assistant wait in line for him, however.
  26. In 1860, ‘Godey’s Lady’s Book’ advised US women to cook tomatoes for at least 3 hours.
  27. Among older men, vanilla is the most erotic smell
  28. There are 150,000,000 cell phones in use in the United States, more than one per every two human beings in the country.
  29. 30% of men are gay, but 95% of men get arroused at pornography that shows male genetalia.
  30. French author Michel Thaler published a 233 page novel which has no verbs.
  31. The state of California raises the most turkeys out of all of the states.
  32. Pulp Fiction cost $8 million to make – $5 million going to actor’s salaries.
  33. There once was a town named “6” in West Virginia.
  34. Based on a US Justice Department study conducted between 1992 and 1996, workplace violence troubles 1.7 million Americans a year. Number of workers attacked or threatened per thousand: Police officers: 306, Private security guards: 218, Taxi drivers: 184, Prison guards: 117, Bartenders: 91, Mental health professionals: 80, Gas station attendants: 79.
  35. Fewer than half of the 16,200 major league baseball players have ever hit a home run.
  36. The Titanic was the first ship to use the SOS signal. It was adopted as the international signal for distress in 1912, and the Titanic struck the iceberg in April of that year.
  37. Approximately two-thirds of a person’s body weight is water.
  38. Sir Barton had already won the first two jewels of the Triple Crown — the Kentucky Derby in Louisville, Kentucky and the Preakness Stakes in Maryland.
  39. The citrus soda 7-UP was created in 1929; ‘7’ was selected because the original containers were 7 ounces. ‘UP’ indicated the direction of the bubbles
  40. Coca-Cola was so named back in 1885 for its two ‘medicinal’ ingredients: extract of coca leaves and kola nuts. As for how much cocaine was originally in the formulation, is not known due to its secret recipe.
  41. The first players elected to Baseball Hall of Fame were Ty Cobb, Babe Ruth, Honus Wagner, Christy Mathewson and Walter Johnson in 1936.
  42. Charles Lindbergh did not sleep for 24 hours preceding his 33 1/2 hour flight, and kept awake by holding his eyes open with his fingers, slapping himself, and opening the cockpit window.
  43. Adults use maths skills 14 times daily on average and literacy skills 23 times a day.
  44. Milk as an additive to coffee became popular in the 1680’s, when a French physician recommended that cafe au lait be used for medicinal purposes.
  45. Thirty-five percent of people who use personal ads for dating are already married.
  46. Walt Disney was afraid of mice.
  47. Radio waves travel so much faster than sound waves that a broadcast voice can be heard sooner 18,000 km away than in the back of the room in which it originated.
  48. Table tennis balls have been known to travel off the paddle at speeds up to 160 km/hr.
  49. The Beetham Tower has 47 floors.
  50. The first novel ever written on a typewriter is Tom Sawyer.

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