When George Lucas was mixing the American Graffiti soundtrack, he numbered the reels of film starting with an R and numbered the dialog starting with a D. Sound designer Walter Murch asked George for Reel 2, Dialog 2 by saying “R2D2”. George liked the way that sounded so much he integrated that into another project he was working on.
On average, men release 2.5 – 6 ml. of semen, containing 150 and 600 million spermatozoa in one ejaculation.
Sixteen year old Jane Chester posed for the “Columbia Pictures” LOGO called the PROUD LADY.
1897: Brownies are first mentioned in print, listed for sale in the Sears, Roebuck and Co. catalog.
Aztec emperor Montezuma drank 50 golden goblets of hot chocolate every day. It was thick, dyed red and flavored with chili peppers.
A normal cow’s stomach has four compartments: the rumen, the recticulum (storage area), the omasum (where water is absorbed), and the abomasum (the only compartment with digestive juices).
Statistics show that people with high, medium and low income groups spend about the same amount on Christmas gifts.
US and European expenditure on pet food is $17 billion per year.
Stopping an Abuser’s Drug and or Alcohol problem will not stop their abusive patterns, they are two separate entities although drug and alcohol use does make abuse more likely.
It is possible to lead a cow up stairs but not downstairs.
In ancient Egypt, when a rich man was mummified his heart was removed from his body and a heart-shaped stone carving of a dung beetle was put in its place.
Sir Isaac Newton was an ordained priest in the Church of England.
The IRS admits that one in five people who call their help line get the wrong answer to their question.
The average number of people airborne over the US any given hour: 61,000
Most cows give more milk when they listen to music.
Cleopatra married two of her brothers.
60% of all people using the Internet, use it for pornography.
A literal translation of a standard traffic sign in China: “Give large space to the festive dog that makes sport in the roadway”.
In 1778, fashionable women of Paris never went out in blustery weather without a lightning rod attached to their hats.
Shakespeare is quoted 33,150 times in the Oxford English dictionary.
The Ramses brand condom is named after the great pharoh Ramses II who fathered over 160 children.
A “jiffy” is the scientific name for 1/100th of a second.
Anthony Quinn’s performance as painter Paul Gaugin in Lust for Life (1956) is the shortest ever to win a Best Supporting Actor Academy Award, his second Oscar. He was on screen for only 8 minutes. (He won a similar award in 1952 playing opposite Marlon Brando in Elia Kazan’s Viva Zapata!)
Elvis favorite collectibles were official badges. He collected police badges in almost every city he performed in.
In 1965, CEOs earned on average 44 times more than factory workers. In 1998, CEOs earned on average 326 times more than factory workers and in 1999, they earned 419 times more than factory workers. The gap has remained more-or-less at 400 times.
Malachi, written about 400 BC, is the youngest book in the Old Testament.
The first daily broadcast was started by the BBC in November 1936.
The Morgan’s Sphinx Moth from Madagascar has a proboscis (tube mouth) that is 12 to 14 inches long to get the nectar from the bottom of a 12 inch deep orchid discovered by Charles Darwin.
The world’s largest disco was held at the Buffalo Convention Centre, New York, 1979. 13,000 danced a place into the Guinness Book of World Records.
Traffic jams of New York, San Francisco and Paris are well known – beaten only by those in Seattle where a driver annually spends 59 hours stuck in traffic.
Expansion slot #1 on the Colecovision allowed it to play all 2600 games. It even featured all the switches.
Lightning strikes the earth about 6,000 times per minute on this planet.
At the moment of conception, you spent about half an hour as a single cell.
It’s illegal to spit on the sidewalk in Norfolk, Virginia.
Of the more than $50 billion worth of diet products sold every year, almost $20 billion are spent on imitation fats
On a Canadian two-dollar bill, the American flag is flying over the Parliament Building.
The Carpenters signature song, We’ve Only Just Begun, was originally part of a television commercial for a California bank.
The typical bolt of lightning heats the atmosphere to 50,000 degrees Fahrenheit.
Tom Hanks is the youngest recipient of the Academy’s Lifetime Achievement Award, which he received in 2002 at age 45.
A botfly is known to fly at a speed of 1300 km/hr, which makes it faster then an aircraft.
A donkey will sink in quicksand but a mule won’t.
To “testify” was based on men in the Roman court swearing to a statement made by swearing on their testicles.
The first black player in the American League was Larry Doby with the Cleveland Indians in 1947.
Don’t give a dog chocolate! Chocolate affects a dog’s heart and nervous system; a few ounces are enough to kill a small dog.
The Main Library at Indiana University sinks over an inch every year because when it was built, engineers failed to take into account the weight of all the books that would occupy the building.
Hershey’s Kisses are called that because the machine that makes them looks like as if it’s kissing the conveyor belt
Methylphenidate is a central nervous system (CNS) stimulant. It has effects similar to, but more potent than, caffeine and less potent than amphetamines. It has a notably calming effect on hyperactive children and a “focusing” effect on those with ADHD.
A bull can inseminate 300 cows from one single ejaculation.
If done perfectly, a rubix cube combination can be solved in 17 turns.