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Fun facts / 08 May 2017
Factset 93
  1. The average person spends 2 weeks of its life kissing.
  2. France has the highest per capita consumption of cheese.
  3. Americans consumed over 3.1 billion pounds of chocolate in 2001, which is almost half of the total world’s production.
  4. Snakes are immune to their own poison.
  5. MandM’s come from Forrest Mars Sr., son of the company’s founder, who came up with the idea for MandM’s during World War II. Unfortunately, sugar was rationed in the US during the war, and most chocolate was reserved for GIs overseas. The difficulty Mars faced in obtaining enough of each to launch the new product suggested the need for a strategic alliance. Mars made that alliance with William Murrie, president of Hershey, and the two named the new product with the first letters of their last names.
  6. Only about 15 percent of the world’s population practices circumcision.
  7. The underside of a horse’s hoof is called a frog. The frog peels off several times a year with new growth.
  8. The banana plant reaches its full height of 15 to 30 feet in about one year.
  9. If you like your espresso coffee sweet, you should use granulated sugar, which dissolves more quickly, rather than sugar cubes; white sugar rather than brown sugar or candy; and real sugar rather than sweeteners which alter the taste of the coffee.
  10. Benjamin Franklin was offended about putting a bald eagle as the national bird because he thought that other people were trying to make fun of him, since he was bald
  11. The Olympic flag’s colors are always red, black, blue, green and yellow rings on a field of white. This is because at least one of those colors appears on the flag of every nation on the planet.
  12. If all the cans of Spam ever eaten were put end-to-end, they would circle the globe at least ten times.
  13. Technically, the United States has only forty-six states. Virginia, Pennsylvania, Kentucky, and Massachusetts are commonwealths.
  14. Henry Ford produced the model T mostly in black because the black paint available at the time was the fastest to dry. Model T was available in other colors. The British factory for model T started producing them in Green as mentioned by the British Show QI.
  15. In Psalms 46, the 46th word from the first word is “shake” and the 46th word from the last word is “spear”.
  16. The arteries and veins surrounding the brain stem called the “circle of Willis” looks like a stick person with a large head.
  17. Frederick the great had his coffee made with champagne and a bit of mustard.
  18. Legislators in Santa Fe, New Mexico, are considering a law that would require pets to wear seat belts when traveling in a car.
  19. You are more likely to be struck by lightning that to be eaten by a shark.
  20. Spot, Data’s cat on “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” was played by six different cats.
  21. 67 million pounds of pesticides and about 3 million tons of fertilizer are used annually on lawns in the US.
  22. In 1984, a Canadian farmer began renting advertising space on his cows.
  23. In South Africa it is a law that single ply toilet paper must have 500 sheets in the roll
  24. Per capita, the Irish eat more chocolate than Americans, Swedes, Danes, French, and Italians.
  25. The tiny poison arrow frog has enough poison to kill over 2200 people.
  26. The Pacific entrance of the Panama Canal is farther East than the Atlantic entrance.
  27. Mount Everest is the tallest mountain from sea level, but the mountain closest to outer space is Chimborazo in Ecuador. Because it’s on the equator, where the planet bulges, it has a head start.
  28. Dry cereal for breakfast was invented by John Henry Kellogg at the turn of the century
  29. More than 99.9% of all the animal species that have ever lived on earth were extinct before the coming of man.
  30. The Oscars are given out by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to recognize achievement in films. They used to be called the Academy Award of Merit until, rumour has it, that one of the staff started calling the trophy Oscar because it reminded her of her Uncle Oscar. A Hollywood columnist used it in a 1934 article and in 1939 the Academy started using it.
  31. The US Post office introduced the Zone Improvement Plan (Zip codes) in 1963.
  32. The sentence “The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog” uses every letter in the alphabet and was developed by Western Union to test Telex communications (now defunct technology).
  33. On October 10, 1940, the world premier of a Switzerland produced full-length feature “oderated motion picture” (movie with added odors) was held.
  34. In 1993, David McLean developed lung cancer. He died on October 12, 1995. McLean’s death made him the second Marlboro Man to die of lung cancer. Another actor, Wayne McLaren, died in 1992 at the age of 51 from lung cancer.
  35. There are more cars in Southern California than there are cows in India.
  36. The 66 books of the Bible is divided into 1,189 chapters consisting of 31,102 verses. The Old Testament has 929 chapters, the New Testament 260 (King James version).
  37. The mother of Michael Nesmith of “The Monkees” invented whiteout.
  38. The oldest continuous trophy in sports is the America’s Cup. It started in 1851, with Americans winning for a straight 132 years until Australia took the Cup in 1983.
  39. Almost 40,000 Pong machines were produced, but it wasn’t Bushnell’s first arcade game. Computer Space was his first.
  40. The very first video games system that appeared in the market was created by Nutting Associates. This video game is the first coin-operated arcade video game called Computer Space. This video game was invented in 1970 and is considered to be the beginning of the evolution of video games.
  41. There are over 25,000 love hotels in Japan, generating a staggering 4 trillion yen in revenues per year.
  42. No word in the English language rhymes with month, orange, silver, or purple.
  43. The giant squid has the largest eyes of any animal. They can be 39 cm across, which is 16 times wider than a human eye.
  44. Tibet is the highest country in the world. Its average height above sea level is 4500 meters.
  45. Pink-grapefruit juice drinks may contain bugs. – You won’t find it listed in the contents, but it is definitely there. The insects are in the shape of an ordinary food coloring named cochineal extract, carmine, or carmines acid. The reddish color is derived from the insect known as Dactylopius Coccus Costa, whose diet is of red cactus berries. The bugs are dried up and then ground into a fine powder that is used in a lot of processed foods with a pink, red or purple tint.
  46. Water is reusable. – So basically, an allotment of the water you’ve been drinking has already been drunk by someone else. Maybe even more than once.
  47. The toxic puffer fish delicacy called Fugu kills about 300 people per year. -In spite of the meticulous measurements of expert chefs, this total remains. The emperor of Japan can only eat Fugu when it is going to be his last meal. And for those experts chefs, they must also eat their own Fugu once It is cooked.
  48. Turkeys can reproduce without having sex. It’s called parthenogenesis.
  49. Carl Sagan was a pot smoker
  50. Montana mountain goats will butt heads so hard their hooves fall off.

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