Factset 94 - Branect Consult
Fun facts / 08 May 2017
Factset 94
  1. What separates “60 Minutes,” on CBS from every other TV show is that there is no theme song.
  2. It is not true that the Great Wall of China is the only man-made structure that can be viewed from space – many man-made objects, including the Dutch polders, can be viewed from space.
  3. Hippos have killed more than 400 people in Africa – more than any other wild animal.
  4. The lion costume in the film Wizard of Oz was made from real lions.
  5. Bumfuzzle: It means to confuse, and may have come from the earlier “dumfoozle”.
  6. Only 5 percent of the ocean floor has been mapped in as much detail as the surface of Mars.
  7. Trees, not whales, are the largest living organisms on Earth today.
  8. The three tones that are played during the showing of the NBC logo are G, E, and C. GEC, aka General Electric Company, is the parent company of NBC.
  9. The first man to sail solo around the world was Joshua Slocum, who couldn’t swim.
  10. During the US Civil war, 200,000 blacks served in the Union Army; 38,000 gave their lives; 22 won the Medal of Honor.
  11. There are 293 ways to make change for a dollar
  12. The buzz that you hear when a bee approaches is the sound of its four wings moving at 11,400 strokes per minute. Bees fly an average of 15 miles per hour.
  13. Modern farming methods using growth hormones and artificial lighting mean that many chickens out grow their bones, resulting in fractured and broken legs
  14. In space, astronauts cannot cry properly, because there is no gravity, so the tears can’t flow down their faces.
  15. Jack is the most common name in nursery rhymes.
  16. The leg bones of a bat are so thin that no bat can walk.
  17. Swiss Steak, Chop Suey, Russian Dressing, and a Hamburger all originated in the US.
  18. An average person uses the bathroom 6 times per day.
  19. Other than humans, black lemurs are the only primates that may have blue eyes
  20. In 2002, women earned 742,000 bachelor’s degrees. Men earned only 550,000 during the same year. The difference is growing so large that many colleges now practice (quietly) affirmative action for male applicants.
  21. Up to 25% of hospital keyboards carry the MRSA infection.
  22. Armadillos can be housebroken.
  23. Neutering a cat extends its life span by two or three years.
  24. The Grammy Awards were created to counter the growing “threat” of rock music.
  25. Moles are able to tunnel through 300 feet of earth in a day
  26. More money is spent on gardening than on any other hobby.
  27. In Switzerland, it’s against the law to slam your car door.
  28. To Ensure Promptness, one is expected to pay beyond the value of service – hence the later abbreviation: TIP.
  29. All polar bears are left-handed.
  30. In the marriage ceremony of the ancient Inca Indians of Peru, the couple was considered officially wed when they took off their sandals and handed them to each other.
  31. The 57 on Heinz ketchup bottles represents the number of varieties of pickles the company once had.
  32. The very first bomb dropped by the Allies on Berlin during World War II Killed the only elephant in the Berlin Zoo.
  33. A lion in the wild usually makes no more than 20 kills a year.
  34. Basketball and rugby balls are made from synthetic material. Earlier, pigs’ bladders were used as rugby balls.
  35. Fingernails grow nearly 4 times faster than toenails!
  36. In France, a five year old child can buy an alcoholic drink in a bar
  37. Money notes are not made from paper, it is made mostly from a special blend of cotton and linen.
  38. If the average man never trimmed his beard, it would grow to nearly 30 feet long in his lifetime.
  39. The world’s first singing commercial aired on the radio on Christmas Eve, 1926 for Wheaties cereal. The four male singers, eventually known as the Wheaties Quartet, sang the jingle.
  40. A rat can last longer with out water than a camel.
  41. Human tapeworms can grow up to 22.9m.
  42. The kiss that is given by the bride to the groom at the end of the wedding ceremony originates from the earliest times when the couple would actually make love for the first time under the eyes of half the village.
  43. 36% of Americans say that God has spoken to them.
  44. In 1945 a computer at Harvard malfunctioned and Grace Hopper, who was working on the computer, investigated, found a moth in one of the circuits and removed it. Ever since, when something goes wrong with a computer, it is said to have a bug in it.
  45. Japan is the world’s leading importer of iron ore.
  46. If they continue to clear American forests to raise cattle at the present rate, in 50 years there will be none left
  47. A Dutch court ruled that a bank robber could deduct the 2,000 Euros he paid for his pistol from the 6,600 Euros he has to return to the bank he robbed.
  48. Symantec released a list of the top terms searched on the Internet in 2009. “Porn” was in the top 4 by children 7 and under, just ahead of “Club Penguin”.
  49. The bagpipe was originally made from the whole skin of a dead sheep Inventor Samuel Colt patented his revolver in 1836.
  50. Macaroni, Gentoo, Chinstrap and Emperor are types of penguins.

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