Friday Facts ~ Week 2

Did you know….

  • The first couple to be shown in bed together on prime time television were Fred and Wilma Flintstones.
  • Coca Cola was originally green
  • Every day more money is printed for Monopoly than the US Treasury
  • Hawaiian alphabet has 12 letters
  • Men can read smaller print than women; women can hear better
  • City with the most Rolls Royce’s per capita: Hong Kong
  • State with the highest percentage of people who walk to work: Alaska
  • Percentage of Africa that is wilderness: 28%
  • Percentage of North America that is wilderness: 38%
  • Cost of raising a medium size dog to the age of eleven $6.400
  • Average number of people airborne over the US any given hour: 61,000
  • Intelligent people have more zinc and copper in their hair
  • The world’s youngest parents were 8 and 9 and lived in China in 1910
  • The youngest pope was 11 years old
  • First novel ever written on a typewriter: Tom Sawyer
  • The San Francisco Cable cars are the only mobile National Monuments
  • Each king in a deck of playing cards represents a great king from history:
    • Spades – King David
    • Clubs – Alexander the Great
    • Hearts – Charlemagne
    • Diamonds – Julius Caesar
  • 111,111,111 x 111,111,111 = 12,345,678,987,654,321
  • If a statue in the park of a person on a horse has both front legs in the air, the person died in battle; if the horse has one front leg in the air, the person died as a result of wounds received in battle; if the horse has all four legs on the ground, the person died of natural causes.
  • Only two people signed the Declaration of Independence on July 4th, John Hancock and Charles Thomson, Most of the rest signed on August 2, but the last signature wasn’t added until 5 years later".
  • " I am". is the shortest complete sentence in the English language.
  • The term "the whole 9 yards" came from WWII fighter pilots in the South Pacific. When arming their airplanes on the ground, the .50 caliber machine gun ammo belts measured exactly 27 feet, before being loaded into the fuselage. If the pilots fired all their ammo at a target, it got "the whole 9 yards".
  • Hershey’s Kisses are called that because the machine that makes them looks like it’s kissing the conveyor belt.
  • The phrase "Rule of Thumb" is derived from an old English law which stated that you couldn’t beat your wife with anything wider than your thumb.
  • The Eisenhower interstate system requires that one mile in every five must be straight. These straight sections are usable as airstrips in times of war or other emergencies.
  • The name Jeep came from the abbreviation used in the army for the "General Purpose" vehicle or G.P.
  • The cruise liner, Queen Elizabeth II, moves only six inches for each gallon of diesel that it burns.
  • No NFL team which plays its home games in a domed stadium has ever won a Super Bowl.
  • The only two days of the year in which there are no professional sports games (MLB, NBA, NHL, or NFL) are the day before and after the Major League all-stars Game.
  • How about this:
    • The nursery rhyme Ring Around The Rosey is a rhyme about the plague.
    • Infected people with the plague would get red circular sores (Ring Around the Rosey) .. these sores would smell very badly so common folk would put flowers on their bodies somewhere (inconspicuously), so that it would cover the smell of the sores (a pocket full of poseys…) People who died from the plague would be burned so as to reduce the possible spread of the disease (ashes, ashes, we all fall down).
  • What occurs more often in December than any other month? Conception.
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