Further Fabulously Fascinating Facts From Fasab!

“Fight Against Stupidity And Bureaucracy”

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I don’t know what it is about the letter ‘F’ but it seems to lend itself better to alliteration than any of the others – if your blog is called Fasab, that is 🙂 

Anyhow, here we go with another selection of those fabulously fascinating facts.

Enjoy.

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To manufacture a new car approximately 148,000 liters of water is needed.

 Car Manufacture

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In 1985, a pregnant women was falsely accused of shoplifting a basketball

pregnant

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The study of twins is known as gemellology

 the-study-of-twins-is-known-as-gemellology-fact

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Dalmatian puppies do not have any spots on them when they are born.

They actually develop them as they get older

dalmatian puppies

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At the equator the Earth spins at about 1,038 miles per hour

speed of earth

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In World War II, the German submarine U-1206 was sunk by a malfunctioning toilet

WWII-german-u-boat

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As a defense mechanism, the North American Opossum closes its eyes and becomes totally limp.

Basically it plays dead, hence the term ‘playing possum’.

cartoon possum

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Approximately 18 billion disposable diapers end up in landfills each year.

These diapers can takes as long as 500 years to finally decompose

disposable diapers

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Only one out of every three people wash their hands when leaving a public bathroom

washing hands in toilet

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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.

 Eisenhower interstate system

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Two objects have struck the earth with enough force to destroy a whole city.

Each object, one in 1908 and again in 1947, struck regions of Siberia.

Not one human being was hurt either time

Tunguska asteroid strike 1908
Tunguska asteroid strike 1908

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When Scott Paper Co. first started manufacturing toilet paper

they did not put their name on the product because of embarrassment

scott-toilet-paper

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Ian Fleming named his character “James Bond” after real-life ornithologist and author

Bond+birds+book

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A Canadian, Troy Hurtubise, spent $100,000 and almost went bankrupt

building a RoboCop style suit so that he could withstand a bear attack

Troy Hurtubise bear suit

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The big toe is the foot reflexology pressure point for the head

reflexology-ftchart

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In November 1999, two women were killed by a lightning bolt.

The underwire located in their bras acted as a electrical conductors,

and when the lightning bolt hit the bra they left burn marks on their chest

 Lightning

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Average life span of a major league baseball: 7 pitches.

a worn out baseball

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Every U.S. bill regardless of denomination costs just 4 cents to make

100000-Dollar-Bill

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The average day is actually 23 hours, 56 minutes and 4.09 seconds.

We have a leap year every four years to make up for this shortfall

day_night

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Approximately 10.5 gallons of water is used in a dishwasher.

Washing the dishes by hand can use up to 20 gallons of water

dishwasher

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10 thoughts on “Further Fabulously Fascinating Facts From Fasab!

  1. I’m not familiar with the 1947 event, but in the case of the 1908 Tunguska Event it’s thought the incoming asteroid or comet didn’t actually hit the Earth, but rather exploded in the atmosphere creating an air burst 3 to 6 miles above the planet’s surface.This is similar to what is thought to have happened with the recent Feb 15, 2013 Chelyabinsk meteor.

    • That’s interesting, thanks for the additional info.
      Re 1947 all I know is that it happened in the Sikhote-Alin mountains in Siberia. But I’m sure someone has written it up for Wikipedia.

    • Actually I’m not sure if that one is 100% true in that one in every five miles has to be that way, but it is very widely believed and the official title of the system is the “Dwight D. Eisenhower System of Interstate and Defense Highways” so it must have been designed with some defensive use in mind.

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