“Fight Against Stupidity And Bureaucracy”
Another random selection of facts.
Guppies and Genghis Khan are here, but so are lots of others.
Hope you find something you like.
There are 12 imaginary languages
in the Lord of the Rings
Under medieval law, animals could
be tried and sentenced for crimes,
as if they were people.
There are records of farm animals being
tried for injuring or killing people.
Although John Mahoney played Kelsey Grammer’s
father in the great TV series ‘Frasier’,
he is only 15 years older than Kelsey.
The Aztec capital city was called ‘Tenochtitlan’
and it was located in the middle of a lake.
At the time of its discovery by Europeans,
it was bigger than most European cities,
had its own garbage collection and
was said to be very clean.
Today the same place is known as Mexico City
and the lake is mostly drained.
Disney’s ‘Main Street’ and ‘Tomorrowland’
are set in two very special astronomical years.
Main Street is set in 1910 and
Tomorrowland is set in 1986,
these years coincide with
Haley’s Comet appearance.
Probably one of the world’s most widely
distributed and popular freshwater
aquarium fish species is the ‘guppy’,
sometimes also known as the
‘million fish’ or ‘rainbow fish’.
It was named in honor of
Robert John Lechmere Guppy,
a British naturalist who sent specimens
of the species from Trinidad to the
Natural History Museum in London.
Some scholars believe that Genghis Khan
was responsible for up to 40 million deaths.
Some of his campaigns involved killing all
members of a society – men, women, and children,
Up until the early 1930s,
if you were ‘cool’ you were feeling chilly.
However during the jazz era the word ‘cool’
became slang for fashionable in jazz circles,
tenor saxophonist Lester Young is largely
said to have popularized it.
How cool is that?
Those who suffer from type 2 diabetes
are often symptom-free,
meaning they don’t even know that they’ve got it.
This type of diabetes is normally picked up
during eye exams as it could be seen as small
haemorrhages from leaking blood vessels
at the back of the eye.
Edgar Allen Poe once wrote a book called
“The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym.”
It was about four shipwreck survivors
who were adrift on a raft for several days
before deciding to eat the cabin boy
whose name was Richard Parker.
Not long after, in 1884, a ship called the Mignonette
ended up sinking and leaving only four survivors.
They decided to eat the cabin boy.
His name was Richard Parker.
If you were a
Flatulence Smell Reduction Underwear Maker
your job would be engineering underwear
that reduces the typically unpleasant post-fart odor.
According to an interview with George Lucas,
R2-D2 and C-3PO were originally called A-2 and C-3.
R2-D2 was designed by Ralph McQuarrie
and co-developed by John Stears
but actually built by Tony Dyson,
who ran his own studio called
The White Horse Toy Company in the UK.
3 thoughts on “Facts From Guppies To Genghis Khan. What More Could You Ask?”
The Mexico City factoid my fav.
I liked that one too, but doesn’t Tenochtitlan sound more Scottish than Mexican???
That’s because it’s Aztecian, not Spanish Mexican.