Did You Know? It’s Another Fabulous Fasab Fact Day!

“Fight Against Stupidity And Bureaucracy”

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Yes folks, another fabulous fasab fact day.

Another random dive into the archives. I’m just as surprised as anyone else with what comes out.

I hope you enjoy.

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In 2012 Wallace Weatherholt, a Florida airboat captain

whose hand was bitten off by a 9-foot alligator,

was arrested and charged

with unlawfully feeding an alligator!

Wallace Weatherholt

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The more you talk about a person to others,

the more you fall in love with that person.

handsome and hot

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Adidas was founded by a former member of the Nazi Party, Adolf Dassler.

Adi was a nickname and ‘das’ the first 3 letters of his last name.

Adidas logos

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There are about 7,000 languages in the world.

There are about 2,200 languages in Asia.

1/4 of the world’s population speaks at least some English.

Adidas logos

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There are 12 imaginary languages in Lord of The Rings.

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The numbers ‘172’ can be found

on the back of the U.S. $5 dollar bill

in the bushes at the base of the Lincoln Memorial.

$5 bill reverse enlarged

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In 1221 Ghengis Khan killed 1,748,000

people at Nishapur in one hour.

(I think he had help!)

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The 57 on Heinz ketchup bottles represents the

number of varieties of pickles the company once had.

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There are more politicians in the US

than there are Pandas in the world.

(Were it the other way round I reckon

the country would be in a better condition!)

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There is a Titanic II currently being built as a replica

and successor of the ill-fated Olympic-class RMS Titanic.

The project was announced by Australian billionaire Clive Palmer

in April 2012, as the flagship of his cruise company Blue Star Line,

with an intended launch date in 2016.

The ship’s inaugural voyage will be the same as that of the

original Titanic, from Southampton to New York.

Titanic II

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Diet Coke was only invented in 1982.

Diet Coke

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The most expensive cow in the world is Missy,

a three year old black and white Holstein cow from Canada,

sold for $1.2 million dollars

at the Morsan Road to the Royal Sale in Uxbridge, Ontario.

Missy the most expensive cow in the world

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It is believed that Shakespeare was 46 around the time

that the King James Version of the Bible was written.

In Psalms 46, the 46th word from the first word is shake

and the 46th word from the last word is spear.

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“Karaoke” means “empty orchestra” in Japanese.

Karaoke

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The man who provided the voice of cartoon legend Bugs Bunny,

Mel Blanc, was in a serious car accident and was in a coma.

After many unsuccessful attempts to get him to talk,

a doctor asked “Bugs can you her me?”

to which Mel responded in the voice of Bugs Bunny,

“What’s up doc?”

The doctors used this to lead him out of the coma.

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Significant Number Factoid Friday – Seven

“Fight Against Stupidity And Bureaucracy”

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They’ve been ‘beautiful’, they’ve been ‘big’ and they’ve been ‘unusual’. Today we have the number seven, another of what are known as ‘significant’ numbers, so-called because of their use and the beliefs surrounding them.

Enjoy.

 

7 Seven

The number seven is the most mystical of all numbers. It is considered by a great many people to be ‘lucky’.

It is a number that is mentioned many times in the Bible where it indicates perfection and has its roots in ancient Jewish history.

In the Old Testament for example,

  • The Creation established the pattern of a seven day week.
  • The seventh day was a day of rest.
  • Land was to lie fallow every seventh year to allow it to recover its nutrients.
  • Noah led the clean animals into the ark in sets of seven pairs for each species.
  • Solomon took seven years to build the temple in Jerusalem.
  • The Torah mentions that the Sabbatical, or holy year, occurred every seven years.
  • The Israelites were told to march around the walls of Jericho seven times, and their enemies would be defeated.
  • The symbolic Jewish candlestick has seven branches.

This view of the number seven continued in the New Testament.

  • A disciple asked Jesus, “How many times should we forgive our brethren?” Jesus replied, “70 times 7”.
  • Revelations 1:16 states, “He had in his right hand seven stars.”
  • Also in Revelations, the number of seals is seven.

 

And beyond the Bible, we find the number seven in other religions and societies.

  • The ancient Greeks considered the number seven to be lucky. They believed it to be the perfect number.
  • In ancient Egypt there were seven paths to heaven.
  • In ancient Babylon there were seven branches on their tree of life.
  • The Arabs carried on this belief and built seven holy temples.
  • The Goths made sure they worshiped the seven deities.
  • The Japanese also had seven gods. (In 1995, to celebrate the Japanese Emperor’s seven year reign 17 runners ran 7,777 meters round the imperial palace at 7 minutes past seven on the 7th day of the 7th month.)
  • The Chinese saw seven as the number governing female life.
  • Even the Scottish Masons made sure the number seven had relevance in their rites, and their aprons were made with seven tassels on them.

 

In the US too there are examples of the occurrence of the number seven.

  • The Founding Fathers declared independence from Britain during the seventh month.
  • There are seven articles to the US constitution.
  • And the city of Washington D.C. was built on the 77th longitude.

 

The number still occurs because of it being thought lucky such as the drink 7-Up and the Boeing airplanes which are always 7?7.

 

Then there are the Seven Wonders of the world.

The original seven wonders were:

  • Great Pyramid of Giza
  • Hanging Gardens of Babylon
  • Statue of Zeus at Olympia
  • Temple of Artemis at Ephesus
  • Mausoleum at Halicarnassus
  • Colossus of Rhodes
  • Lighthouse of Alexandria

(The earliest lists had the Ishtar Gate as the seventh wonder of the world instead of the Lighthouse of Alexandria.)

Map of the original Seven Wonders of the World
Map of the original Seven Wonders of the World

In 2001 an initiative was started by the Swiss corporation New7Wonders Foundation to choose the New7Wonders of the World from a selection of 200 existing monuments.

Twenty-one finalists were announced January 1, 2006. Egyptians were not happy that the only surviving original wonder, the Great Pyramid of Giza, would have to compete with the likes of the Statue of Liberty, the Sydney Opera House, and other landmarks, calling the project absurd. In response, Giza was named an honorary Candidate.

The results, announced on July 7, 2007, in Lisbon, Portugal, were: 

  • Great Wall of China
  • Petra (Jordan)
  • Christ the Redeemer (Brazil)
  • Machu Picchu (Peru)
  • Chichen Itza (Mexico)
  • Colosseum (Italy)
  • Taj Mahal (India)

 

There have also been several atempts to compile a list of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. The main candidates include:

  • Grand Canyon
  • Great Barrier Reef
  • Harbor of Rio de Janeiro
  • Mount Everest
  • Aurora
  • Parícutin volcano
  • Victoria Falls

 

And, of course, in the field of entertainment the number seven has featured in several memorable movies, examples of which include:

  • Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
  • Seven Brides for Seven Brothers
  • Se7en
  • The Magnificent Seven
  • The Seven Samurai
  • The Seventh Seal
  • Seven Pounds