“Fight Against Stupidity And Bureaucracy”
February facts finish here, but not to worry, all being well there will be more next month.
Meantime have a look at this selection.
I hope you find something interesting.
Approximately seven hundred
tweets per minute contain a YouTube link.
The most beer-drinking country in
the world is the Czech Republic.
With an incredible per capita beer consumption
of almost 40 gallons a year, the Czechs are way out
in front in the beer drinking world league table,
leaving the Irish, Germans, Americans and
other “beer nations” far behind.
None of the soldiers wore metal helmets in 1914.
The French were the first to introduce them in 1915.
Future prime minister Winston Churchill wore a
French one during his time on the front in 1916.
The first known pyramid architect was Imhotep,
an Ancient Egyptian polymath, engineer and
physician who is considered to be the designer of
the first major pyramid – the Pyramid of Djoser.
In 1783, then Yale University president Ezra Stiles
predicted that the population of the United States
would reach 300 million in the next two hundred years.
He based his prediction on his analysis of the
population growth in Europe.
Apparently, just a little over 200 years later,
the population of the country actually hit 300 million.
the first and arguably the best James Bond,
began balding when he was only 21-years-old,
therefore in al his appearances as ‘Bond’
he is wearing a toupee.
The phrase, “Bite the bullet”,
meaning to endure something painful,
was first recorded in Rudyard Kipling’s 1891 novel
‘The Light that Failed’ describing the barbaric era
before anesthetics were used in medical procedures.
Injured soldiers had to bite on a bullet to help them
endure the pain of an operation or amputation,
an action that usually also resulted in a few broken teeth
aside from the other pain.
A normal heart valve is about
the size of a half dollar
Payne Stewart was a prolific golfer
and a three-time major championship winner
who was extremely popular with spectators
for his exciting style of play and fancy clothes.
Sadly, in 1999 his career was cut short by an
airplane accident that cost him his life a few
months after his latest triumph in the U.S. Open.
The Laser is an innovation made possible
by Quantum mechanics.
It was once thought to have no practical use,
however, innovation and development has
enabled laser technology to be applied to different
inventions from the CD player to
missile-destroying defense systems.
In Port Lincoln, Australia, each January
they hold the ‘Tunarama Festival’ which is a
competition to see how far someone can
throw a frozen tuna.
Fortunately, the 2007 festival was the last one
in which real tunas were used for the throws
(because of their drastically dwindling populations).
Since then artificially made fake tunas have been used.
From 1850 to 1942, marijuana was
considered a useful medicine for
nausea, rheumatism, and labor pains
and was easily obtained at local general stores
or pharmacies throughout the U.S.
In Formula 1 motor racing,
there is no longer a car with the number 13.
The number has been removed after two drivers
were killed in crashes — both driving cars numbered 13.
Yuri Gagarin, the first human in space,
was also a victim of a training jet crash.
He died on March 27, 1968,
along with his flight instructor Vladimir Seryogin,
when their MiG-15UTI plane crashed.
There has always been a lot of speculation and
conspiracy surrounds their deaths.
For example, documents declassified in April 2011
include a 1968’s commission conclusion that they
had to maneuver sharply to avoid a weather balloon,
whereas a KGB report concluded the aircraft
entered a spin. from which it subsequently could
not recover. to avoid a bird strike or another aircraft.
the father in the TV show Growing Pains
wrote the theme songs for
The Facts of Life