“Fight Against Stupidity And Bureaucracy”
Another round of fun facts, not just for January, but for whenever you feel like it really.
As random a mixture as ever.
Las Vegas casinos don’t have any clocks in
them because the owners prefer that
players lose track of time and keep gambling.
Clear Coca-Cola was created for the USSR in the 1940s
because Coca-Cola was regarded in the Soviet Union
as a symbol of American imperialism.
A chemist satisfied the request by removing
the soda’s caramel color and the company
put the drink in a clear bottle with a white cap
and a red star and sent 50 cases to Russia.
Dogs can be trained to detect
the scent of lung cancer
long before symptoms develop.
This image of what appears to be
a humanoid on the Moon
is believed to be an optical illusion
created by a rock formation’s shadow.
Certainly not proof of alien life,
or is it!
Liam Neeson was once offered
the role of James Bond,
as were Clint Eastwood and Burt Reynolds,
but they all turned it down.
The three pyramids in Giza Necropolis
are the most famous Egyptian pyramids
but in fact, as many as about 140 pyramids
in total have been discovered in Ancient Egypt.
In October 2006,
Google bought YouTube for $1.65 billion in stocks,
only eighteen months after it was created.
The three founders received big rewards,
Jawed Karim getting $66 million in Google stock,
Steven Chen $310 million,
and Chad Hurley $334 million.
A Japanese survivor from the Titanic disaster
was shamed when he returned to Japan,
he was told he should have gone down with the ship.
The term ‘Make the grade’ originates from
the world of railroad construction
in nineteenth-century America.
The word ‘grade’ is short for ‘gradient’
as calculations had to be carefully made
to ensure engines did not encounter
sudden steep gradients.
The polar bear is the only bear species
that does not hibernate;
they are active all year round.
Coffee can cause muscle contractions
along the final part of your intestine,
which can jumpstart your need to use the restroom.
This happens to about 50% of people that drink coffee.
Every day, the heart creates enough energy
to drive a truck 20 miles.
In a lifetime, that is equivalent
to driving to the moon and back.
J K Rowling’s publisher suggested
she use initials rather than her real name,
in order to appeal to male readers.
She chose ‘J.K.’ borrowing the ‘K’ from
her grandmother’s name, Kathleen,
although neither ‘Kathleen’ nor ‘K’
are part of her legal name.
Marilyn Monroe had a bigger IQ than Albert Einstein.
Monroe’s IQ was 163, 3 points higher than Einstein.
She also had bigger … never mind …
The Beatles song “Dear Prudence” was written
about Mia Farrow’s sister, Prudence,
when she wouldn’t come out and play
with Mia and the Beatles at
a religious retreat in India.
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