“Fight Against Stupidity And Bureaucracy”
Hi and welcome to fact day which does, as the title suggests, include an amazing fact about the number of ants ib the world. They may not be in your pants, but keep a look out just in case!
And now for the facts.
Halloween, which we’ve all just endured another year,
is thought to have originated around 4000 B.C.,
which means Halloween has been around for over 6,000 years
and is one of the oldest celebrations in the world.
Most vegetables and almost all fruits contain
a small amount of alcohol in them.
Some scientific studies suggest there are about
10,000,000,000,000,000 individual ants
alive on Earth at any given time.
Ants are estimated to represent about 15–20%
of the total terrestrial animal biomass,
which exceeds that of the vertebrates.
When Pluto was discovered it was initially
believed to be larger than Earth.
Now astronomers know that it’s about
1,455 miles (2,352 kilometers) across,
less than 20 percent as big as the Earth.
Thomas Stewart Armistead was a Confederate officer
who fought bravely in the American Civil War.
After being wounded at the Battle of the Wilderness he
was captured and placed in a camp near Morris Island
where the Union authorities used him as a human
shield to prevent fire from nearby Confederate artillery batteries.
Thomas Stewart Armistead and 599 other Confederate officers
who had also been captured became known as “The Immortal 600.”
When, on November 16, 1922, Armistead died at the age of 80 he
was the last survivor and member of “The Immortal 600.”
The American football team the Baltimore Ravens are named
in honor of Edgar Allan Poe’s classic poem ‘The Raven’.
The construction of the Great Wall of China took over 2 thousands years,
the very first parts being built as early as in the 8th century BC.
Table for one, sir?
Amsterdam´s restaurant At Eenmaal,
founded by social designer Marina van Goor,
has become famous because the only type of table
that you can find in the restaurant is a table for one.
The largest thermometer in the world is 134-feet-tall (40.843m)
and was built by businessman Willis Herron in Baker, California.
The thermometer is supposed to serve as a memento of
the highest recorded temperature in the U.S.
measured in nearby Death Valley
– 134 degrees Fahrenheit (56.6 Celsius) in 1913.
The thermometer is no longer in operation,
and was put up for sale in January 2013.
In 410 A.D. Alaric the Visigoth demanded that Rome give
him three thousand pounds of pepper as ransom,
an amount not to be sneezed at.
Abu Nasr Isma’il ibn Hammad al-Jawhari was an author of
a notable Arabic dictionary containing about 40,000 entries.
He is also remembered in Arabic history for
his attempt to fly with wooden wings.
He leapt from the roof of a mosque in the old town of Nishapur,
whereupon gravity took control and
he promptly hit the ground and was killed.
If you spray an antiseptic spray on a polar bear,
its fur will turn purple.
I wonder who got close enough to find that one out?
The Japanese Empire was the largest maritime empire in history,
spanning more than 7 million square kilometers and gained such
notoriety that it took atomic bombings in Hiroshima and Nagasaki
plus plenty of other battles to defeat it.
The movie that grossed the most money that was
adapted from a T.V. cartoon is Scooby-Doo
Quite often when a book is made into a movie a lot of things get changed.
Sometimes this spoils the story for those who have read the book,
other times it can improve it.
In Robert Bloch’s novel the main character ‘Norman Bates’
was short, fat, older, and very dislikable.
In Alfred Hitchcock’s movie version, however,
he was young, handsome, and sympathetic, and one
of the most well-known characters in film history.
Here are a couple of clips….