Yes, one of today’s facts, the first one actually tells us that the Earth’s rotation is slowing. I don’t know who measures these things but as far as I am concerned time is passing faster rather than slower.
But maybe you shouldn’t think about these things too hard.
Earth’s rotation is slowing at a rate of
about 17 milliseconds a century.
Information can fly around your brain at 260 mph
The American army together with Hershey
improved the heat-resistance of chocolate
in order to withstand the hot sun during Desert Storm.
These chocolate bars remained solid
even at temperatures of up to 140°F.
The smallest number of letters in an alphabet is 11,
in the Papuan language known as Rotokas
The most letters is 74
in the Khmer (Cambodian) alphabet.
A duck’s quack does in fact echo
Disney World is second only to the US Military
when it comes to purchasing explosives in the United States
In what is possibly one of the worst ways to spend your Christmas Eve,
Juliane Koepcke was the sole survivor of the LANSA flight 508.
It’s estimated that Koepcke fell from a height of about 10,000 feet
before crashing into the Peruvian rain forest.
During the ice age, people in the British Isles
used humans skulls as cups
Peter the Great had his wife’s lover beheaded
and then forced his wife to keep the head preserved in her room.
Just like people acquiring spoken languages have accents,
people acquiring sign languages have accents as well
King Adolf Frederick of Sweden became
“the King Who Ate Himself to Death”
in 1771 after a meal consisting of lobster, caviar, saurkraut,
cabbage soup, smoked herring, champagne
and 14 servings of his favorite dessert.
Each year the moon moves 3.8 cm further from the Earth.
Noon comes from the Latin phrase “nona hora” or “ninth hour”.
In ancient Rome noon was actually around 3pm
The silhouette on the NBA logo is Jerry West.
The first fossilized specimen of Austalopithecus afarenisis
was named Lucy after the palentologists’ favorite song,
Today the number is 100, very popular, much used by almost everyone. Here are some things about 100 that you may know and some you probably don’t.
100 One Hundred
Shem was an hundred years old when he became a father (Genesis 11:10);
Abraham was also one hundred years of age when his son Isaac was born (Gen. 21:5);
Obadiah saved one hundred prophets by hiding them in a cave and feeding them. (I Kings 18.4);
Jesus’ parable of the 100th lost sheep (Matthew 18.12);
Nicodemus brought one hundred pounds of myrrh & aloes to embalm Jesus after his crucifixion (John 19.39);
Paul’s 14 Epistles in the New Testament total one hundred chapters;
There are 100 blasts of the Shofar heard in the service of Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year;
A religious Jew is expected to utter at least one hundred blessings daily.
The United States Senate has 100 Senators, two from each of the 50 States;
“The First Hundred Days” is an arbitrary benchmark of a President of the United States’ performance at the beginning of his or her term.
A Centillion 10303 has 100 groups of three zeros after 1000;
A Googol is the figure 1 followed by 100 zeroes, written 10100. It was invented by Milton Sirotta, the 9-year nephew of mathematician Edward Kasner;
A 10×10 Magic Square has 100 squares with numbers 1-100, each row, column & diagonal adding to 505 with the total sum being 5050;
There are exactly 100 prime numbers whose digits are in strictly ascending order. (e.g. 239, 2357 etc.);
Pythagoreans considered 100 as divinely divine because it is the square (10 x 10) of the divine decad;
The standard SI prefix for a hundred is “hecto-“;
100 is the basis of percentages (per cent meaning “per hundred” in Latin), with 100% being a full amount and representing wholeness, purity, or perfection.
One hundred is the Atomic Number of Fermium, a radioactive rare earth metal;
One hundred is the molecular weight of Calcium Carbonate;
The boiling point of water is 100 degrees Celsius.
Messier 100 is a perfect example of a grand design spiral galaxy, a type of galaxy with prominent and very well-defined spiral arms.
These dusty structures swirl around the galaxy’s nucleus, and are marked by a flurry of star formation activity that dots Messier 100 with bright blue, high-mass stars.
This image from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope
Most of the world’s currencies are divided into 100 sub-units; for example, one dollar or one euro is made up of one hundred cents, and one pound sterling is one hundred pence;
The U.S. hundred-dollar bill (the largest US bill in print) has Benjamin Franklin’s portrait;
American savings bonds of $100 have Thomas Jefferson’s portrait;
American $100 treasury bonds have Andrew Jackson’s portrait;
The FTSE 100, NASDAQ 100, etc., are financial tables of the top companies on the various stock exchanges.
100 is the number of yards in an American football field (not including the end zones);
100 is the minimum distance in yards for a Par 3 on a golf course;
The 100 meters sprint is the race that brings with it the title of the fastest man in the world. Current holder is Jamaican superstar Usain Bolt;
100 points scored by Wilt Chamberlain is the record number of points scored in one NBA game by a single player in basketball game, achieved when Philadelphia Warrior defeated New York Knicks 169-147 on March 2, 1962 in Hershey, Pennsylvania. The 316 points by both teams surpassed the record of 312 when Boston defeated Minneapolis 173-139 on Feb. 27, 1959 in Boston.
The Hundred Years’ War (1337-1453) between France & England lasted 116 years.
The Ultimax 100 is a squad automatic weapon / light machine gun. It was created by the small arms design team at Chartered Industries of Singapore (CIS; now Singapore Technologies Kinetics) Inc, that included American small arms designer James Sullivan, who previously worked for Armalite and participated in design of the AR-18 assault rifle.In 1982 it was adopted by the Singaporean army. The current production version is Ultimax 100 Mark 3.
Type 100 Submachine Gun
Designed and built by the Nambu Arms Manufacturing Company in Japan, the Type 100 Submachine gun was used during World War II, and the only submachine gun produced by Japan in any quantity. It was modeled on the famous Bergmann MP18 submachine gun. First samples were delivered to the Imperial Army in 1942 and in total some 30,000 were manufactured.
The North American F-100 Super Sabre was a supersonic jet fighter aircraft that served with the United States Air Force (USAF) from 1954 to 1971 and with the Air National Guard (ANG) until 1979.
The first of the Century Series collection of USAF jet fighters, it was the first USAF fighter capable of supersonic speed in level flight.
The F-100 was originally designed by North American Aviation as a higher performance follow-on to the F-86 Sabre air superiority fighter.
Adapted as a fighter bomber, the F-100 would be supplanted by the Mach 2 class F-105 Thunderchief for strike missions over North Vietnam. The F-100 flew extensively over South Vietnam as the Air Force’s primary close air support jet until replaced by the more efficient subsonic LTV A-7 Corsair II.
The F-100 also served in other NATO air forces and with other U.S. allies. In its later life, it was often referred to as “the Hun,” a shortened version of “one hundred.
This aircraft is now on display at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force
NASA’s JF-100 Variable Stability Aircraft is a research aircraft about which very little information is readily available. Only scattered references of it remain in bits of documents and reports.
The JF-100 was built from an Air Force F-100C by NASA’s Ames Research Center, and transferred to NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center in 1960. The “J” designation refers to it being modified for special test missions, but not so extensively that it could not be returned to being a standard F-100. The aircraft obviously was acquired from the Air Force and carried the registration number 53-1709, but no information about its earlier career was available.
The JF-100 was removed from service as a variable stability aircraft at NASA Dryden in 1964, but its final disposition could not be determined. The information is most likely buried in various reports somewhere, waiting to be rediscovered by a future researcher.
F100 class frigates
The Álvaro de Bazán class (also known as the F100 class of frigates) are a new class of Aegis combat system-equipped air defence frigates entering service with the Spanish Navy. They are being built in the Spanish factory of Navantia in Ferrol and are named after Admiral Álvaro de Bazán.
The ships are fitted with American Aegis weapons technology allowing them to track hundreds of airborne targets simultaneously as part of its air defence network. The F100 Alvaro de Bazan class multi-role frigate is one of the few non-US warships to carry the Aegis Combat System and its associated AN/SPY-1 radar. Japan’s Kongo class, South Korea’s King Sejong the Great class, the F100-derived Norwegian Fridtjof Nansen class of frigates also use the Aegis system. Lockheed Martin, Navantia and the U.S. Navy are conducting final systems integration.
Designed on the chasis of the T-34-85 tank, the tank hunter SU-100 was produced until March 1946 with a total number of 3037 units made.
It was one of the most effective anti-tank units up to 1948. In 1960, the SU-100 was upgraded with the installation of a new enhanced B2-34M engine, fuel pump NK-10, air cleaners VTI-3, commander observation equipment TPKU-2B and driver’s night sight BVN, as well as radio sets 10RT-26E and TPU-47.
The SU-100 was produced in Czechoslovakia and was in the inventory of several African and Middle East countries. The Arabs actively used it in military conflicts with Israel.
Cities located at 100 degree longitude: Penang, Malaysia; Bangkok, Thailand; Monterrey, Mexico;
Hecatonchires were giants with 100 arms and 50 heads each. They were born of Gaia & Uranus, and were stronger than even the Cyclopes. Their names were Cottus, Briareus, and Gyges;
Gene McDaniels’ song A Hundred Pounds of Clay had highest hit #3 in 1961 Pop Charts;
Joseph Haydn’s Symphony #100 in G Major is called “Military” (composed 1793-94);
Room 100 is a 4-member male melodic rock band formed in 1982;
Gathering of the 100 Gods occurs on the 19th day of the first lunar month;
The first Chinese dictionary was written in 100 A.D.;
The 100th day of the year (non-leap year) is April 10;
On April 10, 1912, the Titanic set sail from Southampton, England, and hit the iceberg on 4-15-1912;
The Century Plant is a Mexican agave (Agave americana) that blooms only once every “100 years” (folklore). In reality, it takes 10 years to bloom in warm regions and up to 60 years in colder climates;
Centipedes are insects with “100 legs”;
A Centenarian is someone over 100 years old. The number of Centenarians in the US increased from 37,306 (1990) to 50,454 (2000) according to the U.S. Census; the 180,000 centenarians worldwide (2000) is projected to reach 3.2 million by 2050;
Polish Draughts is a 100-square board game played with 40 pieces. It is similar to the 64-square board game of Checkers;
Roman numeral for 100 is C;
Centennial is a 100th anniversary or its celebration;
A Century is a period of 100 years;
When a TV series reaches 100 episodes, it is generally considered viable for syndication;
There are100 tiles in a standard Scrabble set;
In Greece, India, Israel and Nepal, 100 is the police telephone number;
In Belgium, 100 is the ambulance and firefighter telephone number;
In United Kingdom, 100 is the operator telephone number;
There are 100 pounds in an American short hundredweight.
Last week we talked about peanuts and peanut butter. Today another delicacy that is a favorite of many. I’m sure some people out there will be allergic to it and of course diabetics have to be careful about their intake of it, but that aside I don’t think there are too many people who don’t like ….
In fact when you think about it, it plays a big part in our lives right from early childhood to adulthood.
Christmas, birthdays, St Valentines, anniversaries, any and all occasions are appropriate for the gift of a nice box of chocolates. Any day with a ‘Y’ in it really!
And it is so versatile – think candies, chocolate bars, chocolate cake, chocolate milk, chocolate syrup, chocolate ice cream, chocolate chip cookies, hot chocolate drinks, a nice cup of café mocha even.
But enough of that, I’ve made myself hungry and thirsty. Here are the forty-one facts about chocolate that you probably didn’t know.
American and Russian space flights have always included chocolate.
One ounce of chocolate has about 20 mg of caffeine in it. A one ounce milk chocolate bar has 6 mg of caffeine.
In Belgium, 172,000 tons of chocolate are produced in a year
In 1657, the first chocolate house was opened in London, England. The cost of chocolate was about 13 shillings per pound and was a drink that only the elite enjoyed
Americans collectively eat one hundred pounds of chocolate every second
Adolf Hitler loved chocolate cake
There are some types of chocolates that are actually good for the arteries and heart. Eating chocolate three times a month helps people live longer as opposed to people who overeat chocolate or do not eat chocolate at all
Chocolate maker Cadbury (now part of the Kraft organization) uses more than sixty thousand tonnes of cocoa each year, in the United Kingdom alone
Approximately 71% of American chocolate eaters prefer to eat milk chocolate
The Snickers chocolate bar was invented in 1930
The country with the highest consumption of chocolate per capita is Switzerland, with 22 pounds per person, per year
The chocolate chip cookie was invented in 1933
A single chocolate chip gives enough energy to a human being to walk 150 feet
The rarest chocolate bar in the world is the Porcelana bar. There are only 20,000 of these bars produced a year, and they sell for $90 per pound
Over $7 billion a year is spent on chocolates by consumers
Kit Kat chocolate bar was introduced to the market in 1935. It is said to have been the most popular chocolate bar in the United Kingdom for the last 15 years.
The amount of Kit Kat chocolate bars that are made at the York factory every 15 minutes are enough to outstack the Eiffel Tower
Milk chocolate was invented in Switzerland by David Peter in 1876
The triangular shape that Toblerone chocolates are packaged in, is protected by law
Consuming chocolate was once considered a sin during the 16th and 17th century. During that time it was provided in the form of a drink and since drinking wine during lent was a sin, so was drinking chocolate
The best selling chocolate syrup in the world is Hershey
Chocolate was used as medicine during the 18th century. It was believed that chocolate could cure a stomach ache
During the Easter season, 600 million Marshmallow Peeps are bought my Americans. The Marshmallow Peep is the most popular Easter candy besides chocolate
40 percent of the almonds in the world are used by manufacturers of chocolate
For people that are lactose intolerant, chocolate aids in helping milk digest easier
The popular chocolate bar “Three Musketeers” got its name because when it was first introduced in 1932 there were three individual bars. The flavours were strawberry, chocolate, and vanilla
In the movie Psycho by Alfred Hitchcock, chocolate syrup was used for blood in the shower scene
In China, people eat a bar of chocolate for every 1,000 chocolate bars eaten by the British
In Spain, it is common to pour chocolate milk or cafe au lait on cereal for breakfast
The microwave was invented after a researcher walked by a radar tube and a chocolate bar melted in his pocket.
Chocolate can kill dogs; it directly affects their heart and nervous system.
Parrots cannot eat chocolate because it is poisonous to their body
The average chocolate bar has 8 insects’ legs in it.
The most popular gift that teachers receive in the United States from their students is chocolate
In October 1973, Swedish sweet maker Roland Ohisson of Falkenberg was buried in a coffin made of nothing but chocolate
In the United States, approximately seven billion pounds of chocolate and candy are manufactured each year
During World War II, Kit Kat was unavailable due to milk shortages, so the chocolate bar was made without milk
Singer Chaka Khan came out with a line of chocolates called “Chakalates.”
Chocolate accounts for less than two percent of the fat in the American diet
Contrary to popular beliefs, chocolate does not cause acne
Sex is biochemically no different from eating large quantities of chocolate.