“Fight Against Stupidity And Bureaucracy”
Hi and thanks for stopping by my blog.
Today’s post is another assortment of random facts, at least some of which I hope you find interesting.
And they do include dogs, Dickens and drink!
Research indicates that 42% of Americans
have tried marijuana at least once.
The Old Course at St. Andrews, Scotland
is considered to be the birth place of modern golf;
it has been played there since the 15th century.
At the time ‘Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets’ was filmed,
the actress who played Hogwarts student ‘Moaning Myrtle’
was 37 years old.
At any given time approximately 0.7%
of the world population is drunk,
in other words about 50 million people
are drunk right now.
The town of Gibsonton, Florida is
a favorite retirement spot and official home of
people who have worked (or still do) in the circus industry.
The town is also famous for its many exceptional museums
on the carnival and circus lifestyle.
It has been estimated that
as many as 800,000 people
were involved in the construction
of the Great Wall of China.
Orlando Serrell is what is known as an “acquired savant”.
He began to exhibit enhanced mental skills
after being hit on the side of the head by a baseball
when he was ten years old.
Since the accident he has been able to
remember the weather of every single day.
There are more than 12,000 known species of ants,
ranging in shape and color and size
from just 0.03 to 2 inches in length
Pluto’s surface is one of the coldest places in the solar system
at roughly minus 375 degrees F (minus 225 degrees C).
‘Sergeant Stubby’ is the most decorated war dog of World War I
and the only dog in US history that was promoted to sergeant
because of his time in combat.
Stubby served for eighteen months and participated
in seventeen battles on the Western Front
during the course of which he saved his regiment
from many unexpected mustard gas attacks
and found and comforted several wounded soldiers.
It is also said that he once caught
a German spy by the seat of his pants,
holding him there until American soldiers
found and captured him.
Fear on an empty glass
is called Cenosillicaphobia.
Every year in Finland, since 1992, there is a
‘Wife Carrying World Championship’
in which male competitors race through a
special obstacle course in the fastest time
while each carrying a female teammate.
Most competitors use the piggyback or fireman’s carry
technique, though a few prefer to go Estonian-style
where the wife hangs upside-down with her
legs around the husband’s shoulders,
holding onto his waist.
In Tribeca, New York,
there is a Japanese Ninja Restaurant
where your meal will include Kung fu fire tricks,
sword-carrying waiters and exploding food.
Charles Dickens and Edgar Allen Poe were pen friends
and even met once in Philadelphia
when Poe was 34-year-old and Dickens was 31.
On July 16, 1959, the Juno II rocket which was
meant to take the Explorer S1 satellite into orbit
was launched but after a few seconds the rocket
performed a near 180 degree flip
and hurtled back towards the launch pad.
The safety officer exploded the rocket
to protect those at the site.
From December 1958 to May 1961, five out of ten
Juno II rockets malfunctioned during launch.