“Fight Against Stupidity And Bureaucracy”
Yes, baby facts and a lot of grown up facts too in this selection.
Hope you find something of interest.
In spite of their crying sounds,
babies tears don’t begin to flow until they
are around 4 to 13 weeks old.
Anne Parrish, an American writer was browsing
in a Paris bookstore one day when she came across
a book called, ‘Jack Frost and Other Stories’.
She began to tell her husband how she loved
the book when she was a child.
He took the book, opened it,
and inside the cover were written the words
“Anne Parish, 209 N Weber Street, Colorado”.
The Titanic had its own newspaper
called The Atlantic Daily Bulletin.
The term ‘Geek’ first showed up in northern Britain
in 1876, when it was used to refer to a fool.
Americans tweaked the meaning and by 1957 it meant
‘an unsociable and over-diligent student’.
Of course, once computers turned up in the 80’s,
‘geek’ took on a second meaning as
‘an expert in computers or science’.
The first modern lighter was invented by
German chemist Johann Wolfgang Dobereiner in 1823,
three years BEFORE the match was invented
by John Walker in England.
One of the most iconic military vehicles of all time has to
be the Willys MB Jeep, manufactured from 1941 to 1945.
This small four-wheel drive utility vehicle has
a maximum speed of up to 65 mph (105 km/h)
and an operational range of 300 miles (almost 500 km).
It was used by several countries in WWII,
including the US, UK, France and the Soviet Union.
Technically Europe is not a continent,
it’s separation from Asia was actually a Greek idea.
While filming Lord of the Rings
in the mountains of New Zealand,
Sean Bean refused a helicopter ride to a set
that was high in the mountains
due to his fear of flying.
He instead hiked up to the set
in his full Boromir armor
every day that they shot up there.
In Indonesia the government has restricted some
lanes of traffic to only cars with 3 or more people
to try to cut down overcrowding on the roads.
Some poor people from the city outskirts
take advantage of this law by offering drivers a
Professional Hitchhiker service,
so they can drive in the fast lanes.
Genghis Khan believed that a man could be measured
by the number of children he fathered
and consequently his harem included thousands of
women with whom he had a great many children.
So many, in fact, that geneticists have found
that roughly 8% of men in Asia carry his genetic legacy
in their Y-chromosome.
127,000 trees are chopped down every day
in order to keep up with the global demand
for toilet paper.
The original ER movie was to be directed
by Steven Spielberg until he became more interested
in another of Crichton’s projects: Jurassic Park.