“Fight Against Stupidity And Bureaucracy”
Unveiling the skeleton in the closet is just one of today’s fascinating fasab facts.
Many more interesting snippets below as well.
I hope you enjoy.
Marijuana and beer have more in
common than you would think.
Beer’s hops are in the same family
of flowering plants as cannabis.
Lewis and Clark were trying to get 40 horses
from an Indian Tribe to cross the Rockies safely.
The negotiations were getting nowhere
until their interpreter found out
she was the Chief’s long lost sister.
The girl, Sacagawea, had been
taken as a slave as a child.
This changed the direction of the talk and
Lewis and Clark’s party got their horses.
While Sean Connery was taking
martial arts lessons for a Bond film,
his instructor got angry and broke his wrist.
The instructor was Steven Seagal.
Physicists at the National Autonomous
University of Mexico figured out a way
to make artificial diamonds out of tequila.
Sadly, the synthetic diamonds are too small
to be turned into jewelry, but they can be used
for an array of electronic and industrial purposes.
The Giza pyramids are guarded
by the Great Sphinx,
the largest monolith statue in the world.
The face of the Sphinx is generally believed
to represent the face of the Pharaoh Khafra.
The Titanic is the only ocean liner in history
that has been sunk by an iceberg.
The polar bear is an excellent swimmer
and often will swim for days.
One bear swam continuously for 9 days
in the frigid Bering Sea for 400 miles (687 km)
to reach ice far from land.
They usually swim at a speed of 10 km/h (6 mph).
Because the heart has its own electrical impulse
it can continue to beat even when separated
from the body, as long has it has a supply of oxygen.
The rest of your body does not do so well
without the heart attached.
YouTube has signed up thousands of
advertising partners, including titans of the
entertainment industry such as Disney, Univision,
Channel 4, and Channel 5 among many others.
Most of these partners are making six figures a year.
The biggest on-pad explosion at Cape Canaveral
happened on March2, 1965,
when the Atlas Centaur 5 exploded,
after a fuel valve closed causing the booster engines
to lose upward thrust two seconds after liftoff
and the rocket fell back on the launch pad.
The explosion created a 200 foot high fireball
and the launch pad remained out of operation
for a year following the incident
In nineteenth-century England, the periodical
‘The Eclectic Review’ used the idiom
“Skeleton in the closet”
in reference to a family who desperately tried
to keep a son’s illness secret by hiding him
in the closet quite often,
especially when guests visited.
This is how this idiom got its start,
and today we use it to refer to when someone tries
to hide a big secret out of embarrassment and shame.
J.J. Thomson won the Nobel in Physics (1906)
when he showed electrons were particles.
His son won it in 1937
for showing that electrons are waves.
Because of the silly superstitions
surrounding the number 13,
there is no 13th Avenue in San Francisco,
instead Funston Avenue
is between 12th and 14th Avenues.
However, there is a 13th Street,
which is covered by the Central Skyway
making it one of the darkest and
ugliest streets in San Francisco.
The ‘Antquarium’, a special container
for keeping ants as pets,
sold all over the world,
was originally developed by NASA
for the purpose of research of animals in space.
The average CD can hold 74 minutes’ worth of music.
That unusual length was determined by Sony’s president,
who decided that a single CD should be able to contain
the longest recorded version of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony.