One Of Today’s Facts Is Really A No Brainer!

“Fight Against Stupidity And Bureaucracy”


Yes, one of today’s facts in a ‘no-brainer’, but hopefully interesting as well.

There are lots of others too on a range of unrelated subjects.

So peruse at you leisure and….



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April 4, June 6, October 10 and December 12

will all fall on the same day of the week in any year.

These days are called ‘doomsdays’,

and they are meant to help calculate

the day of the week of any given date.

In 2014 the doomsdays were all on Fridays

whereas 2015’s doomsdays are all on Saturday.

2015 calendar



Milton Hershey,

the man creator of one of the

greatest chocolate bars of all time,

had tickets to be on the Titanic,

but changed his plans and did not go.

Milton Hershey



The oldest Egyptian pyramid is

believed to be the Pyramid of Djoser

which was built in the Saqqara Necropolis

during the 27th century BC.

However, the Pyramid of Khufu

(also known as Great Pyramid of Giza

or the Pyramid of Cheops) is the largest,

its original height being 146.5 meters (481 feet)

(the current height is 138.8 meters (455 feet)).

Pyramid of Djoser



A child born in Sweden in 1991 was named


Which his parents said was pronounced ‘Albin’.

The name was meant as a protest

against Swedish naming laws.

The parents were fined 5,000 kronor

in 1996 (roughly 740 U.S. Dollars).




A polar bear’s stark white fur

is not exactly what it appears to be

because their hair follicles are transparent,

hollow tubes which reflect whatever

light surrounds them.

When their fur takes on a yellowish

or greenish tint it is due to age and dirt,

while the greenish color is caused by

algae that can grow on polar bear fur

in unnaturally warm and humid environments.

polar bear’s stark white fur



On Mars

there is something that looks exactly

like either a really tall humanoid statue.

Mars humanoid statue



The heart pumps blood to almost all

of the body’s 75 trillion cells,

only the corneas receive no blood supply.

heart pumps blood



About one hundred hours of video

are uploaded to YouTube every single minute.

In other words, more videos are uploaded

to YouTube in two months

than the three major US networks

created in sixty years.

hundred hours of video uploaded to YouTube every minute



The Aston Martin factory has a

robot nicknamed the ‘James Bonder’.

That is used to apply adhesives that

bond aluminum body panels together.




The term ‘No-brainer’ is a relatively modern

phrase used to describe making a very easy decision.

One of the earliest sources for it comes from an

issue of the Lethbridge Herald of 1968

which stated about an ice hockey coach:

“He’d break in on a goalie and the netminder

would make one of those saves that our

manager-coach, Sid Abel, calls ‘a no-brainer.’ ”




The world’s quietest room is -9 decibels,

so quiet you can hear the blood

flowing in your own body!

The silence of the room can cause

hallucinations, and the longest anyone

has ever spent in the room is 45 minutes.

world's quietest room



The average person produces about

half a liter of fart gas per day

or about 14 farts worth on average.

Some have been clocked at speeds of 10ft per sec.






When a person becomes very stressed,

anxious or scared the frontal lobe of the

brain can sometimes be overridden which

can make you feel the need to pee

at that moment or more frequently.

Hence sayings like such and such  ..

”scared the piss out of me.”

need to pee



In the Home Alone movie

Buzz’s girlfriend was not a girl at all,

she/he was the art director’s son

made up to look like a girl.

They thought using a real girl’s photo

would be too cruel for an actual teenage girl.

Buzz’s girlfriend



Kelsey Grammar sings and plays the piano

for the theme song of Frasier.





BREAKING NEWS: Man In Boxers Leads Police On A Brief Chase!

“Fight Against Stupidity And Bureaucracy”


If the title didn’t give you a clue, it’s Pun Day again.

Some more word play to….

Enjoy or endure!




Reports that suggest

Little Miss Muffet

has contracted food poisoning

have been described as

“Whey off”.

Little Miss Muffet



I went to the cinema last night

and saw a movie about cheese.

It was G rated.

grated cheese



What do my wife and a

drone have in common?

The noise.




Most car designs start off as

a sketch on a piece of paper.

Like the Audi A4.

Audi A4



I’m waiting to hear if I’ve got a place in

the World Hyperventilating Championship.

I won’t be holding my breath.

World Hyperventilating Championship



Apparently the government has a database

containing the details of every single

animal attack on humans.

Wonder how big it is,

probably many terror bites.

terror bites



The girl in the shop told me

she didn’t have any 7UP.

But she’s just saying that

out of sprite.




I’m writing a book

about patriarchal societies.

It’s going to be called

“It’s Reigning Men”.

It's Reigning Men



I’m known for being a really good chef.

I bring a lot to the table.

really good chef




Always in crisis.




A lion, a witch and a wardrobe

walk into a bar.

The barman says,

“I’m serving Narnia!”




I saw an extremely fat frog that

was having trouble bending its legs.

It was probably roomy-toad arthritis.

roomy-toad arthritis



Help, I am looking for my father,

I was raised by my mother and

all she told me was he’s Italian,

works in a clinic,

and goes by the name ‘Invitro’?




My friend gets his Viagra

delivered by chartered air freight.

He’s a Very Impotent Person.

Very Impotent Person



I couldn’t get tickets for the Plan B concert.

So I had to go with my first choice instead.






Did You Know? The Facts – Just Gimme The Facts.

“Fight Against Stupidity And Bureaucracy”


Just gimme the facts it says in the title and that’s exactly what you get.

It’s another interesting fact day at the fasab blog.



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The word “moose” comes from the native

Algonquian Indian word meaning “twig eater.”

Did You Know moose



Before he wrote Jaws,

Peter Benchley was a speechwriter for LBJ.

Did You Know LBJ-Benchley_WhiteHouse_roundtable



In 1728, the philosopher Voltaire got rich by outsmarting the lottery.

When the French government accidentally created a raffle where the prize money

was significantly larger than the cost of all the tickets combined,

Voltaire and his friend formed a syndicate, bought all the tickets, and won.

Did You Know Voltaire



It takes the Hubble telescope about 97 minutes to complete an orbit of the Earth.

On average, the Hubble uses the equivalent amount of energy

as 30 household lightbulbs to complete an orbit.

Did You Know hubble-space-telescope


There are over 100 styles of BluBlocker sunglasses available on the market

Did You Know blublocker



People didn’t always say “hello” when they answered the phone.

When the first regular phone service was established in 1878,

people said “ahoy.”

Did You Know telephone ahoy


One of the Bond girls in the James Bond movie,

“For Your Eyes Only,”

used to be a man

Did You Know bond girl fyeo carolyn


The word Himalayas means the “home of snow.”

Did You Know himalayas


The Margherita pizza was named for Margherita of Savoy,

Queen consort of Italy from 1878-1900,

during the reign of her husband, King Umberto I.

Did You Know italian-pizza-margherita


Over 175 million cubic yards of earth

was removed for the creation of the Panama Canal

Did You Know panama-canal


Hawaii is the most geographically isolated land mass in the world.

Did You Know map pacific hawaii


By partially filling saucers with vinegar and

distributing the saucers around a room,

you can eliminate odors

– well, accept for them smell of vinegar perhaps!

Did You Know vinegar


Oddly enough

– or perhaps not, as the case may be –  

the very first high heels were made for soldiers in the 1500s

who needed a way to keep their feet snugly tucked

into their stirrups while riding on horseback.

Did You Know soldiers high heels


Fredric Baur invented the Pringles can.

When he died in 2008, his ashes were buried in one.

Did You Know pringles fredric baur


The famous jewelry store Tiffany & Co.

was established on September 18, 1837 in New York City.

The amount of sales that were made the first day were $4.98

Did You Know tiffany fifth ave


A man filed a lawsuit against his doctor

because he survived longer than what the doctor had predicted

Did You Know medical suit


During WWII, La-Z-Boy manufactured seats for tanks,

torpedo boats, gun turrets, and armored cars.

Did You Know La-Z-Boy logo


It requires 63 feet of wire to make a Slinky toy

Did You Know slinky


The Hollywood sign was first erected in 1923.

It was first erected as “Hollywoodland.”

Did You Know hollywoodland


Janis Joplin left $2,500 in her will for her friends to

“have a ball after I’m gone.”





London 2012, Proof That When You Give Bureaucrats An Olympian Sized Task, They Will Make An Olympian Sized Mess Of It!

“Fight Against Stupidity And Bureaucracy”


The London Olympic Games 2012 will finish later today. I’m interested to see what they have in store for the closing ceremony, bearing in mind that the opening ceremony was good in parts, but confusing in others. 

As for the games themselves, after a shaky start I think you could say they were successful and very enjoyable for the public at large. I certainly enjoyed what I saw of them. 

But what the whole show did illustrate very well was the sheer stupidity and incompetence of the politicians and the bureaucrats. They took a large, but relatively simple event, and made a laughing stock out of themselves.


Simply because the politicians and bureaucrats thought they could run everything better than people who know about staging events like these. They can’t!




Right from the start the inefficiency was evident in the vast rows of empty seats at the various venues.

It got a little better as the Games went on, but a friend of mine who was there on Thursday evening told me that even for the much heralded Men’s 200 meters showdown featuring the extremely popular Jamaican runner Usain Bolt, there were at least 500 vacant seats in the stadium.




The problem was twofold.

First, a lot of tickets had been allocated to the corporate sector, far more than was necessary.

Second, for the rest of the people there was only one practical way to buy Olympic tickets, and that was through the ‘official’ government/bureaucrat controlled office.

These morons even tried to destroy normal commercial activity by making it a criminal offense for individuals to resell Olympic tickets.

But when you logged on to the government’s official website to try to buy tickets legally, bewildered visitors quickly found out that they had to jump through all sorts of ridiculous hoops to get them.

A bit like an airport arrivals lounge, UK residents were directed to follow one set of procedures; residents of the EU, but not of the UK, had another set of rules; and residents of other countries, yet another set.

Of course, you couldn’t just buy the tickets. First you had to set up an online profile, revealing all sorts of details about yourself that had not the slightest relevance to buying a ticket for the Games.

And when you’d finished all that you could print out your ticket, just like an electronic airline ticket or boarding pass.

Don’t be daft, of course you couldn’t. That would be far too efficient and sensible.

The bureaucrat way, despite the fact that they were directing everyone to use the online system, was to mail your tickets to you  –  hold on, let me repeat that  –  mail as in M-A-I-L, as in snail-mail NOT email – and they could only do that to the legal residency address you gave them in your profile.

Tough luck on “Johnny Foreigner” whose legal residency could have been on the other side of the world, in China, Australia, or New Zealand for example.

There was an alternative, if you could call it that. You could waste a few hours of your life going to one of the ticket offices, the locations of which the bureaucrats had ensured were in the most inconvenient places possible.

And when you eventually made it to the front of the queue you were confronted by a poorly trained and ever more poorly informed individual who had little idea what tickets were available at any given time.

The inefficiency of the availability of information was so staggering that an event that had been deemed ‘sold out’ at 10am, could turn out to have hundreds of seats available an hour or two later.

That was why there were thousands of empty seats. The bungling bureaucrats hadn’t even the wit to assign them to the soldiers who had been drafted in at the last minute because of another foul-up in employing a private security firm who had not the manpower to do the job.

So could you get tickets by other “illegal” means?

Well, of course you could. The bureaucrats desire for total control is as inefficient as everything else they do. The ticket touts were doing business as usual, but as usual they were charging two or three times the face value of the tickets. Whether that practice is right or wrong is a question for another time. But they couldn’t have done it had the idiots in charge not made such a hash of the whole thing.

I’m looking forward to see how they cope in Rio in 2016. My feeling is they should study what happened in London and do the complete opposite!