Did You Know…. Another Random Selection Of Facts From The Fasab Files

“Fight Against Stupidity And Bureaucracy”


More from the fascinating fact file.

Here are a few more things that you didn’t know you didn’t know.



did you know 5


There are 293 ways to make change for a dollar.

change for a dollar



A healthy (non-colorblind) human eye

can distinguish between 500 shades of gray.

So the book is wrong!

500 shades of gray.


A pregnant goldfish is called a twit 

–  especially by her parents!



If you plant an apple seed,

it is almost guaranteed to grow a tree

of a different type of apple.

apple tree.


Andorra, a tiny country between France & Spain,

has the longest average lifespan:

83.49 years.



“The sixth sick sheik’s sixth sheep’s sick”

is said to be the toughest tongue twister in English.

tongue twister.


‘Duff’ is the decaying organic matter found on a forest floor.



Gabriel, Michael, and Lucifer are the only angels named in the Bible.



Abraham Lincoln’s ghost is said to haunt the White House.

lincoln ghost.


Only female mosquitoes bite.

mosquito female.


The past-tense of the English word “dare” is “durst”

past tense.


Months that begin on a Sunday will always have a “Friday the 13th.”

friday the 13th.


Ninety percent of New York City cabbies are recently arrived immigrants.

(and ninety percent of that ninety percent have no clue where they are going!)

NY cabbies rogues.


The volume of the earth’s moon is the same

as the volume of the Pacific Ocean.



The New York phone book had 22 Hitlers before WWII.

The New York phone book had 0 Hitlers after WWII.

phone book.


King Louis XIX ruled France for about 15 minutes 

–  he succeeded with abdication of Charles X

only to abdicate in favor of Henry V.



Armored knights raised their visors to identify themselves

when they rode past their king.

This custom has become the modern military salute.

armored knight.


Winston Churchill was born in a ladies room during a dance.

(and all new babies look just like him, except your own of course!)

 Churchill babies




Pedro Pisa Picked A Pack Of Peculiar Numbers, A Pack Of Peculiar Numbers Pedro Pisa Picked

“Fight Against Stupidity And Bureaucracy”


A slightly different Friday post this holiday week. It reads a bit like a tongue-twister, but it’s actually more of a number twister.  

Instead of the usual Friday Factoid for those interested in numbers, how about a magic equation from an unlikely source?

The unlikely source was ‘Scripta Mathematica’, a quarterly journal published by Yeshiva University from 1932 until 1973, and devoted to the philosophy, history, and expository treatment of mathematics. It was said to be, “the only mathematical magazine in the world edited by specialists for laymen.”

Never destined to be a best seller, it did however produce a few interesting tidbits for laypersons interested in, or fascinated by, mathematics or numbers.

One of these was in its March 1955 edition, when it published an article from someone named, Pedro A. Pisa who had picked a pack of peculiar numbers and formed them into a most curious equation.

The equation was simply this,  


123,789  +  561,945  +  642,864  =  242,868  +  323,787  +  761,943


On the face of it there is nothing spectacular here. This just an ordinary looking and fairly simple arithmetic equation.

Ordinary, except for the fact that you could remove many of the terms, from either end of this equation, and it still worked.

For example,

Pedro A. Pisa equation


Ordinary, except you could remove the two center digits from each term, and it still balanced.

For example


1289  +  5645  +  6464  =  2468  +  3287  +  7643


You could even repeat this process and it still worked:


19  +  55  +  64  =  28  +  37  +  73



And ordinary but perhaps most amazing of all, you could square every term above, in every equation, and they will still all remain true.


And it was all figured out by a someone called Pedro A Pisa.