Did You Know? – Some More Concrete Facts From Fasab’s Files.

“Fight Against Stupidity And Bureaucracy”


Fact day again on the fasab blog.

And where better to start that a fact literally set in concrete – lots of concrete.



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There is enough concrete in the Hoover Dam

to pave a two lane highway from San Francisco to New York

Hoover Dam



When the Statue of Liberty was moved

from France to the United States,

214 crates were used to transport it.

The Statue was also reduced to 350 pieces.

statue of liberty



When the divorce rate goes up in the United States,

toy makers report that the sale of toys also rise.

divorce rate



The cartoon character Popeye was actually based

on a real person named Frank “Rocky” Fiegel

who was a tough guy handy with his fists

and who was quite similar to Popeye physically.




The reason why locusts swarm are because when they are in groups,

a “hot-spot” behind their hind legs is stimulated,

which in turn causes their destructive nature.

A large swarm of locusts can eat eighty thousand tons of corn in a day.




In 1755, the first Canadian post office opened in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

postal service canada



The company “Sony” was originally called “Totsuken.”

They felt the name “Sony” would be easier to pronounce.

The name was invented by a cross between the name

“sonus” and “sonny” (derived from “sound” and “sonic”).

They also thought that the similarity to “Sonny”,

meaning a young man or boy,

would represent an energetic young company.




After the Krakatoa volcano eruption in 1883 in Indonesia,

many people reported that, because of the dust,

the sunset appeared green and the moon blue.

The moon was said to appear blue for almost two years.

volcano erupting



Reno, Nevada is west of Los Angeles, California.

map Reno Nevada



During one seven year period,

Thomas Edison obtained approximately three hundred patents.

In is whole life he obtained over one thousand patents.

edison patent



About 30% of American admit to talking to their dogs

or leaving messages on their answering machines

for their dogs while they are away.

doggie message



The longest bout of sneezing recorded was by Donna Griffith.

It began in January 13 1981 and continued until September 16 1983

and lasted for 978 days.

Cartoon woman sneezing



A bomb dropped by the Allies on Berlin during World War II

killed every animal in the Berlin Zoo except the elephant,

which escaped and roamed the city.

When a Russian commander saw hungry Germans chasing

the elephant and trying to kill it, he ordered his troops to protect it

and shoot anyone who tried to kill it.




In 1999, All Nippon Airlines, had one of its jets

fully decorated with Pokemon characters

from nose to tail on its exterior.

All Nippon Airways Pokemon 747 jet



The first person to die in the electric chair was William Kemmler,

an ax murderer from New York on August 6, 1890

William Kemmler execution



The city of Denver was originally chosen to host the 1976 Winter Olympics,

but had to withdraw because Colorado voters rejected to finance it.

Denver Olympic sticker 1976



The expression “Tying the Knot” comes from an old Roman custom

where the bride’s clothes were tied up in knots

and the groom was supposed to untie the knots

tying the knot



Velcro was invented by Swiss engineer George de Mestral,

who got the idea after noticing burrs were sticking to his pants

after his regular walks through the woods.

Swiss engineer George de Mestral inventor of Velcro



Nylon is a man-made fiber that is made from coal and petroleum




The theme song of the Harlem Globetrotters is

“Sweet Georgia Brown.”





Oh How I Love These Puns. I Think I Have Found My Nietzsche!

“Fight Against Stupidity And Bureaucracy”


Yes, pun day again. For all of you who love (and hate) puns or word play.

Today we are starting off on the topical subject of employment, but there are plenty of other subjects that get the pun treatment as well.

Enjoy (even if you are pretending not to).



My first job was working in an orange juice factory,

but I got canned

I just couldn’t concentrate.

OJ concentrate

Then I worked in the woods as a lumberjack,

but I just couldn’t hack it,

so they gave me the axe.


After that I tried to be a tailor,

but I just wasn’t suited for it.

The job was only so-so anyhow.


Next I tried working in a muffler factory,

but that was exhausting.


I wanted to be a barber,

but I just couldn’t cut it.


I attempted to be a deli worker,

but any way I sliced it,

I couldn’t cut the mustard.


My best job was being a musician,

but eventually I found I wasn’t note worthy.


I studied a long time to become a doctor,

but I didn’t have any patience.


Next was a job in a shoe factory;

but it just wasn’t the right fit.



I became a professional fisherman,

but discovered that I couldn’t live on my net income.



I thought about becoming a witch,

so I tried that for a spell.




I managed to get a good job working for a pool maintenance company,

but the work was just too draining.

pool man



After many years of trying to find steady work,

I finally got a job as a historian,

until I realized there was no future in it.




My last job was working at Starbucks,

but I had to quit,

because it was always the same old grind.



If you get sick at the airport

you may have a terminal illness.

airport cartoon



Peter won’t fly on virgin airlines

he says he won’t go with anything

that doesn’t go all the way!

 Virgin Atlantic


You may be an American outside the bathroom,

but inside, European.





Do you know any puns about electricity?

About watt?




A woman asked me for an example of a double entendre

…. so I gave her one….

double entendre