“Fight Against Stupidity And Bureaucracy”
Itchy or not it’s time for another fact day.
This selection includes music, movies and Mexican general elections.
So hopefully something for everyone.
Earth’s seasons are not due to our proximity to the sun,
but rather due to Earth’s 23.4 degree tilt on its axis.
Did you know that in Romania many people believe
that when your nose is feeling itchy,
it means that someone wants to kiss you.
In some other countries the superstition says
that an itchy nose is a sign that
you are going to be angry later.
Take you choice which to believe, or both, or neither.
When you are trying to listen to someone in a noisy situation,
use your right ear because it picks up words better,
while your left ear is better at picking up sounds and music.
Famous people who served during World War One (WWI)
include the writers A. A. Milne, creator of Winnie the Pooh,
JRR Tolkien, author of Lord of The Rings,
sculptor Henry Moore, and the actor Basil Rathbone.
Although it is commonly said and believed that
lightning doesn’t strike in the same place twice,
the fact is that it can and does.
Lightning tries to find the fastest path to the ground,
and therefore tall buildings, trees, and such are at the
greatest risk because the higher the object,
the more likely it is to be struck.
The most subscribed channel
on YouTube is ‘Music’.
In the Mexican general election of 1988,
during the count the government claimed
that the computers had crashed.
Although the early results showed that
Cárdenas was winning comfortably,
when the computers were “repaired,”
his political opponent, Salinas, had supposedly
eked out a narrow victory.
Years later, a former president of Mexico,
Miguel de la Madrid, admitted to the New York Times
that the 1988 general election had been rigged
to make the Institutional Revolutionary Party win,
and that three years after the election,
all ballots were burned in order to
remove all evidence of the fraud.
The techniques used for pyramid
construction developed over time;
later pyramids were not built
the same way as earlier ones.
In the H G Wells novel entitled “The World Set Free”,
written at a time when little was known
about the power of radioactive elements,
he predicted that a city-destroying atomic bomb
would destroy lives in the future.
Years later the atomic bomb was launched
through the Manhattan Project and eventually
dropped on the Japanese city of Hiroshima,
causing radiation sickness and deaths years after.
In 1929, German surgeon Werner Forssmann
examined the inside of his own heart by
threading a catheter into his arm vein.
This was the first cardiac catheterization,
a now common procedure.
The chef was one of the male survivors
from the Titanic disaster,
and his survival is credited to the amount
of liquor he drank right before going underwater,
which kept his body temperature up.
Marijuana is known to increase
appetite and food consumption.
Pigs in Bhutan are fed cannabis to make
them hungrier and consequently fatter.
Vodka is the world’s most popular liquor by a huge margin,
with about 5 billion liters consumed every year.
Cocoa trees can live up to 200 years but they only
produce usable cocoa beans for about 25 years.
In the famous movie Psycho,
Alfred Hitchcock used Bosco chocolate syrup
for blood in the legendary shower scene.