jeanniejeanniejeannie.co.uk BLOG Friday 13th AUGUST 2021



1              2.5 million…  stone blocks of the Great Pyramid: nobody knows how they got there

2              18.5 years: average life expectancy following the industrial revolution in the UK. This is a statistic that one might expect to date back to the Bronze Age, or to a society of slave labourers, but it in fact applies to the average worker in Dudley in the mid-19th century. Industrialisation had led to a significant increase in the number of work days a year, while mass urbanisation contributed to the spread of diseases like cholera and typhus. Together, this caused the average life expectancy of a worker in the West Midlands town to plummet to a figure lower than that of many African slaves.

3              44 – Over the past century, “Michael” has been the most popular male baby name 44 times.

4              20% The global rate for washing hands after using the toilet is under 20 percent.

5              8 billion Drake was streamed more than 8 billion times in 2018 alone.

6              More than a half-billion Instagram accounts are active every day.

7              1 Billion. More than 1 billion people worldwide have some kind of vision impairment.

8              4.9 Billion There are over 4.9 billion active internet users.

9              1.86 Billion There are more than 1.86 billion websites online.

10           4.28 billion people use their mobile devices to go online.

11           198.4 million.There are 198.4 million active websites on the web.

12           7 million blog posts get published per day.

13           3.78 billion active social media users in 2021.

14           500 hours. As of 2021, more than 500 hours of video are uploaded to YouTube every minute.

15           18.4% Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, eCommerce sales are expected to grow by 18.4%.

16           1983 The internet was created in 1983. ARPANET, the modern internet’s predecessor, adapted the TCP/IP system on January 1st, 1983, thus creating the modern-day internet. If you’re wondering how many people in the world had the internet at that time, the number was quite small.

17           A staggering 306.4 billion emails are sent daily in 2020.

18           1.5 million.Today, there are more than 1.5 million unique individual podcasts.

19           1647 Golf was invented in Scotland, and can be traced back to 1457. However, it was outlawed for a while by King James II of Scotland, as it detracted from the army’s training!

20           007 It’s thought that Ian Fleming used a bus route close to his home as inspiration for James Bond’s codename. The route 007 used to go from Canterbury to the Kent coast.

21           11th Century. Windsor Castle is the oldest and largest inhabited castle in the world, being in use since the 11th century. It’s still one of the official residences of The Queen, as well as having some areas accessible to the public on tours.

22           2.7Km Great Britain is home to the shortest scheduled passenger flight in the world. The 2.7 km flight from Westray to Papa Westray in the Orkney Islands in Scotland has a scheduled time of one and a half minutes, although the record stands at 47 seconds. Tickets with Loganair start from £7.25 one way.

23           38 minutes. The record for the world’s shortest war is held by Britain and Zanzibar. The Anglo-Zanzibar War in 1896 lasted just 38 minutes.

24           60 Billion The British drink more than 60 billion cups of tea a year – around 100 million each day. While the drink’s origins go way back, it became a staple of the British culture in the 1700s, and by the middle of the 18th century, tea had replaced gin as the most popular drink in Britain.

25           165 million cups of tea per day are consumed in the United Kingdom

26           3,000 Words. Shakespeare has been credited by the Oxford English Dictionary for increasing the number of words in the English language. It’s thought that his vocabulary contained over 20,000 words, and around 3,000 of these were added to our language.

27           25 miles. According to experts, the British accent changes every 25 miles, and it’s thought a lot of the accents have developed as a result of geographic location, early settlers and immigration.

28           6,000 years. The oldest home in the UK is about 6,000 years old. It is furnished with furniture made of stone, and still remains today.

29           69 Cities. The UK’s surface area isn’t massive compared to some countries, but in total there are 69 official cities – with 51 in England, seven in Scotland, six in Wales, and five in Northern Ireland. Can you name them all

30           170 million. The towering British Library in King’s Cross, London, has over 170 million items in its catalogue.

31           100.   From older red-brick universities in major cities to specialist colleges that have taken on university status in recent years, there are now well over 100 universities across the UK. There was once, however, only two. Oxford and Cambridge remain the UK’s most famous educational establishments, and until 1832, they were the only ones.

32           27 Tonnes & 7,000 litres. The world-renowned Wimbledon Tennis Championships takes place each summer in South West London. Over the course of the two-week event, over 27 tonnes of strawberries and 7,000 litres of cream are consumed as part of the event’s famous dish.

33           4. The UK has four surviving Celtic languages that are still officially recognized in the modern day. These are Scottish Gaelic, Irish Gaelic, Welsh, and Cornish.


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REMEMBER: The most wasted of all days is one without laughter.

– Nicolas Chamfort


I love to see a young girl go out and grab the world by the lapels. Life’s a bitch. You’ve got to go out and kick ass. – Maya Angelou


Happiness is….is just a number, any number.


“I asked for a wake-up call at a hotel, and they said, ‘You’re a drug addict and you’re killing yourself.'” – Andy Field.


Love is…a special soft touch.


A time for 18.5 years of life expectancy…A time for a possible life expectancy of 150 years.




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Reflections of a Top Hit Record

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