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Thirty-five things I didn’t know last week. Well, some I did but it reminded me how fascinating some facts are.


1              To properly write adjectives in order, you would list them by amount, value, size, temperature, age, shape, colour, origin, and material.

2              The most expensive virtual object is “Club NEVERDIE” in the Entropia Universe which is worth $635,000. It was originally bought at $10,000.

3              Chicken Run is the highest-grossing stop motion animated film, even beating The Nightmare Before Christmas.

4              More tornadoes occur in the United Kingdom per square mile than any other country in the world.

5              The majority of blind people in the U.S. and the U.K. cannot read braille. Statistically, less than 1% of blind in the U.K., and under 10% in the U.S.

6              A bolt of lightning can reach 53,540 degrees Fahrenheit. That’s 5 times hotter than the surface of the sun, which is 10,340 degrees Fahrenheit.

7              Four of the top seven highest grossing films of all time were released in 2015. Avengers: Age of Ultron, Furious 7, Jurassic World and Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

8              There is a village in Russia called Tsovkra where every resident can tightrope walk. It is a tradition that dates back over 100 years but no one knows how it started.

9              On one slow news day on April 18th, 1930, a BBC radio announcer blatantly said “there is no news”.

10           Bees actually have knees. The expression comes from the fact that they store large build ups of pollen in hairy baskets on their knees.

11           When shuffling a deck of cards, the number of possible arrangements is approximately 8×1067. That’s more than the number of stars in the observable universe.

12           Bi-weekly has two different definitions: Twice a week, or once every two weeks.

13           A study from Harvard University finds that having no friends can be just as deadly as smoking. Both effect levels of a blood-clotting protein.

14           In 2017, Adidas sold over 1 million pairs of shoes made from recycled ocean plastic, each pair taking 11 plastic bottles to make.

15           When we’re born, the only innate fears we have are the fear of falling, and the fear of loud sounds. All other fears are learned.

16           Qantas Airways once powered an interstate flight on cooking oil. This marked Australia’s first commercial flight using sustainably derived biofuel.

17           The blue whale’s heart is the size of a VW Beetle and weighs up to 1,000 lbs (453 kg).

18           There is a company in Japan that has schools that teach you how to be funny. The first one opened in 1982. About 1,000 students take the course each year.

19           Aeroflot Flight 593 crashed because the pilot let his kids fly the plane, who unknowingly disengaged the autopilot function. The crash killed everyone on board.

20           The first X-Rated animated movie was Fritz the Cat. It is still the most successful independent animated feature to date.

21           Whenever Charles Dickens was away from home, he would always realign the bed he was sleeping in to face Northwards, as he felt that this fostered and unlocked his creativity.

22           In 2014 the Shawn Mendes EP including single “Life Of The Party” reached Number 1 on iTunes in 37 minutes.

23           Cold showers have more health benefits than hot or warm showers. These include improving circulation, stimulating weight loss, and easing depression.

24           The first 4th of July celebration was in 1777.

25           In 1866, The United States purchased Alaska from Russia for $7.2 million by writing a check.

26           Justin Bieber’s first tweet was at 8:27pm on May 11, 2009.

27           Any prime number higher than three, when squared and subtracted by one, will always turn out to be a multiple of 24.

28           Eminem’s mother filed an $11 million defamation lawsuit against him because of his lyrics about her. She settled for $25,000 and $23,354.25 of that went to her lawyer

29           There are more Lego minifigures than there are people on Earth.

30           1912 saw the last Olympic gold medals made entirely out of gold.

31           Surgeons who play video games at least 3 hours a week perform 27% faster and make 37% fewer errors.

32           Every 10 years, the human skeleton repairs and renews itself. Essentially, you have different bones now than you did 10 years ago!

33           It’s harder for us to control our emotions when our brains are low on glucose.

34           Spam mail got its name from the canned meat after a Monty Python skit that made fun of Spam as tasting “horrible and being ubiquitous and inescapable”.

35           Marvel’s Deadpool issue #27,  published April 09, 2014 holds the Guinness World Record for the most comic book characters on one cover. See our main picture


Don’t dream your life, live your dream


Happiness is…living life on a tightrope in the Russian village of Tsovkra (See #8 above)


Why are judges like teachers?

They both hand out long sentences.


Love is… the greatest of heaven’s blessings




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