DIDN’T KNOW THAT LAST WEEK 24th February 2021


jeanniejeanniejeannie.co.uk BLOG Wednesday 24th February 2021


1          The Black Death killed so many people in the 14th century that the world population did not recover to pre-plague levels until the 17th century.

2          Standing around burns calories. On average, a 150 pound person burns 114 calories per hour while standing and doing nothing.

3          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.

4          There is an insurance policy issued against alien abduction. Around 50,000 policies have been sold, mainly to residents of the U.S. and England.

5          The world’s first motel is in San Luis Obispo. Built in 1925. When opened, it cost $1.25 for a two-room bungalow with a kitchen and a private adjoining garage. (SEE HEADLINE PICTURE)

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          The highest recorded fall without a parachute happened in 1972 at 33,333 ft. The victim, Vesna Vulović was in the hospital for 16 months after the fall.

8          Dwayne Johnson set a new Guinness World Record for the Most Selfies taken in 3 minutes. He took 105 selfies with fans at his movie premiere for San Andreas.

9          Tupac was the first U.S. artist to have an album reach Billboard #1 while still in prison. It was his third studio album, titled “Me Against the World”.

10        Ben & Jerry’s has an online flavor graveyard for their 10 discontinued ice cream flavors. Each one has a photo, life span, and epitaph.

11        Honey, and items immersed in honey, can be preserved for centuries. The long shelf life is due to an enzyme found in the stomachs of bees.

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

13        There are more people in the U.K. than in Canada, Australia, Norway, and Iceland combined. The U.K. population is over 65 million.

14        Owners of personalized license plates in Uganda are facing a tax increase of over 300%, which will raise the tax from $1,498 to $5,992.

15        A water dropwort is a highly poisonous plant. If it kills you, it can cause you to smile after you die. This is called a sardonic grin.

16        You can now get a headstone with a QR code. Called “Living Headstones,” they show pages with photos, video biography’s, and comments from loved ones.

17        When Pink Floyd designed the “Animals” album cover, the inflatable pig tied to the power station broke free, causing Heathrow Airport to cancel all their flights.

18        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.

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

20        Paul McCartney was only paid £1 for performing at the 2012 London Olympics Closing Ceremonies. He willingly donated his performance.

21        In 2007, Scotland spent £125,000 devising a new national slogan. The winning entry was: ‘Welcome to Scotland’.

22        Wonder Woman has a black sister, Nubia. She was sculpted from black clay like Diana was sculpted from white clay.

23        Space suits take 5,000 hours to make, costs 1 million dollars, weighs about 110 pounds, and has 11 layers of material.

24        Scrappy-Doo, widely considered to be one of the most hated characters in fiction, has not appeared in an animated Scooby-Doo production since 1988 due to audience backlash.

25        Marie Antoinette’s last words were to her executioner after accidentally stepping on his foot, saying, “Pardon me sir, I meant not to do it.”

26        Warner Bros cancelled “Home Alone” because they didn’t want to spend $14 million on it. 21st Century Fox continued the production, and the film grossed $476 million worldwide.

27        In 2005, a fortune cookie company called Wonton Food Inc. correctly foretold lottery numbers, resulting in 110 winners and an investigation. No fraud was involved.

28        The first film with a $100 million budget was True Lies, which was made in 1994.

29        Chimpanzees are as good at recognising each other’s bottoms as humans are at recognising faces.

30        People spend 1.3 years of their life on average deciding what to watch on television.




Authors who wrote just one book, but it was a major success.

  1. Doctor Zhivago by Boris Pasternak.
  2. Catcher In The Rye by J. D. Salinger.
  3. To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee.
  4. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde.
  5. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
  6. In Search Of Lost Time by Marcel Proust
  7. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte.
  8. The Devil In The Flesh by Raymond Radiguet.
  9. Gone With The Wind by Margaret Mitchell.
  10. Black Beauty by Anna Sewell.





Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory. – Dr. Seuss


Happiness is…standing around in the knowledge you are burning calories. (No.2 above)


What do you call a line of men waiting for a hair cut?

A barber queue.


Love is…not self-seeking.


A time for the Black Death Plague…A time for Covid-19.


All on 2nd March through history – boy it’s always been a busy day!

1970: Ian Smith declares Rhodesia a republic.

Prime Minister of Rhodesia Ian Smith declares his country a republic, cutting its last link with the British Crown.


1969: Concorde flies for the first time

The supersonic airliner Concorde makes a “faultless” maiden flight.


1967 9th Grammy Awards: “Strangers in the Night” by Frank Sinatra wins best record, “Michele” by The Beatles best song


1965 One of the most popular musical films of all time, “The Sound of Music”, starring Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer, is released (Academy Awards Best Picture 1966)


1956 “Lawdy Miss Clawdy” single cover released by Elvis Presley


1946 Ho Chi Minh elected President of North Vietnam


1933 “King Kong” film directed by Merian C. Cooper and Ernest B. Schoedsack, starring Fay Wray premieres at Radio City Music Hall and RKO Roxy in NYC


1882 Queen Victoria narrowly escapes assassination when Roderick Maclean shoots at her while boarding a train in Windsor





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