jeanniejeanniejeannie.co.uk BLOG Monday 19th July 2021



1              M&M stands for Mars and Murrie. Forrest Mars (son of the Mars Company founder) first spotted the British confection Smarties during the Spanish Civil War and noticed the candy shell prevented the chocolate from melting. He teamed up with Bruce Murrie (son of Hershey Chocolate’s president) and the company later trademarked the “Melts in Your Mouth, Not in Your Hand” slogan.

2              By almost all-important measures, the world is a better place to live today than at any other time in human history.

3              Take all the known data from the beginning of human history, up to year 2003. Currently, we produce an equivalent amount of data every 2 days.

4              Pteronophobia is the fear of being tickled by feathers.

5              Cherophobia is an irrational fear of fun or happiness.

6              The following can be read forward and backwards: Do geese see God?

7              In the 16th Century, Turkish women could initiate a divorce if their husbands didn’t pour coffee for them.

8              Recycling one glass jar saves enough energy to watch television for 3 hours.

9              J.K. Rowling chose the unusual name “Hermione” so young girls wouldn’t be teased for being nerdy.

10           Michael Jackson offered to make a Harry Potter musical, but J.K. Rowling rejected the idea.

11           Tears contain a natural painkiller, which reduces pain and improves your mood.

12           Samuel L. Jackson requested a purple lightsaber in Star Wars in order for him to accept the part as Mace Windu.

13           Whether measuring by size (0.17 sq mi) or population (1,000), Vatican City is the smallest country in the world.

14           In 1889, the queen of Italy, Margherita Savoy, ordered the first pizza delivery.

15           It’s considered rude to write in red ink in Portugal.

16           The calcium in our bones and the iron in our blood come from ancient explosions of giant stars.

  1. The Nile crocodile can hold its breath underwater for up to two hours while waiting for prey.

18           Jellyfish, or jellies as scientists call them, are not fish. They have no brain, no heart, and no bones.

  1. People reportedly prefer blue toothbrushes over red ones.
  2. Some people used to believe that kissing a donkey could relieve a toothache.
  3. Scientists say that the best time to take a nap is between 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. because that’s when a dip in body temperature makes us feel sleepy.
  4. Because the speed of earth’s rotation changes over time, a day in the age of dinosaurs was just 23 hours long.
  5. To cook an egg on a pavement the pavement needs to be 158°f.
  6. A group of jellyfish is not a herd, or a school, or a flock; it’s called a smack.
  7. It would take 100 earths, lined up end-to-end, to stretch across the face of the sun.
  8. The highest wave ever surfed was as tall as a 10-story building.
  9. The world’s smallest fruit—a utricle—is the size of a small ant.
  10. At any moment, clouds cover about 60 percent of earth.
  11. In Japan, instead of a “man in the moon,” people see a “rabbit in the moon.”
  12. Depending on the speed of the wind, some clouds travel up to 100 miles per hour across the sky.

BONUS Hearing is the fastest human sense. A person can recognize a sound in as little as 0.05 seconds.



Hot weather:

TOP TEN Ways of how to sleep in the heat

With temperatures expected to soar into 30+C in parts of the UK, the difficulty of getting a good night’s sleep will be on many people’s minds.

But there are things you can do to beat the heat.

  1. No napping

Hot weather can make us feel a bit lethargic during the day. That’s because we’re using more energy to regulate our internal temperature.

But if your sleep is disturbed at night, try to avoid napping during the day. When it’s hot, sleepiness can be precious – save it for bedtime.

  1. Keep to routines

Hot weather can encourage you to change your habits. Don’t. That can disrupt sleep.

Try to keep to your usual bedtime and routines. Do the things you normally do before bed.

  1. Remember the basics

Take steps to make sure your bedroom is as cool as it can be at night.

During the day, draw the curtains or blinds to keep the sun out. Make sure you close the windows on the sunny side of your home, to keep hot air out.

Open all the windows before you go to bed, to get a through breeze.

  1. Use thin sheets

Reduce your bedding but keep covers handy. Thin cotton sheets will absorb sweat.

However hot it is in your bedroom, your body temperature will fall during the night. That’s why we sometimes wake up feeling cold.

  1. Chill your socks

Using even a small fan can be sensible in hot weather, especially when it’s humid.

It encourages the evaporation of sweat and makes it easier for your body to regulate your internal temperature.

If you don’t have a fan, try filling your hot water bottle with ice cold liquid instead.

Alternatively, cool socks in the fridge and put those on. Cooling your feet lowers the overall temperature of your skin and body.

  1. Stay hydrated

Drink enough water throughout the day but avoid drinking very large amounts before bed.

You probably don’t want to wake up thirsty – but you don’t want to take an additional trip to the bathroom in the early hours either.

  1. But think about what you drink

Be careful about soft drinks. Many contain large amounts of caffeine, which stimulates the central nervous system and makes us feel more awake.

Avoid drinking too much alcohol as well. Many people drink more when the weather is hot.

Alcohol might help us fall asleep but it promotes early morning waking and a poorer quality of sleep overall.

Dehydration: drink enough water to make sure you replace that lost through urination, sweating and breathing

Overheating: this can be a particular problem for those with heart or breathing problems. Symptoms include tingling skin, headaches and nausea.

Exhaustion: this is when you start to lose water or salt from your body. Feeling faint, weak, or having muscle cramps are just some of the symptoms.

Heatstroke: once a body temperature reaches 40C or higher, heatstroke can set in. Indicators are similar to heat exhaustion but the person may lose consciousness, have dry skin and stop sweating.

  1. Stay calm

If you’re struggling to sleep, get up and do something calming. Try reading, writing, or even folding your socks.

Just make sure you don’t play on your phone or a video game – the blue light makes us feel less sleepy and the activity is stimulating.

Return to bed when you feel sleepy.

  1. Think of the children

Children are usually quite robust sleepers – but they are very sensitive to changes in family “mood” and routine. Make sure usual bedtimes and bath times don’t go out of the window just because it’s warm.

As part of the bedtime routine, lukewarm baths are recommended by the NHS UK website. Make sure they aren’t too cold, as that will boost circulation (your body’s way of keeping warm).

A baby can’t let you know if they’re too hot or too cold, so it’s important to monitor their temperature. They’ll sleep best when the temperature is kept between 16C and 20C.

You could install a thermometer where the baby is sleeping or check their forehead, back or stomach to see if they feel hot to the touch.

  1. Get over it

Most of us need about seven to eight hours of good-quality sleep each night to function properly.

But remember that most people can function well after a night or two of disturbed sleep.

Although you might yawn a little more frequently than usual, you’ll probably be fine.

These tips were based on suggestions by Prof Kevin Morgan, former director of the Clinical Sleep Research Unit at Loughborough University, and Lisa Artis, of the Sleep Council.




 I’ve got nothing to do today but smile. -Paul Simon (If only!)


Happiness is….living in the 21st Century (It really is See #2)


“I always take my wife morning tea in my pyjamas. But is she grateful? No, she says she’d rather have it in a cup.” – Eric Morecambe.


Love is…giving him or her a lick of your ice cream.


A time for a purple lightsaber… A time for a red lightsaber.


19th July

1545 King Henry VIII’s flagship Mary Rose sinks at Portsmouth; 73 die.

1553 15-year-old Lady Jane Grey deposed as England’s Queen after 9 days.

1941 BBC World Service begins playing V(ictory) (“…-” in Morse code) (opening of Ludwig van Beethoven’s 5th symphony).

1941 British PM Winston Churchill launches his “V for Victory” campaign.

1941 Tom and Jerry first appear under their own names in cartoon “The Midnight Snack” by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera.

1954 Elvis Presley’s debut single, a cover of Arthur Cruddup’s “That’s All Right” is released.


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