DIDN’T KNOW THAT LAST WEEK 25th October 2019
Here are another 25 facts I did not know this time last week:
1 The work done to yell at the topmost level for about 8 years, 7 months and 6 days can be just utilized to cook a cup of coffee.
2 Time is the best teacher to let you learn every fact or answers to questions but in the end, it kills every student, a reality of life that is the reason one should live the life at its most.
3 Walt Disney was afraid of mice and thus ironically translated his fear into the world-famous character.
4 Apples have natural and pure sugar which give you a natural high and thus prove to be better than a cup of coffee. Fructose in apples actually provides energy boost.
5 Liverpool is home to the chattiest mobile phone users. People in Liverpool have longer mobile phone calls than the residents of nine other major British cities, an Ofcom survey has suggested. Liverpudlians spend six minutes and 51 seconds on a single call, on average. That’s more than 40% longer than Londoners, who came second in the survey results. People in Bradford had the shortest conversations on average, at three minutes and 15 seconds. – BBC
6 A woman is unimpressed after dating 30 men in 3 days. A woman took speed-dating to a different level when she went on 30 dates in three days. American writer and comedian Gabi Conti started each day with a breakfast date and went on from there. Among the disappointments were a man who looked nothing like his online photos and another who “talked about himself too much”. Her advice? “Don’t go on 30 dates in three days. That is crazy.”
7 A porridge-making championship has been won by English cooks. The competition was held in Scotland, but despite that country’s strong connection with the oaty dish, the World Porridge Making Champion title went south of the border. The award went to Lisa Williams, who runs a community cafe for adults with learning disabilities in Suffolk.
8 As well as being a real species of scorpion, a ‘book scorpion’ is someone who is hostile to books or learning; the phrase is first recorded in 1649 in a work by poet Andrew Marvell.
9 The word ‘boghandler’ is the Danish word for ‘bookseller’.
10 The Japanese word ‘tsundoku’ means ‘buying a load of books and then not getting round to reading them’
11 For several decades the well-known Belgian mystery writer Georges Simenon wrote, on the average, one Novel every eleven days. Besides the more than 230 Novels he penned under his own name, Simenon wrote 300 other books under a pseudonym.
12 Martin Chuzzlewit is the only novel by Charles Dickens that mentions beetroot. It is also his only novel to include the word “zoo”.
13 Thomas Hardy had a large funeral, and his ashes were interred in the famed Poet’s Corner of Westminster Abbey. The problem, however, was that the author wanted to be buried alongside his parents, grandparents, and first wife in Stinsford Church. As a kind of posthumous compromise, his heart was buried there, and he was given a tomb that can be visited today. You can visit either if you’re visiting London or Dorset. And for everyone else, you can read his books.
14 The Oxford English Dictionary credits Dickens with introducing 247 new words or new usages into the language. These include butterfingers, cheesiness, fluffiness and the use of the verbs “to mother-inlaw”, “to manslaughter” and “to towel”.
15 Global debt is now almost three times greater than the world’s total stockpiles of money. Total debt – the amount owed by every individual, organization and country on the planet – hit $244 trillion (£194tn) at the end of 2018, but the world has only $86 trillion (£69.6tn) in cash and bank deposits. In fact, 20 countries dominate 80% of the world’s economy, including China (pictured), which has a 15.86% share.
16 Only 8% of world currency is in cash. The vast majority of the planet’s currency exists in electronic form – banknotes and coins make up just 8% of the global total.
17 The new English £5 note can play vinyl records Michael Ridge, a sound artist from Norwich, England hit the headlines in 2016 when he posted a video on YouTube showing him playing a vinyl record with the new UK £5 note. The polymer edges on the new banknote, which are relatively sharp and firm, are able to get into the tiny grooves on vinyl records, creating sound much like a stylus needle.
18 There are more germs on a £1 coin than a toilet seat
19 Rights holders for Gary Glitter’s catalogue of songs have stated that the disgraced rock star will not receive royalties from one of his songs being used in the movie Joker.
20 If you counted 24 hours a day it would take you 31,688 years to reach 1 trillion
21 It takes about 63,000 trees to make the newsprint for the average Sunday edition of The New York Times
22 There are 2,500,000 rivets in the Eifel Tower
23 The world’s oldest piece of chewing gum is over 9000 years old
24 The search engine Google got its name from ‘googol’ which refers to the number one with a hundred zeros after it
25 The odds of being killed by falling out of bed is 1 in 2,000,000
INSPIRATIONAL QUOTE FOR THE DAY
It is our attitude at the beginning of a difficult task which, more than anything else, will affect its successful outcome. William James
Happiness is…writing a novel every 11 days (See no.11 above)
GRANDAD’S ONE LINER JOKE OF THE DAY
I own the world’s worst thesaurus. Not only is it awful, it’s awful.
Love is… Noticing her new hairdo.
TRACK OF THE DAY
Sing – Travis
Highest Chart Position: No.3 9th June 2001
WHAT DAY IS IT?
Friday 25th October 2019
International Artist Day
World Pasta Day
Punk For A Day Day
Greasy Food Day
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