DIDN’T KNOW THAT LAST WEEK 26th September 2019
I like to ensure a learn quite a few things every day. I like to expand my knowledge all the time. There is so much incredible knowledge around just for the discover. Here are 30 things where I can say “I didn’t know that last week”.
1 UK economy £26bn bigger than previously thought. Britain is richer than previously thought, after new estimates added an extra £26bn to annual GDP. Using new methodology and data to assess the economy between 1997 and 2016 – including costs faced by businesses and capital assets such as buildings and machinery – the ONS found that the UK economy shrank less during the financial crisis than estimated, returning to its pre-crisis peak in the first quarter of 2013, earlier than previously thought. Sky
2 How the Queen made royal history. Carrie Symonds became the first unmarried partner of a sitting prime minister to be invited to visit the Queen at Balmoral. Her Majesty traditionally hosts the PM for a weekend during her summer holiday in Scotland; spouses are invited, but no previous PM has brought a girlfriend (or boyfriend). Daily Express
3 Which is the The best country in the world for tourists? It’s Spain, according to the World Economic Forum, which ranked the Mediterranean nation the most “travel ready” for the fifth year in a row, followed by France, Germany, Japan and the US. The WEF report, which takes into account factors such as environmental sustainability, hygiene and international openness, warned that many countries are at a tourism “tipping point” – calling for more to be done by the industry to ensure a sustainable future. The Independent
4 Exercise to strengthen muscles twice a week. Exercises to strengthen your muscles should be done at least twice a week, according to official health guidelines. The UK’s Chief Medical Officer has advised adults to incorporate activities, such as carrying heavy shopping or intensive gardening, into their routines to cut their risk of various conditions. Adults who do at least 150 minutes of exercise weekly reduce their risk of type 2 diabetes by 40%, heart disease by 35% and depression by 30%. The Times
5 Amazon ruined my name. The popularity of the name Alexa has slumped in the past year – most likely because it is now so closely associated with Amazon’s voice assistant. The number of babies named Alexa in England and Wales had remained fairly stable for years, but between 2017 and 2018 it more than halved: only 118 Alexas were registered last year, down from 301 in 2017. The Telegraph
6 2000: Jennifer Lopez’s Grammy Awards appearance in a skimpy green Versace dress became Google’s most-searched query ever, and led to the creation of Google Images to give searchers the picture they wanted. – Source Business Insider
7 Tokelau, a group of remote islands in the Pacific Ocean, receives 100 percent of its electricity from solar energy.
8 Some of the first flags on pirate ships were red, not black.
9 More board games are sold in Germany than anywhere else on Earth.
10 Lancaster, Pennsylvania, was the U.S. capital for the shortest period of time—1 day: September 27, 1777.
11 Male pandas do a handstand while peeing to mark trees. (Did they learn that from watching UK males on Stag Dues
12 There’s a device that uses sound waves to put out fire.
13 If Earth were the size of a grain of sand, the sun would be the size of an orange.
14 Golf balls were once made out of solid wood.
15 Only about 100 people speak Latin fluently.
16 I celebrated my 70th birthday in April. Bruce Springstein celebrated his 23rd September, Twiggy celebrated hers 19th Seoptember
17 The word “brassiere” comes from the military word meaning “arm guard” in old French.
18 A single cornflake shaped like the U.S. state of Illinois sold at an online auction for $1,350.
19 Uranus only has 2 seasons- summer and winter. Each lasts 42 Earth years.
20 Two billion people on Earth eat insects as part of their regular diet.
21 Beetles taste like apples, wasps like pine nuts, and worms like fried bacon.
22 An 11-year-old girl from England is credited with naming Pluto in 1930.
23 People who fear Friday the 13th suffer from friggatriskaidekephobia.
24 It takes less than 1 minute for blood to travel all around your body.
25 A man in the United Kingdom holds the world record for putting on the most pairs of underpants in 1 hour: 144!
26 It would take a snail nearly 4,575 years to circle Earth.
27 If 33 million people held hands, they could make it all the way around the equator.
28 ATM’s were originally thought to be failures, because the only users were prostitutes and gamblers who didn’t want to deal with tellers face to face.
29 Of all the words in the English language, the word “set” has the most definitions. The word “run” comes in close second.
30 Months that begin on a Sunday will always have a “Friday the 13th.”
INSPIRATIONAL QUOTE FOR THE DAY
The biggest men and women with the biggest ideas can be shot down by the smallest men and women with the smallest minds. Think big anyway. – Mother Theresa
Happiness is…learning new things every day
GRANDAD’S ONE LINER JOKE OF THE DAY
In working class areas in the really rough parts we call it a “No Go area” in the posh areas they call it a “Greggs or Wilko”. – Patrick Monahan,
Love is…not leaving the bathroom in a mess
TRACK OF THE DAY
Vida La Vids – Coldplay
Highest Chart Position: No.1 28th June 2008
WHAT DAY IS IT?
Thursday 26th September 2019
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