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Knowledge and information are amazing. They continue to grow. Here are 30 things amongst many more I didn’t know this time last week

1              Armadillos have shells so hard they can deflect a bullet.

2              In 1997 a cargo ship lost 4.8 million Lego bits in a storm. They are still washing up today. The container ship Tokio Express was hauling cargo across stormy seas on February the 13th, when a rogue wave crashed over the decks and caused some of her cargo to become loose and wash overboard. One such container contained a shipment of Lego including octopuses, dragons, flippers and flowers. These pieces are often found on the beaches of Cornwall in the UK, whenever there’s a particularly bad storm.

3              In the Californian White Mountains, there are trees older than history. These wise old trees, known as Pinus longaeva, have been aged at up to 5,060+ years old! Written history is believed to have begun roughly 5,000 years ago – back then these magnificent trees would have just been starting out their long lives!

4              10 gallons of carrot juice will kill a person.

5              There is a gargoyle with Darth Vader’s head on it on the Washington Cathedral.

6              NASA’s internet speed is 91 GB per second!

7              For their first month of living, babies only see in black & white.

8              The US has more millionaires than Sweden has people.

9              There’s a Big Mac Museum in Pennsylvania.

10           Mr Potato Head was the first toy to be advertised on TV.

11           Sonic the Hedgehog’s full name is actually Ogilvie Maurice Hedgehog.

12           The television was invented only two years after the invention of sliced bread.

13           In 2014, Sony made a cassette tape that can store 185TB of data!

14           If you made $1 every second, it would take you 2,921 years to have more money than Bill Gates.

15           In 2013 Toy Story was remade shot-for-shot with real toys and real people and can be found on YouTube.

16           Half a billion people lack decent work. Nearly half a billion people around the world are struggling to find adequate paid work, according to a UN report. The agency’s International Labour Organization (ILO) said that about 470 million people have insufficient paid work, in a data set which assessed not only the unemployed but also the under-employed and those lacking access to the labour market. The UN agency also said global unemployment would rise for the first time in almost a decade in 2020, as the world economy slows. The Guardian

17           The estimated cost so far to Britain from “untethering” its economy from the other members of the G7 ahead of Brexit is £130bn. An additional £70bn will have been added to the bill by the end of the year. Bloomberg

18           To leave a party without telling anyone is called in English, a “French Exit”. In French, it’s called a “partir à l’anglaise”, to leave like the English.

19           The first movie ever to put out a motion-picture soundtrack was Snow White and the Seven Dwarves.

20           Iceland does not have a railway system.

21           The original Star Wars premiered on just 32 screens across the U.S. in 1977. This was to produce buzz as the release widened to more theatres

22           Tirana, the capital of Albania has a lot of things in common with other European capitals – except one.  It’s one of two capitals without a McDonalds. The second is Vatican City.

23           Joe Arridy had an IQ of 46 and is known as the “happiest prisoner on death row”. He went into the gas chamber with a smile. It turned out he was innocent.

24           The largest Japanese population outside of Japan stands at 1.6 million people who live in Brazil.

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

26           Although GPS is free for the world to use, it costs $2 million per day to operate. The money comes from American tax revenue.

27           Playboy has been publishing braille versions of their magazines since 1970, however no pictorial representations are included.

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

29           Vincent van Gogh only sold one painting in his lifetime. Just a few months before his death, Van Gogh sold his painting “The Red Vineyard.” It was sold in Brussels, Belgium for 400 francs.

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


“Just remember there is someone out there that is more than happy with less than what you have.” – Unknown


Happiness is… Snow White and the Seven Dwarves (No.19 above)


Q:   What do you call Paddington Bear with a missing ear?

A;   Paddington B


Love is… a commitment for life




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