DIDN’T KNOW THAT LAST WEEK – 5th February 2020
Things I didn’t know last week in two parts because they are a little more detailed
- Monkeys shouldn’t eat bananas.
- If you happen to be around a monkey, you might be inclined to feed it a banana. But the fact is, bananas contain far too much sugar for monkeys to handle. “Giving this fruit to animals is equivalent to giving them cake and chocolate,” according to Dr. Amy Plowman, head of conservation and advocacy at the Paignton Zoo in Devon, U.K. “Compared to the food they would eat in the wild, bananas … have lots of calories and contain much more sugar that’s bad for their teeth and can lead to diabetes and similar conditions. It can also cause gastrointestinal problems as their stomachs are mostly adapted to eating fibrous foods with very low digestibility.” The more you know!
2.There are more card deck combinations than there are atoms on Earth.
Don’t blame your bad hand at the poker table on a stroke of bad luck; it’s really just a matter of math, seeing as there are more ways to arrange a deck of cards than there are total atoms on Earth! If a card deck is shuffled properly, there’s a pretty high chance that it comes out in an arrangement that has never existed before, because a deck of 52 cards has an astronomically large number of permutations. (Put simply: It’s a 69-digit number!)
- More than half of Shakespeare’s characters die in the same way.
William Shakespeare had a flair for the dramatic, but he also relied on some tried and true tropes, including the ways he killed off his characters. When The Guardian broke down data from Open Source Shakespeare in 2016, they found that the majority of fatalities (54 out of the 100 deaths in all of his plays) were due to stabbings. The second most common cause of death was being poisoned, although just four characters met their maker this way.
- The New York Times ran a typo every day for more than 100 years.
Everyone makes mistakes. But you wouldn’t think that one of the largest newspapers in the United States would run a typo on its front page every day for more than 100 years. However, that’s exactly what occurred when an employee of The New York Times accidentally entered the wrong serial number of an edition that went out back in 1898. Seeing that they were at issue 14,499, the editor on duty kicked it up by what they thought was one number for the next day. But instead of deeming it issue 14,500, they went up 500 editions into the future to 15,000. As a result, each issue was misnumbered from 1898 until 1999 when a news assistant finally caught the mistake!
- The oldest surviving banknotes are from 1375.
Trading goods and services for currency is a system that has existed around the world for thousands of years. However, the oldest surviving banknotes are the Da Ming Tongxing Baochao (Great Ming Circulating Treasure Note) from China, which were initially printed between 1368 and 1398. When the value of the money crashed, the banknotes were simply stashed away and forgotten, which is how some managed to survive, according to Guinness World Records.
- Nettle pudding is one of the oldest recipes in the world and goes back 8,000 years.
If you like to tackle old-school recipes, then how about trying out the oldest known recipe in the world? Researchers at the University of Wales Institute tested an ancient recipe for nettle pudding, which dates back around 8,000 years. Although nettles are a plant that your parents may have warned you to stay away from as a child, according to researcher Dr. Ruth Fairchild, when it’s cooked with ground-down barley and water, “the sting goes out of it.”
- Violet Jessop survived three of the largest ship disasters in history.
Violet Jessop may be one of the luckiest or unluckiest women in history, depending on how you look at it. The ocean liner stewardess not only survived the sinking of the Titanic in 1912, but she was also present during the Olympic ship collision in 1911 and on board during the sinking of the Britannic in 1916 (Olympic and Britannic were Titanic’s sister ships). Miraculously, none of the disasters could take Jessop down and she lived to be 83, passing away in 1971.
- The word “friends” is said in every episode of the show Friends.
Thanks to modern streaming services, you can watch an episode (or five) of Friends whenever you’d like. And if you’re observant, you might notice that the word “friends” is said in every single one of the 236 episodes of the show, according to Cosmopolitan.
- Grave robbers once stole Charlie Chaplin’s body.
Charlie Chaplin may have become famous for making people laugh, but what happened to his body after the performer’s death is downright creepy. Following Chaplin’s passing on Christmas Day in 1977, his remains were laid to rest in a cemetery in the Swiss village of Corsier-sur-Vevey, which lies in the hills above Lake Geneva. However, just a few months later, on March 2, 1978, two men stole the body and contacted Chaplin’s widow, Oona, to demand $600,000 for the return of the corpse while also threatening her children. A police investigation resulted in the arrest and conviction of the robbers and the recovery of the body, which was later reburied in a concrete grave.
- Crows can recognize individual human faces and hold grudges.
- Readers are more likely to agree with an essay if it’s printed in Baskerville font.
Some fonts are pleasing to the eye while others irk readers for one reason or another. But it turns out that the fonts we like (and don’t like) influence us more than we may know. In an experiment for The New York Times, readers who were shown an essay in Baskerville were more likely to agree with the argument than if it was presented in any other font. Readers were least likely to agree with statements made in fonts like Comic Sans and Helvetica.
- People in medieval times walked different than we do now.
Back in medieval times, shoes were basically thin strips of leather that covered the foot and didn’t provide much protection at all. Because of this, people walked the same way we naturally do when we’re barefoot: toe first, which allows us to test the surface in front of us and puts less stress on our knees. Frankly, it’s how humans walked for millennia before modern-day shoes came along, which keep our feet much safer so we can step down harder with our heels first.
CONTINUED NO.13-23 TOMORROW
Click on the link: DIDN’T KNOW THAT LAST WEEK – 6th February 2020 – Part 2
INSPIRATIONAL QUOTE FOR THE DAY
“When you have confidence, you can have a lot of fun. And when you have fun, you can do amazing things.” – Joe Namath
Happiness is…is a banana but not to a monkey
GRANDAD’S ONE LINER JOKE OF THE DAY
Did you hear about the restaurant on the moon? The food is out of this world
Love is…when the only fights you have are pillow fights
©2020 Phil M Robinson