Didn’t Know That Last Week

Didn’t Know That Last Week

jeanniejeanniejeannie.co.uk BLOG Monday 19th August 2019

21 things I Didn’t Know Last Week (or maybe I did and had forgotten) that I learned or re-learned. Whatever I found the fact amazing.


1              The birth rate in England and Wales has dropped to its lowest level since records began. There were 11.1 live births per 1,000 people last year – down 9.9% since 2012. Office for National Statistics

2              Look away now Scrooge. Selfridges has opened its Christmas shop, on 29th July 2019 a “record” 149 days before the event itself. Shoppers can escape the heatwave and fill their stockings with tree decorations ranging from an £8 glitter and sequin-embellished glass bauble to a £45 Santa on a motorcycle. Selfridges said catering to early Christmas shoppers and international tourists translates into year-on-year record sales. Britons collectively spend just under £446,000 every minute of every day on presents alone in December. The Guardian

Last week, a pub in Bristol became the “first in Britain” to put up its Christmas tree, while the country was in the midst of a heatwave.

3              The ten hottest years in the UK since records began in 1884 have all been since 2002, according to Met Office figures that demonstrate the speed at which climate change is accelerating. The publication of the data comes two days after the national weather service confirmed that a record for Britain’s highest temperature on 25th July, when the mercury hit 38.7C in Cambridge. The Times

4              Struggling to get a major project off the ground? Take a cue from John Steinbeck and start a journal. The Grapes of Wrath author poured out all his concerns, fears and hang-ups into a journal he committed to updating every weekday. Putting our self-doubt onto the page gives us space to view it from a different perspective and keeping to a consistent journaling schedule helps instil the kind of discipline that’s essential to completing a big project.

5              A 45-year-old nurse who has lived in Paris for 18 years had her application for citizenship rejected because she works too hard. Her 67.5 hours a week were deemed to be in breach of France’s working-time regulations. The standard working week is 35 hours. She may reapply for citizenship in 2021. Metro

6              According to a poll carried out by the Jewish Chronicle last year, more than half of British Jews aged 35-55 years would consider emigrating to Israel if Jeremy Corbyn became Prime Minister. The Sunday Times

7              Half of all humans who have ever lived, died from malaria.

8              Of all the people in history that have reached 65 years of age, half of them are living right now.

9              Pirates wear eye patches so that they can see in the dark.

10           If there was no space between any of its atoms, Earth would be the size of a baseball.

11           There is a species of jellyfish that is immortal (turritopsis nutricula).

12           A Nintendo had over twice the computing power of the first lunar lander.

13           1 sperm has 37.5MB of DNA information in it. That means a normal ejaculation represents a data transfer of 1587GB in about 3 seconds

14           If you keep going North, you will eventually go South. If you keep going East, you will never go West.

15           Black HP printer ink costs roughly 1,400 times as much as crude oil, gallon for gallon.

16           There is a garbage swirl in the ocean the size of Texas.

17           Russia is bigger than Pluto.

18           Miami is the only major US city founded by a woman.

19           A Belgian pigeon named Armando is worth $1.4 million

20           Three presidents have died on July 4th: John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, and James Monroe all


And as a bonus I know I have listed this before but I find it incredible and amazing:


Bonus:   When your mother was born, she was already carrying the egg that would become you.


By working faithfully eight hours a day you may eventually get to be boss and work twelve hours a day. – Robert Frost


Happiness is…Christmas shopping at Selfridges in August


My therapist told me the way to achieve true inner peace is to finish what I start. So far I’ve finished two bags of M&Ms and a chocolate cake. I feel better already.- Dave Barry


Love is…to infinity and beyond


When You Say Nothing At All – Ronan Keating

Highest Chart Position: No.1 7th August 1999


Monday 19th August 2019

International Orangutan Day

Photography Day

International Bow Day

Aviation Day

Potato Day


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