DIDN’T KNOW THAT LAST WEEK – 6th February 2020 – Part 2
There is so much in “Didn’t Know That Last Week” that I’ve had to spread it over two days. This is Part 2.
Part 1 was yesterday. See it at: DIDN’T KNOW THAT LAST WEEK – 5th February 2020 Part 1
Red-eye in photos is a reflection of your blood.
When the flash of a camera goes off, the eye isn’t prepared for the sudden influx of light, and the pupil doesn’t have time to restrict. You’re likely using flash in dark lighting, so your eyes have dilated to adjust to the dark room. When the flash goes off and the photo is taken, your eyes are still dilated, so the light reflects off of the red blood vessels of the choroid, which is the layer of connective tissue in the back of the eye that nourishes the retina.
- The FBI once investigated a song for two years.
As far as national security goes, songs are typically fairly harmless. But back in the 1960s, parents across the country became upset by a rumor that claimed the song “Louie Louie” by The Kingsmen contained inappropriate subliminal messages. The FBI stepped in and spent more than two years putting the tune through various audio tests. And despite producing a 120-page report, the feds merely concluded that the song is “unintelligible at any speed.”
- Some trees are fire-resistant.
The bark of older Redwood and Sequioa trees builds up over time to protect them from the elements. The bark, which can grow up to one foot thick, contains tannin, which provides protection against fire and fungus. Tannin solutions are actually used regularly in contracting wooden buildings to mitigate any potential for fire damage.
- The most relaxing song ever is “Weightless” by the Marconi Union.
If you need to relax, try putting on “Weightless” by the Marconi Union. A 2017 study led by David Lewis-Hodgson, Ph.D., of Mindlab International, found that the tune is the “most relaxing song on Earth,” reducing listeners’ stress and anxiety by 65 percent. The song was so successful when it came to chilling people out during the study, that Lewis-Hodgson said, “I would advise against driving while listening to the song because it could be dangerous.”
- If you removed the empty space from atoms, all of humanity could fit inside an apple.
An atom is more than 99 percent empty space and they are ridiculously tiny. For an idea of how small, exactly, know that just one strand of your hair is about 1 million atoms thick. This is all to say if you were to take out all of the empty space in atoms, and then compress all of the atoms so they were physically touching, all of the human beings on the planet would be about the size of an apple.
- There’s a person buried on the moon.
There’s only one human who’s made the moon their final resting place. Eugene Shoemaker was considered one of the founders of planetary science and after a career filled with stellar accomplishments, he spent his days traveling around the world to study impact craters. When he passed away in 1997 during one of his trips, his wife, Carolyn, who had once discovered a comet with her husband, sent his ashes to the moon in a metal cylinder that was inscribed with a quote from Romeo and Juliet: “And, when he shall die/Take him and cut him out in little stars/And he will make the face of heaven so fine/That all the world will be in love with night/And pay no worship to the garish sun.”
- Composer Oscar Hammerstein II is the first and only person named “Oscar” to win an Oscar.
In 1941, lyricist Oscar Hammerstein II won his first Academy Award for Best Original Song thanks to the lyrics he wrote for “The Last Time I Saw Paris” from the film Lady Be Good. The win also made him the first person to take home an Oscar who shared a name with the award’s statue. According to Portable Press, he’s still the only Oscar to ever win an Oscar. And he won a second for Best Original Song in 1945, so this one Oscar has two Oscars to his name.
- A man who rushed himself to hospital when he noticed his legs had turned blue has was embarrassed when doctors told him the cause. Mark Shrayber said he thought he might have deep vein thrombosis. But, he added: “I have the ‘dumbass who doesn’t wash his new jeans before wearing them’ disease, and I would like to be executed immediately.”
- The first movie ever to release a soundtrack was Snow White and the Seven Dwarves. I know I told you last week, but I love this fact.
There are plenty of classic film soundtracks that movie-lovers and music-lovers alike enjoy listening to over and over again. But the very first film to ever commercially release a soundtrack was Disney’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarves. The movie came out in 1937 while the soundtrack—called Songs from Walt Disney’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (with the Same Characters and Sound Effects as in the Film of That Title)—was released in January 1938 and included tracks like “I’m Wishing,” “Whistle While You Work,” “Heigh-Ho,” and “Someday My Prince Will Come.”
- The Library of Congress is the largest library in the world.
With more than 162 million items in no fewer than 450 languages, the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., is the largest library in the world, based on both its shelf space and the number of books that is on them. And when it comes to other impressive libraries, the British Library (with more than 150 million items) comes in at No. 2, followed by the Library and Archives Canada (54 million items), the New York Public Library (53.1 million items), and the Russian State Library (44.4 million items).
- There’s more than $1 million of hidden treasure buried somewhere in the Rocky Mountains.
In 2016, Forrest Fenn, a former Vietnam fighter pilot who’s also an art dealer and an author, claims that he hid a treasure chest in the Rocky Mountains that’s worth more than $1 million. Fenn told NPR, “No one knows where that treasure chest is but me. If I die tomorrow, the knowledge of that location goes in the coffin with me.”
If you’re interested in heading out to look for the treasure, Fenn provides a few hints to its location in his self-published memoir, The Thrill of the Chase, along with a supposedly clue-filled poem from the book he posted on Instagram. Fenn wrote, “All of the information you need to find the treasure is in the poem. The chapters in my book have very subtle hints but are not deliberately placed to aid the seeker. Good luck in the search.”
- Too much water can kill you. Drinking too much water can be deadly. When guzzling a lot of liquid, you can suffer from water intoxication or hyponatremia, which occurs after an obscene amount of water is consumed, often during endurance events when participants are also losing sodium through their sweat. There have been many notable cases, including the 2002 Boston Marathon competitor Cynthia Lucero, who died from overhydration.
- The Inventor of M&Ms Was Allergic to Peanuts. Forrest Mars, founder of Mars, Inc. and inventor of beloved confections (particularly Peanut M&Ms), couldn’t actually eat his invention since he was allergic to peanuts.
INSPIRATIONAL QUOTE FOR THE DAY
“The secret of getting ahead is getting started.”- Mark Twain
Happiness is… relaxing to the most relaxing song ever is “Weightless” by the Marconi Union (No.16 above) and eating peanut M&Ms (No.25 above)
GRANDAD’S ONE LINER JOKE OF THE DAY
Big Sister: I can marry anyone I please.
Little Brother: But you don’t please anyone.
©2020 Phil M Robinson