jeanniejeanniejeannie.co.uk BLOG  Monday 8th November 2021



1              American college, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, deems certain students who take courses in Pistol Marksmanship, Archery, Sailing, and Fencing as certified ‘Pirates’

2              Film producer Jeffrey Katzenberg revived The Walt Disney Studios by producing some of their biggest hits: The Little Mermaid, The Lion King, Beauty and the Beast, and Aladdin. After these, he requested a promotion and was then abruptly fired by them. He then swore revenge against Disney and founded DreamWorks Studios.

3              On Black Friday 2014, Cards Against Humanity was removed from being on sale and replaced with a “Bullsh*t” box, on sale for $6. This box contained “literal feces, from an actual bull,” as the description stated on their site. This was to protest the Black Friday shopping craziness where shoppers will literally buy anything on sale. This special Black Friday edition of Cards Against Humanity sold over 30,000 copies, where all buyers actually received a box of bull poo.

4              In 1969, a musician named Jim Sullivan recorded an album called “U.F.O.“, which featured strange lyrics about leaving his family and being abducted by aliens. Sullivan disappeared six years later without a trace, the only piece of evidence being his abandoned car found on a desert road.

5              The first computer for business use was developed and pioneered by a British tea shop called Lyons in the 1950s. The LEO (Lyons Electronic Office) contained 6,000 valves and was built by Cambridge mathematician John Simmons to add up the receipts of iced buns!

6              There is a blind man in America, Daniel Kish, who uses echolocation to navigate in the same way as a bat! He does this by producing a clicking sound with his tongue and then listening intently for the sound waves to bounce back.

7              When written down, the word ‘almost’ is the longest word in the English language to have all of its letters in alphabetical order.

8              The country of Lichtenstein has an extremely low crime rate, and according to one member of their police, there hasn’t been a murder in Lichtenstein since the late 1990s! Lichtenstein’s entire Police Force consists of 91 officers and 34 civilian staff just – 125 in total.

9              Sonic the Hedgehog has registered itself in the Guinness Book of World Records for being the fastest gaming character ever.

10           A study was conducted that showed customers in a book store were 3.48 times more likely to peruse romantic books if the store smelt of chocolate, and 5.93 times more likely to buy them!

11           merchant Thomas Sullivan distributed his tea samples in small, silken bags. His customers, not understanding that these were samples, dunked them and suddenly Sullivan was swamped with orders for his ‘tea bags’!

12           2013 was the first year since 1987 to feature four different numbers. Work it out, it is true,

13           In Soviet labour camps, prisoners would ingest a condom attached to a length of rubber tubing, fill it up with raw alcohol then smuggle themselves back into the camp. Once there they would be suspended upside down by the other prisoners and used as a human keg.

14           The least financially successful Harry Potter film made approximately $90 million more than the most successful Twilight movie.

15           New research provided suggests that NASA craft, Voyager 1, has left our solar system – making it the first man-made object to leave the solar system! Launched in 1977, the Voyager 1 probe is not set to run out of propellant energy until 2025, meaning by then it could have delved even deeper into interstellar space.

16           It is estimated that in the Amazon Rainforest alone there between 20-40 million different species of animals, most of which are insects, as well as over 40,000 species of plant!

17           On August 20, 2013, the world record for the world’s biggest Lego tower was smashed by a group of students from Delaware, USA. Their tower measured 112 feet in height and was constructed using more than 500,000 pieces of Lego!

18           One habit of intelligent humans is being easily annoyed by people around them, but saying nothing in order to avoid a meaningless argument.

19           Daniel Radcliffe was allergic to his Harry Potter glasses.

20           Also, did you know that his glasses had no lenses? This was to stop the reflection from anything happening behind the scenes. The glass lens was added in post-production.

21           A single strand of Spaghetti is called a “Spaghetto”.

22           If you cut down a cactus in Arizona, you’ll be penalized up to 25 years in jail. It is similar to cutting down a protected tree species.

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

24           At birth, a baby panda is smaller than a mouse.

25           75% of the world’s diet is produced from just 12 plant and five different animal species.

26           Iceland does not have a railway system.

27           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 McDonald’s. The second is Vatican City.

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

29           In 2007, Scotland spent £125,000 devising a new national slogan. The winning entry was: “Welcome to Scotland”.

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

 BONUS  The most expensive pizza in the world is $12,000 dollars. That’s because it takes 72 hours to make, and it can only be made in your home by 3 Italian chefs. The pizza is topped with 3 types of caviar, bufala mozzarella, lobster from Norway and Cilento, and pink Australian sea salt.


The Top 10: Brilliant Ideas Before Their Time

  1. Steam engine. A toy invented by Hero (or Heron) of Alexandria in the 1st century. (Not actually an engine as it couldn’t power anything, but it could have given someone the idea.)


  1. Cure for scurvy. The beneficial effect of citrus fruit was known around the time of Vasco da Gama’s voyage from Portugal to India in 1497 but had to be re-learned several times before becoming accepted by the end of the 18th century.


  1. Inoculation for smallpox was in widespread use in Turkey when Lady Mary Wortley Montagu lived there in 1717-18. She promoted inoculation on her return to England, inoculated her children, but the idea was widely ridiculed, including by the medical establishment, before it was taken up by Edward Jenner in 1796.


  1. Solar cell. Invented by Edmond Becquerel in 1839.


  1. Fax machine. Alexander Bain, a Scottish inventor, patented an “electric printing telegraph” in 1843. The first commercial telefax service was between Paris and Lyon in 1865, 11 years before the invention of the telephone.


  1. Global warming. Eunice Newton Foote, US scientist, described the possible greenhouse effect of an increase in carbon dioxide in the atmosphere in 1856.


  1. Electric car. William Morrison, Scottish-born chemist, built one in Des Moines, Iowa, in 1891. It could carry six passengers at a top speed of 14 miles per hour.


  1. Plate tectonics. Theorised by Alfred Wegener in 1912 because continents looked as if they would fit together (in a single land mass later called Pangaea), but much derided before being confirmed in the 1950s.


  1. Financial instability thesis. Hyman Minsky’s research into the causes of financial crises – he wrote in 1974 that “the financial system swings between robustness and fragility and these swings are an integral part of the process that generates business cycles” – was largely ignored until the subprime mortgage crisis of 2008.


  1. Digital audio player, invented by Kane Kramer in 1979, the size of a credit card with an LCD screen. Followed by portable MP3 players in 1998, and then the Apple iPod in 2001.


Pet passports were originally advocated by Screaming Lord Sutch, who also wanted all-day Sunday opening for pubs, the Scottish Parliament on wheels and abolishing work before lunch.


Honourable mention for the can opener it was invented 50 years after the can (previously opened with a knife or chisel).

REMEMBER: The most wasted of all days is one without laughter.

– Nicolas Chamfort


“Don’t get so busy making a living that you forget to make a life.” – Dolly Parton


Happiness is…deep fried Mars Bars.


“I met this bloke with a didgeridoo and he was playing Dancing Queen on it. I thought, ‘that’s Abba-riginal.’” – Tim Vine


Love is…occasionally tempestuous.


A time to buy…A time to sell.


8th November

1602 The Bodleian Library at Oxford University was opened to the public. It is second in size to the British Library.

1920 Rupert Bear made his first appearance in the Daily Express. Rupert Bear Annuals have been produced since 1936 and are still in production today. The Rupert Annual is still one of the top three Annual titles sold worldwide.

1958 Melody Maker published the first British album charts.

1965 The bill abolishing the death penalty became law.

1967 BBC Radio Leicester (the first of the new breed of BBC Local Radio stations) began broadcasting at 12.45 p.m. from a transmitter located on Gorse Hill above the city centre.




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