DIDN’T KNOW THAT LAST WEEK 8th MARCH 2021
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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
DIDN’T KNOW THAT LAST WEEK 8th MARCH 2021
1 The feeling of getting lost inside a mall is known as the Gruen transfer. This phenomenon was named after Austrian architect Victor Gruen, who identified how an intentionally confusing layout could lead to consumers spending more time and money in a shopping venue (though he would later disavow the approach).
2 The wood frog can hold its pee for up to eight months.
3 The hottest spot on the planet is in Libya. Specifically, the hottest spot ever recorded on Earth is El Azizia, in Libya, where a temperature of 136 degrees Fahrenheit was recorded on Sept. 13, 1922.
4 Copper doorknobs are self-disinfecting.
5 Marie Curie is the only person to earn a Nobel prize in two different sciences. Nobel Prize in Physics in 1903 (shared with her husband), and then won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1911.
6 The English word with the most definitions is “set.” According to Guinness World Records, “set” has the largest number of meanings of any word in the English language, with 430 different senses listed in the 1989 edition of Second Edition of the Oxford English Dictionary. The word “sets” the record with an entry running 60,000 words, or 326,000 characters, and no other English word has come close since.
7 Creedence Clearwater Revival has the most No. 2 Billboard hits—without ever hitting No. 1.
8 Superman didn’t always fly. The original comic book Superman could leap tall buildings in a single bound. But then he had to come right back down to Earth—because he didn’t fly. It wasn’t until the 1940s, when animators for a new animated series decided it would be too difficult to routinely draw him bending his knees, that it was decided that Superman could take off into the air. Readers got to see smooth animation, and a superhero gained a new power.
9 Most laughter isn’t because things are funny. Every culture in the world laughs, but surprisingly, most of our laughter isn’t necessarily a response to humor. Less than 20 percent of laughter comes after jokes, according to neuroscientist Robert Provine; the rest is a reaction to regular statements and questions like, “How have you been?” The ensuing laughter, however brief, helps form social bonds since people who laugh together grow closer.
10 Humans are just one of the estimated 8.7 million species on Earth. Human beings may dominate the planet with our sprawling cities and far-reaching technology, but we are, in fact, just one species among some 8.7 million that live together on planet Earth. One 2011 study published in the journal PLoS Biology estimated that “the various forms of life on the planet included 7.8 million species of animals, 298,000 species of plants, 611,000 species of mushrooms, mold and other fungi, 36,400 species of protozoa, and 27,500 species of algae or chromists.” And it’s worth noting that the researchers did not venture to put an estimate on the number of bacteria.
11 Rolls-Royce makes the most expensive car in the world. Currently, the most expensive car in the world is a Rolls-Royce Sweptail that sold for $13 million. However, even if you have that kind of dough lying around, you won’t be able to buy it—only one was made, and it was custom-built from the ground up according to the buyer’s specifications. But brand-new custom cars have nothing on used classics; the recent sale of a 1963 Ferrari GTO for $70 million is supposedly the highest price ever paid for a car.
12 The first iPhone wasn’t made by Apple. The first mobile device to be called an “iPhone” was made by Cisco, not Apple. It allowed the user to use the voice functions of Skype without a computer. Apple announced its own product just 22 days later, and Cisco sued for trademark infringement. The lawsuit was ultimately settled out of court and both companies were allowed to keep using the name. However, you’ve probably never heard of the Cisco iPhone.
13 Sharks can live for five centuries. Greenland Sharks are known to be some of the oldest living animals in our world. Researchers did carbon dating on a Greenland Shark that was caught in 2014 and found it to be around 392 years old. Further testing revealed that our fishy friends could be up to 500 years old. Yes, that would mean that our geriatric friends would have been alive when Leonardo Da Vinci painted the “Mona Lisa.”
14 The first Star Wars was expected to be a flop. The original 1977 Star Wars had a budget of $8 million, which distributor 20th Century Fox was reluctant to give to director/writer George Lucas, so he accepted a lower salary in order to keep the budget. The movie went on to make $775 million around the world, and Disney picked up the entire franchise for $4 billion. For comparison, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, which was released in 2017, had a reported budget of $317 million.
15 A 70-year-old woman, a Kansas City resident once completed seven marathons in seven days, across all seven continents. Chau Smith was always an avid runner, and, in 2017, she decided that for her 70th birthday, she would complete seven marathons in one week across all of the continents. Traveling made it challenging—for example, Smith made the race in Egypt just minutes before the start because her plane to Cairo was delayed. But despite the obstacles, she completed her goal.
16 Every time you shuffle a deck of cards, you get a combination that’s never existed. Your angsty teenage dreams of being the most original, unique person alive could actually come true! Grab a deck of cards and shuffle. Most likely, you will have created a combination of cards that had never existed yet until that moment. Any math experts out there know that this is because the probability comes out to 52 factorial or 52! (52 x 51 x 50 … x 2 x 1). The probability that two card shuffles are exactly the same is so small, it likely will never happen.
17 The longest book title contains 1,809 words. The title of Srijan Timilsina’s 2014 Guinness World Record-setting book is practically a full text in itself. Including 1,809 words (or 11,284 characters) it begins, The historical development of the Brain i.e. from its formation from Annelida: Earthworm, Lugworm, Rag worm, Amphitrite, Freshwater worm, Marine worm, Tubifex, Leech. etc, Arthropoda: Housefly, Butterfly, Honey bee, Fairy shrimp, Horseshoe crab, Tick, Bluebottle, Froghopper, Yellow crazy ant…,” and continues to list pretty much every insect, fish, and mammal you can think of, including humans.
18 The world record for the tallest stack of doughnuts totalled more than 3,000.
19 Walt Disney was not cryogenically frozen. There’s a long-perpetuated myth that Walt Disney, after his 1966 death, had his body cryogenically frozen, with the intent to be revived once technology permits it. This rumor is demonstrably false. Disney was cremated, and his ashes were thrown to the wind at the Forest Lawn Memorial Lake. The first person to be posthumously frozen is James Bedford, in 1967. Bedford’s body is currently under lock-and-key with the folks at the Alcor Life Extension Foundation.
20 The Eiffel Tower was inaugurated the same year Nintendo was founded. You might assume that Paris’ Eiffel Tower is much older than Nintendo, a company famous for manufacturing popular video game systems. But in reality, the iconic Parisian landmark was inaugurated the very same year that Nintendo was founded: 1889. While the tower was being formally introduced to the public at the World’s Fair, a playing card company that would eventually become Nintendo was being launched in Kyoto by Fusajiro Yamauchi.
21 The world’s largest Barbie collection includes more than 15,000 dolls. In 1996, Bettina Dorfmann received her first Barbie—a Midge doll, in fact. By 1993, she was collecting them seriously. And in the 26 years since, she’s managed to get her hands on more than 15,000 different versions of the iconic doll, including a rare original Barbie from 1959. In addition to collecting them, Dorfmann also runs a hospital for broken Barbies where she fixes or replaces broken limbs and untangles matted hair.
22 The longest tennis rally lasted over 12 hours. Italian athletes Simone Frediani and Daniele Pecci earned the world record for the longest tennis rally ever on June 11, 2017. Hitting for more than 12 and a half hours straight—from 6:23 a.m. to 7 p.m.—the two took a total of 51,283 uninterrupted strokes, sipping from water-filled backpacks to hydrate without having to stop play. Any good tennis player will tell you that consistency is crucial, and we’re pretty sure these two have that part of the game down pretty darn well.
23 There’s such a thing as a fear of buttons. Those who suffer from koumpounophobia will do their best to avoid anything and everything to do with buttons—looking at them, touching them, wearing clothing affixed with them, even thinking about them. If you suffer from this affliction, you’re repulsed by buttons of every shape, size, color, and material. Anecdotal evidence, according to The Guardian, suggests that one in every 75,000 people lives with this phobia. But only one case study (from 2002) has ever been done.
24 “The world’s very first TV commercial didn’t air until the 1940s. On July 1, 1941, the L.A. Dodgers were playing the Philadelphia Phillies in New York at Ebbets Field. And while the game was surely exciting on its own, those who were watching at home on the NBC-owned WNBT—now WNBC—also saw another exciting historical moment: the very first TV commercial shown in the United States.
As reported by WJCT News, the ad cost just $9 and was disarmingly simple: Over a silhouette of the continental United States, a watch face pops up, and a voiceover says, “America runs on Bulova time.” Today, of course, America runs on Dunkin’.”
25 A chameleon’s tongue is twice as long as its body. According to National Geographic, the sticky tongues of chameleons are roughly twice the length of their bodies—for humans, that would be like having a tongue that measured 10 to 12 feet long. In addition, the color-changing lizard has one of the fastest tongues in the animal kingdom
26 The world’s oldest operating library is in Morocco. Dating back to 859 A.D., the Al-Qarawiyyin Library in Fez, Morocco, had long been off limits to visitors who weren’t the select few researchers and academics that had been granted access. However, in 2016, the world’s oldest library, which houses a 9th century version of the Quran, finally opened its doors to anyone wishing to explore its ancient texts.
27 Earth is 4.54 billion years old. Scientists have used radiometric analysis to figure out our planet’s age. And, according to the The Washington Post, 4.54 billion is the number researchers have come up with—give or take a few million years.
28 The Least Interesting Day in History was April 11, 1954. That, according to software developers True Knowledge. The search engine project collects facts, and of the more than 300 million facts it has collected, just two occurred on this date: a soccer player named Jack Shufflebotham died and a Turkish academic named Abdullah Atalar was born.
29 Aldous Huxley and C.S. Lewis Died on the Same Day as JFK. The deaths of these venerable British writers (who died within about 10 minutes of each other) would seem newsworthy under most circumstances. But it was hard for the loss of the author of Brave New World or the Narnia series to garner much attention when President John F. Kennedy was assassinated within the hour. Conspiracy?
30 Walt Disney did not draw Mickey Mouse. The legendary animation pioneer, the guy who made “I’m going to Disneyland” the most common expression of celebration in the free world, didn’t actually draw his most famous creation. Sure, Mickey Mouse was his idea, and he provided the voice. But everything iconic about Mickey Mouse—the pancake ears, the red shorts—are the creation of Ub Iwerks, Disney’s favorite animator. The next time you see somewhere wearing a Mickey Mouse shirt, be sure to tell them, “Ah, I see you’re a fan of Ub Iwerks.”
TOP TEN OF THE DAY
Top 10 Famous people whose names are sentences
- Clive Staples Lewis
- Jeremy Irons
- Tom Waits
- Nigel Havers
- Ella Fitzgerald
- Samuel Pepys
- Theresa May
- Julius Caesar
- Rosa Parks
- Mike Gapes
Also: Stevie Nicks, Karl Marx, Ryan Giggs and Ed Balls (bawls) .
DON’T FORGET TO LAUGH EVERYDAY
INSPIRATIONAL QUOTE FOR THE DAY
You do not find the happy life. You make it. – Camilla Eyring Kimball
Happiness is…getting lost inside a Shopping Mall. Can you even remember the last time you were allowed to do that?
GRANDAD’S ONE LINER JOKE OF THE DAY
Why was the baby ant confused? Because all his uncles were ants!
Love is…making her feel brand new.
A time for Superman to leap…A time for Superman to fly.
A time for the Most Interesting Day in History…A time for the Least Interesting Day in History
1972 “The Godfather”, based on the book by Mario Puzo, directed by Francis Ford Coppola and starring Marlon Brando and Al Pacino, premieres in NYC (Academy Awards Best Picture 1973)
1968 LIFE mag calls Jimi Hendrix “most spectacular guitarist in the world”
1964 Actress Elizabeth Taylor (32) marries for the 5th time to actor Richard Burton (38)
LITTLE NUMBERS: SOME HORRBLE SOME NICE
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