DIDN’T KNOW THAT LAST WEEK 8th September 2021
jeanniejeanniejeannie.co.uk BLOG Wednesday 8th September 2021
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
DIDN’T KNOW THAT LAST WEEK 8th September 2021
(Note photograph is “A mailman made a castle in France. Le Palais Idéal south of Lyon See #19 below
1 The hottest temperature ever recorded on Earth was 2 billion degrees kelvin. To give you a sense of how hot that is: The interior of our sun is only about 15 million degrees kelvin. Researchers at Sandia National Laboratories produced the record-breaking temperature in their lab using a superheated gas, equal to about 3.6 billion degrees Fahrenheit, which is… significantly warmer than any temperature your oven could reach.
2 The majority of your brain is fat.
3 Some cats are actually allergic to humans.
4 New York was briefly named “New Orange.” Yes, before it was the Big Apple, it was New Orange. As History reports, when the Dutch captured New York from the English in 1673, they renamed it New Orange in honor of William III of Orange. The following year, the English regained control and ditched the “Orange.”
5 Green Eggs and Ham started as a bet. The Dr. Seuss classic grew out of a bet with his editor that he could not create a book using fewer than 50 different words. The editor, Random House founder Bennett Cerf, put—you guessed it—$50 on the line, and lost.
6 There is a fruit that tastes like chocolate pudding. Black sapote has another irresistible name: the chocolate pudding fruit. According to Good Morning America, the fruit—native to Central and South America—tastes like sweet custard with a hint of chocolate. When it’s fully ripe, the flavor (and consistency) has been described as a dead ringer for chocolate pudding.
7 Tree rings get wider during wet years. You probably already know that tree rings can tell you how old a tree is. But they can also show you the conditions of a given year, according to NASA: Thinner rings appear during drought years, and thick ones mean there was significant rainfall.
8 And the French word for dandelion refers to a bodily function. Be careful about drinking any dandelion wine—the French word for dandelion, pissenlit, means “wet the bed.” The name comes from the fact that dandelion leaves have diuretic properties.
9 “Toto the dog was once a cow. In the original 1902 stage version of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, Dorothy did not have a dog but a faithful cow named Imogene. While L. Frank Baum’s book features the Toto we know and love, his adaptation opted for the larger animal. “”It may seem a long jump from a dog to a cow, but in the latter animal we have a character that really ought to amuse the youngsters,”” he said in 1904.
10 The blob of toothpaste that sits on your toothbrush has a name. It’s called a “nurdle,” and there was a lawsuit over which toothpaste company had the right to depict it.
11 Parrots have the power of reason. In addition to humans and chimps, the African grey parrot has been found to be able to reason—approximately at the level of a three-year-old kid, according to Smithsonian magazine. In an experiment, the parrots were presented with a pair of closed canisters, and shown that there was food inside one of them. When the parrots were given the chance to choose between canisters, they consistently selected the one with food.
12 The art of Bambi was inspired by Chinese landscape paintings. The backgrounds in Disney’s Bambi were inspired by landscape paintings of the Song dynasty. It was an innovation by the film’s Chinese-born lead artist, Tyrus Wong. Despite Bambi’s celebration as an animation classic, Wong himself, according to the The New York Times, “endured poverty, discrimination and chronic lack of recognition, not only for his work at Disney but also for his fine art, before finding acclaim in his 90s.” And if you’re a Disney fan, make sure you read these 30 Disney Facts That Will Give You a Childlike Sense of Wonder.
13 There’s a precise speed where jogging becomes running. You might think jogging and running are basically the same thing, but according to conditioning coach Mike Antoniades, jogging means moving at “speeds less than 6 mph.” Any faster than that, and it’s technically running
14 Marilyn Monroe’s dress sold for millions. In 2016, the iconic sparkly dress that Marilyn Monroe wore to serenade President John F. Kennedy on his birthday sold for a staggering $4.8 million at auction. This remains the world record for the most expensive article of clothing ever sold, beating out the record previously held by… another one of Monroe’s dresses, her costume from The Seven Year Itch.
15 The original Back to the Future time machine was a fridge. The DeLorean was not always the way Marty McFly was supposed to travel to the past. As /Film recounts, in the original draft of Back to the Future, the time machine was attached to a refrigerator, and “taken to the Nevada desert test site for the atomic bomb, where it was strapped into the back of a truck and driven into the atomic explosion in order to harness the power from the nuclear explosion. Marty had to climb into the fridge as the truck barreled towards ground zero.”
16 There’s a 3,400-year-old song. Dating back to the 14th century B.C., “Hurrian Hymn No. 6” is considered the world’s earliest melody. It was inscribed in cuneiform on clay tablets, which were excavated from the ancient city of Ugarit (in today’s Syria). You can actually listen to the tune performed on lyre by composer Michael Levy. It’s not exactly Top 40 material, but it’s still an interesting listen.
17 “There is a museum dedicated to failure. Boasting “”a one-of-a-kind international collection of more than 100 innovation failures,”” the touring Museum of Failure features displays on such bad ideas as Harley-Davidson perfume, Colgate beef lasagna, and Google Glass.
18 Only 18 out of 1 million Lego pieces are defective. That’s out of the 20 billion pieces that are manufactured every year.
19 A mailman made a castle in France. Le Palais Idéal is an 85-foot-long, 33-foot-high castle 30 miles south of Lyon made from rocks that a 19th-century French postman picked up during his mail route over the course of 34 years. Despite having precisely zero formal architectural training, he built the massive structure himself, complete with pillars, grottoes and flying buttresses—and visitors still go out to view it today.
20 The filling in Kit Kats is made from damaged Kit Kats. All those Kit Kat bars that are somehow made imperfect during production—due to air bubbles, weirdly shaped wafers, or some other issue—aren’t tossed out, but instead ground up into a fine paste and turned into a filling that’s then incorporated back into the production process to create new Kit Kat bars. It’s the circle of candy life.
21 Neil Armstrong once threatened to sue his barber for selling his hair. In 2005, Neil Armstrong threatened legal action against his barber, who earned an estimated $3,000 by selling his famous customer’s hair. The barber refused, and in 2016, both the hair and the barber’s comb and scissors went on sale on Amazon for $38,611.
22 McDonald’s once made bubblegum-flavored broccoli
23 There are almost more than one-and-half times more McDonald’s locations than hospitals in the United States: 14,350 versus 10,660.
24 The original name for the search engine Google was Backrub. It was renamed Google after the googol, which is the number one followed by 100 zeros.
25 What do Miss Piggy and Yoda have in common? They were both voiced by the same person, puppeteer Frank Oz.
26 With 3.572 billion viewers, half the world’s population watched the 2018 FIFA World Cup of soccer (or football, as many international fans call it), which is held every four years. That number is on par with the 2016 Summer Olympics; but only a quarter of the world watched the less-popular Winter Olympics in 2018.
27 A mash-up of two words to make a new word (such as breakfast and lunch into brunch, or motel from motor and hotel) is called a portmanteau. In case you’re wondering, the word “portmanteau” itself is not a portmanteau; it’s a compound word that refers to a duel-sided suitcase.
28 The dog ate John Steinbeck’s homework—literally. The author’s pup chewed up an early version of Of Mice and Men. “I was pretty mad, but the poor fellow may have been acting critically,” he wrote.
29 Among lost works, this story might be even worse: Ernest Hemingway’s first wife, Hadley, left a suitcase full of the author’s writing on a train. When she went back to get it, it was gone. “I had never seen anyone hurt by a thing other than death or unbearable suffering except Hadley when she told me about the things being gone,” Hemingway wrote in A Moveable Feast.
30 Mary Shelley wrote Frankenstein when she 18, during a ghost story competition while staying in Switzerland with writers Percy Shelley (her lover) and Lord Byron.
TOP TEN OF THE DAY
TOP TEN Temporary Things that Became Permanent
- Income tax, 1799.
- Eiffel Tower, 1889. Intended to stand for 20 years.
- Parliament Act 1911. The law that took away the power of the House of Lords to block legislation.
- Pub opening hours, introduced by the Defence of the Realm Act 1914. Brought in for duration of the war but lasted until 2005.
- Temporary Provisions against the Communist Rebellion, 1948 to 1991. Imposed martial law in Taiwan.
- West German constitution, 1949, stipulated it would dissolve once Germany reunified. In fact when the Wall fell, Germany chose to unify via Article 23, which allowed new regions to join the Federal Republic.
- Speed limit of 70mph, 1965. Originally for four months.
- The British Army. Since the Bill of Rights, 1689, an Armed Forces Act has been required every five years.
- London Eye, 2000. Had planning permission for five years.
- Gareth Southgate. Temporary manager of England football team, 2016.
REMEMBER: The most wasted of all days is one without laughter.
– Nicolas Chamfort
INSPIRATIONAL QUOTE FOR THE DAY
“My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive.” – Maya Angelou
Happiness is…finishing a to do list.
GRANDAD’S ONE LINER JOKE OF THE DAY
Why are art collectors such big fans of gasoline? Because it makes their Van Gogh.
Love is…making room in your heart for someone.
A time for New York to be named Orange City…A time for New York to benamed The Big Apple. (#4 above)
1986 “The Oprah Winfrey Show” is first broadcast nationally
1973 Me and Mamma were married.
1966 The Severn Bridge between England and Wales is officially opened by Queen Elizabeth II.
1965 A small ad in New York’s Daily Variety attracts 437 young men interested in forming the world’s first manufactured boy band, “The Monkees”.1960 Nationwide release (US) of Alfred Hitchcock’s “Psycho” starring Anthony Perkins and Janet Leigh.
1952 Ernest Hemingway’s novel “The Old Man & the Sea” published
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