jeanniejeanniejeannie.co.uk BLOG Friday 11th June 2021



 1              You could probably outrun a Tyrannosaurus Rex.

2              Parents are worse at telling if their child is lying than complete strangers.

3              London Underground journeys take more than four times longer for disabled people.

4              The spice turmeric may help stave off dementia.

5              The world’s most dangerous school run may be in south-western China, where children have to

6              Sadness causes more road accidents than tiredness.

7              Exercising four hours after learning can help you remember information.

8              The speed Batman reaches while gliding through the air would probably kill him on landing.

9              The fertility drug Pergonal was developed using gallons of nuns’ urine.

10           Fewer than one in five listed statues in the UK are of women.

11           Every English elm is descended from a single tree imported by the Romans.

12           Australia is moving 7cm (2.75in) north every year

13           Only about half of perceived friendships are mutual.

14           A hot bath could be better than cycling at lowering the blood sugar levels of type-2 diabetics

15           Being the sole breadwinner is bad for men’s health but good for women’s.

16           A fifth of UK parents regret the names they gave their children.

17           Some porn sites have a voiceover function for blind people that explains what’s going on.

18           Dating app Tinder has 37 options for defining gender, beyond male or female.

19           You can get pregnant while already being pregnant.

20           Fidel Castro’s obituary cost the New York Times more man and woman hours over the years than any other article in the newspaper’s history.

21           There are only 28 websites on the internet in North Korea.

22           A litre of cow urine is more valuable to an Indian farmer than a litre of milk. Cow urine is a liquid by-product of metabolism in cows. Cow urine is also used in medicine in India, Myanmar, Nepal, and Nigeria. While cow urine and cow dung have benefits as fertilizers, the proponents’ claims about its curing diseases and cancer have no scientific backing. Some Hindus claim that cow urine has a special significance as a medicinal drink. The sprinkling of cow urine is said to have a spiritual cleansing effect as well. Cow urine is used for attempted therapeutic purposes in ancient Ayurvedic medicine. Urine of a pregnant cow is considered special; it is claimed to contain special hormones and minerals.[9] According to Ayurveda, Gomutra (cow urine) can cure leprosy, fever, peptic ulcer, liver ailments, kidney disorders, Asthma, certain allergies, skin problems like Psoriasis, anaemia and even cancer. One of India’s largest Ayurvedic companies, Patanjali Ayurved, sells urine-based products. Cow urine is also used in Myanmar and Nigeria as a folk medicine. In Nigeria, a concoction of leaves of tobacco, garlic and lemon basil juice, rock salt and cow urine is used in an attempt to treat convulsions in children

23           More than 200 UK drivers are at least 100 years old.

24           Overall, there are more than 36,000 McDonald’s restaurants spread out across the globe.

25           Marmite was one of the most confiscated items at airports from the U.K. – to overcome this issue, Marmite made smaller ones for traveling.

26           Warner Bros canceled “Home Alone” because they didn’t want to spend $14 million on it. 21st Century Fox continued the production, and the film grossed $476 million worldwide.

27           Bullfrogs do not sleep.

28           Eight of the ten largest statues in the world are of Buddhas.

29            In 1961, Fidel Castro closed Cuban schools for a whole year and formed teachers into a “literacy army” with the goal to eradicate illiteracy. By the end of the year, 707,212 previously illiterate people had learned how to read. 

30           Big Ben (Elizabeth Tower) in London is leaning over so much it can now be seen with the naked eye. In 4,000 years, it will be at the same angle as the tower in Pisa is now.

BONUS  Tyromancy is the practice of predicting the future with cheese.



  1. Here’s Johnny!

Jack Nicholson’s axe from ‘The Shining’ is on sale for $62,453, but that’s not the only overpriced prop from the movies. It will shock you to learn how much some of Hollywood’s past treasures have sold for. Here we take a look at some other Hollywood treasures from movie history…

  1. Luke Skywalker’s lightsaber

A lightsaber was the must-have item for ‘Star Wars’ fans but the ones used in the film franchise were clearly a far cry from those sold in toy shops. Two of them were auctioned off in 2008 and 2017, fetching a very impressive $240,000 and $450,000 respectively.

  1. James Bond’s Aston Martin

The Aston Martin that raced onto our screens in the 1964 spy movie ‘Goldfinger’ is one of the most memorable movie props in history. It was also used in the 1965 Bond film, ‘Thunderball’, and in 2010, it fetched an eye-watering $4.5 million.

  1. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

The famed movie motor from the 1968 musical became one of the most iconic cars in the world. The fine four-fendered friend of Caractacus Potts – played by Dick Van Dyke – was sold to an anonymous bidder for $800,000.

  1. Dorothy’s ruby slippers

As probably the most recognizable costume item in Hollywood history, it should come as no surprise that the Ruby Slippers from ‘The Wizard of Oz’ attract big money. Out of the several pairs of shoes created for Judy Garland – who took the lead role as Dorothy Gale – only a few have survived. One is on permanent display at the Smithsonian Museum and the last pair to sell went for $666,000 in a 2000 auction.

  1. Willy Wonka’s suit

‘Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory’ has been an enduring hit for audiences around the globe since its debut in 1971. The famous purple suit, which Gene Wilder wore whilst he sang and danced in a world of Pure Imagination was sold at auction for a scrumdiddlyumptious $75,000.

  1. Alien’s hypersleep chamber

The hypersleep chamber used by Sigourney Weaver – who played warrant officer Ripley – in the classic 1979 space thriller ‘Alien’ fetched $80,000 in 2012.

  1. The Sound of Music costumes

Julie Andrews is still loved today for her role as the singing nun Maria in ‘The Sound of Music’. The costumes from the famous ‘Do Re Mi’ scene were sold off at auction to the tune of $1.5 million. Not bad for a set of clothes made out of some old curtains.

  1. Marilyn Monroe’s

The image of Marilyn Monroe standing on a subway grating with her white dress blowing around will live on forever as an emblem of Hollywood. The dainty dress worn by the blonde bombshell in ‘The Seven Year Itch’ was owned by avid collector Debbie Reynolds, who later auctioned it off for a breezy $4.6 million, making it the most expensive movie costume ever sold.

  1. The DeLorean from Back to the Future

The time-traveling car from the hit sci-fi trilogy was auctioned off back in 2011. As one of a fleet of seven cars used in the films, the one at auction was predominately used in the third instalment. It sold for a massive $541,000 and, at that price, we would expect it to come with actual time travel capabilities.


  1. The Breakfast at Tiffany’s script

Although it is not technically a prop, Audrey Hepburn’s working script from her iconic 1961 film ‘Breakfast At Tiffany’s’ made a huge profit. The script was auctioned off for an off-the-page price of $811,000 in 2018.



Some people never go crazy. What truly horrible lives they must lead. – Charles Bukowski 


Happiness is…a litre of cows’ urine. (#22 above.)


My wife likes it when I blow air on her when she’s hot, but honestly… I’m not a fan.


Love is…looking ahead, not back.


A time to treasure and admire that special film prop…A time to sell that special film prop for a record price.


11th June

1939 King and Queen of England taste 1st “hot dogs” at FD Roosevelt ‘s party.

1966 “Paint It Black” by The Rolling Stones peaks at #1 in the US

1966 Janis Joplin plays her 1st gig (San Francisco).

1982 “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial”, directed by Steven Spielberg, starring Henry Thomas and Drew Barrymore, is released.


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