DIDN’T KNOW THAT LAST WEK 2nd October 2021

DIDN’T KNOW THAT LAST WEK 2nd October 2021

jeanniejeanniejeannie.co.uk BLOG Saturday 2nd October 2021


DIDN’T KNOW THAT LAST WEK 2nd October 2021

1              Oxford University is the oldest higher education institution in the U.K. Until 1877, it’s lecturers were not allowed to get married.

2              The smallest statue in London is of two mice fighting over a piece of cheese. The story behind this tiny sculpture is quite tragic. During the construction of this monument, two of its builders succumbed in a quarrel over a sandwich which turned out to be eaten by a mouse. 

3              Suicide was treated as a crime during the late 19th century, if a person was caught trying to kill himself, he would be jailed and punished by hanging.

4              London was the first city in the entire world to have an underground subway system.

5              The only planet not named after a god is Earth.

6               The most stolen book from libraries is the Guinness Book of World Records.

7              Male horses have 40 teeth and females have 36. Interesting way to determine sex?

8              When we sneeze, our hearts stops for a millisecond. Hence the “bless you”.

9              The weight of hot water is more than cold water.

10           Statistics say that 12 newborns are handed over to wrong parents everyday. – Scary, I can’t say I believe this one!

11           Eat a chewing gum while peeling onions, and you won’t cry at all!

12            Pet lovers cannot move to Iceland because it is against their law to keep pets.

13           The only animals that don’t get cancer are sharks and rays.

14           A duck’s quack doesn’t echo!

15           The coast of France has had “Garfield” phones washing ashore since the 1980s.In the 1980s, phones in the shape of Garfield, the cartoon cat, began washing up on the Iroise coast in the Brittany region of France—but nobody knew where they were coming from. Then, 35 years into the mystery, a local farmer named René Morvan revealed that a container ship carrying the feline phones had been hit by a storm and ended up in a nearby secluded sea cave. “You had to really know the area well,” he told Franceinfo. “We found a container aground in a fissure. It was open. Many of the things were gone, but there was a stock of phones.”

16           The shortest commercial flight in the world lasts just 57 seconds.

17           The Loganair flight between the two Scottish islands of Westray and Papa Westray lasts just 57 seconds. At a distance of 1.7 miles, it’s the shortest commercial flight in the world. However, because the trip is made via one of two eight-seater planes, the exact time of the journey could take a bit longer if there are strong winds. Loganair claims it takes less than a minute “in a favourable wind”


18           An adult’s blood vessels could circle the equator four times if they were laid end to end. The human body may seem minuscule compared to the size of the Earth. But adults have so many blood vessels that if you laid them end to end, they could circle the planet’s equator—which is 24,901 miles—four times, according to National Geographic!

19           If you tried a new variety of apple every day, it would take more than 20 years to try them all. If you’re the kind of person who appreciates variety and would love to taste-test a new type of apple every day of the week, then you’re in for a decades-long endeavor. It would take you more than 20 years to try each of the 7,500 varieties of apples in the world.

20           A 1965 Barbie came with a diet book that advised readers not to eat… at all. If you were in a kid in the ’60s, you might have been given a Slumber Party Barbie as a gift. But hopefully, you were more interested in the doll itself than the accessories that were included with it. Along with a scale that showed an unwavering weight of 110 lbs, there was also a diet book titled “How to Lose Weight” that had only one piece of guidance: “DON’T EAT!” So wrong.

21           “The oldest known star appears to be older than the universe. An ancient star called Methuselah has baffled scientists due to the fact that the celestial body appears to be older than the actual universe. But now, there may be an explanation. Although previous research suggested the star was around 16 billion years old, despite the universe being a mere 13.8 billion years old, new numbers make a little more sense.

Howard Bond, the lead author of a 2013 study by Pennsylvania State University and the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore, factored in information about the star’s distance, brightness, composition, and structure. As a result, he explained that he measured Methuselah at “”an age of 14.5 billion years, with a residual uncertainty that makes the star’s age compatible with the age of the universe.”” That uncertainty is plus or minus 800 million years, meaning Methuselah could be around 13.7 billion years old, which would make it slightly younger than the universe.”

22           The largest cup of coffee was more than 18,000 litres.  Some people can’t function without their morning cup of coffee. However, no one could possibly consume the largest cup of coffee ever poured, which was a whopping 18,012.07 liters. Earning a world record in 2018, the coffee came in a cup that was 3.36 meters high and 3 meters in diameter. It took 22 people an entire month to make it!

23           A library in Anchorage lends out taxidermic specimens. If you’ve been thinking about sprucing up your home with stuffed animals (not the toy kind) but aren’t sure that you’re ready to make a commitment to dead critter-themed décor, then perhaps you should check out the Alaska Resources Library and Information Services (ARLIS) on the University of Alaska Anchorage campus. There, you can check out a taxidermic specimen—such as a “perfectly preserved carcass of a ring-necked pheasant” or a “mounted black rockfish”—in the same way that you’d check out a book. Just make sure you have an Anchorage public library card.

24           A Noble Prize winner was given a lifetime supply of beer piped directly into his house. In 1922, when Danish physicist Niels Bohr won the Nobel Prize, the Carlsberg brewery in Copenhagen, Denmark, decided to give him a house. But it wasn’t just any house—it was located right next to the brewery and had a pipe that brought beer directly into the residence.

25           Boeing uses potatoes to improve their in-flight Wi-Fi. Because humans can’t sit for days at a time while Boeing tests their in-flight Wi-Fi systems, the company uses something a bit more unusual to mimic the conditions of people being on a flight: potatoes. According to USA Today, the vegetables make the ideal stand-ins because of their “water content and chemistry [which] absorbs and reflects radio wave signals the same way humans do.”

26           Hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia is the fear of very long words.

27           Snow White almost co-starred with Burpy the dwarf. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs as we know it came from a German fairytale that’s been around for centuries. The dwarfs were always an important part of the story, but they didn’t have individual names (apart from one stage adaptation) until Walt Disney came along. However, Happy, Grumpy, Sleepy, Sneezy, Bashful, Dopey, and Doc weren’t the only names the writers considered. According to The Guardian, we could have had dwarfs named Jumpy, Burpy, Puffy, Stuffy, Lazy, Wheezy, and the cringe-inducing Deafy.

28           “The Sun-Maid Raisins Girl was an actual model. Sun-Maid Raisins has been using the same logo on their packaging since 1916: a young woman with curly brown hair tucked under a red bonnet, holding a tray of grapes. This image was inspired by real-life model Lorraine Collett (later Peterson), who was working as a seeder and picker for a California fruit packing company when a Sun-Maid executive spotted her now-iconic bonnet. In addition to lending her image to the company, she was hired to promote their product, once even dropping raisins from a plane as it flew over San Francisco, according to NPR.

29           You’re more likely to win an Olympic gold medal than the lottery. The odds of picking the correct numbers in the Mega Millions are one in 302.6 million. For comparison, your odds of winning an Olympic gold medal are just 1 in 662,000, according to Forbes. But that is in America with American lottery.

30           The world’s first business computer calculated bakery receipts. Though it seems inconceivable that any contemporary business could operate without the aid of computers, this practice has barely been around for 60 years. It was actually an English tea shop called J. Lyons & Co. that first used a computer for business purposes. The LEO (Lyons Electronic Office), unveiled in 1951, was the size of a large room and could calculate sales, invoices, supplies, orders, and payroll. It’s rather remarkable that the owner of a restaurant and catering business with no electronics experience had the foresight to invest in such an innovative machine.


Top 25 Best Ways to Save Money


1              Use condoms

This man created the best list I have ever seen and I am very impressed about it. This is a very underrated list.

And yes, condoms can be used for safe sex to prevent pregnancy and STIs. You should be very careful on sexual intercourse. Having a baby costs very, very expensive. It averagely costs around $20,000 to $40,000 dollars to have one in the United States. Teen pregnancy ruins your fun as a teenager. You’ll get kicked out of school and you will have a lot of responsibilities you’re not ready yet. So, use condoms.

Whoever wrote this topic is the most intelligent person on Earth. People should use it not only to save money but for their own and their country’s benefit by reducing population.

Condom => No kid => No stress => Healthy life => No medical expansion => No over population + Beautiful World to live peaceful life + whole life enjoyment.

TO ME: I really do not agree this one. Children (&Sex are the very best luxury worth every penny.


2              Stop smoking

Who on Earth would buy something that could kill you? If you are smoking, stop this disgusting habit. It could damage your lungs (see lung cancer). The two reasons why people are still smoking because they think it’s “cool” when someone is lying or doesn’t understand, and nobody knew smoking is bad for you until about 1964. There used to be cigarette commercials on television, radio, magazines, etc until they were banned after 1970. If you never smoked, don’t try it, I’m serious.

Cut out smoking, resist all urges of cigarette cravings. Smoking is the unwise way to spend money on and also very harmful. My dad’s uncle used to smoked two packs of cigarettes a day. Imagine that? Later on, he died of lung cancer, that was estimated 10 years ago. Of course people know this stuff already, but please find a therapist if you are addicted to smoking and unable to resist. Once you start, you cannot stop.

Why would you spend your money on something that can kill you? Smoking is bad for you and it wastes money.

3              Reduce your bills

Yes, I could have voted for “use condoms” but I’m not because that post is just stupid and a joke to begin with. Raising kids costs money, it’s practically an investment in and of itself. The reason why I voted for “reduce your bills” is because that is the best way to save your money. Kids are something you can avoid if you want to and right now in America there is more of a problem with people that don’t know how to spend money then people with unwanted children. Yes that may not be true for some people, yes kid are experience, and yes there is a reason to use condoms, but some people can just shut their freaking mouths and take their money more seriously.

Ask your service providers if they have bundled services or unlisted discounts that you can use to save money.

Pay it down, make whatever it is your paying on last longer. Stop keeping up with the Jones’s THEY ARE BROKE!

  1. Reuse items

Don’t trash the things you just got just because you used them once and don’t like it. You could try making it into things you will likely use and can be your own fashion nobody at your school has. Pretty cool, huh?

This is the wisest way to save money In my opinion; bonus points if you know how to craft. I have a decade old cardboard box I use as a table and I see no need to have a desk even for a laptop.

My mom is Asian and she constantly does this. She reuses plastic water bottles and lunch bags, wash plastic jars and tin cans ad use them for storage containers, use cardboard boxes as storage, and collects plastic grocery bags.

I use and wash disposable plates and cups I buy at supermarkets, at least two times before throwing them to the trash can. It helps to save money!

5              Work for yourself

Working for yourself will help you a lot, but you have to think about what kind of people you are, what attitude you have how motivated you are, how you are around others, not everyone who opens their own business are successful, the ones who are it’s mostly based on their attitude and work style.

Working for our self will improve our credit score and then we can use that for gifting ourselves.

Find something you enjoy and find a way to make money at it.

6              Don’t impulse shop

Yes I agree. This is actually something thought about unlike what is number one on the list right now. Do not eat out every day because cooking is fun, healthier and cheaper. Also if you don’t need something don’t buy it that simple.

It is wise to only go shopping when you have money in your pocket and after all bills are paid. Don’t buy on impulse. It may sound like fun at the time but if you are like me and only get paid once a month, you will regret it very soon.

Sales really drive this along – people often buy things they don’t really need just because they’re half price. No matter the price, if you don’t need it don’t buy it.

7              Do research

I was planning too buy my entire Christmas list on Amazon this year, but I found some good deals at stores like Ross so I did part of my shopping there instead!


I saved a ground breaking £30 due to doing research. It may take a while, but in the end, it works. Amazon is the best!

8              Put it in the bank

Um… saving is the best way to “save” money. How is this the last option? And that question answers why American’s over spend and under save. Do you have 3 months income saved for an emergency? Do you have money saved for a medical emergency? If not stop spending and save.

Put in bank or bury it in safes under your house in a secret tunnel.

9              Stop drinking alcohol

I think this means like stop drinking A LOT of alcohol. Don’t drink too much because the next thing you know you are going to the store everyday getting some wine or beers.

10           Cut back on the cell phone

Cell phone plans are an easy way to cut back. Most people have internet access at their home or office already, learn to go without it in between.

11           Cut down your food costs

So many people go out and buy food they don’t need. I mean, a lobster shouldn’t be eaten everyday. A lot of canned goods or even home made is good and save the leftovers.

I would recommend intermittent fasting. It’s not only about weight control but also saves money.

Make restaurant meals at home, stay away from fast food.

12           Internet selling

You can sell things that you don’t want anymore or haven’t used in a long time. Try selling it on eBay instead of Amazon. And don’t overprice the item like £500 or so. Make it the NICE PRICE.

13           Cut your cable

I don’t watch cable television anymore as I have moved on to streaming, and most TV shows now averagely has episode with less than a million viewers. Try Freeview television.

Cable T.V. wastes your time due to all the annoying commercials. Why subject yourself to that? Cable is not only a money waster – it’s a life waster!

Do you really need 999 channels? Many network channels are free digital signals or, go TV free.

Come on, you pay for this, and you still get commercials?

14           Shop at discount stores

We are talking Lidl and Aldi, certainly not Waitrose.

Or in other words, shop in a store that has products you consider as cheap.

15           Keep a jar and collect coins

That already exists. It’s called a piggy bank.

I’ve been doing that for 10 years now.

16           Avoid grocery shopping when you’re hungry.

17           Wear your clothes longer

Clothes serve to shelter your body from the weather – and not wearing them at all has negative societal impacts, but there is no reason why the trousers you bought last year that are now “out of style” can’t be worn. How many shirts does a person need?

Yes. Definitely you should wear your clothes for a long time my dad has clothes from when he was a teen that he still occasionally wears.

18           Walk or cycle instead of driving

Not only does it save you some money, you get fit and you’ll prevent some car accidents. The only thing you’ll have to worry are some drunk drivers injuring you via collision.

19           Use coupons

20           Buy a broken item and fix it

21           Invest in yourself

If you invest in yourself you will be making more money than you had.

22           Do not go on dates. (TO ME: I do not recommend this one. You need to live and not be a loser).

TO THEM: I ain’t planning on dating, not only because of money, but also because I’m worried I might have a future child to take care of and it will be hell!

23           Cut your landline phone

24           Don’t feed bad habits

For example, smoking. In pounds, the average pack of cigarettes is about £4.50, and some people smoke two packs a day, so… £9 a day is £63 a week… £63 pound! If you have a child who likes video games (another thing that you should really cut down on, but just saying) and they moan because they don’t have a new game, if you quit smoking you could get them a new game every week if you wanted to!

At £63 a week that makes (in a 4 week month) £252 a month, and with 12 months a year, that’s £3,024… Think, what could you do with that extra three-thousand pounds a year… Help pay off bills so you live more comfortable? Whatever you decide it’s a lot of money to be saving.

Just a bit more math for you… In 10 years, you will save £30,240 a year. If you have been smoking for around that length of time 1. Your health is in risk, but 2. You could have afforded to go to Disney World once every year! If you have kids and want a good life for them, cut out the unnecessary expenses.

25           DIY

Who needs to go to a professional studio to frame a photo when you can just go to a craft store for a frame, print your own picture, and frame it yourself for 1/3 the price? ”


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

– Nicolas Chamfort



 “Most obstacles melt away when we make up our minds to walk boldly through them.” – Orison Swett Marden


Happiness is… Guinness Book of World Records (See #6 above).

and also…

Happiness is…saving money.


Engineers have successfully made a car that can run on parsley. They are now attempting to make trains that can run on thyme…


Love is…it really is!


A time to save a few pennies here…A time to save pounds there.


2nd October

2012 Our 1st Grandson Rory was born – Happy 9th Birthday Rory!

1900 Keir Hardy became the Labour Party’s first Member of Parliament.

1901 The Royal Navy’s first submarine, built by Vickers, was launched at Barrow. The company’s shipbuilding division is now BAE Systems Submarine Solutions.

1909 The first rugby football match was played at Twickenham, between Harlequins and Richmond.

1925 London’s first red buses with roofed-in upper decks went into service, but they had been in use in Widnes, Cheshire, since 1909.

1925 John Logie Baird (Scottish born engineer born at Helensburgh) performed the first test of a working television system. Although Baird’s electromechanical system was eventually displaced by purely electronic systems, his early successes earned him a prominent place in television’s invention.







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