I DIDN’T KNOW THAT LAST WEEK 11th May 2022

I DIDN’T KNOW THAT LAST WEEK 11th May 2022

jeanniejeanniejeannie.co.uk BLOG Wednesday 11th May 2022

 

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

And

TOP THIRTY-FIVE OF THE DAY

I DIDN’T KNOW THAT LAST WEEK 11th May 2022

  1. A shrimp’s heart is in its head.
  2. It is physically impossible for pigs to look up into the sky.
  3. The “sixth sick sheik’s sixth sheep’s sick” is believed to be the toughest tongue twister in the English language.
  4. Wearing headphones for just an hour could increase the bacteria in your ear by 700 times.
  5. In the course of an average lifetime, while sleeping you might eat around 70 assorted insects and 10 spiders, or more.
  6. “Dreamt” is the only English word that ends in the letters “mt”.
  7. There are only four words in the English language which end in “dous”: tremendous, horrendous, stupendous, and hazardous.
  8. The giant squid has the largest eyes in the world.
  9. Most people fall asleep in seven minutes.
  10. “Stewardesses” is the longest word that is typed with only the left hand.
  11. The fastest gust of wind ever recorded on Earth was 253 miles per hour.

Hang on to your hats because this isn’t your average wind storm. In 1996, a tropical cyclone named Olivia hit off the coast of Barrow Island, Australia with such a force that it broke an incredible record. According to The Weather Channel, “Olivia’s eyewall produced five extreme three-second wind gusts, the peak of which was a 253 mph gust,” which blew past the previous wind record of 231 mph set in Mount Washington, New Hampshire back in 1934.

  1. Mount Everest is bigger now than the last time it was measured.

Mount Everest may not have physically grown, having reached maturity a long time ago, however, the most recent measurement performed by surveyors representing China and Nepal has the mountain peak standing taller than we’d thought in the past. Previous readings have ranged from 29,002 feet above sea level in 1856 down to 20,029 in 1955, according to NPR. But after the long process of measuring the mountain with GPS devices, experts have now stated that Mount Everest stands at a whopping 29,031.69 feet, due to plate tectonics.

  1. The entire world’s population could fit inside Los Angeles.
  2. North Korea and Cuba are the only places you can’t buy Coca-Cola. And maybe Russia, now.

No matter where you go, it’s comforting to know you can always enjoy a Coca-Cola. Well, almost anywhere. While this fizzy drink is sold practically everywhere, it still hasn’t (officially) made its way to North Korea or Cuba, according to the BBC. That’s because these countries are under long-term U.S. trade embargoes. However, some folks say you might be able to snag a sip of the stuff if you try hard enough—although it’ll typically be a lot more expensive than what you would pay in the states—and probably imported from a neighbouring country such as Mexico or China.

  1. The world’s quietest room is located at Microsoft’s headquarters in Washington state.

Silence is golden, as they say. And while it may not be worth quite as much as jewels and gold to most people, it certainly was the primary goal for those who built the quietest room in the world. Located at Microsoft’s headquarters in Redmond, Washington, the lab room measures a background noise of -20.35 dBA, which is 20 decibels below the threshold of human hearing and breaks previous records for spaces that were deemed the planet’s quietest places, according to CNN.

“As soon as one enters the room, one immediately feels a strange and unique sensation which is hard to describe,” Hundraj Gopal, a speech and hearing scientist and principal designer of the anechoic chamber at Microsoft, told CNN. “Most people find the absence of sound deafening, feel a sense of fullness in the ears, or some ringing. Very faint sounds become clearly audible because the ambient noise is exceptionally low. When you turn your head, you can hear that motion. You can hear yourself breathing and it sounds somewhat loud.”

  1. The longest place name on the planet is 85 letters long.

Taumatawhakatangihangakoauauotamateaturipukakapikimaungahoronukupokaiwhenuakitanatahu – in  New Zealand.

  1. The Earth’s ozone layer will make a full recovery in 50 years.

Because of pollution, the Earth’s ozone layer has suffered a lot. That’s bad news for everyone, since the fragile gas layer protects our planet and shields us from the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays. Fortunately, climate change experts believe that the ozone layer will fully heal within 50 years, according to a 2018 report from the United Nations. The recovery is thanks in large part to the Montreal Protocol of 1987, which put a global ban on the use of one of the main culprits for the damage: chlorofluorocarbons (CFOs). Previously, CFOs had been common in refrigerators, aerosol cans, and dry-cleaning chemicals.

  1. People who are currently alive represent about 7% of the total number of people who have ever lived.

Here’s another world fact to keep in the back of your mind: According to the Population Reference Bureau, since the time Homo sapiens first hit the scene 50,000 years ago, more than 108 billion members of our species have been born. And a large chunk of that number is alive right now. According to the bureau, the number of people alive today represents a whopping 7% of the total number of humans who have ever lived.

  1. The most expensive coin in the world was sold for more than $7 million.

The 1933 Double Eagle was a $20 U.S. coin made of gold that never went into circulation. A few of the coins were made, but most were destroyed—save for nine that were presumed stolen by U.S. mint workers. After years circulating the globe and falling into the hands of a few notable owners—including the king of Egypt—one of the coins was auctioned off at Sotheby’s in 2002 for a stunning $7,590,020. That made it the most expensive coin ever sold at auction.

  1. More than 52% of the world’s population is under 30 years old.
  2. People 60 years and older make up 12.3% of the global population.
  3. It’s estimated that Sweden has more islands than any other country.
  4. 43 countries in the world that still have a royal family.
  5. According to a study developed for National Geographic in 2011, the world’s “most typical” person is right-handed, makes less than $12,000 (£9,727) per year, has a mobile phone, and doesn’t have a bank account.
  6. The global adult literacy rate is around 86%.

With each generation that passes, more and more people are learning how to read, according to UNESCO. These days, around 86% of adults around the world are able to enjoy a book on their own. UNESCO also explained that their data shows “remarkable improvement among youth in terms of reading and writing skills and a steady reduction in gender gaps.”

  1. All the ants on Earth weigh about as much as all the humans.

The total population of people who are alive on Earth hasn’t even hit 8 billion. At the same time, there are 10 quadrillion (10,000,000,000,000,000) individual ants crawling around at any given time. According to wildlife presenter Chris Packham, who appeared on the BBC in 2014 to discuss this, when combined, all of those ants would weigh about the same as all of us humans.

  1. Tokyo is the world’s largest city with 37 million inhabitants.

The next largest city is Delhi, India, (population 29 million) and Shanghai, China (population 26 million).

  1. While four babies are born on Earth every second, it’s estimated that around two people pass away at the same time. That means that 105 people die each minute, 6,316 people die each hour, 151,600 people die each day, and 55.3 million people die each year. Sorry, folks—not all interesting facts are fun!
  2. Spider-Man grew up at 20 Ingram Street in Forest Hills, Queens. The address exists in real life, and the family that lives there is the Parkers.
  3. The tree where Isaac Newton discovered gravity is still alive and well, outside of his childhood home.
  4. Pizza Hut once made a delivery to the International Space Station in 2001. They paid the Russians $1 million to transport the Pizza.
  5. The brain isn’t fully operational for learning until after 10 am, science has proved that school begins way too early.
  6. In a German village called Fuggerei, the rent hasn’t been raised since 1520, it costs only 88 cents to live there for an entire year.
  7. In 1986, a Soviet pilot made a bet with his co-pilot that he could land the plane blind. He curtained all cockpit windows and crashed the airplane into the landing strip killing 70 out of the 87 passengers onboard.
  8. The Great Pyramid of Giza contains enough stone to make an almost 2 ft high wall around the Earth.

 

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

– Nicolas Chamfort

 

INSPIRATIONAL QUOTE FOR THE DAY

No one doth well what he doth against his will. – St Augustine of Hippo.

HAPPINESS IS…

Happiness is… falling asleep in seven minutes, (#9 above.)

GRANDAD’S ONE LINER JOKE OF THE DAY

Why don’t they play poker in the jungle? Too many Cheetahs.

LOVE IS…

Love is…making every second with one another count.

TURN…TURN…TURN!

A time for the brain to be fully functional – after 10.00am…A time for the brain not to be functional before 10.0am. (See #32 above.)

 

 

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