I DIDN’T KNOW THAT LAST WEEK.
jeanniejeanniejeannie.co.uk BLOG Tuesday 20th October 2020.
I love to learn new things every day. Here are 30 fascinating things I learned this week.
1 To leave a party without telling anyone is called in English, a “French Exit”. In French, it’s called a “partir à l’anglaise”, to leave like the English.
2 The first movie ever to put out a motion-picture soundtrack was Snow White and the Seven Dwarves.
3 Astronaut is a compound word derived from the two Ancient Greek words “Astro” meaning “star” and “naut” meaning “sailor”. So astronaut literally means “star sailor”.
4 At birth, a baby panda is smaller than a mouse.
5 Iceland does not have a railway system.
6 Forrest Fenn, an art dealer and author, hid a treasure chest in the Rocky Mountains worth over 1 million dollars. It still has not been found.
7 The Lego Group is the world’s most powerful brand. There are more Lego minifigures than there are people on Earth
8 Elvis was originally blonde. He started coloring his hair black for an edgier look. Sometimes, he would touch it up himself using shoe polish.
9 The British government coined the slogan, “Keep Calm and Carry on” during World War 2 in order to motivate citizens to stay strong.
10 Apple paid a couple $1.7 million dollars for their plot of land, which was only worth $181,700. While Apple was building a huge data center in the middle of North Carolina, they wanted to occupy the area of a couple that lived there for 34 years. When the couple refused to leave, Apple paid them $1.7 million dollars for their land.
11 Costa Coffee employs Gennaro Pelliccia as a coffee taster, who has had his tongue insured for £10 million since 2009.
12 Johnny Cash took only three voice lessons before his teacher advised him to stop taking lessons and to never deviate from his natural voice.
13 Hanna-Barbera pitched The Flintstones to networks for 8 weeks before it was finally picked up. It became the first ever animated show to air during primetime.
14 Although GPS is free for the world to use, it costs $2 million per day to operate. The money comes from American tax revenue.
15 In 2007, Scotland spent £125,000 devising a new national slogan. The winning entry was: “Welcome to Scotland”.
16 In World War II, Germany tried to collapse the British economy by dropping millions of counterfeit bills over London.
17 Researches have found that flossing your teeth can help your memory. Flossing prevents gum disease, which prevents stiff blood vessels, which cause memory issues.
18 A wildlife technician, Richard Thomas, took the famous tongue twister, “how much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood” and calculated a rough estimate of what the answer would actually be. It came out to be around 700 pounds.
19 There is a town in Nebraska called Monowi with a population of one. The only resident is a woman who is the Mayor, Bartender and Librarian.
20 I Will Always Love You was originally written and recorded in 1973 by Dolly Parton. It was written as a farewell to her mentor of seven years.
21 Cruise ships have morgues that can store up to 10 bodies at once. The average amount of people that die on cruise ships per year is 200.
22 Chicken Run is the highest-grossing stop motion animated film, even beating The Nightmare Before Christmas
23 Daniel Craig was an anonymous Storm Trooper in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Originally, he denied his cameo and claimed he wouldn’t bother being an extra in a movie.
24 Times Square was originally called Longacre square until it was renamed in 1904 after The New York Times moved its headquarters to the newly built Times Building.
25 In order to protest the high tariffs enforced by a U.K. censorship board, a filmmaker sent in a 10 hour “movie” of white paint drying. They had to watch the entire film.
26 The majority of blind people in the U.S. and the U.K. cannot read braille. Statistically, less than 1% of blind in the U.K., and under 10% in the U.S.
27 A bolt of lightning can reach 53,540 degrees Fahrenheit. That’s 5 times hotter than the surface of the sun, which is 10,340 degrees Fahrenheit.
28 Four of the top seven highest grossing films of all time were released in 2015. Avengers: Age of Ultron, Furious 7, Jurassic World and Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
29 “Tsundoku” is a Japanese word for the habit of buying too many books, letting them pile up in your house, and never reading them.
30 Disney sold the streaming right for the original Star Wars films in 2016 to Turner until 2024. Disney has since decided to start a streaming service and has tried asking for the rights back, but Turner refuses every time.
BONUS On one slow news day on April 18th, 1930, a BBC radio announcer blatantly said “there is no news”.
DON’T FORGET TO LAUGH EVERYDAY
INSPIRATIONAL QUOTE FOR THE DAY
“Don’t waste your time chasing butterflies. Mend your garden, and the butterflies will come.”
— Mario Quintana
Happiness is…Hi Ho! The soundtrack tp Snow White and the Seven Dwarves
GRANDAD’S ONE LINER JOKE OF THE DAY
“I saw this bloke chatting-up a cheetah. I thought: ‘He’s trying to pull a fast one.’” – Tim Vine.
Love is…knowing you will be loved until the end of time.
WHAT IS THERE A SEASON FOR TODAY TURN, TURN, TURN …
A time to be an anonymous Stormtrooper…A time to be James Bond
SOMETHING TO BE POSITIVE ABOUT & GRATEFUL FOR IN THE WORLD
I am grateful that I can read and write, the greatest things in the world ever to achieve.
SOMETHING TO LAUGH ABOUT
BIRD ON A WIRE (Movie)
Bird on a Wire is a 1990 American action comedy film directed by John Badham and starring Mel Gibson and Goldie Hawn. It was shot mainly in British Columbia, Canada. The title refers to the Leonard Cohen song “Bird on the Wire”. The alley motorcycle chase scene was filmed in Victoria’s Chinatown, in Fan Tan Alley.
Budget $20 million
Box office $138 million
VIZ MAGAZINE TOP TIPS
Right-handed people. Perform everyday tasks with your left hand, so that if you get a splinter you’ll be able to carefully remove it with your right hand.
TOTAL STAIRWAY TO EVEREST CLIMB CHALLENGE
Monday 19/10/2020 DAY 198 – 12 Times – 120 Feet Cum Total – 23,760 Feet – (Goal 29,035 Ft)
©2020 Phil M Robinson