I DIDN’T KNOW THAT LAST WEEK 26.1.2021
jeanniejeanniejeannie.co.uk BLOG Tuesday 2nd February 2021
I DIDN’T KNOW THAT LAST WEEK
1 North Korea and Cuba are the only places you can’t buy Coca-Cola.
2 The entire world’s population could fit inside Los Angeles.
3 There are more twins now than ever before.
4 The hottest chili pepper in the world is so hot it could kill you. The “weapons-grade” Dragon’s Breath chili pepper is so hot it’s downright deadly. If you ate one, it could potentially cause a type of anaphylactic shock, burning the airways and closing them up.
5 The world’s most densely populated island is the size of two soccer fields. Santa Cruz del Islote in the Archipelago of San Bernardo off the coast of Colombia may only be about the size of two soccer fields (AKA two acres), but the artificial island has four main streets and 10 neighbourhoods. Five hundred people live on the island in around 155 houses. With so many people packed into such a small space, it’s the most densely populated island in the world, according to The Guardian.
6 Indonesia is home to some of the shortest people in the world.
7 The Canary Islands are named after dogs, not birds.Although it’s off the coast of northwestern Africa, the archipelago is actually part of Spain. In Spanish, the area’s name is Islas Canarias, which comes from the Latin phrase Canariae Insulae for “island of dogs.”
8 Taumatawhakatangihanga-koauauotamateaturipukakapikimaung-ahoronukupokaiwhenuakitanatahu, New Zealand, at 85 letters long, is the longest place name in the world.
9 There are around 4 quadrillion quadrillion bacteria on Earth.
10 Four babies are born every second. Every second, we welcome four new babies into our overall population. Do a little math and you’ll find out that means there are approximately 250 births each minute, 15,000 each hour, and 360,000 each day. In a full year, there are around 131.4 million babies born on Earth
11 Nearly two people die each second. 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!
12 The Lego Group is the world’s most powerful brand. There are more Lego minifigures than there are people on Earth.
13 More than 52 percent of the world’s population is under 30 years old.
14 Nearly half of the world’s population watched both the 2010 and 2014 FIFA World Cup games.
15 There are more than 24 time zones around the world.
16 “The Wizard of Oz’s full name is Oscar Zoroaster Phadrig Isaac Norman Henkel Emmannuel Ambroise Diggs In the original 1900 Wonderful Wizard of Oz novel, written by author L. Frank Baum, the titular magic man revealed that his full name was actually much longer: Oscar Zoroaster Phadrig Isaac Norman Henkel Emmannuel Ambroise Diggs.
In the story, Oz, as he calls himself, explains, “”It was a dreadfully long name to weigh down a poor innocent child, and one of the hardest lessons I ever learned was to remember my own name. When I grew up I just called myself O.Z., because the other initials were too long.”
17 At any given moment, there are approximately 2,000 thunderstorms happening on Earth.
18 The chills you get when listening to music are caused by your brain releasing dopamine.
19 More people tuned into Prince Charles and Princess Diana’s Wedding than for the Friends, Cheers, Seinfeld, and M*A*S*H finales combined
20 President Obama is a two-time Grammy Winner. Former President Barack Obama has two Grammys, both for spoken word albums: The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts On Reclaiming the American Dream and Dreams From My Father.
21 Charles Dickens always had his bed facing North Charles Dickens was responsible for writing classic literary works like Great Expectations and Oliver Twist. And while he obviously had a talent for the written word, he was an insomniac who believed that his creativity was dependent on his bed pointing northward. He also insisted on sleeping right in the middle with his arms outstretched and his hands equal distances from the edge.
22 You can die from laughter Chrysippus of Soli, a Greek philosopher, is rumoured to have died while laughing at a donkey eating figs. So, it is possible!
23 “Albert Einstein” is an anagram for “Ten Elite Brains”.
24 Scotland has 421 words for “snow”.
25 The longest English word is 189,819 letters long. We won’t spell it out here, but the full name for the protein nicknamed titin would take three and a half hours to say out loud.
TOP TEN OF THE DAY
Top Ten Surprising Backing Musicians
- Cher. Backing singer on “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’”, by The Righteous Brothers, 1964.
- Reg Dwight (not yet called Elton John). Backing singer on “Lily The Pink”, by The Scaffold, 1968.
- Elton John. Credited as “Rockaday Johnnie”, played piano on “Redneck Friend” by Jackson Browne, 1973.
- Billy Joel. Played the piano on “Leader of the Pack” by the Shangri-Las, 1964.
- Elvis Costello. Backing vocals on “Secret Lemonade Drinker”, TV advert for R White’s Lemonade, 1973.
- Mick Jagger. Backing vocals on “You’re So Vain”, by Carly Simon, 1972.
- Bob Dylan. Played piano under the name Elston Gunn for Bobby Vee (later famous for “Take Good Care of My Baby”) in 1959.
- Tina Turner. Backing singer on Delaney and Bonnie’s album D & B Together, 1972 (Bonnie Bramlett had been a member of the Ikettes, Tina’s backing singers).
- Jimmy Page. Played guitar on “It’s Not Unusual” by Tom Jones, and “Downtown” by Petula Clark, 1965.
- Buffy Sainte-Marie. On coathanger, “Darcy Farrow”, by Steve Gillette, 1967.
DON’T FORGET TO LAUGH EVERYDAY
INSPIRATIONAL QUOTE FOR THE DAY
“You don’t have to be a genius or a visionary or even a college graduate to be successful. You just need a framework and a dream.”
— Michael Dell
Happiness is…knowing Elton John was a backing singer on “Lily The Pink”, by The Scaffold
GRANDAD’S ONE LINER JOKE OF THE DAY
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Love is…it just is, right!
A time for Mick Jagger to do Backing vocals on “You’re So Vain”, by Carly Simo 1972… A time for Mick Jagger to sing “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” in the Rolling Stones.
2nd February 1959 Buddy Holly’s last performance.
2nd February 1974 Barbra Streisand’s 1st #1 hit, “The Way We Were”
2nd February 1901 Queen Victoria’s funeral takes place in St. George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, England
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