jeanniejeanniejeannie.co.uk BLOG Wednesdayday 30th September 2020
I DIDN’T KNOW THAT LAST WEEK 30TH SEPTEMBER 2020
I like to learn new facts everyday. Here are some of the remarkable and strange things I learnt this week.
1 There is a technical name for the “fear of long words. It’s called “hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia.”
2 Cows moo with regional accents.
3 Potato Crisps Cause More Weight Gain Than Any Other Food A Harvard University study of more than 120,000 people found that potato chips were to blame for the gain of an average of 1.69 pounds per person over four years. Other fatteners: potatoes (1.28 pounds), sugar-sweetened beverages (1.00 pounds), and unprocessed red meats (0.95 pounds).
4 Bananas Can’t Reproduce The bananas we are all know and love, known as Cavendish, are in fact a hybrid of two other plant species. It has no seeds and has only been able to reproduce with the aid of farmers, who remove and transplant part of the plant’s stem in order to create our favorite yellow fruit.
5 The Least Interesting Day in History was April 11, 1954 That, according to software developers True Knowledge. The search engine project collects facts, and of the more than 300 million facts it has collected, just two occurred on this date: a soccer player named Jack Shufflebotham died and a Turkish academic named Abdullah Atalar was born
6 Aldous Huxley and C.S. Lewis Died on the Same Day as JFK
7 Dogs Can Smell Cancer They don’t call them “man’s best friend” for nothing. Researchers have found that dogs are able to pick up on a specific scent that cancer produces in a person—which is undetectable to humans. So if your dog is acting strange around you, it may be you who needs to get checked out by a physician.
8 Boyfriends Do More Housework Than Husbands A survey 17,000 people across 28 countries found that after marriage, the amount of time a man spends doing chores on a weekly basis decreases significantly.
9 The World’s Biggest Tire Producer is LEGO The toy company produces approximately 306 million tires per year—far more than any other manufacturer in the world. They may be tiny toy tires, but the fact still stands.
10 The Longest Word You can Type With Just Your Left Hand is “Sweaterdresses” For grammar sticklers who say that should include a hyphen (requiring you use your right hand), then the longest word is “stewardesses.” The longest word you can type with your right hand is the European wildflower “johnny-jump-up.”
11 Naps Could Save Your Life Research has found that a mid-day nap can make you more creative, focused, and fresh for the rest of the day. But one study also found that they can also reduce your risk of heart attack. Specifically, those who regularly nap were found to be 37 percent less likely to die from a heart attack or other coronary ailment than those who worked straight through the day.
12 You Sleep Deeper on a Hammock Than a Bed Swiss scientists have found that the rocking motion from a hammock leads to nappers enjoying a longer period of “N2 sleep” and increased “slow oscillations” and “sleep spindles”—science jargon for “deeper sleep”—than those who sleep on a traditional bed. The rocking motion was also found to make the subjects fall asleep faster than a regular bed.
13 Newborns Don’t Shed Tears Tear ducts don’t fully develop in infants until they are one to three months old, making it impossible for babies to shed actual tears. No wonder they have to express their emotions by crying loudly
14 Barry Manilow didn’t write his hit song “I Write the Songs.” And before he recorded it, Barry didn’t even think it was a particularly good song.
15 The blob of toothpaste that sits on your toothbrush has a name. It’s called a “nurdle.”
16 Flowers like Viagra. Here’s a funny fact: If you put some Viagra in a vase, it will make flowers stand up straight for a week beyond when they would normally wilt, according to one study conducted by Israeli and Australian researchers.
17 “There’s an American town with a population of one. Monowi, Nebraska, is the only town in the United States with an official population of one person. Yes, she owes taxes… To herself! She’s in her 80s, and she’s employed as the village’s mayor, librarian, and bartender.
18 One brogrammer had an unusual way of weaning himself off Facebook. Maneesh Sethi, a computer programmer, hired a woman (at $8 an hour) to slap him in the face every time he tried checking Facebook during working hours! Smartphone addiction is real people!
19 A “BROGRAMMER” is a male computer programmer who engages in stereotypically male-oriented activities and macho behavior.
20 One Norwegian town has a super ironic name. There’s a village in southern Norway actually named “Hell.” And get this: every winter it freezes over!
21 People aren’t always praying for what you’d expect. According to a 2014 survey by a Christian retailer LifeWay in Nashville, 7 percent of Christian Americans pray for a parking spot!
22 Musical roads. There’s a highway in Lancaster, California, that plays the “William Tell Overture”—or the theme from “The Lone Ranger”—whenever cars drive over it at 55 mph. Yes, roads that sing!
23 Nabokov may be the real inventor of emojis. Russian author Vladimir Nabokov came up with the idea for smiley emoticons in 1969.
24 Competitive art used to be in the Olympics Between 1912 and 1948, the Olympic Games awarded medals in sculpture, music, painting, and architecture, according to Smithsonian magazine. After a heated debate in the post-war years, the competitions were scrapped. John Copley of Britain won one of the final medals: At 73, he would be the oldest medalist in Olympic history if his silver, awarded for his 1948 engraving Polo Players, were still counted.
25 The Apollo 11 crew used hundreds of autographs as life insurance. Neil Armstrong and the Apollo 11 crew faced the real chance that they wouldn’t return from the moon safely, leaving their families without financial support. Due to the extreme danger that they were about to face, they couldn’t take out life insurance policies. So instead, they signed hundreds of autographs, which their families would have been able to sell if they didn’t make it home. Luckily, those life insurance autographs weren’t needed. They do, however, show up in space memorabilia auctions today, selling for as much as $30,000.
On 30th September…
1791: The first performance of Mozart’s The Magic Flute took place in Vienna.
1935: George Gershwin’s Porgy And Bess was premiered in Boston.
1936: Pinewood Studios opened near Iver Heath, Buckinghamshire, to provide Britain with a film studio to compete with Hollywood.
1955: James Dean, eccentric young star of Rebel Without A Cause, Giant and East Of Eden, died in a car crash, aged 24.
1967: BBC’s Radio 1 went on air for the first time, with Tony Blackburn introducing The Breakfast Show. His first record was Flowers In The Rain by The Move.
DON’T FORGET TO LAUGH EVERYDAY
INSPIRATIONAL QUOTE FOR THE DAY
“A successful man is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks others have thrown at him.”
— David Brinkley
Happiness is…a cow mooing in a regional accent
GRANDAD’S ONE LINER JOKE OF THE DAY
eBay is so useless. I tried to look up lighters and all they had was 13,749 matches.
Love is…that spark of electricity between two people
WHAT IS THERE A SEASON FOR TODAY TURN, TURN, TURN …
A time to sleep in a traditional bed…A time to sleep in a hammock.
SOMETHING TO BE POSITIVE ABOUT & GRATEFUL FOR IN THE WORLD
I give thanks for the view of the fields, horses and wildlife from my office window.
SOMETHING TO LAUGH ABOUT
Hugh Francis “Frank” Carson KSG (6 November 1926 – 22 February 2012) was a Northern Irish comedian and actor, best known on television in series such as The Comedians and Tiswas. He was a member of the entertainment charity the Grand Order of Water Rats.
VIZ MAGAZINE TOP TIPS
TOTAL STAIRWAY TO EVEREST CLIMB CHALLENGE
Tuesday 29/9/2020 DAY 178 12 Times – 120 Feet Cumulative Total 21,360 Feet
HORRIBLE LITTLE NUMBERS
OVER 1m DEATHS WORLDWIDE FROM CORONAVIRUS
Country Confirmed cases Deaths
1 US 7,191,062 205,998
2 Brazil 4,777,522 142,921
3 India 6,225,763 97,497
4 Mexico 738,163 77,163
5 UK 448,729 42,162
6 Italy 313,011 35,875
7 Peru 808,714 32,324
8 France 566,892 31,726
9 Spain 748,266 31,411
10 Iran 453,637 25,986
Deaths in UK yesterday 71
Global cases Updated 30 Sep at 08:03 local
Confirmed 33,642,602 +288,988
Deaths 1,007,769 +6,125
Recovered 23,387,825 +236,708
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