I DIDN’T KNOW THAT LAST WEEK 3rd April 2022
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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
I DIDN’T KNOW THAT LAST WEEK 23rd March 2022
1 3 inches of ice can support one person, on foot. 4 inches can support a group of people, single file. 36 inches can support up to 110 tons of weight.
2 The world’s smallest mammal, a Bumblebee Bat, weights about the same as a U.S. dime. Native to Myanmar and Thailand, these bats are endangered.
3 Chocolate can help stop tooth decay. Specifically, parts of the cocoa bean can thwart mouth bacteria, even more.
4 The insurance company backing the pay-outs for “Who Wants to be a Millionaire” sued the show for being too easy.
5 There is an insurance policy issued against alien abduction. Around 50,000 policies have been sold, mainly to residents of the U.S. and England.
6 Barry Manilow wrote many famous jingles for companies like McDonald’s, State Farm and BandAids (sticking plaster).
7 Scrappy-Doo, widely considered to be one of the most hated characters in fiction, has not appeared in an animated Scooby-Doo production since 1988 due to audience backlash.
8 In Ancient Greece, throwing an apple to a woman was a symbolic declaration of love, and to catch it was to show acceptance of that love.
9 The total weight of all air on Earth is 11 quintillion pounds.
10 A woman was elected to the House of Representatives four years before women even won the right to vote.
11 More than 90% of survivors of the 9/11 terror attacks delayed evacuation to save their work, shut down computers, change shoes, or visit the bathroom.
12 Spacesuits take 5,000 hours to make, costs 1 million dollars, weigh about 110 pounds, and have 11 layers of material.
13 Scientists discovered sharks that are living in an active underwater volcano. Divers cannot investigate because they would get burns from the acidity and heat.
14 The Lego Group is the world’s most powerful brand. There are more Lego Minifigures than there are people on Earth.
15 A mason in 1700’s Jerusalem left his wooden ladder behind after doing some work on a church and now it can’t be moved without the agreement & permission of six different Christian leaders.
16 Of the top 20 most watched TV broadcasts in the United States, 19 were Super Bowls, and the other was the 1983 finale of M*A*S*H.
17 The military has used silly string to detect tripwires in Iraq. Before entering a room, they can squirt it inside. If it hangs in the air, it may have revealed a wire.
18 The longest Cricket Test match lasted over 12 days between England and South Africa. It only ended because the English team would have missed their boat home.
19 The British Pound is the world’s oldest currency still in use at 1,200 years old. The pound has been identified as a symbol of British sovereignty.
20 In 2007, Scotland spent £125,000 devising a new national slogan. The winning entry was: ‘Welcome to Scotland’.
21 When tea started being sold in bags, originally it was intended to be removed from the bags by customers, but they found it easier to brew the tea still in the bag.
22 Volvo invented the three-point seatbelt, then gave the invention away for free. They decided it was too important of an invention to keep to themselves.
23 Medieval chastity belts are a myth. A great majority of examples now existing were made in the 18th and 19th centuries as jokes.
24 There are 30 times more trees on Earth than there are stars in the Milky Way. It’s estimated that there are 100 billion stars and 3 trillion trees.
25 All the paint on the Eiffel Tower weighs the same as ten elephants. It gets repainted every seven years without closing to the public.
26 In 1325, two Italian city-states fought over a bucket which resulted in 2,000 deaths. It started when two soldiers stole a bucket from a well in the city center.
27 You can now get a headstone with a QR code. Called “Living Headstones,” they show pages with photos, video biography, and comments from loved ones.
28 A water dropwort is a highly poisonous plant. If it kills you, it can cause you to smile after you die. This is called a sardonic grin.
29 Around 15% of active Twitter accounts are social bots. This means there are nearly 48 million accounts that are not controlled by humans.
30 There are more people in the U.K. than in Canada, Australia, Norway, and Iceland combined. The U.K. population is over 65 million.
TOP TEN OF THE DAY
TOP TEN FOODS YOU ATE AS A CHILD OF THE 80s BUT WOULDN@T FEED YOUR CHILD TODAY
- Bernard Matthews Turkey Roast
Processed turkey meat rolled up into a convenient family meal. Best not to think about how much actual meat was in them, or the percentage that was reclaimed turkey anus.
- Boil-in-the-bag cod in parsley sauce
Smelt so much worse than it tasted, which left plenty of leeway for it to taste f**king foul. Plopped on the plate next to some Smash and frozen peas, your parents felt this was a nice healthy meal and would nag you to eat the lot or you wouldn’t get any Angel Delight.
- Pop tarts
A breakfast and agony in one, because if you dared bite into it before an undefined cooling period your mouth and tongue would be severely burned on white-hot sugary jam. But American kids ate them so you did because America was so cool then.
- Sunny delight
Looked like juice, tasted like juice, but was actually liquid sugar plus E-numbers now banned by the EU. Set for a comeback.
- Turkey Twizzlers
What was it about the 90s and turkey? Was there a turkey overpopulation we’d sworn to cull by any means? The chicken dippers of the decade were shaped into an attractive spiral to underline how unnatural it was. Bloody lovely though.
- Crinkle-cut chips
Whichever genius decided chips would be better cut crinkly, they were right. Fried in a pan of fat on the hob, full of salt and served with fishfingers and frozen mixed veg. This is why your parents needed that chest freezer in the garage. They were visionaries.
- Mini kievs
Balls of processed chicken with a garlic cream centre, like a gross Cadbury’s Creme Egg you can enjoy all year round. Were considered sophisticated and continental.
- Angel Delight
A cheap blancmange
Thin cheese biscuits
- Dairylea Cheese Portions
- Cadbury’s Smash
Powdered mash potato, just add water
REMEMBER: The most wasted of all days is one without laughter.
– Nicolas Chamfort
INSPIRATIONAL QUOTE FOR THE DAY
“You’ve got to get up every morning with determination if you’re going to go to bed with satisfaction.” —George Lorimer.
Happiness is…knowing something new every day.
GRANDAD’S ONE LINER JOKE OF THE DAY
My girlfriend said it’d really be a nice birthday surprise if I got her something to run around in.
So I bought her a tracksuit.
Love is…going with the flow.
A time to buy an insurance policy issued against alien abduction…A time to spend 5,000 hours and invest 1 million dollars, in making a space suit that weigh about 110 pounds.
©2022 Phil M Robinson