I DIDN’T KNOW THAT LAST WEEK 10th January 2021
jeanniejeanniejeannie.co.uk BLOG Sunday 10th January 2021
I DIDN’T KNOW THAT LAST WEEK
I love expanding my knowledge. As I constantly trawl the internet I am forever picking up interesting snippets I never knew before. Here is some of theenormous amount of stuff I came across this week.
1 Spider webs were used as bandages in ancient times.
2 A woman who lost her wedding ring found it 16 years later on a carrot in her garden.
3 One-quarter of all your bones are located in your feet.
4 You’re more likely to get a computer virus from visiting religious sites than porn sites.
5 Sunglasses were originally designed for Chinese judges to hide their facial expressions in court.
6 Children of identical twins are genetically siblings, not cousins.
Cousins whose parents are identical twins share 25 percent of their DNA, instead of the usual 12.5 percent. While full-siblings share 50 percent of their DNA, half-siblings share 25 percent. That’s why, though children of identical twins are legally cousins, they are genetically the equivalent of half-siblings.
7 A cloud can weigh more than a million pounds. Clouds are not as light and fluffy as they appear. In fact, researchers have found that a single cloud weighs about 1.1 million pounds. How do they know? Well, that number is calculated by taking the water density of a cloud and multiplying it by its volume. Fortunately, the cloud can still “float” at that weight because the air below it is even heavier.
8 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.
9 A “moonbow” is a rainbow that happens at night.
10 Bumblebees can fly higher than Mount Everest.
11 The Terminator sold for $1.
The Terminator, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and Linda Hamilton, earned a worldwide total of $78.3 million at the box office in 1984. As it went on, the franchise took in over $1.4 billion—not bad for a movie whose rights sold for a dollar.
12 Before James Cameron became famous for directing blockbusters like Titanic and Avatar, he was just an unknown filmmaker with an ambitious idea. In order to get his movie made, he handed over the rights to the script for a token amount on the terms that he would be allowed to direct the movie. Despite the eventual success of the project, Cameron later admitted that he regrets the decision to sell such a valuable story for such a low amount, saying, “I wish I hadn’t sold the rights for one dollar. If I had a little time machine and I could only send back something the length of a tweet, it’d be—’Don’t sell.'”
13 “Crying makes you feel happier. They don’t call it a “”good cry”” for nothing. Studies suggest that crying stimulates the production of endorphins, our body’s natural painkiller, and feel-good hormones, like oxytocin. In short, crying more will ultimately lead to smiling more.
14 At least one of the colours of the Olympic flag appears on all the national flags.
15 “Almost 163,000 pints of Guinness are wasted in facial hair each year. An actual research study commissioned by Guinness found that an estimated 162,719 pints of Irish stout go to waste every year… via mustaches. The study found that 0.56 milliliters of Guinness get trapped in the average beard or mustache with each sip. And it takes about 10 sips to finish a pint.
An estimated 92,370 Guinness consumers every year in the UK have facial hair. Assuming they consume on average 180 pints each a year, the total cost of wasted Guinness annually is about $536,000. The moral of this story? Shave and save!”
16 Grooves in the road on Route 66 play “America the Beautiful.” New Mexico’s Department of Transportation decided to spice up a desolate quarter-mile stretch of Route 66 between Albuquerque and Tijeras. Grooves were added in the road that play music when you drive over them going the speed limit of 45 mph. The grooves work just like the rumble strips, which vibrate your car if you drift out of your lane. These particular strips are positioned to create different pitches when you drive over them, and if you do, you can clearly hear “America the Beautiful” play through the vibrations in your car’s wheels.
17 Bubble wrap was originally intended to be wallpaper.
18 There is a species of jellyfish that never dies. Known as Turritopsis dohrnii—or colloquially, the immortal jellyfish—this sea creature is able to revert back into its adolescent state after going through adulthood, a “process that looks remarkably like immortality.”
19 Our sharpest memories are from early adulthood.
20 Marilyn Monroe’s dress sold for millions. In 2016, the iconic sparkly dress that Marilyn Monroe wore to serenade President John F. Kennedy on his birthday sold for a staggering $4.8 million at auction. This remains the world record for the most expensive article of clothing ever sold, beating out the record previously held by… another one of Monroe’s dresses, her costume from The Seven Year Itch.
21 There is a museum dedicated to failure. Boasting “a one-of-a-kind international collection of more than 100 innovation failures,” the touring Museum of Failure features displays on such bad ideas as Harley-Davidson perfume, Colgate beef lasagna, and Google Glass.
22 Only 18 out of 1 million Lego pieces are defective. The molds manufacturing process of Lego bricks is so accurate and effective that just 18 out of 1 million are found to be defective. That’s out of the 20 billion pieces that are manufactured every year.
23 The youngest Olympian was 10 years old. According to Olympic records, the youngest athlete to ever become a medalist in the Olympics was Greek gymnast Dimitrios Loundras, who finished third at the 1896 Olympic Games when he was 10 years old. Syria’s Hend Zaza, who is 11, was on track to be the youngest Olympian at this year’s games, but they were postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic—and she will be slightly older whenever the Tokyo Olympics do take place.
24 More than 1/5 of all the calories consumed by humans worldwide is provided by rice alone.
25 Warner Bros cancelled “Home Alone” because they didn’t want to spend $14 million on it. 21st Century Fox continued the production, and the film grossed $476 million worldwide.
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Love is…the fireworks in your life.
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