The Sunday Funnies & Factiods – The ‘Coldest Spring EVER’ Edition
by Keith Lennox, All-len-All, 03/22/15 –
Hi there, ladies and gentlemen….. welcome to this weeks Sunday Funnies & Factoids. Thanks for stopping by….. it’s always a pleasure when you do. This edition is short and sweet but I’m sure you will still learn a little sumpin’ sumpin’ that you were unaware of before you arrived…… enjoy….
1) Abraham Lincoln has no confirmed living descendants. The last one, a great-grandson, died in 1985.
3) The farthest distance from Earth an astronaut has ever traveled was during the Apollo 13 emergency.
4) 60% of apps in the Apple App Store have never been downloaded.
5) Heroin derives its name from “heroic” as it was originally marketed as a non-addictive wonder cure to morphine addiction…… oooooopsie……
6) Performing the Nazi salute in Germany is a criminal offence punishable by up to 3 years of prison…… huh, now why would that be……
7) Diana Ross, who sang “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” lost her ex-husband to a mountain climbing accident years later.
8) Recycling one ton of paper saves 682.5 gallons of oil, 7,000 gallons of water and 3.3 cubic yards of landfill space.
10) Sweden’s Volvo made the three-point seat belt design patent open and available to other car manufacturers for free, in the interest of safety. It saves one life every 6 minutes.
11) In 1999, an ex-prostitute in New Zealand, Georgina Beyer, became the world’s first openly transsexual Member of Parliament.
12) De-extinction is scientifically possible. Several viruses have already been brought back, including the 1918 flu pandemic virus.
14) During the Holocaust, Jewish boxer Salamo Arouch was imprisoned at Auschwitz. He was forced to fight fellow prisoners; the losers were sent to the gas chambers or shot. He survived over 2 years and 200 fights until the camp was liberated.
15) Hitler believed he was attractive to women, so he remained single for political gain. The German people were unaware of Eva Braun until after the war.
16) Canada has the third largest oil reserves of any country in the world after Saudi Arabia and Venezuela.
17) In 1863, Venezuela became the first modern country to abolish the death penalty for all crimes.
18) Benedict IX was Pope on 3 occasions. He regularly held orgies in the Vatican and sold the papacy only to claim it back the following year……. what a party animal old Benny must have been….
20) At least 20 million people died in the Taiping Rebellion in China, led by a man who claimed to be the brother of Jesus, and who attempted to impose a theocracy based on his interpretation of Christianity.
21) Speed dating was invented by a Rabbi in 1999.
22) Recycling a single plastic bottle can conserve enough energy to light a 60W bulb for up to 6 hours.
23) “Time” is the most commonly used noun in English.
24) Israel is so small, you can run through it from west to east in 2 hours and from top to bottom in 9 days.
25) Hiroshima and Nagasaki are not radioactive anymore mostly because the bombs didn’t touch the ground, but were detonated in the air.
Have a great rest of the weekend and a fabulous week ahead. See you back here next week.