The Sunday Funnies & Factoids – The ‘Another Year Older and Deeper in Debt’ Edition
by Keith Lennox, All-len-All –
It was my birthday this past Friday…. it reached a daytime high of 63 degrees and rained sideways off and on all day….. not that unusual for the middle of July in Canuckistan. It seems to go one way or another…… dank and miserable or sub-Saharan and miserable. The main thing being, I survived after a day of gluttony involving copious amounts of Chinese food and scotch, so the weather mattered not.
Thanks for dropping in….. time to feed your brain with some absolutely worthless trivia…… enjoy
1) In 15 years of conquest, Alexander The Great never lost a battle.
3) Sweden has the largest scale model of the solar system in the world. It is in the scale of 1:20 million and stretches 950 km across the country.
4) Einstein was stopped so much in public, he would reply, “Pardon me, sorry! Always I am mistaken for Professor Einstein.”
5) There’s a coast-to-coast hiking trail that stretches from Delaware to California.
6) A fake prehistoric rock art of a caveman with a shopping trolley was hung on the walls of the British Museum by art prankster Banksy in 2005. Days went by before anyone noticed it
8) More people died in Auschwitz than the British and American losses of WWII combined.
9) Spiders don’t have penises or vaginas. They mate with the appendages on their face.
10) For the Pope’s visit to Paraguay in 2015, an altar was built using 32,000 ears of corn,200,000 coconuts and 1,000 pumpkins.
11) In the Netherlands, there are dozens of public facilities where you can bring recreational drugs including marijuana, cocaine and ecstasy to test if they are safe.
12) The Emperor Penguin is able to dive to depths of over 500m and stay under water for up to 27 minutes.
13) Crossword puzzles became such a hit in the mid-1920s that women’s fashion adopted the motif, printing grids on clothes, shoes, and jewelry.
14) In 1973, NASA launched Skylab, the first American space station. Three successive crews lived and worked there for more than 171 days. Knowing a call to the fire department would accomplish precious little from outer space, NASA and Honeywell International, Inc., developed an alarm system that would alert the station’s crew to smoke or fire. The smoke detector used on the space station is the same kind that is now found in 90 percent of U.S. homes.
15) John Quincy Adams was elected the 6th President of the United States despite losing both the popular and electoral vote. No one won the majority, so the election went to the House of Representatives, where Adams had more friends than his competition.
16) In Shakespeare’s time, mattresses were secured on bed frames by ropes…when you pulled on the ropes the mattress tightened, making the bed firmer to sleep on. That’s where the phrase, “good night, sleep tight” came from.
17) If Barbie was life-size her measurements would be 39-23-33
18) “Angry” and “hungry” are the only words in the English language ending in “-gry” (although gry is a word, it does not *end* in -gry, since a suffix requires the word before it to be a word)
19) The only 15 letter word that can be spelled without repeating a letter is uncopyrightable.
21) The 2008 Constitution of Ecuador recognized nature as an entity with legally enforceable rights, making it the first country in the world to do so.
22) One of Bolivia’s oldest silver mines has claimed the lives of an estimated 8 million people in the past 500 years. It is known as the “Mountain that eats men” and is still mined with pick and shovel today.
23) In the movie Alien, Ridley Scott found a practical solution to lighting the aliens’ egg chamber by borrowing blue laser lighting from The Who, who were rehearsing their stage show in the soundstage next door.
24) Enter the value 0.1134 on your calculator, then turn it upside down. You’ve just written “hello.”
25) If you counted 100 stars a minute, it would take 2,000 years to count all the stars in our galaxy alone.
26) The phrase “God never gives you more than you can handle” never appears in the Bible and actually the opposite is said many times.
Well, that’s it for me for this week, gang. Have a great day and an even better week ahead…. see you back here in seven days…. thanks for stopping by.