The Sunday Funnies & Factoids – The ‘Happy B’day Canada & the USA’ Edition
by Keith Lennox, All-len-All, 07/05/15 –
Happy Sunday and happy 5th of July to all of my southern friends. I hope the hangovers aren’t too severe today and when you use your digits to count you can still make it all the way up to 20.
I took a couple of weeks off for a much needed hiatus but am back full of new facts and funnies to hopefully teach you a thing or two that you didn’t know before today.
Enjoy the latest edition of the SF&Fs……
1) The “Million Dollar Paranormal Challenge” is offered to anyone who can demonstrate a supernatural ability under agreed-upon scientific testing criteria. In 40 years, no one ever won.
3) Bayer, famous for producing aspirin, bought prisoners from Auschwitz to use as research subjects for testing new drugs.
4) There are four times as many abandoned houses as there are homeless people in New York City.
5) During WWII, a Japanese Consul saved 6,000 Jews from the Holocaust by writing them all Visas to Japan even after the government told him not to.
6) 2200 years ago, Eratosthenes estimated the Earth’s circumference using math, without ever leaving Egypt. He was remarkably accurate. Christopher Columbus later studied him.
8) The eruption of the Krakatoa volcano in Indonesia is believed to be reason why the sky is red in Edvard Munch’s painting “The Scream”, which is set in Norway.
9) Norway had a nationwide”butter crisis” in 2011: a single 250 g (8.8 oz) pack of butter would cost about US$50.
11) During prohibition, the U.S. Congress had their own bootlegger so senators and congressmen could still drink alcohol.
12) In North Korea, people don’t celebrate birthdays on July 8 and December 17, since those are the dates that Kim Il-sung and Kim Jong-il died.
13) In Mozambique, overhead power lines have to be at least 12 m (39 ft) high to permit safe passage of giraffes.
14) Cockroaches can make group decisions. When 50 cockroaches are presented with 3 shelters that can only house 40, they’ll split evenly into two groups and leave one shelter empty.
16) The longest recorded marriage lasted 91 years and 12 days.
17) 40% of American women surveyed claimed they got more emotional support from their pet than from their husbands or their children.
18) An apple didn’t hit Isaac Newton in the head, but it did make him wonder if the force that makes apples fall influences the moon’s motion around Earth.
19) Tsunamis can go as fast as a jetliner’s cruising speed: up to 800 kilometers per hour (500 mph).
20) When building the Golden Gate Bridge, the lead structural engineer insisted on the installation of a safety net at an exorbitant cost of US$130,000. It saved 19 workers.
21) The great victory of Andrew Jackson over the British at the Battle of New Orleans happened after the War of 1812 was over. Cease-fire was declared (but not ratified), and Jackson didn’t physically receive the news until much later.
22) In 1956, East Germany decided to honor the death of native composer Robert Schumann by featuring him on a stamp. The design included a commemorative portrait of the artist against the backdrop of one of his musical scores. Unfortunately, the musical manuscript they used was that of fellow composer Franz Schubert.
23) In 2005, Egypt formally requested that the British Museum return the Rosetta Stone to its native land, but British law prevents the museum from giving up anything in its collection (even items looted by the Nazis that ended up in Britain).
24) George Brett is the only major league baseball player in the history of the game to win a batting title in 3 different decades.
25) Actor Jimmy Stewart was a colonel in the Air Force, and was later promoted to Brigadier General as a member of the Air Force Reserves.
Well, that’s it for another week, folks. Thanks for stopping by and I hope to see you back here next Sunday, same time, same website.