The Sunday Funnies & Factoids – The ‘Here They Are’ Edition
by Keith Lennox, All-len-All, 01/11/15 –
I am in a beyond foul mood this morning. The weather has been nasty and when it is not bone crunching frigid it is snowing…… like it is now. I will not bore you with any narrative this morning and just present you the latest edition of The Sunday Funnies & Factoids….. on with the show….
2) China used more cement in 3 years (2011 to 2013) than the U.S. used in the entire 20th century.
3) The brain releases so much dopamine during orgasms that a brain scan resembles that of someone on heroin.
4) Rudolf Diesel, who invented the Diesel engine, committed suicide in 1913 because he didn’t think his invention would be successful.
5) The ampersand (&) was once a letter which followed “Z” in the Latin alphabet.
7) It’s scientifically proven that even a small dose of power changes how a person’s brain operates and diminishes empathy.
8) Elizabeth, Vanessa, Maxine, Nicola, and Winston are all varieties of potato.
9) Screeched is the longest English word with one syllable.
10) Why Are Manhole Covers Round?
Of all of the potential shapes for manholes, why was a circle chosen?
There are a number of reasons, according to Larry Scheckel in his book Ask A Science Teacher: 250 Answers to Questions You’ve Always Had About How Everyday Stuff Really Works . Manholes are round because “it is the best shape to resist the compression of Earth around it.” Round shapes are easier to manufacture than square or rectangular shapes, and because manhole covers are heavy, being round makes them easier to move from place to place (just roll them!). As an added benefit, workers don’t need to line up the covers with any angles, making round covers easy to slip into place.
But perhaps the biggest reason that manhole covers are round is that round covers can’t fall through a circular opening. “For all manholes, there is a ‘lip’ around the rim of the hole, holding up the cover, which means that the underlying hole is smaller than the cover,” Scheckel writes. “A round manhole cover can’t fall through its circular opening, because no matter how you position it, the cover is wider than the hole. But a square, rectangular, or oval manhole cover could fall in if it was inserted diagonally into the hole,” which would be bad news for unobservant pedestrians and drivers alike.
11) History buffs can visit General Stonewall Jackson’s resting place in two different locations. Most of his body is buried under a monument in a cemetery in Lexington, Virginia. His left arm, however, is buried at the site of the battle of Chancellorsville in Fredericksburg, Virginia. It was amputated on the battlefield after Jackson was accidentally shot by his own men.
12) William S. Gray, A. Sterl Artley, and May Hill Arbuthnot were once three of the most widely read authors in the United States. They were the authors behind the Dick and Jane series for school children.
13) Twinkies originally had banana-flavored filling, but switched to vanilla when WWII brought the banana trade to a halt.
14) The lowest batting average to win a batting title was .301 by Carl Yastrzemski in 1968.
16) The night before his execution, Troy Leon Gregg, a man in Georgia escaped from prison and, later that night, was beaten to death in a bar fight.
17) Australia’s Highway 1 is the world’s longest national highway. With about 14,500 km, (9,000 mi), it circumnavigates the entire country.
18) The toothpaste “Colgate” in Argentine Spanish translates to”Go Hang Yourself.”
19) There’s a pill that makes farts smell like chocolate. Leave it to the French to make anything appear more romantic. This time, they’re making over farts and making them smell like chocolate through some pills. The Father Christmas fart pill infuses your farts with the scent of chocolate. The pills were invented by Christian Poincheval, a 65-year-old Santa Claus look-alike from the village of Gesvres. Sold online, the pills retail for $12.50 for a jar with 60 pills and offer the added benefits of reducing bloating and gas…… I wonder if that comes in a bacon aroma….
20) Abe Lincoln is enshrined in the Wrestling Hall of Fame, having lost just once in 300 matches.
21) Nearly half the gold ever mined has come from one place: Witwatersrand, South Africa.