The Sunday Funnies & Factoids – The ‘I’m Gonna’ Need a Bigger Bag of Peanuts’ Edition

by Keith Lennox, All-len-All, 05/03/15 –

Happy Sunday one and all….. wonderful weather up here in Canuckistan now and for the foreseeable future.  I sure hope you are experiencing much the same.  Spring seemed like a long time coming this year but it sure is paying off in spades now.

I’m a little punchy this morning…. stayed up late trying to get the results of last night’s BIG fight, so I will spare you any more of my verbal meanderings and just set you free to enjoy some absolutely useless, yet fun, information….. On with the show…..

 

1) During London’s “Great Smog” of 1952, between 4,000 and 12,000 people died in a few days due to air pollution.

distacted cartoon2) The largest iceberg ever measured is bigger than Jamaica: 11,000 sq km (4,200 sq mi). It broke away from Antarctica in 2000.

3) Judaism arrived to India 2500 years ago with no recorded instances of anti-semitism from the local populace ever since.

4) When you donate your body to science, it can get used as a crash test dummy, for medical training, forensic research or to save a life through organ transplants.

5) Elvis was just 22 years old when he shelled out $102,500 for Graceland, the Memphis mansion that served as his home base for two decades.

twain congress6) The richest man in India, Mukesh Ambani, built a home valued at US$1 billion. It’s a 27-story building with 3 helipads, a 6-floor car park, a staff of 600, a 4-storey hanging garden and a cinema.

7) In 1977, Argentina sent a pregnant mother to Antarctica in an effort to claim a portion of the continent. The boy became the first human known to be born in Antarctica.

8) Dysania is the state of finding it hard to get out of bed in the morning.

9) In darkness, most people eventually adjust to a 48-hour cycle: 36 hours of activity followed by 12 hours of sleep. The reasons are still unclear.

10) There’s a plant, native to Australia, that will make you vomit in pure agony just by touching it. The sting is potent enough to kill humans and horses.

tired just ired11) There are over 3 million shipwrecks on the ocean floor according to the U.N.

12) The beautiful symmetry of a total solar eclipse happens because —by pure chance— the sun is 400 times larger than the moon, but is also 400 times farther from Earth, making the two bodies appear the exact same size in the sky.

13) Britain accidentally invaded Spain in 2002. About 20 Royal Marines disembarked in Spain instead of Gibraltar for 5 minutes until the error was recognized and they all withdrew.

14) The CIA operation to invade Cuba and take down Castro was dubbed”Operation Castration.”

winethirty15) Norman Borlaug, an agricultural scientist, developed new strains of crops which yielded 4 times as much food . He is said to have saved the lives of over a billion people, making him one of the most influential men in human history.

16) The Time Swedes Called in Gay to Work

Psychiatry has not always been kind to people whose sexuality veers from the societal norm. Homosexuality was considered a mental illness in many countries as late as the mid-20th century–if it was not classified as an outright crime. Even Sweden, that Scandinavian bastion of openness and equality, identified being gay as a disorder as late as 1979.

That year, a group of Swedes took advantage of the legal framework that made being gay an illness and called in sick to work, claiming their homosexuality as the reason. One woman, from the southern province of Smålandeven, managed to get Social Security benefits for calling in gay.

margarita timeCalling in gay was part of a larger protest from the RFSL, the Swedish Federation for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Rights. Sweden decriminalized homosexuality in 1944, but according to the National Board of Health and Welfare, which develops health standards, it was still a disease. As a bit of context, t he American Psychiatric Association announced that it would no longer consider homosexuality a mental disorder in 1973, though it continued to use “sexual orientation disturbance” to categorize individuals who felt distressed by their sexual orientation (among other odd disorders).

Fed up with the lack of traction it was gaining through traditional letter and phone campaigns, RFSL planned to occupy the National Board building as a demonstration against pathologizing gayness. On August 29, during the middle of Stockholm’s “Homosexual Liberation Week” (later Stockholm Pride), RFSL protesters gathered to block the stairs of the National Board building, chanting and waving banners. Barbro Westerholm , the newly installed director general of the National Board, eventually came and sat with the protestors, and became amenable to their cause. In late October of 1979, the National Board declassified homosexuality as a disease, making Sweden the first European country to do so. 

Needless to say, not all countries have caught up. It wasn’t until 2014 that a World Health Organization panel concluded that there is no scientific basis for mental disorders specific to gay people, and the American Psychiatric Association’s treatment of transgender people remains controversial.

syndrome17) Iran’s largest airport had a Star of David embedded into its roof for 30 years and wasn’t discovered until the inception Google Earth.

18) Mouse sperm is larger than elephant sperm…… yeah, all three of them…..

19) 75% of all sesame seeds grown in Mexico end up on McDonald’s hamburger buns.

20) Spaniard double agent Joan Pujol Garcia had the rare distinction of receiving an Iron Cross from the Germans and an MBE from the British during WWII.

21) 99% of Denmark’s Jews survived the Holocaust because the Danish organized a massive evacuation to neutral Sweden.

Okay, boys and girls, I am outta’ here…. got a back deck to get into shape in order for me to essentially begging residing out there….. plus one of my chipmunks is back and has become ever so demanding…. apparently, I am his peanut bitch.

Have a great Sunday, enjoy your upcoming week……….. stay healthy, happy, and safe.

Ciao,

Keith

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