Here we have some interesting facts for you. Are you intrigued? – Read on!
Forget Tom & Jerry, It’s Ben & Jerry!
1. There is no specific time zone at the South Pole because all lines of longitude meet up there. Stations use the time zone of the country that owns them, meaning two stations next to each other might use two completely different time zones.
2. Google.org is the charitable arm of Google, committing about US$100 million in investments and grants to non-profits annually.
3. The Museum of Bread Culture in Ulm, Germany, has a collection of over 18,000 objects, none of which is bread.
4. Cologne was initially produced as protection against the plague. Many people believed that bad-smelling air spread the disease.
5. Ben and Jerry learned how to make ice cream when they took a US$5 correspondence course because one of them couldn’t get into medical school, and the other couldn’t sell enough pottery.
Cash Me Outside
6. The world’s most expensive perfume is Clive Christian No 1 Passant Guardant. It costs US$143,000 for 30ml and comes in a flask studded with 2,000 diamonds.
7. Research has shown that dogs actually like the silly, high-pitched voice their owners use to talk to them.
8. Mantis shrimps’ eyes are more evolved than humans’: they have four times as many colour receptors and can see UV, visible and polarised light.
9. US “paper” money is not paper at all: It’s 75 per cent cotton and 25 per cent linen. In Ben Franklin’s day, people repaired torn bills with a needle and thread.
10. One in three children can use a tablet before they can speak, a survey found.
We’re All a Little “Frooty” and Loopy
11. Lin Ching Lan is a deaf Taiwanese professional dancer and choreographer who feels the vibrations of the music through wooden floors.
12. Your brain might account for only about three per cent of your body weight, but it receives about 30 per cent of the blood your heart pumps around the body.
13. The two parts to the word “helicopter” are “helicon”, meaning spiral, and “pter”, winged, as in pterodactyl.
14. Before he was a famous musician, Johnny Cash was a military code breaker for the US Air Force.
15. Even though Froot Loops are different colours, they are all the same flavour.
‘MC’Donald’s or ‘MAC’Donald’s?
16. A “bobsleigh” received its name because early racers bobbed their heads back and forth to gain speed (which didn’t work).
17. The first manager of the first McDonald’s franchise was called Ed MacLuckie.
18. Melania Trump secured a “genius visa” for “extraordinary ability” while dating Donald Trump.
19. Chicago has over 60 coyotes fitted with radio collars. They roam the city, eating small rodents, mainly rats and voles.
20. The first-ever 3D film came to cinemas in 1922.
21. The Moon gets hit by over nearly 2.7 tons of meteor material per day.
22. The producers of The Matrix had such a hard time finding the right man for the role of Neo, they almost cast Sandra Bullock.
23. US Professor Randy Lewis transplanted a spider gene into goats. You could then extract the extra protein from the milk and make silk thread.
24. It is possible to view the sun setting twice in less than a minute from the Burj Khalifa… as long as you are in the skyscraper’s glass lift.
25. High heels came into circulation in roughly 10 BC. The Persian Cavalry worn them to help their boots stay in their stirrups.
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