Fun Facts, March 26

As promised, here’s your next installment of Thoughtless Trivia Thursday to impress your friends and belittle your enemies….and, as always, please let me know if there is something that is not accurate. Enjoy!

• The longest cells in the human body are the motor neurons. They can be up to 4.5 feet (1.37 meters) long and run from the lower spinal cord to the big toe.

• In 1961, Matisse’s Le Bateau (The Boat) hung upside-down for 2 months in the Museum of Modern Art, New York – none of the 116,000 visitors had noticed.

• Melba toast is named after Australian opera singer Dame Nellie Melba (1861-1931).

• The record for the most major league baseball career innings is held by Cy Young, with 7,356 innings.

• Before they were known as Journey, Steve Perry called his band Golden Gate Rhythm Section.

• Air-filled tires were used on bicycles before they were used on motorcars.

• In the West the most popular male names are James and John. The most popular female name is Mary.

• Charles Macintosh invented the waterproof coat, the Mackintosh, in 1823.

• When Jonathan Swift published ‘Gulliver’s Travels’ in 1726, he intended it as a satire on the ferociousness of human nature. Today it is enjoyed as a children’s story.

• Chocolate is the number one foodstuff flavor in the world, beating vanilla and banana by 3-to-1.

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~ by kuiperactive on March 26, 2009.

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