Fun Facts, June 5

OK, 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 Virginia opossum has a gestation period of only 12-13 days.

• The German PJ Reuter started a foreign news agency in 1858. Today Reuters is one of the biggest news agencies in the world.

• Bananas consistently are the number one compliant of grocery shoppers. Most people complain when bananas are overripe or even freckled. The fact is that spotted bananas are sweeter, with a sugar content of more than 20%, compared with 3% in a green banana.

• In his time, Michael Schumacher was the highest paid sportsman, ahead of Tiger Woods and Arnold Palmer. (Not including sponsorship endorsements.)

• Ireland has won the most Eurovision song contests (7 times).

• The Monopoly game was invented by Charles Darrow in 1933. He sold the rights to George Parker in 1935, then aged 58. Parker invented more than 100 games, including Pit, Rook, Flinch, Risk and Clue.

• The British royal family changed their surname (last name) from Saxe-Coburg-Gotha to Windsor, the name of their castle, in 1917.

• October 10 is National Metric Day.

• If you stretch a standard Slinky out flat it measures 87 feet long.

• The microwave was invented after a researcher walked by a radar tube and a chocolate bar melted in his pocket.

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~ by kuiperactive on June 5, 2009.

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