Fun Facts, October 23

Sorry I have not posted this week. To make it up to you, here is a double batch of fun facts to start your weekend on a fun note. Have a GREAT weekend everyone!

• Armadillos, opossums, and sloth’s spend about 80% of their lives sleeping.

• The first novel sold through a vending machine – at the Paris Metro – was Murder on the Orient Express.

• Tea is said to have been discovered in 2737 BC by a Chinese emperor when some tea leaves accidentally blew into a pot of boiling water.

• 14 of the 45 vice presidents have become president: 5 vice presidents have been elected to the presidency: John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, Martin Van Buren, Richard Nixon, and George Bush.

• Themes from movies Unforgiven, A Perfect World, The Bridges of Madison County, and Absolute Power were all written by Clint Eastwood.

• A dog was the first in space and a sheep, a duck and a rooster the first to fly in a hot air balloon.

• Until he was 18, Woody Allen read virtually nothing but comic books but did show his writing skills. He sold one-liners for ten cents each to gossip columnists.

• The highest temperature on Earth was 136°F (58°C) in Libya in 1922.

• The lowest temperature on Earth was -128.6°F (-89.6°C) in Antarctica in 1983.

• Sunlight can penetrate clean ocean water to a depth of 240 feet.

• The starfish species, Porcellanaster ivanovi, has been found to live in water as deep as 24,881 feet (7,584 meters).

• Jean-Dominique Bauby, a French journalist suffering from “locked-in” syndrome, wrote the book “The Driving Bell and the Butterfly” by blinking his left eyelid – the only part of his body that could move.

• The first European to encounter tea was the Portuguese Jesuit Jasper de Cruz in 1560.

• 4 vice presidents assumed the presidency after the president was assassinated: Andrew Johnson, Chester Authur, Theodore Roosevelt, and Lyndon Johnson.

• 4 vice presidents assumed the presidency after the president died of natural causes: John Tyler, Millard Fillmore, Calvin Coolidge, and Harry Truman.

• The US share of the world music market is 31.3%.

• Beer was the first trademarked product – British beer Bass Pale Ale received its trademark in 1876.

• In the 18th century Dr Monsey of Chelsea, England tied a piece of catgut around a patient’s tooth, threaded the other through a hole drilled in a bullet, loaded the bullet into his revolver and pulled the trigger.

• The temperature can be determined by counting the number of cricket chirps in fourteen seconds and adding 40.

• House flies have a lifespan of two weeks.

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~ by kuiperactive on October 23, 2009.

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