Weekly Facts


April 4, 2020: Weekly Facts #14

The U.S. and Canadian border is the longest border in the world without military.  It is around 5,525 miles or 8,891 kilometers long.  The 13 states touching Canada is Alaska, Michigan, Maine, Minnesota, Montana, New York, Washington, North Dakota, Ohio, Vermont, New Hampshire, Idaho, and Pennsylvania.  The eight provinces touching the U.S. is Ontario, British Columbia, Yukon, Quebec, Saskatchewan, New Brunswick, Manitoba, and Alberta.

Captain Kirk Never said, ‘Beam me up Scotty’ in any Star Trek episode or movie.  The most interesting usage of the phrase is referring to getting high off of a mixture of cocaine and PCP.  I’ve never seen an episode of Star Trek but never say never.

Europeans blamed the tomato for their reason for getting sick.  They were thought to be poisonous and called the ‘poison apple.’  There are around 7,500 varieties of tomatoes, all in different colors, shapes, and sizes.  i haven’t tried too many varieties but garden tomatoes and grape tomatoes are the best.

The consensus is greeting cards are touched a lot by people before being bought.  It says on average 25 times that people touch the cards and envelopes.  That is why I always grab the card from the back.

Australia doesn’t have active volcanoes because it doesn’t have plate boundaries.  There is evidence that volcanoes did exist at some point on the continent in the past 60 million years.  Likewise the Australian continent has a few animals that doesn’t exist on any of the other continents.

Milk from cows is 101 degrees Fahrenheit when inside and shortly after when milked.  If you do drink milk, keep it in the refrigerator and don’t let it sit out on the counter for long because it’s more likely for pathogenic organisms to grow in it.

March 27, 2020: Weekly Facts #13

The element of Mercury was named after the planet.  The element of Mercury is silver in color and the only metal that is liquid at room temperature.  Think old thermometers.  The symbol for Mercury is Hg that comes from hydrargyrum meaning liquid silver in Greek.  The planet Mercury, on the other hand, is made mostly of solid iron and is a fast moving.  It has a cratered surface and no, you can’t find Hg on Mercury.

Astronauts obviously have to stay in their spacesuit or else they will suffocate and die, but in addition to this they need to use special pens in order to write legibly and special pots to boil water evenly.  Astronauts sense of smell is heightened, physically train to maintain muscle mass, and is not recommended to sneeze.

A study conducted by a University student in a Masters’ program results showed 88% of Facebook users kept tabs on their exes if the break up happened within the last 12 months.

The two most common causes of nosebleeds is either dry air or nose picking.  Some other causes include sinus infections, cocaine use, common colds, deviated septum, blood thinners, bleeding disorders, and chronic congestion.  Less common ones include leukemia, nasal polyps, pregnancy, and alcohol use.  The most common way to stop a nosebleed is pinching your nostrils shut for five to 10 minutes while leaning forward.  Some think a cold pack to the back of your neck helps too.

The most germ infested places in your house/apartment include cutting boards, coffee makers, countertops, knobs and switches, make up bags, drains, faucets, toothbrushes, toilets, tubs, keyboards, phones, tablets, remote and game controls, keys, wallets, lunch boxes.  This means cleaning them more than not including changing your dish towels and shower towels on a regular basis.

March 22, 2020: Weekly Facts #12

A person walks an average of 7,500 steps a day.  Based on this a person will have walked around 216,262,500 steps or 111,000 miles until the age of 80.  This is about three to five times around the Earth at the equator.

The color green can symbolize many things including but not limited to nature, life, springtime, freshness, youth, tolerance, jealousy, envy, love, dragons, monsters, fairies, poison, sickness, and prosperity.

Whether light, medium, or dark, all coffee has caffeine and which has more depends on who you’re talking to.  Light roasts are more acidic where dark roasts are smoother.

Iran (Persia), Greece, and China were the first countries to eat ice cream.

The human heart is the size of your fist and beats 100,000 times each day and sends 2,000 gallons of blood through the body.  A person is more likely to have a heart attack on Monday, which usually means high stress levels.

The largest stadium in the world belongs in Pyongyang, North Korea.  The Rungrado 1st of May Stadium seats 114,000 people.  The largest stadium in the United States is in Ann Arbor, Michigan.  The Michigan Stadium seats 107,601 people.

March 15, 2010: Weekly Facts #11

Skin is the largest human organ on your body.  Not hard to believe because we shed around 600,000 particles of skin every hour.  It translates into about one and half pounds of skin every year.  If you’re lucky enough to live to age 70, you will have lost 105 pounds and even luckier by age 100, you will have lost 150 pounds.

The average number of Girl Scout cookies sold each year is about 2.5 million boxes according to 2015.  This means it equals about 10 million dollars worth of cookies.  I’m sure online buying is helping too.

All plants need water, some more than others, but it seems plants prefer room water at room temperature.  It’s common sense not to water plants with extremely hot or cold water.

The longest traffic jams occurred in São Paulo, Brazil in 2013 due to the holiday; Beijing, China in 2010 due to the holiday; Bethel, NY, USA in 1969 due to Woodstock; Chicago, IL, USA in 2011 due to a blizzard; Tokyo, Japan in 1990 due to the holiday and typhoon; Houston, TX, USA in 2005 due to a hurricane; Paris, France in 1980 due to the holiday, and East and West Germany in 1990 due to their reunification.

Crayola makes around 3 billion crayons each year or around 13 million daily.  They are made out paraffin wax and around 3.5 inches long.  They first were developed by Binney & Smith in 1903.

March 6, 2020: Weekly Facts #10

Between 269 to 306 billion email messages are sent every day so that makes around 3.7 billion email users.  Of these emails, about 45% to 55% is spam so that makes around 14.5 billion spam email messages sent every day.

Mr. Potato Head was invented by George Lerner in 1949.  It was made by Hasbro and was the first toy advertised on television in 1952.  It went from being a real potato to a plastic potato body that started in 1964.

Humans actually have nine senses, not the normal five we think of as seeing/vision, hearing/audition, taste/gustation, touch/tactition, and smell/oflaction. The other four include thermoception or heat/cold, nociception or pain, equilibrioception or balance and proprioception or body awareness.

Like fingerprints and footprints, everyone’s tongue print is different.

There are around 100,000 chemical reactions in the human brain every second. Headaches are caused by a chemical reaction in your brain combined with the muscles and nerves of your neck and head.  The adult brain weighs around three pounds.  The brain contains around one hundred billion neurons.

The Lagere Gemengde School in Belgium launched a program in  2001 to replace sugary drinks and soda in lunches with beer (1.5 to 2.5% alcohol).  Kids had the choice between lager or bitter.

People have the urge to yawn after merely reading about yawning and we all know it’s contagious when you’re around someone who yawns.

February 27, 2020: Weekly Facts #9

What constituted the fashionable woman changed over time but cleavage remained a vital part of display and dress.  In the 14th century, Western culture emphasized lower necklines and tight clothes.  Corsets are still in use as well as taping and surgery in relation to cleavage.

We all sneeze, some more forceful than others.  I’m a forceful sneezer and there’s nothing wrong with that.  How far my fluid travels is another topic.  The issue is people sneeze into the open without covering their fluids in some way.  Research says you can get sick without ever coming into contact with the host.  If a sneeze travels at more than 100 mph, it’s more important to wear masks (I don’t and should) and when it comes to coughing, cover your mouth and wash your hands more than less. 

Around 95% of North American consumers want to be left alone in stores according to HRC Retail Advisory.   This isn’t surprising because we’ve all been around the insistent store associate.  In addition to this high number, 85% like to check prices on their own at scanners, 69% like to order online for technology products and pick it up at the store, and 65% do the same thing for clothing items.  Basically, much of the world has become an online consumer.

There are some city names in the U.S. that are a little odd.  Here are a few: Chicken in Alaska, Hooker in Oklahoma, Cool in Texas, Truth Or Consequences in New Mexico, Cut And Shoot in Texas, Virgin in Utah, and Oblong in Illinois. 

If you don’t have saliva, you won’t taste your food.  Why?  Because your tongue’s taste buds needs to bind with liquid.  The tongue has different receptors for different tastes.  Taste buds can become compromised and lost over time so if you still have them intact, count yourself lucky.

February 23, 2020: Weekly Facts #8

The oldest recipe in existence is for beer.  This doesn’t surprise me.

In 1977 a 13 year old child found a tooth growing out of his left foot.  I can believe this.

In Britain’s 2001 census, 390,000 people listed ‘Jefi’ as their religious affiliation.  Not sure what Jefi means.

The Empire State Building in New York gets struck by lightning about 23 times a year.  Not surprising.

The idea of painting fingernails originated in China where the color indicated their social rank.  I’m guessing this was only for women.

Temperature can affect a person’s appetite.  A cold person is more likely to eat food.  I guess this is why they call it the 5 to 10 you gain during winter or maybe it’s because of the holidays.

February 16, 2020: Weekly Facts #7

An astronaut can be up to two inches taller returning from space.  The cartilage disks in the spine expand in the absence of gravity.  Sounds like I need to go to space to become taller?

J is the only letter that doesn’t appear in the periodic table of elements.  Interesting for science geeks or maybe not.

Abraham Lincoln’s corpse has been buried, exhumed, inspected, or reburied about 17 times since his death.  This doesn’t surprise me, but safe to say Lincoln won’t be dug up again.

Without an atmosphere, the surface temperature on Earth at the equator would be 176 degrees by day and fall to -200 degrees at night.  No thanks.

Kissing can reduce tooth decay.  Okay, I’d rather brush my teeth.

Brandy is the liquor most likely to cause the most severe hangover.  Good to know for those who drink heavily although this is probably already known.

February 5, 2020: Weekly Facts #6

The human body produces enough saliva during your lifetime to fill two swimming pools. We produce up to 2 to 4 pints a day and if your mouth is really dry like mine is, chew gum or suck on something, but also stay hydrated.

If an egg floats in water, has it gone bad and should it not be eaten? The better option is to crack it and see if it stinks. Why does it float? The air cell inside it becomes bigger over time. If they fall past the expiration date, boil them and if you have time to spare, try to crack them only using your hand (after they have cooled off).

In Toy Story’s most productive week during productions, Pixar completed 3.5 minutes of animation. This was in 1995, remember.

The U.S. dollar sign ($) is a combination of the letters p and s, ps being the abbreviation for pesos, also known as peso de 8 reales, the principal coin used in the U.S. until 1794.

The largest living thing is a mushroom, Armillaria ostoyae, located in Malheur National Forest at Strawberry Mountains of eastern Oregon. It covers around 2,200 acres or 3.5 square miles, estimated to be around 8,000 years old, and weights as much as 35,000 tons.

Babies can breathe and swallow at the same time until they are six months old. Why? Because their larynx hasn’t dropped yet and they tend to be nose breathers at this time.

Tonsurephobia is the fear of haircuts that comes from the word tonsure, meaning to cut in Greek.

January 30, 2020: Weekly Facts #5

The five interlocking Olympic rings are black, blue, red, white, and yellow because at least one of these colors appears on every flag. It has a white background and was created by Pierre de Coubertin in 1913, released in 1914, and first used at the 1920 Summer Olympics in Antwerp, Belgium.

The total weight of bacteria living in the human body is around 4.4 pounds.

Typewriter is the longest word that can be made using the letters on only one row of the keyboard and skepticism is the longest word in which you alternate hands on every letter. I am so glad for keyboards where you can delete with a press of a button. I’ve worked on typewriters and they are not fun when dealing with margins and the bottles of white out.

The answers vary but the average person laughs between 10 to 15 times a day.

In the 1920s popcorn was banned from movie theaters because it was too noisy and encouraged littering. It was the first snack to be smuggled into theaters during the 1930s. I would say keep the popcorn because I love it a little too much and get rid of the people who talk throughout any movie in any theater.

January 22, 2010: Weekly Facts #4

Don’t whisper into someone’s ear when they are moose hunting in Alaska because it’s illegal to do this. How do they monitor this? Do they take the word of someone who reports this? This would be classified as a stupid law to most people.

One pound of peanut butter can contain up to 150 bug fragments and five rodent hairs. The FDA permits companies allowances for “other ingredients” in food. One example is spices such as cinnamon, oregano, and majoram having insect fragments. Another example is cocoa beans having a small amount of animal feces.

King Charles I’s favorite joke was to place his 18 inches tall court dwarf between two halves of bread and pretend to eat him. His name was Jeffrey Hudson and was given the moniker Lord Minimus. I’m sure he didn’t think this was funny and to top it off he died poor and buried in an unmarked grave.

Pluto is about the same size as Russia. Pluto is about 17,646,012 square kilometers or 6,813,163 square miles. Russia is about 17,075,200 square kilometers or 6,592,772 square miles.

TSG (Traditional Speciality Guaranteed) makes sure the product is made a certain way. in the EU and when speaking of pizza, Italy. A Neapolitan pizza must meet specific traditional regulations to have the TSG and AVPN logos attached to it.

Hawaii is moving closer to Japan and is due to movement of plates. It is estimated Hawaii moves between 2 to 4 inches per year.

January 17, 2020: Weekly Facts #3

  1.  Thinking in a foreign language makes decisions more rational and judge risks more clearly.
  2.  Mondays are the most unproductive days of the week.  Only about 3.5 hours of work are actually done on Mondays.  This isn’t too surprising because as some people call it the Sunday dread. 
  3. Minnesota has about 90,000 miles of shoreline.  This is more than California, Florida, and Hawaii combined.  This is hard to believe, but the Mall of America is the size of 78 football fields.
  4. McDonald’s daily customer traffic is 62 million.  This is more than the population of Great Britain.  I still feel sorry for the McDonald brothers and Ray Kroc could’ve been a lot nicer to them along the way.
  5. You burn more calories sleeping than watching TV.  This makes sense because not only does watching TV tend to numb the mind, but sitting it not good for your body.  I know because I sit at work, sit when I write, sit when I blog, sit when I watch TV.  We have become a people of sitting.

January 11, 2020: Weekly Facts #2

Office desks have 400 more times bacterial than a toilet seat. Think about it. You sneeze, blow your nose, eat and drink, blow dust from it. Other people come to your desk and touch your stuff. It’s a dirty surface so clean it more than less.

It takes about fifteen minutes for a healthy sleeper to fall asleep. If it takes less than five minutes, it is likely some kind of sleep deprivation. It never takes me less than five minutes unless I’m completely exhausted, but taking an hour to fall asleep isn’t good either.

Imagining doing exercises increases muscle strength. Okay, so the brain is powerful. It probably is better thinking of executing arm curls when compared to the shake weight, but we all know actually putting weights into your hands and lifting is the much better option if you want to see results. Case closed.

There’s quite a bit of range so I’m sticking with the answer that it would take a person yelling for eight years, seven months, and six days would heat up a cup of coffee. The other answers were seven years, one year, and five days. The bottom line is it takes energy to heat up coffee whether done by yelling, machine, microwave, and old school maybe on the stove.

The human being has survived for two million years while the dinosaurs survived for 150 years. We have a long ways to go and unless scientists and technology can purify salt water, human beings will probably die out from lack of water over anything else. A person can live without food for a good month, but the average is ten to fifteen days. Water is a different story. We last about three to five days without water.

Most lip balm is made to be addictive. The more you use it, the more you need it. This might be the case, but I’d rather be addicted to it than have cracked and bloody lips. I’ve had this happen before and worse, it hurts especially during cold winters. I don’t know what people used to do to protect and moisturize their lips before lip balm was invented. I would have suffered even greater.

January 5, 2020: Weekly Facts #1

Some think on the one dollar bill in the U.S. that there’s an owl in the upper left-hand corner of the 1 and a spider hidden at the upper right-hand corner. According to the Bureau of Engraving and printing, this is not intentional and a coincidental part of the printing process.

We’ve all heard of the fat American. Americans love to eat. They do exist. The country ranked #12 by World Health Organization (WHO) with 36.2 percent of Americans being obese in 2018. This translates to Americans eating an average of 18 acres of pizza every day. This means pizza taking up about 18 football fields. That’s way too much cheese and pepperoni. Even if it’s made with a cauliflower crust and vegan cheese, still too much pizza.

Here’s one for all the science people. A raisin dropped in a glass of champagne will bounce up and down because of carbonation. The raisin gets air pockets stuck in the wrinkles of the raisins. The bubbles pop on the top, creating the raisin to fall into the glass. Loads of fun for all you wine drinkers.

Barbie’s life-size measurements would be 39-23-33, stand seven feet and two inches tall, and her neck would be twice the size of a normal neck. According to the CDC in 2013 (a little outdated, I know), the average height of a female is 64.29 inches or 5.35 feet tall at age 19 and the average size waist was 33.62 in inches. Think what you want, but from what I hear people like a little meat on a woman’s bones.

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