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101 Things Of Interest



1. In the movie "Bladerunner" The moves that Roy plays to checkmate Tyrell are from a famous game played in 1851 by the German chess master Adolf Anderssen. It is known to chess enthusiasts as "The Immortal Game" where Anderssen does actually sacrifice his Queen in order to force checkmate the very next move as in the movie.


2. March 29th 2004 - The Republic of Ireland becomes the first country in the world to ban smoking in all work places, including bars and restaurants.


3.Rennin the enzyme obtained from the fourth stomach of a calf and used chiefly in the manufacture of cheese, is capable of coagulating more than 25,000 times its weight of fresh milk.


4.In 1969, "Midnight Cowboy" became the first and only X-rated production to win the Academy Award for Best Picture


5.With the use of super-cooled optical gel and mirrors it is possible to slow the speed of light to 38 miles per hour.
By contrast, the normal speed of light in a vacuum is about 186,000 miles per second -- 20 million times as fast.


6. 23% of all photocopier faults worldwide are caused by people sitting on them and photocopying their ass.


7. A violin contains about 70 separate pieces of wood!


8.The most overdue book in the world was borrowed from Sidney Sussex College in Cambridge, England and was returned 288 years later.


9.McDonald's restaurants will buy 54,000,000 pounds of fresh apples this year. Two years ago, McDonald's purchased 0 pounds of apples. This is attributed to the shift to more healthy menu options (the Apple Pie, which has been at McDonald's for years uses processed Apple Pie Filling).


10.A party boat filled with 60 men and women capsized in Texas after all the passengers rushed to one side as the boat passed a nude beach.


11.When you walk down a steep hill the pressure on your knees is equal to three times your body weight.


12.In 1980 workers in a Las Vegas hospital were suspended for betting on when patients would die.


13.Batman first appeared in the Detective Comics ( now shortened to DC Comics) issue 27 in 1939.


14.One radical cure for syphilitic patients was to give them malaria. The high fever worked to kill the syphilis, after which the malaria was easily cured with quinine.

15. Typhoid Mary - Mary wasn't quite the walking natural disaster she was made out to be. Although she did spread typhoid to 33 known victims, only three of those died from the disease. The 1903 spread of typhoid through New York was caused by several different carriers.


16. During WWII, bananas were rationed, so Hostess had to come up with a different filling for the very popular Twinkie.
They switched to vanilla crème and it was so popular so they never changed back.

17. At age 47, the Rolling Stones' bassist, Bill Wyman, began a relationship with 13-year old Mandy Smith, with her mother's blessing. Six years later, they were married, but the marriage only lasted a year. Not long after, Bill's 30-year-old son Stephen married Mandy's mother, age 46. That made Stephen a stepfather to his former stepmother. If Bill and Mandy had remained married, Stephen would have been his father's father-in-law and his own grandpa.


18.Baseball player Jackie Mitchell was the first female to pitch in organized baseball. She played for the Chattanooga Lookouts in 1931. During an exhibition game she pitched to and struck out both Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig


19. In the 1800s, Burke and Hare were responsible for at least sixteen murders, committed to obtain body parts for surgeons to dissect and study. But one of them became a victim of the body parts mania himself. Some of the skin from William Burke's body was circulated to ghoulish collectors after he was hanged in 1829 for his crimes. Who ended up with some of it? Charles Dickens had a piece of Burke's skin, which he used as a bookmark.

20. Writer Mark Twain was born in 1835, the year of Halley’s comet. Twain remarked that as he had come into the world with the comet, so he would pass from the world with it. Halley’s comet returned in 1910, and, sure enough, Twain died that year.

21. On 23 May 1939, the recently built American submarine Squalus sank off the eastern seaboard. A sister ship, the Sculpin succeeded in rescuing half of the 56-man crew. The Squalus was subsequently salvaged and renamed the Sailfish. In 1943, the Sculpin was sunk by the Japanese who took 42 men prisoner, placing half of them on board the aircraft carrier Cuyo. Approaching Japan, the Cuyo was torpedoed by the Sailfish and everyone on board was killed. So the crew of the Sailfish had killed half of the survivors of the submarine that had come to their rescue four years previously.

22. The first person to die of radiation poisoning was Madame Curie, discoverer of radium. She took no precautions against radioactivity and, even now, nearly 70 years on, her notebooks are still too contaminated to handle.

23. In 1985, New Orleans lifeguards threw a party to celebrate a season without anyone drowning. As the party came to an end, one of the guests was found dead at the bottom of the pool.

24. The entire Mexican army was routed in just 18 minutes by Texan troops in 1836 when the Mexican general ordered his men to take a siesta.

25.size> David Lynch turned down the chance to direct Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983) to direct "Dune".

26. 5 Mar 1974 - Second Lt. Hiroo Onoda of the Imperial Japanese Army surrenders to Philippine authorities. He believed World War II was still underway and continued a 30 year guerrilla battle with other islanders living alone in the woods. (WW2 ended September 2nd 1945)


27. The first King of Scotland was not even Scottish, he was actually Irish.

28. The only 15 letter word that can be spelled without repeating a letter is uncopyrightable.


29. The first mechanical clocks were made in Europe in the 13th Century. They didn't have dials to show the time, but instead had a bell or noisemaker that sounded every hour.

30. The egg-laying organs of female parasitic ichneumon wasps are lined with ionized manganese or zinc.

31. Fritz the Cat was the first X-rated animated feature.


32. Honeybees are one of the only invertebrates that exhibit a sleep-like behavior.


33. A newer ecologically-friendly diesel fuel replacement, called Bio-Diesel, can be made from waste vegetable oil collected from fast food restaurant's deep fryers.


34. A doctor with archaeologist Howard Carter had to heat up a knife and cut up King Tut's body in order for it to be removed from his sarcophagus due to the fact the resin on the wrappings were stuck.


35. Baboons can tell the difference between English and French. Zoo keepers at Port Lympne wild animal park in Kent are having to learn French to communicate with the baboons which had been transferred from Paris zoo.


36. Devout Orthodox Jews are three times as likely to jaywalk as other people, according to an Israeli survey reported in the New Scientist. The researchers say it's possibly because religious people have less fear of death.


37. One in 10 Europeans is allegedly conceived in an Ikea bed.


38. It's possible for a human to blow up balloons via the ear. A 55-year-old factory worker from China reportedly discovered 20 years ago that air leaked from his ears, and he can now inflate balloons and blow out candles.


39. C3PO and R2D2 do not speak to each other off-camera because the actors don't get on.


40. You're 10 times more likely to be bitten by a human than a rat.


41. It takes 75kg of raw materials to make a mobile phone.


42. Deep Throat is reportedly the most profitable film ever. It was made for $25,000 (£13,700) and has grossed more than $600m.


43. Ten percent of the Russian government's income comes from the sale of Vodka.


44. The modern submarine was invented by an Irishman named John Philip Holland. He was funded by the Fenians, who were fighting to liberate themselves from the English.


45. Every photograph of an American Atomic bomb detonation was taken by: Harold Edgerton.


46. Armored knights raised their visors to identify themselves when they rode past their king. This custom has become the modern military salute.


47. In seventeenth-century Japan, no citizen was allowed to leave the country on penalty of death. Anyone caught coming or going without permission was executed on the spot.


48. Sound travels 15 times faster through steel than through the air.


49. A ball of glass will bounce higher than a ball of rubber. A ball of solid steel will bounce higher than one made entirely of glass.


50. The song "When Irish Eyes Are Smiling" was written by George Graff, who was German, and was never in Ireland in his life.


51. The attachment of the human skin to muscles is what causes dimples.


52. The world's tallest recorded sea wave was 112 feet. It was sighted in the Pacific Ocean in 1933.


53. Intelligent people have more zinc and copper in their hair.


54. The toothbrush was invented in 1498.


55. The dog name "Fido" comes from the Latin meaning "I trust thee".


56. Glass is transparent because it is not a solid, all glass, windows, bottles etc.... are all actually liquid that has been super-cooled. If you were to install a window, years later it would be thicker at the bottom where the liquid has pooled.


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


58. Al Capone's business card said he was a used furniture dealer.


59. Both Fleet Commanders in the Pacific Theater of World War II Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto for the Japenese, and Admiral Chester Nimitz for the United States were each missing two fingers as a result of accidents while younger officers on board ships.


60. One year contains 31,557,600 seconds.


61. 2,000 pounds of space dust and other space debris fall on the Earth every day.


62. The bang that you hear when a gun is fired isn't sound coming from the explosion of the cartridge , but the bullet breaking it's own sound barrier at the moment it leaves the barrel.


63. In 1916 the United States Mint produced a quarter that exposed lady liberty's right breast. There was a pubic outcry against the quarter and the very next year, 1917, they changed the face of the quarter to cover Liberty's breast. For a quarter made in 1916 most collector's would pay upwards of $1,600 to $8,000.


64. The world's number 1 producer/consumer of fresh pork is China.


65. Those stars and colors you see when you close and rub your eyes are called phosphines.


66. A cockroach can live 9 days without its head, before dying of starvation.


67. On average, 13 people are killed each year by falling vending machines.


68. A zebra is white with black stripes.


69.In space, if unprotected pieces of metal touch each other, they stick together permanently.
This doesn't happen on Earth, because the oxygen in our atmosphere forms an extremely thin film of oxidized metal on every exposed surface. The oxidization layer acts as a barrier that conveniently prevents chunks of metal from sticking to other chunks of metal.
In the vacuum of space, however, there is no oxidation layer. If the atoms of two metal objects come in contact with each other, what you suddenly have is one continuous metal object.


70. No American has died of old age since 1951. That was the year the government eliminated that classification on death certificates.


71. The United States purchased Louisiana for $11,250,000 and assumed claims of its own citizens against France up to $3,750,000, for a total purchase price of $15 million. The sale of Louisiana was closed in April, 1803, in Paris, France and cost less than 3 cents per acre, going down in history as the greatest land deal ever.


72. A frog can't empty its stomach by vomiting. To empty its stomach contents, a frog throws up it's stomach first, so the stomach is dangling out of it's mouth. Then the frog uses its forearms to dig out all of the stomach's contents and then swallows the stomach back down again.


73. Donald Duck comics were banned from Finland because he doesn't wear pants.


74. The first toilet being flushed in a motion picture was in the movie Psycho.


75.Ernest Vincent Wright wrote a novel, "Gadsby", which contains over 50,000 words -- NONE of them with the letter E!

76. Because coconut water has the same electrolyte balance as blood (it’s "isotonic"), it has been called "the fluid of life." During World War II, it was used as a substitute for intravenous plasma.


77. While editing the movie The Shootist (1976) John Wayne saw that it was edited to show him shooting a guy in the back during the final shoot out scene. He said, "I've made over 250 pictures and have never shot a guy in the back. Change it." They did.


78.It takes the Hubble telescope about 97 minutes to complete an orbit of the Earth. On average, the Hubble uses the equivalent amount of energy as 30 household light bulbs to complete an orbit.


79. If you peel scotch tape (adhesive tape) off its roll in a vacuum chamber, it emits X-rays.


80.Lynyrd Skynard was the name of the gym teacher of the boys who went on to form that band. He once told them, "You boys ain't never gonna amount to nothin'."


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