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Thursday, 20 February 2014
  • At the 1912 Olympics, a marathon runner quit and went home to Japan without telling officials and was considered a missing person in Sweden for 50 years. In 1966, he was invited to complete the marathon. His time: 54 years, 8 months, 6 days, 5 hours, 32 minutes and 20.379 seconds.

  • Graphene, the world’s strongest material is a million times thinner than paper but 200 times stronger than steel.

  • In 1981, 16 year old boy served a one day suspension from high school after snatching a comic book from the hands of a classmate and ripping it to shreds while calling him a nerd. What comic book was his classmate reading? … “The invincible Iron Man”. The fact is that the 16 year old boy is Robert John Downey, Jr. (Actor of Iron Man).

  • John Lasseter, one of three founding fathers of Pixar, was fired from Disney for trying to make three dimensional cartoon images. Lucasfilm hired him promptly afterwards for being innovative. Disney would later buy both Lucasfilm and Pixar for billions of dollars.

  • A “Stock exchange” system exists in Somali pirates. Locals can “invest” in a pirate group, and after a successful heist, reward would be given to the investees. In one instance, a woman gave an RPG-7 to a pirate group, and ended up receiving $75,000.

  • Seattle is planning to build a new city park filled with hundreds of edible plants – such as fruit trees, vegetables plants, herbs, etc… Free to “anyone and everyone.” If successful, it will be the first “food forest” of the nation.

  • Jams are made from fruit, while jellies are made from juice. Preseres have chunks of fruit, conserves have dried fruit or nuts, and marmalades have peel and pulp. Fruit butters are slow cooked to a smooth consistency.

  • There is a company that makes non-reversing mirrors. Instead of “mirroring” you (your left is the mirror’s left), they show you how you actually appear to other people (your left becomes the mirror’s right).

  • There are enough restaurants in New York City for one person to eat out every night for 54 years and never visit the same place twice.

  • The person who holds the record for most Oscars in Walt Disney. He has 22.

  • Jonathan Lee Riches got the Guinness World Record for having filed the highest number of lawsuits in the world. When he heard this, he sued the Guinness Book of World Records.

  • The English work “Orange” was the name for the fruit for at least a few hundred years before it was the name of a color. It used to be called Geoluhread which means “yellow red”.

  • The Savannah is the largest domestic cat breed. It resembles a small leopard and behaves like a dog. They can grow up to 40 lbs., have an eight foot vertical jump, and can be trained to walk on a leash and play fetch.

  • Iceland has no army and is also recognized as the world’s most peaceful country.

  • There is a skyscraper in New York with no windows

  • The rumbling noise from your stomach is called “borborygmus” and is from “housecleaning” your intestines and isn’t a sign of hunger.

  • Yang (Lenovo’s CEO) received a $3 million bonus as a reward for record profits, which he in-turn redistributed to about 10,000 of Lenovo’s employees. He did the same thing again in 2013.

  • Mike the Headless Chicken was no different from any other chicken, except that he lived for 18 months after his head had been cut off.

  • There is a cup of Starbucks Coffee in every scene of the movie “Fight Club”

  • The upside-down ketchup bottle earned its inventor 13 million dollars.

  • Candy Crush makes roughly $850,000 per day.

  • A device has been developed that can kill 100 mosquitoes per/sec at up to 100ft away using infra-red motion censoring and a Blue laser. The idea came about after Bill Gates requested help to fight mosquito-spread Malaria in underdeveloped countries. Production cost is around $50.

  • The man who once had the longest beard in the world died when he broke his neck afte accidentally stepping on it.

  • In a study of 200,000 ostriches over a period of 80 years, no one reported a single case where an ostrich buried its head in the sand (or attempted to do so).

  • The highest score made in a Soccer game was 149-0, one of the team started scoring own goals to protest against a referee’s decision. (AS Adema VS SO I’Emyrne)

  • In 1927 several million people in the United States sent over 100,000 petitions urging Congress to adopt the metric system.

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