| Sunday, November 23, 2003
|THINGS YOU DIDN'T KNOW ABOUT THINGS YOU KNOW WELL
(as compiled by: David Hoffman)
Did you know........
-- if Jell-O is hooked up to an EEG, it registers movements virtually identical to the brain waves of a healthy adult.
-- there are 1,218 peanuts in a single 28 ounce jar of a peanut butter(american size).
-- Peanut Butter was invented by st. Louis physician Dr. Ambrose Straub, who was concerned about the nutrition of his elderly patients, concocted a health product that was high in protein and easily digestible.
-- Peanut Butter's high protein content draws moisture from your mouth -- which is why, in the end, it always sticks to the roof of your mouth.
-- 100 shares of McDonald's stock purchased for $2,250 when it was first offered in 1965 is worth more than $1.4 million in 1995.
-- the largest McDonald's is in Beijing.China. it measures more than 28,000 sq ft, seats 700, and has two kitchen and 29 registers.
-- McDonald's milkshakes contains SEAWEED-- in the form of an extract called CARRAGEENAN, a thickener and emulsifier that keeps the butterfat in the shake from separating out.
-- McDonald's teaches its employees that the fastest way to put out a shortening fire is to dump frozen french fries on it.
-- M & M's owe their success to the U.S. military, which was hungry for a candy that hold up in G.I's. pockets and backpaks and could be eaten without their trigger fingers getting sticky.
-- HERSHEY'S KISSES got its name from the puckering sound made by the manufacturing equipment as chocolate was dropped onto the conveyor belt during the production process.
-- COCA- COLA was first marketed as "the best cure for a hangover", and early production contained trace amounts of coca leaves, which when processed, render cocaine.
-- DOM PERIGNON, the man commonly recognized for perfecting the process of both making and bottling the most expensive champagne was a BENEDICTINE MONK.
-- MAXWELL HOUSE was a luxury hotel in Nashville, Tennessee, known for its coffee.
-- the flavor of the BUBBLE GUM is a combination of WINTERGREEN, vanilla and cassia(a form of cinnamon).
-- WEDDING CAKE was originally thrown at the bride and groom, instead of eaten by them.
-- the five interlocking OLYMPIC RINGS are black, blue, red, white and yellow because at least one of these colors appears on every national flag.
-- one of the highest priced single purchases ever charged to an American Express card was $2.5 million for a painting by Roy Leichtenstein.
-- Banks are commonly shaped like pigs because in the 18th cent, frugal people saved their money in earthenware jars made of dense orange clay known as PYGG.
-- the Dollar sign is a combination of the letters P and S, PS being the abbreviation for pesos, the principal coin in circulation in the U.S. until 1794, when U.S. began marketing their own dollars.
-- the paper used to make U.S. money is composed of LINEN, and several types of COTTON, including DENIM which gives it its unique fabric like feel and durability.
-- the man who commisioned MONA LISA refused it.
-- SUNGLASSES dates back to the 15th cent. china, where they were worn by judges to conceal their expressions while presiding over court.
-- the idea of painting fingernails originated in china, where the color of someone's nails indicated their social rank in society.
-- the first piece of TUPPERWARE was bathroom tumbler and was sold only in department stores.
-- FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE was chosen as the 2nd James Bond novel to be adapted as a movie/film, after Pres. John F. Kennedy listed it as one of his 10 favorite books of all times.
-- the sight of ORANGES in all 3 GODFATHER films signals that death or a close call is about to happen.
-- according to the film's animators, you'll see 6,469,952 black spots every time you watch the movie 101 DALMATIANS and in the movie PULP FICTION, the word "FUCK" was used 257 times.
-- despite its 216 minute running time for the movie LAWRENCE OF ARABIA, it has no women in speaking roles.
-- MARILYN MONROE developed her signature walk of limping by hacking and removing one of the heel of one of her shoes that she wears.
-- HOUSEFLIES hum in the key of "F", while CATS have two sets of VOCAL CHORDS,and the VENUS FLY TRAP feeds primarily on ants not flies, while the female PRYING MANTIS, bites the head of its partners when mating.
-- each time dog poop that goes unscopped attracts approximately 144 flies, and the number of CRICKET chirps you count in a 15 second interval, plus 37, will tell you the current air temperature.
-- OSTRICH cannot fly, but it can outrun a racehorse, and the OSTRICH eye is bigger than the size of its brain.
-- the original VOLKSWAGEN BEETLE was commissioned by ADOLF HITLER and designed by FERDINAND PORSCHE, the maker of sports car PORSCHE.
-- the name JEEP is a derivative of the expression 'G.P.", military slang for GENERAL PURPOSE VEHICLE, while NIKE emanates from Greek Mythology, appropriately, she was the winged goddess of victory.
-- the JUKEBOX got its name from JOOK, african american slang for 'DANCE', while TIP is an acronym for "to insure promptness" and once upon a time was given in advance.
-- THE X FILES detective "SCULLY" was named in honor of Vin Scully, the well loved announcer for the Los Angeles Dodgers, while "MULDER" is the name of the show's creator Chris Carter's mother's maiden name.
-- BARBIE dolls last name is ROBERTS, and 68 stud LEGO pieces can be combined 102,981,500 ways, and the RUBIKS CUBE can be twisted and turned into over 43 quintillion (43,252,003,274,489,856,000) to be exact configurations in the attempt to line up one solid color on all six sides.
-- the MEXICAN JUMPING BEANS has in actuality a one quarter inch caterpillar trapped inside, that is the reason it jumps.
-- the PENTAGON, the largest public building in the world, has the greatest nos of toilets inside, because when it was constructed, there was Vriginia Law that rules the separation of Black and White in the usage of toilets.
-- THE QUIJA board got its name from the combination of the French and German words for 'YES' --Oui and Ja, while the name ATARI was chosen so that consumers would think that the northern california based company was Japanese.
-- ON THE AVERAGE, WE FORGET 80 PERCENT OF WHAT WE LEARN ON ANY GIVEN DAY.
|posted by infraternam meam @ 1:10 AM