Wednesday, 31 August 2011

Fact No.306

In 1982 the computer was named "Man of the Year" by Time magazine.

Tuesday, 30 August 2011

Fact No.305

If you broke the Great pyramid into slabs 30 cm thick you could build up a wall 1 metre high that would stretch all the way around France! If you had a little more time you could cut it into rods about 6cm 2 - join them together and it would be enough to reach a quarter of the way to the moon!

Sunday, 28 August 2011

Fact No.303

The world's largest potato chip was produced by the Pringle's Company in Jackson, TN in 1990. It measures 23" x 14.5"

Saturday, 27 August 2011

Friday, 26 August 2011

Fact No.301

Recent studies have shown that drinking between one and two cups of tea per day may promote fertility by stopping abnormalities in our chromosomes. In a recent test 250 women drank as little as half a cup of tea per day and their pregnancy rates were twice as high as those who did not.

Thursday, 25 August 2011

Fact No.300

There is a cloud of alcohol in outer space with enough alcohol to make four trillion-trillion drinks. It's free for the taking. . . but it's 10,000 light years away from Earth.

Wednesday, 24 August 2011

Fact No.299

In 1475, a Turkish law was enacted that made it legal for a woman to divorce her husband if he failed to provide her with her daily quota of coffee.

Tuesday, 23 August 2011

Fact No.298

One out of every five ice cream eaters share their treat with their dog or cat.

Monday, 22 August 2011

Fact No.297

An estimated 80% of all life on earth is found under the ocean surface and the oceans contain 99% of the living space on the planet.

Sunday, 21 August 2011

Fact No.296

US citizens watch the most TV. By age 65, an American would have watched the equivalent of 9 years uninterrupted screening, viewing more than 20,000 TV commercials per year.

Saturday, 20 August 2011

Fact No.295

Beethoven was the first composer who never had an official court position, thus the first known freelance musician. Born in 1770, he grew up poor, but published his first work at age 12. By age 20 he was famous. He often sold the same score to six or seven different publishers simultaneously, and demanded unreasonably large fees for the simplest work. He was short, stocky, dressed badly, didn't like to bath, lived in squalor, used crude language, openly conducted affairs with married women, and had syphilis. Beethoven was deaf when he composed his Ninth Symphony.

Friday, 19 August 2011

Fact No.294

On average, a movie makes about 5 times more from its video sales than ticket takings.

Thursday, 18 August 2011

Fact No.293

Cyclists cover a distance of about 2,300 miles during the Tour de France cycle race.

Wednesday, 17 August 2011

Monday, 15 August 2011

Thursday, 11 August 2011

Wednesday, 10 August 2011

Fact No.285

Clothes dried outside smell better than those that aren't due to photolysis, which is the sunlight breaking down compounds in the laundry that cause odour, such as perspiration and body oils.

Tuesday, 9 August 2011

Fact No.284

The acceleration rate of a flea's jump is 20 times that of the space shuttle during launch.

Monday, 8 August 2011

Fact No.283

Each day the earth grows in mass by several tonnes as meteoric dust settles on the surface.

Sunday, 7 August 2011

Fact No.282

Thunder is created when lightning rapidly heats the air around it to create a loud explosion.

Saturday, 6 August 2011

Thursday, 4 August 2011

Wednesday, 3 August 2011

Fact No.278

Some women may be able to detect up to a hundred times as many colours as everyone else.

Tuesday, 2 August 2011

Monday, 1 August 2011