Facts to make you go“WOW!”
WOW! A BLUE WHALE EATS 475,000 CALORIES WITH EVERY MOUTHFUL OF KRILL.
◆ The headquarters of the CIA has its own branch of Starbucks.
◆ CYNDI LAUPER’S GIRLSJ UST WANT TO HAVE FUN WAS WRITTEN BY A BOY - ROBERT HAZARD, WHO ALSO RELEASED THE FIRST VERSION FOUR YEARS BEFORE CYNDI’S.
◆ As a boy, Charles Dickens worked in a shoeshine factory.
◆ THE 1920S WERE NAMED THE JAZZ AGE BY F SCOTT FITZGERALD IN HIS BOOK, TALES OF THE JAZZ AGE.
◆ The refurbishment of the Temperate House at Kew Gardens involved enough scaffolding to encircle the M25.
◆ There are 170,000 crystals in the Strictly Come Dancing wardrobe department at any one time.
◆ THE FIRST EUROPEAN TOMATOES WERE YELLOW.
◆ A parrot called Barney was called as a witness at Kingston-upon-Thames Crown Court in 1995.
◆ ARTHUR LOWE, WHO PLAYED CAPTAIN MAINWARING IN DAD’S ARMY, WAS A SERGEANT MAJOR IN WW2 WHILE JOHN LE MESURIER, WHO PLAYED SERGEANT WILSON, WAS A CAPTAIN.
◆ Percy Spencer, who invented the microwave oven, received only a $2 bonus from his employers, the American Appliance Company.
◆ FLIGHT LIEUTENANT JULIE GIBSON BECAME THE RAF’S FIRST OPERATIONAL FEMALE PILOT IN 1990.
◆ Eric Idle has an asteroid named after him: Asteroid 9620 Ericidle. ◆ MONTPELIER, VERMONT, HAS THE SMALLEST POPULATION OF ANY AMERICAN STATE CAPITAL, WITH JUST 7,500 RESIDENTS.
◆ A human produces enough saliva in a lifetime to fill two swimming pools.
◆ AN AVERAGE OF SIX UFO SIGHTINGS ARE REPORTED EVERY DAY. ◆ FILM TRAILERS ARE SO NAMED BECAUSE THEY WERE ORIGINALLY SHOWN AFTER THE MAIN FILM – SO THEY FOLLOWED IT LIKE A TRAILER.
◆ The first crop circle was described in 1678 pamphlet The Mo wing Devil: Or Strange News Out Of Hertfordshire. ◆ ONE IN THREE WORKING MOTHERS IN EUROPE IS THEIR FAMILY’S MAIN BREADWINNER.
◆ H&M was originally called Hennes, which is the Swedish for “hers”.
◆ THERE ARE 191 GIN DISTILLERIES IN BRITAIN, PRODUCING 660 VARIETIES OF GIN.
◆ The French call a French kiss a galocher.
◆ WILLIE NELSON’S MIDDLE NAME IS HUGH. WOW! Dogs use their left nostril to smell pleasant smells.
◆ IT IS ILLEGAL FOR MEN TO KNIT DURING THE DAY IN SUMMER MONTHS IN THE CHANNEL ISLANDS.