May 12

“Fun Facts” to Hopefully Brighten Your Day

By Rick Banas of Gardant Management Solutions

 

Given all that has been going on in the world with the coronavirus and COVID-19, I wanted to share some “fun facts” about a variety of unrelated topics to hopefully brighten up your day.

Cleopatra was Greek.

When they were introduced in Italy in the 11th Century, forks were considered sacrilegious.

The Mayans viewed turkeys as being “Vessels of God.”

High heels were originally designed for men.

In the 17th Century, an English theologian suggested that “flying chariots” would take people to the moon.

Thomas Jefferson broke his wrist trying to jump over a fence to impress a girl.

Benjamin Franklin reportedly designed one of the first U.S. coins. It contained the slogan “Mind Your Business.” Bifocals was one of his inventions.

Mary truly had a little lamb. The nursery rhyme reportedly is about an 11-year-old girl in Boston whose pet lamb followed her to school one day in 1817.

In the 1830s, ketchup was sold as a cure for indigestion.

German chocolate cake has no connection with Germany. The cake is named after Englishman Samuel German, who came to the United States in the mid-1800s. He eventually landed a job with the Baker Chocolate Company and developed a special type of sweet chocolate, which became a key ingredient in the recipe for what became known as German chocolate cake.

The first facsimile (FAX) machine was patented in 1843, the same year the Oregon Trail opened. The trail, which starts in Missouri and extends to the valleys in Oregon, is nearly 2,200 miles long.

Before becoming President, Abraham Lincoln was a champion wrestler. He also was a licensed bartender.

The Wright Brothers never graduated from college.

Hollywood has been making movies for more than a century. The first movie made in Hollywood was “The Count of Monte Cristo.” Part of the movie was filmed in Chicago.

In 1929, a group of women took to the street, marching for the right to smoke.

Our government stop producing $10,000 bills in 1969.

A single strand of spaghetti is “spaghetto.”

At birth, pandas are about the size of a stick of butter.

Bison are the largest animal in North America. Males can stand up to six feet and weigh as much as a ton.

A rough estimate of “how much wood can a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood” is 700 pounds.

Researchers have found that flossing your teeth can help improve memory.

The United States is the most generous country in the world based on such factors as charitable donations and volunteer hours, according to the World Giving Index.

May is Older Americans Month here in the United States. Older Americans Month was established by President Kennedy in 1963, when only 17 million individuals in the country were 65 years of age or older. Today, the estimated 65+ population in the United States is 56 million. It is projected to grow to 95 million by 2060.

The U.S. Census Bureau estimates that one-quarter of those over 65+ live in three states – California, Florida and Texas. Another quarter live in Georgia, Illinois, Michigan, New York, North Carolina, Ohio and Pennsylvania.

Maine, Florida, West Virginia, Vermont and Delaware are the states with the highest percentage of the population being 65+.

1 Comment

  • Melissa Esham says:

    This was cheerful and interesting

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