Did You Know – 11/22/2010


The British royal family changed their surname (last name) from Saxe-Coburg-Gotha to Windsor in 1917.

Excessive use of credit is cited as a major cause of non-business bankruptcy, second only to unemployment.

About 30% of consumers use their credit card as their main means of buying Christmas goodies, 70% do not save to buy Christmas gifts and 86% of consumers do their Christmas shopping during December.

Australians are the heaviest gamblers in the world; an estimated 82% of Australians bet. That is twice as much per capita as Europeans or Americans. Yet, Australia, with less than 1% of the world population, has 20% of the world’s poker machines.

In the 17th century, wool fabrics accounted for about two-thirds of England’s foreign trade. Today, the leading wool
producers are Australia, New Zealand, Argentina and China.

The NASDAQ stock exchange was totally disabled in on day in December 1987 when a squirrel burrowed through a telephone line.

Boxing rings are square because in “1839 when the London Prize Ring Rules introduced the use of a 24 square-foot boxing ring with ropes surrounding it. Also known as the ?Pugilistic Benevolent Society? this was to mark the end of the days when spectators formed a ?ring? around the fighters.”

That’s quoted from a website on the history of boxing… Squares are easier to construct.

Source http://didyouknow.org/

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