Did You Know – 08/04/2014


 

1.  Black Friday is the busiest day of the year for plumbers

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While Black Friday may be a hectic day for most retailers, it is also the biggest day of the year for America’s plumbers.

 Plumbing company Roto-Rooter said for the last seven years, business on Black Friday increases 47 to 50 percent compared to an ordinary Friday. During the four-day Thanksgiving weekend business increases 21 percent over any other Thursday through Sunday period during the year.

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2. There is a town called nothing

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Nothing was a small unincorporated settlement in eastern Mohave County, Arizona, United States with four inhabitants…The entire population ran a gas stop and garage. The gas station had a flat -bed truck selling rocks and minerals found nearby as local souvenirs. Behind the gas station, down the embankment, was a small scrap heap.

Nothing was abandoned by May 2005, and by August 2008, the gas station was beginning to collapse. An attempted revival of Nothing occurred at some time after August 2008 when Nothing was purchased by Mike Jensen. By April 2009, Jensen had opened his pizza business, run from a portable oven, with hopes of reopening the mini-mart and creating accommodations for RVs.

Anais and Billy Yeager’s film “Jesus of Malibu” was partially filmed in Nothing, Arizona.

The town sign read: “ Town of Nothing Arizona. Founded 1977. Elevation 3269ft. The staunch citizens of Nothing are full of Hope, Faith, and Believe in the work ethic. Thru-the-years-these dedicated people had faith in Nothing, hoped for Nothing, worked at Nothing, for Nothing.”

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3. An Indian Airline is hiring all female flight attendants to save money on fuel.

While some airlines admit to hiring women for their sex appeal, budget carrier GoAir has told the Times of Indian will be hiring predominantly female flight attendants in future because they are 15-20 kilos lighter on average than men.

 The airline estimates each extra kilo on board costs Rs3 ($0.05) per flying hour, and the new policy will save it up to $500,000 annually

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4. Ever since the late 1800’s Tampons have been used in gun shot wounds to stop the bleeding

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5.  The Land of the Rising Sun,  for the last four years, being overweight is, technically, illegal. Not frowned upon, but illegal. Concerned about rising rates of both in a graying nation, Japanese lawmakers last year set a maximum waistline size for anyone age 40 and older: 85 centimeters (33.5 inches) for men and 90 centimeters (35.4 inches) for women.

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