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Did You Know – 08/21/2017

Thirteen people on average per year die from vending machines falling on them. Source

 

Humans are the only primates that don’t have pigmentation in their palms. Source

 

The average woman consumes 6 pounds of lipstick in her lifetime. Source

 

At -40 degrees Centigrade/Fahrenheit, a person loses about 14.4 calories per hour by breathing. Source

A substance from fish bladder is used to make wine and beer. It is a form of collagen used mainly for the clarification or fining of some beer and wine – Source

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Did You Know – 01/18/2016 – All About Paper Clips

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Fact One

A paperclip is a piece of steel wire which has been bent into the shape of two almost-complete loops. Pieces of paper can be inserted between the loops and held together. Ingenious!

Fact Two

The design of the paperclip familiar today has never been patented. It is not known for sure who invented it or where it was invented. What is known was that paper clips with the same design were in production in Britain in the 1870s where it was made by the Gem Manufacturing Company Ltd, which suggests – but doesn’t prove – that they may have been invented there. The Gem paperclip, as it became known, was introduced to America in 1892. It went on to become the most common paperclip in use all over the world.

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The first patent for the design of a clip that could hold paper together was granted to Samuel B. Fay in the United States in 1867. His invention was actually intended to hold tickets to fabric, and although it could also be used as a clip for paper, it is very different from the paper clip used today. He is therefore NOT the inventor of the paperclip, contrary to popular belief. Below is what Fay’s clip looked like.

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It was also widely believed that the paperclip was invented in Norway and a giant paperclip stands outside a business college in Oslo to mark this fact! Johan Vaaler, an inventor, designed a paperclip in 1899 which was patented in Germany and the USA in 1901. However his design, pictured to the left, was impractical and was never put into production. Even so, Vaaler later became credited as the inventor of the paperclip when his patent was discovered sometime in the 1920s by a Norweigan engineer working in Germany. He documented his findings, not realising that Vaaler’s paperclip was different to the “Gem” style one in common use, and the information that the paperclip was a Norweigan invention found its way into dictionaries and encylopedias in the years following the Second World War, despite being inaccurate!

Fact Five

The Swedish word for a paper clip is “gem”.

Fact Six

During the Second World War, wearing a paperclip could have got you into serious trouble. The people living in countries under Nazi German occupation were forbidden from wearing badges or pins depicting national symbols. The paperclip, a seemingly meaningless piece of stationery, became used as a symbol of unity due to the fact that it is used for binding things together. Wearing paperclips became banned once the Germans cottoned on to the reasons for them being worn.

After the war, it was believed that Norweigans wore paper clips during the war as a sign of national pride because it was a Norweigan invention. In fact, the information that the paper clip was a Norweigan invention, although incorrect, wasn’t even widely known during the war. People just wore paper clips to symbolise unity and solidarity.  

Fact Seven

The paperclip is widely used as the symbol for an attachment in most email services.

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Clippy was an animated paperclip that used to appear in Microsoft Office products to offer help. He made his first appearance in Office 97 and last appearance in Office 2003. He was most famous for tapping the inside of the monitor when he appeared and regularly saying “It looks like you’re writing a letter.” Oh, the memories!

If you miss Clippy and need him to help you with Microsoft’s newer versions of Office, you can download Ribbon Hero 2: Clippy’s Second Chance from here! http://www.ribbonhero.com/

Fact Nine

Project Paperclip was an American operation to fly German scientists out of Germany and over to the USA after the Second World War. The Americans wanted to make use of the scientific and engineering intellect and expertise of the Germans, and to ensure that they didn’t fall into the hands of the Soviet Union. One of them, Wernher von Braun, was a rocket scientist who would assist the Americans with developing the rockets that would eventually take people to the Moon. Von Braun also worked on ideas for manned missions to Mars.

Fact Ten

Kyle Macdonald from Canada managed to swap a red paperclip for a house by completing a series of online trades, swapping each item for something of a higher value. He started by swapping his paperclip for a fish-shaped pen, which was then swapped for a door knob, and then a barbecue, and so on. His project gained publicity and the items given in exchange for previous items became more and more valuable and unique, until Kyle was eventually able to complete his final exchange and achieve his goal, when he traded a role in a film (Donna on Demand) for a house in the town of Kipling in Saskatchewan, Canada. All from one red paperclip. More information about Kyle’s project is available here: http://oneredpaperclip.blogspot.co.uk/

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Did You Know – 05/11/2015

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Did You Know – 03/16/2015 – This Trivia About Dr Seuss

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You may or may not be interested but I am. These are lesser known facts about the famed Dr Seuss and as a fan of his unrivaled talent, you may or may not know . My kids and adults (meaning me) alike were always drawn to his stories.

1. Dr Seuss was not his real name also he was not a doctor

Theodor Seuss Geisel began to use his middle name which is also his mothers middle name, as a pen name after he was kicked out of his college’s humor magazine ‘Jack-O-Lantern’ for drinking in his dorm during prohibition. He continued to submit stories as “Seuss”. He later adopted “Doctor”, a nod to his father who dreamed of him getting a doctoral degree. He also used the name Theo LeSieg, Rosetta Stone and Dr Theophrastus Seuss.

Now I find this information interesting especially that he used the name which is quite common these days “Rosetta Stone”.

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2. Green Eggs and Ham was written on a dare

After ‘The Cat In The Hat‘ was such a success with only 220 vocabulary words, Dr Seuss was dared by his publisher to write a book with only 50 different words. That is how ‘Green Eggs And Ham’ came about which incidentally was one of his favorite pieces.

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3. He did not like being asked where he got his ideas.

Apparently when asked he would say” I get all my ideas in Switzerland near the Forka Pass. There is a little village called Gletch, and 2000ft up above Gletch there is a hamlet called Uber Gletch. I go there on the fourth of August et summer to get my cuckoo clock fixed. While there, waiting for the clock to be fixed in the hospital I would wander around and talk to the people in the streets. They are very strange people and I get my ideas from them”

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4. He did not like children, but he had make believe ones

His second wife Audrey famously told Associated Press during a 2004 interview that her late husband did not like children all that much, though he wrote for them. He was always analyzing “What might they do next? What might they ask next?” There was no such thing as getting down and playing with children he just did what he did best and the children loved him. He in return loved them for loving what he did.
He did have imaginary children such as Chrysanthemum Pearl. Chrysanthemum Pearl was his most made up child and he would reference her when friends were bragging about the accomplishments of their own kids. He dedicated ““The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins”” to her.

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5. He Created the word “Nerd”

Dr Seuss might not have come up with as many words as William Shakespeare, but there is o e popular term that he coined that people still use today: nerd. The first time the word was ever used was when “If I ran the Zoo” was published in 1950.

The Source of this information is
Newsweek, with thanks to Biography.com, Early Moments, Flavor Wire and the FW.com and the ‘Canvas magazine’ insert from the ‘NZ weekend Herald’

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Did You Know – 11/18/2013

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1. The ability to smell is associated with the first cranial nerve and is often one of the first senses to be adversely affected by cognitive decline.
In patients with Alzheimer’s, the ability to smell peanut butter through the left nostril was found to be significantly impaired
“Jennifer Stamps, a graduate student in the University of Florida (UF) McKnight Brain Institute Center for Smell and Taste, and her colleagues reported the findings of a small pilot study in the Journal of the Neurological Sciences.

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2. Men watch porn more than Woman. (You don’t say)
(source – University of Copenhagen)

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3. Reading a book is better for the brain than watching TV
Source – American Academy of Neurology

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4. There are three reasons a dog’s urine burns grass: an alkaline pH, concentrated (vs. dilute) urine, and nitrogen load. The most important factor of the three is urine pH.
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5. Walking 14.5km or 10 miles a week is linked to a 22% lower death rate among men. So there you are guys just take that little step and your health improves
Source- Harvard University

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Grocery Store Opera

I thought this was fantastic. It gave me goose bumps. I so love that song reminds me of my school days when we had to sing Funiculì, Funiculà. Such a fun song.
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A routine day of shopping for groceries at John Lewis Foodhall from Waitrose turned into a grocery store opera when five singers performed a rousing rendition of the Italian classic Funiculì, Funiculà. This creative and fun musical flash mob is from Sacla’ the Pesto Pioneers and Italian foodies favourite brand who served up a great surprise by staging this impromptu Opera in the food aisles. How cool would it be to have some opera singers perform each time you went shopping for groceries.

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