Useless Facts [Part 8]

  • Albert Einstein‘s last words were spoken in German. Since the attending nurse did not know the language, we’ll never know what he said.
  • A termite can live thirty years.
  • A snail takes 115 days to travel a mile.
  • Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde was the result of a Robert Louis Stevenson dream. Stevenson claimed that he was able to dream plots for his stories whenever he felt like it.
  • Teddy Roosevelt had four sons. Three of them were killed serving their country during wartime.
  • A giraffe can kill a lion with one kick.
  • Pablo Picasso‘s real name was Pablo Diego José Francisco de Paula Juan Nepomuceno María de los Remedios Cipriano de la Santísima Trinidad.
  • An electric eel will short-circuit itself if it is put into salt water.
  • The face of comic book hero Captain Marvel was modeled after Fred MacMurray.
  • English writer Ben Johnson was buried standing up in Westminster Abbey because he couldn’t afford normal grave space.
  • Octavio Guillen and Adriana Martinez were married in Mexico city in 1969 after a world record engagement of 67 years.
  • Oh! Susanna earned composer Stephen Collins Foster the grand sum of fifty dollars.
  • C.W. Post introduced coupons in 1895 when he offered one cent off to kick off sales for his new cereal, Grape Nuts.
  • There were no significant historical accomplishments during the Millard Fillmore administration. He did, however, negotiate a deal with Peru over the use of guano–bird droppings.
  • A duck frequently swims while sleeping.
  • The Statue of Liberty‘s pedestal was more expensive than Lady Liberty herself.
  • Tooth decay is the most widespread noncontagious disease in the world.
  • According to an old English time unit, one moment is 90 seconds.
  • The average office chair on wheels travels about eight miles per year.

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