Useless Facts [Part 17]

  • The first shopping center was built in Baltimore, MD in 1896.
  • 5.5 trillion cigarettes are produced each year throughout the world.
  • Over 1 billion Cokes are consumed every day throughout the world.
  • America’s first pizzeria opened in New York City in 1895.
  • Walter Cavanagh owns 1,497 valid credit cards with a total credit line of $1.7 million.
  • If you are going to try to break the “official” world record for blowing a bubble with bubblegum, you can only use three pieces of gum. The “official” record is 23 inches in diameter, but using more pieces of gum would allow for something much larger (try it!)
  • The oldest known captive goldfish, Tish, lived to 43 years of age.
  • In 1989, an English Mastiff by the name of Zorba set the world’s record with the weight of 343 pounds at the age of eight.
  • According to Guinness, a boy in Arkansas grew a 260lb watermelon in 1985.
  • French Fries came from Belgium.
  • A coconut is a giant seed.
  • The beer can was introduced in 1935 by Kreuger Ale. And, yes, there is a beer can museum.
  • In 1987, a 1400-year-old lump of cheese was unearthed in Ireland. It was still edible.
  • The first mass-produced stereo records went on the market in 1958.
  • The first scheduled TV broadcast was in 1931 and featured George Gershwin playing “Liza.”
  • London was the first city to reach a population of one million–in 1811.
  • The first heart transplant took place in 1967.
  • There is a city in Newfoundland, Canada called Dildo.
  • Worker ants live about 90 days on average, but the queen can easily live ten years.

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