Useless Facts [Part 18]

  • The first “permanent photograph” was taken in 1826 by a French Inventor named Nicéphore Niépce, but Thomas Wedgwood took photographs in 1802–possibly sooner.
  • The first issue of Rolling Stone had a cover date of November 9, 1967 and featured a cover photo of John Lennon.
  • A termite colony can only live as long as its queen. The queen can live up to 30 years and lay more than 2,000 eggs a day during her peak.
  • The first prototype of the zipper went public at the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair.
  • If an Orangutan belches directly at you, it’s a warning to stay out of its territory.
  • The world record pumpkin was grown in 2010. It weighed 1,810.5 lbs.
  • When Elvis Presley died, his estate was worth $10mil. Today it is valued over $250mil with annual revenues of $45mil.
  • Some species of tarantula can go 2.5 years without food.
  • Wheel of Fortune” earns over $100mil most years.
  • Pirates (and other seafaring men of old) wore earrings made of precious metals because they believed that it enhanced their vision. This is now thought to be a “poor man’s acupuncture” brought to the West via oriental trade routes.
  • The first contact lens was glass-blown by F.E. Muller in 1887. Contact lenses remained glass-blown until the 1930’s when Plexiglas was invented.
  • The first flight attendants were on United Airlines in 1930. Being a registered nurse was a strict requirement for the job.
  • According to the FDA, the average American eats 1,500 lbs. of food per year.
  • Newborn Kangaroo Joeys are as big as a jellybean.
  • The flu was described by Hippocrates in 412 B.C.

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