Tuesday, January 11, 2005
From the BBC, 100 things we didn't know this time last year. A "crash" of samples:
2. Farmers plant their crops up to three weeks earlier than 15 years ago. In the 1960s, temperatures from January to March averaged 4.2C; it rose to 5.6C in the 1990s.
3. Brussels sprouts have three times as much vitamin C as oranges.
8. Brazilians are the nationality most likely to read spam.
19. The collective noun for rhinos is "crash".
26. The full names of Scooby Doo's Mystery Inc members are: Fred Jones, Daphne Blake, Velma Dinkley, Scooby "Scoobert" Doo. Shaggy is actually Norville Rogers.
31. Herrings break wind to communicate and keep the school together.
38. Yoda was based on Albert Einstein.
68. Bill Clinton revealed in his autobiography that he didn't learn to ride a bike properly until he was 22.
86. You can see the back of your own head in some parts of the universe as time and light are so curved. The universe is neither flat, nor football shaped - it looks like a flat-sided trumpet, German physicists believe.
87. One gigabyte of information - about a quarter of the memory of an iPod mini - is the equivalent of a pick-up truck load of paper.
96. One in four 16- and 17-year-old girls in the UK is on the contraceptive pill - more than ever before.
97. Matt Groening's father - the inspiration for Homer Simpson - has only complained once about his alter-ego's actions. It was an episode in which Homer badgered Marge into walking some considerable distance on a hot day to fetch him something.
100. Bill Clinton sent just two e-mails while he was president.
I bet you stayed longer than thirty seconds!
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