Tuesday, May 24, 2011

13 Facts about Polo Ralph Lauren

1. The company was started by Ralph Lauren in 1967.

2. Ralph Lauren was actually born Ralph Lifschitz

3. He was born in the Bronx, New York, on the 14th of October, 1939.

4. He decided to start the company when he received a $50,000 loan.

5. The first product ever created by Polo Ralph Lauren was men's ties.

6. The first women's collection for Polo Ralph Lauren was launched in 1971, in Beverly Hills, California.

7. Ralph Lauren's estimated net worth is $5.8 billion, making him the 173rd richest person in the world.

8. Ralph Lauren's famous Polo t-shirts were released in 1972.

9. Ralph Lauren Polo t-shirts originally came in 24 colors.

10. In 2009 alone, Polo Ralph Lauren recorded a fiscal revenue of $5 billion.

11. Polo Ralph Lauren became a public company in 1997, listed on the stock exchange under "RL".

12. Ralph Lauren was diagnosed with a benign brain tumor in 1987.

13. Ralph Lauren has a collection of over 70 vehicles.

Monday, May 23, 2011

13 Facts about BMW

1. BMW was formed in 1916.

2. The first BMW motorcycle was launched in 1923.

3. BMW owns Mini and Rolls-Royce

4. The BMW headquarters are located in Munich, Germany.

5. In the UK, BMW employs approximately 8000 people.

6. In 2009, BMW produced approximately 1.4 million vehicles.

7. Additionally, 82,000 motorcycles were produced by the company in 2009.

8. BMW owns Husqvarna, a prominent producer of motorcycles and chainsaws.

9. BMW has an estimated 106,000 employees worldwide.

10. BMW made approximately $4,279,000,000 in income in 2008.

11. BMW is ranked 78 in the Fortune Global 500 Business list.

12. BMW stands for Bayerische Motoren Werke.

13. BMW is the only current motorcycle manufacturer to reject the use of telescopic forks on its motorbikes.

13 Things you don't know about Pippa Middleton

1. Pippa's full name is Philippa Charlotte Middleton.

2. The name Philippa means "lover of horses" in Greek.

3. Pippa attended Marlborough College, Wiltshire, on a sports and all rounder scholarship.

4. Pippa also has a degree from the University of Edinburgh in English.

5. Pippa was 27 years old at the time of the royal wedding.

6. Pippa has been dating businessman and cricketer Alex Loudon since December, 2010.

7. Pippa is two years younger than Kate.

8. Pippa was born on September 6, 1983.

9. She is 5'9" tall.

10. Her bra size is reported to be 34B.

11. During 2010, Pippa launched "The Party Times" online magazine.

12. She arranged to have disco balls inside Buckingham palace for her sister and Prince Williams' wedding reception.

13. Pippa Middleton was named "Number One Society Singleton" in 2008.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

13 Fun Facts about your iPod

1. It costs $178.96 to make a 16GB iPhone

2. The most expensive part of an iPhone to produce is the touch screen, at $35.

3. The first iPod was released in 2001.

4. The full range of sounds, on average, for an iPod is 120 decibels.

5. The first iPod ever made had 5GB of capacity.

6. In France, it is illegal to play your iPod louder than 100 decibels.

7. By 2006, the iPod had sold over 41 million units.

8. iPod batteries can last between 14 - 28 days if they are not used at all.

9. Depending on the model of iPod, the battery will continuously play music for between 8 - 20 hours if fully charged.

10. A vacuum has been released which has inbuilt iPod speakers.

11. The world's most expensive iPod costs $231,776.

12. Apple, the brand that makes iPod's, was created in 1976.

13. The iPods computer program, iTunes, was released in 2003

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

13 Statististics about the Sun

1. The nearest star to the sun is located 4.3 light years from it.

2. The sun is 149.6 million km from earth.

3. The sun is 1.4 million km wide.

4. It mass is nearly 330,000 times that of earth.

5. The surface brightness of the sun is 398,000 times the brightness of a full moon.

6. It contains approximately 98% of the Solar Systems total mass.

7. At its core, the sun's temperature is approximately 15,000,000 degrees Celsius.

8. The sun is believed to have been active for approximately 4.6 billion years.

9. It is estimated that the sun has another 5 billion years of existence, before it burns out.

10. The sun is made up of 92.1% Hydrogen.

11. Every second, the sun converts 700 million tons of hydrogen into helium ashes.

12. The sun rotates every 25-36 days.

13. The sun is the closest star to earth.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

13 Fun Facts about Coffee

1. Coffee was originally eaten in African tribes, where tribes people mixed coffee beans with fat.

2. Coffee beans can only be grown between the Tropics of Cancer and Capricorn. This is known as the "Coffee Belt".

3. Around 70% of the world consumes Arabica coffee, while the remaining 30% consume Robusta Coffee.

4. Coffee is the second most traded commodity on earth behind oil.

5. Instant Coffee was invented in Guatemala in 1906, by a man named George Washington. It was not the American President however.

6. Approximately 6 million metric tonnes of Coffee are produced every year.

7. It takes 5 years for a coffee tree to reach maturity.

8. Coffee trees can grow to 30 feet tall, however they are more commonly cultivated to 10 feet for easier picking of the beans.

9. October 1st is the "Official Coffee Day" of Japan.

10. In the US, approximately 30% of Coffee drinkers added sweeteners to their coffee.

11. In the UK, this number is 57%.

12. It takes approximately 40 Coffee beans to make an espresso coffee.

13. A coffe tree lives for between 60 and 70 years.

13 Things You Don't Know About Tom Cruise

1. All of Tom Cruise's wives (there have been 3) have been taller than him.

2. Tom Cruise stands at 5'7" (170cm).

3. Tom Cruise was reportedly paid $75 million for his role in Mission Impossible II.

4. Tom Cruise was born in 1962, in New York.

5. Tom Cruise's full name is Thomas Cruise Mapother IV.

6. His first leading role was in "Risky Business" (1983).

7. Tom Cruise reportedly weighs 77kg.

8. Tom Cruise has co-starred in 3 movies with his ex-wife, Nicole Kidman.

9. Tom Cruise started wearing braces in 2002, however he removes them for filming.

10. When Cruise was 7, he was diagnosed with dyslexia.

11. During high school, Tom Cruise was a wrestler.

12. At age 14, Tom Cruise spent a year at a Franciscan seminary, and took a vow of celibacy.

13. Tom Cruise has 3 sisters.

The 13 Longest Words in the English Language

1. Honorificabilitudinita - Tibus
Occurs in Shakespeare's play "Love's Labour's Lost" and means "with honorableness".

2. Antidisestablishmentarianism
"a doctrine of opposition to disestablishment", and was once used by British Prime Minister William Gladstone.

"the action or habit of estimating something as worthless".

4. Supercalifragilisticeplalidocious
Coined in the movie "Mary Poppins"

5. Praetertranssubstantiationalistically
by Mark McShane in his novel Unitimely Ripped (1963)

6. Hepaticocholecystostcholecystenterostomy
Defined as "the surgical formation of a passage between the gall bladder and hepatic duct"

7. Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosts
Defined as
"a pneumoconiosis caused by inhalation of very fine silicate or quartz dust"

8. Antipericatametaanaparcircumvolutiorectumgustpoops of the coprofied
The title of a book by
by Francois Rabelais.

First coined by Thomas Love Peacock in Heading Hall (1861).

10. Aequeosalinocalcalinoceraceoaluminoscupreovitriolic
Describes the composition of the spa waters at Bristol, in Gloucestershire, England.

11. Bababadalgharaghtakamminapronnkonnbronntonnepronnt- uonnthunntrovarrhounawnskawntoohoohoordeenenthurnuk
Appears in a book written by James Joyce.

12. Lopadotemachoselachogaleokranioleipsanodrimhypotrim- matosilphiparaomelitokatakechymenokichlepikossyphophat- toperisteralektryonoptekephalliokiglopeleiolagoiosiraiobaph- etraganopterygon
The english translation of a Greek word which means "a goulash composed of all the leftovers from meals of the last two weeks".

13. Methionylthreonylthreonylglutaminylarginyl...isoleucine (189,819 words)
The chemical name of titin, the largest known protein

13 Lowdowns on Ladybugs

1. Ladybugs chew from side to side.

2. There are over 5000 different kinds of ladybugs worldwide.

3. A ladybug beats its wings 85 times per second when in flight.

4. The spots on a ladybug fade as it gets older.

5. Ladybugs generally live for about a year, however some species can live for up to 3 years.

6. Ladybugs are the official state insect of Delaware, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Ohio and Tennessee.

7. Ladybugs will hibernate when the temperate falls below 13 degrees Celsius.

8. Ladybugs are generally between 2-10 millimeters in length, however females are often larger in size than males.

9. Ladybugs remain in incubation for about 5-8 days, before emerging in their larvae form.

10. Depending on species, a ladybug may lay up to 2000 eggs in its lifetime.

11. Ladybugs are omnivores.

12. Ladybugs secrete a foul smelling fluid from the joints in their legs which can deter predators.

13. If a ladybug feels threatened, it may play dead.

Monday, May 16, 2011

13 Fun Facts about the Ukulele

1. The name "Ukulele" means "jumping flea" in Hawaiian.

2. The ukelele is best known for its part in Hawaiian music, but was derived from two Portugese instruments, the braguinha and the cavaquino.

3. The Ukulele is commonly known as the "Uke".

4. Ukulele's come in four different sizes - soprano, concert, tenor and baritone.

5. The soprano is the standard size ukulele.

6. Tiny Tim bought ukulele playing to the pop charts with his 1968 hit single "Tiptoe Through the Tulips".

7. The ukulele is played by plucking at its four strings.

8. There are now electric ukuleles.

9. Ukulele's are generally made from mahogany wood, however cheaper versions can be found in plastic.

10. The ukulele is small, seldom more than 60cm long.

11. The first ukulele was made in 1879.

12. As of the year 2000, there are only 3 companies in the world which manufacture ukulele's.

13. The 4 strings of a ukulele are tuned the the notes G-C-E-A.

If you enjoyed these fun facts, click here to view my writing profile

13 Things you Need to Know about Neptune

1. Because Pluto's orbit is elliptical, Neptune occasionally orbits further away from the sun then Pluto, making it the furthest planet. However now that Pluto is no longer officially a planet, Neptune is always the furthest planet from the Sun, and Earth.

2. Neptune has the strongest winds in the Solar System.

3. Neptune is the coldest planet in the Solar System.

4. The gravity on Neptune is only 17% stronger then that on earth.

5. One day on Neptune measures about 16 earth hours.

6. Whether the English or French discovered Neptune is still in dispute.

7. A year on Neptune measures 165 earth years.

8. Neptune is named after the Roman god of the seas, due to its blue color.

9. Neptune's moon, Triton, is eventually getting closer to it. it is believed that eventually the gravity of Neptune will tear this moon apart.

10. Triton has the coldest temperatures measured in the Solar System, about -230C.

11. There is a permanent cloud on Neptune known as the "Scooter".

12. Voyager 2 is the only spacecraft to have visited Neptune, in 1989.

13. Neptune is the fourth largest planet among the eight planets in our Solar System.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

13 Fun Facts about Clouds

1. It takes somewhere between a few minutes and an hour for clouds to be created.

2. There are 3 categories of clouds, depending on their height from the ground, low clouds, medium clouds and high clouds.

3. Loud clouds are normally made up of water droplets and have a base under 2,000 meters.

4. Medium clouds are normally made up of water droplets also, but have a base somewhere between 2,000 and 7,000 meters.

5. High clouds are usually made up of ice crystals, and have a base somewhere between 5,500 and 14,000 meters.

6. Saturn has clouds. In fact, any planet or moon with an atmosphere has clouds.

7. Clouds appear white because they reflect the suns light.

8. In Iran, clouds are a good omen.

9. Noctilucent clouds are so high, that they can reflect the suns light and are visible even during the night.

10. The classic white cloud is known as "Cumulus".

11. Hindu's and Buddhist's believe that Cumulus clouds are the spiritual cousins of elephants.

12. There is an official international Cloud Committee.

13. Clouds develop vertically or horizontally.

13 Things You Never Knew About the $100 Bill

1. A $100 bill lasts for approximately 9 years before becoming to worn out to use.

2. It would take 20.4 pounds of $100 bills to make $1 million.

3. 48% of the notes printed by the Bureau of Printing and Engraving are $1 notes.

4. In the image of the Independence Hall on the $100 bill, the clock in the steeple is set at 10 past 4.

5. The numeral four on the clock face is incorrectly written as "IV" whereas the real Independence Hall clock face has "IIII"

6. The $100 bill is the largest denomination currently in use in the US currency.

7. The first $100 notes were issued in 1862 by the Federal Government.

8. Traces of cocaine are found on nearly 80% of all bills circulated in the US.

9. 11.9% of US paper currency production is represented by the $100 bill.

10. Approximately 75% of all US $100 bills circulate outside the United States.

11. The $100 bill is one of only 2 notes that does not feature an image of a past US president.

12. $100 bills are commonly referred to as "Benjamins" in reference to the image of Benjamin Franklin's portrait, or "C-notes" in relation to the roman numeral for 100, C.

13. Higher denomination bills of $500, $1000, $5000 and $10,000 were retired in 1969

Friday, May 13, 2011

13 Scintillating Substantialities about Swaziland

1. Swaziland’s official name is the “Kingdom of Swaziland”

2. Swaziland has a population of 1.2 million people.

3. Swaziland is ruled by King Mswatii III.

4. Swaziland is small, only 200km from North to South, and 130km across.

5. Swaziland is also known as Ngwane.

6. The countries population is just over 1 million.

7. The kingdom of Swaziland gained independence from the United Kingdom in 1968.

8. The official language of Swaziland is SiSwati

9. Six times as many people use mobile phones compared to home phones in Swaziland.

10. Swaziland has 301km of railways.

11. Swaziland has the highest prevalence of AIDS in the world.

12. Swaziland borders Mozambique and South Africa.

13. Swaziland has never had a professional surfer, as it is landlocked

13 Decent Details about Deodorants

1. Ancient Egyptians pioneered the field of deodorant, through using cinnamon and other spices.

2. The US market for anti-perspirants and deodorant reached $1.9 billion in 2005

3. Fuwarinka is a Japanese gum which contains aromatic compounds, released through the users skin for upto six hours after consumption, in order to fight body odours.

4. Deodorants work to neutralize odours, while anti-perspirants actually block skin pores and prevent sweat from forming.

5. Many deodorant products contain aluminium and environmental toxins.

6. These toxins are believed to be responsible for birth defects and harm to the reproductive organs in males.

7. The metal silver is used in some deodorants as an odour neutralizer.

8. Traditional deodorants ay cause Alzhemier’s.

9. In caveman times, body odour was used to deter potential predators.

10. Anti-perspirants are classified as drugs by the FDA.

11. Having offensive body odours is illegal in libraries in San Luis Obispo County, California.

12. Deodorants work by making the skin an unfriendly environment for bacteria.

13. Only 11% of the 10,500 ingredients currently in use in the production of Deodorant have been tested for safety.

13 Terrific Trivialities about Texas

1. The King Ranch in Texas is bigger than the state of Rhode Island

2. It is illegal to sell ones eye in Texas.

3. In Texas, it is illegal to shoot a Buffalo from the second storey of a hotel.

4. The population of Texas is 24 million, 40 million if you include cattle.

5. Texas contains 7.4% of the USA’s total area.

6. Texas was an independent nation from 1836 to 1845.

7. Caddo Lake is the only natural, non-man made lake in the state.

8. Rodeo is the official sport of Texas.

9. Dr Pepper was invented in Waco in 1885.

10. The hamburger was created in Athens, Texas.

11. The official dish of Texas is Chilli.

12. Texas has approximately 1.2 million illegal immigrants.

13. Texas is pretty cool.

13 Positive Particulars of President Lincoln

1. He was born on February 12th 1809, and died April 15th 1865 at the age of fifty six.
2. He was the first president to be assassinated.

3. Abraham Lincoln was a strong and talented wrestler.

4. Lincoln was the first president to have a beard.

5. He was the tallest U.S president at 6ft 4 inches.

6. Lincoln suffered from a serious form of Depression.

7. He was nicknamed “honest Abe”

8. Lincoln dreamed of his own death at least twice in the weeks leading up to his assignation.

9. Lincoln has no direct line of living heirs as far as anyone knows. The last of his son Robert’s line died in the 1980′s.

10. Lincoln bought a store at the age of 23 but, was so unsuccessful at store clerking that he later ended up owing $1000 for loans he and his partner took out.

11. Lincoln only had 18 months of formal education.

12. As a child and during his growing up years Lincoln avoid hunting and fishing because he did not like killing animals.

13. Abraham Lincoln never played in the NBA

13 Amazing Anomalies about the Aardvark

1. Aardvarks are found throughout Africa, mostly South of the Sahara Desert.

2. The Aardvark’s name means “Earth Pig” in Afrikaans.

3. Aardvark is the first word in the English dictionary.

4. The Aardvark can eat 50,000 termites in one sitting.

5. An Aardvarks claws are as strong as a pick axe.

6. When distrubed, an Aardvark will squeal like a pig.

7. An Aardvark’s teeth grow continuously.

8. In one night, an Aardvark may travel 16km

9. Aardvarks are the only animal in their order.

10. Aardvarks are about 2 meters long.

11. The life span of Aardvarks in the wild is unknown.

12. Aardvarks are solitary animals.

13. Many parts of the Aardvark body are used by African tribes in rituals, and Aardvark is a relished dietary item of many tribes.

13 Scary Specifics about Sharks

1. Because sharks very rarely get cancer, scientists study their cartilage in the hopes of finding a cure for the disease.

2. The first pup to hatch inside the sand tiger shark mother devours its brothers and sisters until there are only two pups left, one on each side of the womb. This form of cannibalism is called oophagy.

3. Even though almost equal numbers of men and women spend time in the ocean, sharks seem to prefer to attack men. In fact, nearly 90% of shark attacks have happened to men.

4. Sharks do not have a single bone in their bodies.

5. The Swell Shark, found in New Zealand, barks like a dog.

6. When it comes time to give birth, the female shark loses her appetite so she won’t be tempted to eat her own pups.

7. The dwarf shark is as mall as a persons hand.

8. An egg from a whale shark measuring 14 inches in diameter was found in the Gulf of Mexico in 1953.

9. The bull shark is the only shark that can live in both fresh and salt water.

10. The fastest swimming sharks are the Mako and Blue sharks, which can swim upwards of 60 miles per hour.

11. Sharks ears are on the inside of their head.

12. The Great White Shark eats 11 tons of food per year.

13. A shark’s liver can make up 25% of its body weight.

13 Things You Never Knew About KFC

1. KFC was started in Corbin, Kentucky, in 1930

2. The secret recipe for KFC chicken is kept in a safe in Louisville, KY.

3. KFC is consumed by nearly 8 million people per day in the US alone.

4. The creator of KFC, “Colonel Sanders”, was actually a gas station manager, whose real name was Harland Sanders.

5. The first KFC restaurant was opened outside of Sanders gas station, and was originally called Sanders Court & Cafe.

6. The first overseas KFC was in England.

7. KFC operates in 80 countries around the world.

8. The first ever bucket of KFC chicken was sold in 1952.

9. THe original, still secret recipe, was invented in 1940.
Read more in Food
« The Benefits of Chocolate

10. In 2007, KFC decided to keep the original recipe, but fry the chicken in a different type of oil so that trans fat was removed.

11. KFC is owned by PepsiCo

12. Harland Sanders was made a Colonel in 1936

13. Some people believe KFC stands for Kid Fattening Center.