Uncle John's Bathroom Reader Attack of the Factoids: Bizarre Bites of Incredible Information
Bathroom Readers' Institute
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Well, did you know that bats always turn left when they exit a cave? How about that in the 1960s astronauts trained for moon voyages by walking on Hawaiian lava fields? Also, Lloyd’s of London insured Bruce Springsteen’s voice for 3.5 million English pounds, military toilet paper is printed in a camouflage design, Elvis Presley always wore a helmet when watching football on TV, King Henry VIII’s ladies at court had a ration of one gallon of beer per day, it takes the energy from 50 leaves on an apple tree to produce one ripe fruit, and the only country to host the Summer Olympics but not win a single gold medal was Canada, in 1976. But that’s just the beginning! So what are you waiting for? ATTACK!
Slapshot, 360 slapstick humor, 279 slavery, 77 sled dogs, 139 sleep, 45, 160, 180, 226, 300, 329, 330 Sleeping Beauty, 319 sleeping pills, 300 slime eel, 176 slime-mold beetles, 53 slings, 64 Sloan, Ray, 79 sloth, 265 smartphones, 21 smells, fear of, 94 Smith, Hurley, 237 Smith, John, 232 smoke, secondhand, 373 Smokey the Bear, 147, 157 smoking, 306, 329. See also cigarettes snails, 261 snakes, 104, 136, 299 snapdragon, 65 Snellen, Herman, 325 snoker, 3 snotter, 332 snow,
A pun on “seek you.” •YL: “Young lady,” used to address or refer to any female HAM broadcaster of any age. •73: “Best wishes” or some comparable expression of goodwill, used as a signoff. •88: “Love and Kisses.” •Elmer: A HAM teacher or guru, named after Elmer “Bud” Frohardt, who was a mentor to many beginning HAM users in the Chicago area in the 1960s. •Handle: Name or alias. This is one that leaked into the CB radio culture of the 1970s. It was originally cowboy slang. •Mayday: “Help me!”
time zone. The summit of Mauna Kea on the Big Island rises 13,796 feet above sea level and stretches another 18,000 feet below sea level to the ocean floor. Combined, that makes it the tallest mountain in the world. The first people to settle Hawaii were Polynesians who traveled by canoe. The only royal residence in the United States is Iolani Palace in Honolulu, the former home of the Hawaiian royals. There are only 12 letters in the Hawaiian alphabet: A, E, H, I, K, L, M, N, O, P, U, and W.
the wood-and-wire, spring-snap trap quickly became the leading design, and today it’s the most recognizable one. Hooker and his mousetraps were a huge success. But they might have done even better if it weren’t for an Englishman who not only stole Hooker’s design, but the credit for it as well. THE WILY ENGLISHMAN Even today, if you look up the inventor of the mousetrap, you may run across the name of James Henry Atkinson from Leeds, Yorkshire. A self-described “ironmonger,” the wannabe
safe from predators by piling that dung on their backs. Early farmers believed that ladybugs were helpful pest-eaters sent from heaven. The English called them “Our Lady’s beetles”; Germans called them Marienkafer (“Mary’s beetles”); and the French called them les vaches de la Vierge (“cows of the Virgin”). Australian ranchers had to import millions of African dung beetles to eat cow droppings because the continent’s native beetles preferred marsupial dung. Weird Beard Pogonology is the