Thursday, 18 July 2013

Interesting Facts - Page 8

6 British football teams with body parts in their name: LIVERpool FC, PortsMOUTH FC, CHESTerfield FC, GatesHEAD FC, ARMthorpe Welfare FC, ASHINgton AFC.

Mahatma Gandhi made his own sandals as he shunned material possessions. He even gave a (fresh) pair to Jan Smuts, the South African politician, in 1914.

The "Jesus" film is the most watched film in history. It has been seen by over 2 billion people. It has been translated into more than 760 languages.

There are just under half a million surnames in Britain; only 2.1% of Britons are called Smith or Jones. Surnames have existed here since 1100 AD.

The US Air Force came from the US Army Signal Corps. They had an officer & 2 men in 1907. By 1914 the Aviation Section was allowed 60 officers & 260 men.

The Archery Law of 1363 which commanded the practice of archery on Sundays & holidays was law until 1960, so archery has not been outlawed on Sundays.

Taxi is spelled exactly the same in English, French, German, Swedish, Portuguese, and Dutch. Horse-drawn carriages (taxis) started in the 17th century.

A corpse travelled in a 1st Class seat on the BA flight from Delhi. The woman had died in Economy and was 'upgraded' to 1st Class according to BA policy.

'Camp' comes from the French slang term 'camper', which means 'to pose in an exaggerated fashion'. It was first noted in the OED in 1909.

Government research has found that the average British person eats 3000 meals of Spaghetti Bolognese in their lifetime. Stew is second (2612 meals).

You get 5050 if you add all the numbers from 1 to 100 consecutively. The easy way is to times 101 by 50, as there are 50 pairs of 101 (100+1, 99+2 etc).

French artist Yves Klein invented the blue colour International Klein Blue. He used it in performance art to paint models' naked bodies.

The registration plate on Rocky's car in the movie 'Rocky IV' (1985) was SOTHPAW. The model of the car was a 1982 Lamborghini Countach LP 5000S.

William Ralph Dean, known as Dixie Dean is the only English International to have more goals than caps. He scored 18 goals in 16 games from 1927-1932.