No comment for today, other than I’m so happy that the first week of the new year is finally over. On with the twenty facts, mate. Cheerio.

  • The first couple to be shown in bed together on prime time television were: Fred and Wilma Flintstone.
  • Obama was sometimes teased in school for having the initials B.O., for being slightly chubby, and about his skin color.
  • The car manufacturer Henry Ford was awarded Hitler’s Supreme Order of the German Eagle.
  • In a survey conducted by MSNBC.com and Elle magazine, more than 31% of men said they dumped an overweight partner compared to 12% of women
  • About 14 million adolescent girls become pregnant each year, with over 90% of those girls living in developing countries
  • “Tom Sawyer” was the first novel written on a typewriter.
  • One in three teenagers have experienced violence in a dating relationship
  • Marilyn Monroe had 6 toes
  • Ancient Egyptians shaved off their eyebrows to mourn the deaths of their cats.
  • Anteaters prefer termites to ants.
  • Rubber bands last longer when refrigerated.
  • In Shakespeare’s time, mattresses were secured on bed frames by ropes. When you pulled on the ropes the mattress tightened, making the bed firmer to sleep on. Hence the phrase “goodnight, sleep tight”.
  • The elephant is the only animal with 4 knees.
  • If your urine is dark yellow, it means that you’re not drinking enough water. Your urine should be a hayish color to be considered healthy.
  • Apples are more efficient than caffeine in keeping people awake in the mornings!
  • Armored knights raised their visors to identify themselves when they rode past their king. This custom has become the modern military salute.
  • Russian poet Sergei Esenin (1895-1925) wrote an entire poem in his own blood that served as suicide note.
  • A dime has 118 ridges around the edge.
  • A goldfish has a memory span of three seconds.
  • Sugar and cocoa are often added to cigarettes, a fact many diabetic smokers are unaware of.
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