Monday, May 16, 2005

Interesting facts:

10 per cent of Wellington’s 163,000 population worked in some capacity on Peter Jackson’s Lord Of The Rings trilogy.

Judy Garland could reportedly memorise a song or a page of script by looking at it once.

It appears love really does make you go weak at the knees. A study in the Harvard Health Letter says that when men are in love, their testosterone levels drop, which in turn decreases their strength.

The five foot sword wielded by Scotland’s William Wallace (immortalized in the Mel Gibson movie, Braveheart) left the country for the first time in 700 years last month. The priceless artifact will be the centerpiece of an exhibition in New York.

The first case of texting tendonitis has occurred. A 13 year old Australian girl was diagnosed with the modern ailment as a result of overusing her right thumb to text.

Your heart beats 100,000 times a day.

Oprah Winfrey had her ears pierced for the first time at the age of 51.

Lindsay Lohan’s car number plate licence is ILLEGALL.

A survey by the American Society for Aesethetic Plastic Surgeons reveals that a third of 1,350 women who had breast implants were on their second operation because they did not like the shape of their first implants.

Despite the common belief, eating late will not make you fat, according to the British Dietic Association. They maintain a calorie is a calorie no matter when you eat it.

An estimated one thousand of Google’s 2,600 employees are millionaires. The six-year-old company is valued at more than some developing world countries and the two Google founders are billionaires.

Men are attracted to large women when hungry but prefer slimmer women when they’re full, according to a report in the US Journal of Psychological Science.

A 14 month old baby can understand more than 60 sign language actions and before the age of two, hundreds according to Rachel de Azevedo Coleman, a leading sign language expert

UFO cultists the Raelians, who believe that life on earth was created by scientists from another planet, have named Eminem as an honorary priest. Previous recipients include Bill Gates and Linda Ronstadt.

Star Wars’ sound technician Ben Burtt created Chewbacca’s voice by combining recordings of bears, walruses, camels and badgers

American children will watch around 8,000 murders on television before they have finished elementary school.

Watching romantic movies really does put you in the mood for love. A study by the university of Michigan found that watching chick flicks raises the female hormone progesterone in both men and women.

Since 1992, the world wide grosses for films starring Tom Hanks total something in the region of 4.4 billion dollars.

Academy Award winner Tom Hanks, is a third cousin four times removed to Abraham Lincoln, the 16th President of the United States.

According to a report in the Evening Standard, chambermaids at the Mandarin Oriental in Miami were shocked to discover on his departure, that guest Michael Jackson had signed all the pieces of artwork in the room with his own signature.

Quentin Tarantino was paid one dollar to film a single scene in Robert Rodriguez’s latest film Sin City. This matches the one dollar Tarantino paid Rodriguez to compose the whole of Kill Bill 2’s score

Women with longer legs have a lower risk of heart disease, a Bristol University study claims.
For every extra 4.3cm (1.5in) in leg length, it seems, a woman’s risk appears to decrease by 16 per cent.

In the second world war, every Italian soldier in North Africa carried his own personal espresso machine.

DVD means Digital Versatile Disc but just what does VHS mean?
It stands for Very High Speed

All of John Hughes’s films are set in the fictional town of Shermer, Illinois.
For example, Ferris Bueller went to the same school – Shermer High School - as the five teenagers serving detention in The Breakfast Club

If you make a salary of $45,920.0, you are richer than 97% of the world.

phagophobia (fear of being eaten alive), indoor botanophobia (fear of houseplants) and perhaps most bizarrely pool-selachophobia (fear of a shark appearing through a hatch in the side of a swimming pool).

Johnny Depp not only suffers from arachnophobia (fear of spiders), phasmophobia (fear of ghosts) and acrophobia (fear of heights) but is also a coulrophobic (fear of clowns). “Clowns really scare me.” the beautiful man has admitted, “The painted face and the false smile. I’ve always connected it to dark forces beneath the surface”.

French Fries originate from Switzerland

Most toilets flush in E flat.

Dogs and humans are the only animals with prostates

Time magazine's 'Man of the Year' for 1938 was Adolph Hitler.

A golfer is allowed to search for his ball for 5 minutes before it is officially recorded as lost.

A young rat is called a kitten.

The collective term for a group of crocodiles is a float.

The acronym I.O.U. stands for 'Is Owed Unto'.

Sigourney Weaver's dad, Pat, is said to be one of only two people who know the exact recipe for Coca Cola.

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