Did you know that I love interesting words and facts. Sometimes, it’s the pursuit and discovery of them that appeals. The not knowing, then the almost knowing, and then the knowing. It’s all part of life’s rich tapestry. And what an amazing and wonderful world we live in.
Here’s some facts that I found out this week, but didn’t know before, and which (if you’re taking part in a pub’ quiz) you might find useful. Did you know that…
…In one state in India police officers are given a slight pay increase for having a moustache.
…Children’s Day in India is on October 14, which (interestingly) is exactly nine months after St Valentine’s Day.
…One in every five people in the world is Chinese. China has a population that is estimated to reach a whopping 1,338,612,968 (approx). Oops, make that 1,338,612,969 or 1,338,612,970…
…It is said that Mao Zedong’s favourite meal was red-braised pork (Mao Shi Hong Shao Rou), and it looks delicious. If eating it means you can lead a billion people, I think I’ll have double-portion, please. Maybe Trump or Clinton (or even Cameron or Corbyn) should start eating it.
…Did you know that God caused Adam to fall into a deep sleep, whilst God took a rib from Adam and formed Eve. That’s recorded. It’s in the Bible. But, no where is it recorded that God woke Adam afterwards. He (or we) are still sleeping, perhaps?
…Fortune cookies are not a traditional custom in China. They were invented in 1920 by a worker in the Key Heong Noodle Factory in San Francisco, America.
…An estimated one in ten of Americans could be a blood relative to one of the original 102 pilgrims who sailed to America aboard the Mayflower in 1620.
…In Brazil, in their prisons, it is said prisoners can reduce their gaol term by four days for every book they read and write a report on. What a fascinating and progressive idea! I love books, it’s almost tempting to go to Brazil and……….maybe not!
…Scotland, not only has the Loch Ness Monster, but it has its equivalent of BigFoot or the Yeti. Yes, the Am Fear Liath Mòr, the Big Grey Man, is said to inhabit the Cairngorms, Scotland, and it said to be covered in grey fur, takes huge strides, leaves tantalising footprints and is said to stand over eight foot tall.
…In England in 1313, it was deemed illegal to enter the Houses of Parliament wearing a suit of armour, and the Act has never been repealed. And some people worry (needlessly) about niqabs and burkas.
…And finally, [though I did know this] the photo heading up this theme, yes that handsome young boy is me! Albeit some fifty-three years younger than now. Where did my youthful looks go? I think I need more E45 cream (whatever that is) for the face.