The tongue of a blue whale is as long as an elephant. Our eyes are always the same size from birth. Earth is not round, it is slightly pear-shaped. On average, people move house every 7 years. Mel Blanc, who played the voice of Bugs Bunny, was allergic to carrots. In this directory you’ll discover many more fascinating Fast Facts.
Tough little planet we live on
On any day on earth there are on average 35 earthquakes and some 44,000 storms. Lightning strikes the earth 100 times every second.
Those are all acts of God, one may argue, but us humans don’t make it any easier on mother earth. Every year more than 2 million cases of arson are reported, and more than a million trees are chopped just to make toothpicks.
Not all is gloom, however: 200 million couples make love – and 400,000 babies are born – every day.
Bad hair day
Having a bad hair day? Spare some thought for your great-grandparents because in their time it took about 10 hours to complete the process of waving hair to withstand washing, weather and time.
The advent of electricity sparked a major change in the concept of hairdressing when in London in 1906 the hairdresser Charles Nestlé invented the permanent-wave machine. The bulky machine – about the size of today’s fridge – took almost 20 minutes to get to usable heat and up to 10 hours to complete perming. Still, it was great 20th-century technology.
The next year a Parisian chemistry student, Eugène Schueller founded the company L’Oréal, created a dye to cover gray hair with natural-looking colors in a permanent process, and made life a little more fun for a whole lot of people.
Food for thought
Stephen Baldwin worked in a pizza parlor,
Jean-Claude Van Damme delivered pizzas,
Bill Murray was a pizza maker,
Madonna worked at Dunkin’ Donuts,
Julia Roberts worked in an ice cream parlor,
Queen Latifah worked at Burger King,
Andie McDowell worked at McDonalds, as did Quintin Tarentino,
Jennifer Aniston worked as a waitress in a burger cafe.
There’s hope for all of us!
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