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  • In 1777, Frederick the Great issued an official statement urging his subjects to drink beer in the morning instead of coffee.
  • The 100 folds in a chef’s toque are said to represent 100 ways to cook an egg.
  • Africa is the only continent with land in all four hemispheres.
  • Hanna-Barbera pitched The Flintstones to networks for eight weeks before it was finally picked up. It became the first-ever animated show to air during primetime.
  • There is actually a difference between coffins and caskets – coffins are typically tapered and six-sided, while caskets are rectangular.
  • America was named after Amerigo Vespucci, an Italian merchant.
  • There is a punctuation mark used to signify irony or sarcasm that looks like a backwards question mark.
  • IKEA is an acronym which stands for Ingvar Kamprad Elmtaryd Agunnaryd, which is the founder’s name, farm where he grew up, and hometown.
  • The youngest Pope in history was Pope Benedict IX. He was 11 years old at the time of election. He is also the only person to have been the Pope more than once (three times in total).

 

      Facts from Sean McVeigh, facologist.

 

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