Facts You Probably don’t Need

  • If Harvard offered free tuition to all of its students, it would still make a profit off of the interest of its endowment.
  • Albert Einstein's eyes are stored in a safety deposit box in New York.
  • Toronto's Caribana Parade is the longest in North America, with 10,000 costume clad performers stretching over 3.5 km.
  • Yonge St. is the longest street in the world, stretching 1200 miles, from Toronto to just north of Minnesota.
  • Jackie Mitchell, a 17-year-old, struck out Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig in six straight pitches about a week after being signed.  A few days later, Commissioner Landis voided her contract because baseball was "too strenuous" for women.
  • Trial Attorney Mark Lanier offered to settle an asbestos lawsuit against Carborundum for $10,000. They declined and it went to trial. The jury awarded $118,000,000.
  • Adam Driver (Kylo Ren in Star Wars: The Force Awakens) is an ex-Marine and founder of Arts in the Armed Forces. The AITAF provide high-quality theater programing for active duty service members, veterans and their families.
  • Beer was invented in 6000 B.C, 2000 years before the invention and use of the wheel in 4000 B.C.
  • France has become the first country in the world to ban supermarkets from throwing away or destroying unsold food, forcing them instead to donate it to charities and food banks.
  • The planet Uranus was discovered before the continent of Antarctica.

                 Facts from Sean McVeigh, Factologist

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