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Five Fact Friday #18

Five random facts for Friday, published on Saturday this time:

The first United States Open Tennis Championships (U.S. Open) was played in 1881. From 1881-1974 the playing surface was grass; from 1975-1977 it was clay; since 1978 it has been hard-court. – Britannica

President Trump was born on June 14, 1946. Just about five months earlier, on January 10, the United Nations General Assembly met for the first time in London. And about six months after he was born, on December 12, the UN accepted six Manhattan blocks as a gift from John D. Rockefeller Jr., heir to the Standard Oil fortune and one of the largest real estate holders in New York who was known for his philanthropic work that was successfully done without breaking the law. On This Day

On August 28, 1830 the first American built locomotive, “Tom Thumb” raced a horse-drawn carriage from Baltimore to Ellicott Mills. Due to mechanical problems the horse won. – On This Day

Besides the Bible and Mao’s Little Red Book, the best selling book of all time is Don Quixote, followed by A Tale of Two Cities and then The Lord of the Rings. – WorldAtlas

The world’s longest road bridge is the 34-mile long Bang Na expressway in Thailand. It’s a six-lane elevated highway that only crosses a little water – the Bang Pakong River, and required 1,800,000 cubic meters of concrete to construct. – LiveScience

Five Fact Friday #17

Five random facts for Friday:

Of the ten least populated counties in the United States, four are in Nebraska and three are in Texas. The least populated county is Kalawao County, Hawaii with a population of 88 people. – World Atlas

In 2020, North Carolina had an inventory of 9,200,000 hogs and pigs, third most in the United states and just behind second place Minnesota’s 9,300,000. Iowa has the most with 24,600,000 Statista

The National Hot Dog & Sausage Council estimates that Americans consume 20 billion hot dogs a year, which works out to about 70 per person. – NHDSC

At 248 minutes Cleopatra (1963) is the longest wide release Hollywood movie ever made. – World of Reel

The heaviest current production car is the Rolls Royce Phantom – 6,052 pounds. The slowest, in the United States, is the Nissan Versa Note which can get from 0 to 60 MPH in a leisurely 10.3 seconds. – Autowise

Five Fact Friday #16

Five random facts for Friday on Saturday this week:

Zythology. The study of beer, from the Ancient Greek zûthos. (Hat tip to my Mom for sharing that one). – Wiktionary

More than 6 million people enrolled in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, commonly referred to as food stamps, in the first three months of the pandemic, from February to May. It was the fastest-ever expansion of the program. The Week

A 1-year-old dog is the equivalent of a 31-year-old human, a 5-year-old is like a 57-year-old, and a 10-year-old like a 68-year-old. – The Week

The total number of hours of video watched on YouTube each month – 3.25 billion. – MerchDope

Nationwide, in December 2017, the golf courses and country clubs industry employed 307,000 in 11,100 establishments.  – Bureau of Labor Statistics

Five Fact Friday #15

Five random facts for Friday:

As many as 1 billion wild animals are killed by vehicles each year, about 200 million creatures’ lives would be spared annually. – Washington Post

Compared with teetotalers, those with “moderate” drinking habits – classified as up to eight drinks a week for women and fewer than 15 for men – had higher cognition scores in all three areas. They also had significantly lower rates of mental decline. The Week

63% of small business owners say less than 75% of their revenue before the pandemic started has returned. – Axios

Some rats that miss feasting on the scraps are becoming increasingly brazen to find new food sources. Since the start of the pandemic, there have been increased reports of rat cannibalism and infanticide in New York, as well as more rat complaints in residential areas — including in Chicago — as humans produce more food waste at home. – Washington Post

Annual healthcare spending in the US (2018) is $8,949 per capita; military spending is $1,985 per capita- Visual Capitalist

 

Five Fact Friday #14

Five random facts for Friday:

North Carolina has roughly 322 miles of ocean shoreline. – UNC TV

The record high temperature for July 17 in Beaufort, NC is 97° That won’t be broken today but it still feels like a sauna. Weather.com

Jamaican men have run 13 of the 20 fastest 100 meter races ever run. The rest have been run by Americans. – All Time Athletics

At 70 years old, Donald Trump was the oldest any president has been at inauguration. – President Story

9% of the milk produced in the US is used to make ice cream. – IceCream.com

Five Fact Friday #13

Five random facts for Friday:

Coresight Research, which tracks retail store openings and closings, projects that a record 25,000 stores will close in 2020 — up from its pre-pandemic estimate of 8,000. The prior record was last year, when 9,800 stores closed. – Axios

Adolphus Busch, Arthur Ashe and Nikola Tesla were born on July 10. More importantly, so was my mom. Cleveland.com

There are 50.8 million students in 91,276 public schools in 13,598 school districts in the US. Not many of them know right now what their school experience will look like in roughly six weeks. – Education Week

The heaviest freshwater fish caught in North Carolina was an 88 pound smallmouth buffalo. It was caught in Lake Wylie in 1993. – NC Wildlife Resources Commission

In 2010 the US resident population was 308,745,538 (87.4 people per square mile), in 1910 it was 92,228,496 (26 per square mile) and in 1810 it was 7,239,881 (4.3 per square mile). – US Census

 

Five Fact Friday #12

Five random facts for Friday:

On average, a man’s beard will grow 5.5 inches per year. – NextLuxury.com

American individuals, bequests, foundations and corporations gave an estimated $427.71 billion to U.S. charities in 2018. GivingUSA

In 2018 the US Department of Housing and Urban Development’s total budget, which includes the Section 8 program and other forms of public housing and rental assistance, totaled $54.887 billion. – HUD

Benjamin Franklin, age 70, was the oldest signer of the Declaration of Independence. Two men, Edward Rutledge and Thomas Lynch, Jr. were 26 when they signed – Rutledge was younger by three months.- US Archives

This one is special for the locals here in Winston-Salem: Dewey’s Bakery sells sheet cake remnants for $5 a pound. My life, or waist size, won’t be the same after this discovery. – Dewey’s Bakery via my wife

 

Five Fact Friday #11

Five random facts for Friday:

Instead of the names of dead presidents, Australians nickname their banknotes based on their colors. The yellow $50 is called a pineapple and the orange/red $20 is called a lobster. – The Whippet #97

In 2018 14.3 million households in America were food insecure. Feeding America

26.8% of US citizens age 6+ were physically inactive in 2019. 35.9% engaged in active high calories activities. Inactivity was defined as no to limited activity during the year.   – Physical Activity Council

In 2019 over 1.5 billion smartphones were sold worldwide.-Statista

Alaska has the longest coastline of all US states at 6,640 miles. – WorldAtlas

 

Five Fact Friday #10

Five random facts for Friday:

In the United States, the top one percent of households holds $25 trillion of household wealth. The middle class, defined as the middle 60 percent of the usual income distribution, owned just $18 trillion. – Brookings

According to the International Monetary Fund the largest economy in the world, measured by Gross Domestic Product, is the United States at $21.44 trillion. The smallest is the pacific island nation of Tuvalu at $42 million. WikiPedia

In 2018 the United States had 23.5 square feet (SF) of retail space per person. The next most was Canada at 16.8 SF/person, then Australia at 11.2 SF/person  and the UK at 4.6 SF/person. Russia has 1.4 SF/person.  – Statista

According to the Airports Council International, in 2015 there were 17,678 commercial airports in the world. If you count all airports, aerodromes and airfields (civilian and military) the count is 41,788.- aeronewstv.com

In 2018 there were 129 breweries in North Carolina, up from 32 in 2012.- US Census

 

Five Fact Friday #9

Five random facts for Friday:

At 5’4″ James Madison was the shortest US President. – Wikipedia

The shortest land border between two sovereign states is a two kilometer stretch between Botswana and Zambia- GeoCurrents

3.7 million students are expected to graduate from high school during the 2019-20 school year. 3.3 million from public schools and .3 million from private schools.  – National Center for Education Statistics

The lowest daily total traveler throughput recorded by TSA during the COVID-19 crisis (so far) was 87,534 on April 14, 2020. By comparison the throughput on the same day in 2019 was 2,208,688.- TSA

It takes about 2.6 pounds of grapes to make a bottle of wine, which means there are about 736 grapes in a bottle of wine, or about 164 grapes per glass. – The Backlabel