Truly Interesting Fun Facts

What're some interesting fun facts that are memorable for you? Bonus points for finance/economic facts–looking to compile insightful tidbits. Here are a few that come to mind:

  • In the American diet, coffee and tea represent the single biggest source of antioxidants
  • Every 1% unemployment goes up, 40,000 people die (thanks Brad Pitt inThe Big Short)
  • Invasive species cost the global economy over $1 trillion each year

Looking forward to what you guys have to share. 

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trying_my_best, what's your opinion? Comment below:
  • There are more Japanese banks in London than there are in Tokyo, and there are more American banks in London than there are in Manhattan
  • Up until 1985 (don't recall the exact year but it's in the ballpark), all the major banks in London had to be within 20 minutes of walking distance from the BOE. Because in the event of a crisis, the BOE governor wanted all the bank CEOs to be in his office within 30 mins
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Phil Leotardo, what's your opinion? Comment below:

What American banks exist in London and not NYC?  Just curious

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ActuarialQuant, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Factoid #1: (Long but worth the read IMO)

It was believed that humans originally breathed naturally through nasal breathing (nose) but both evolution & environmental changes prompted us to inadvertently breath through our mouths chronically, which is much less efficient. One theory is that due to our brain size expanding (by nearly 50%), our bone structures began to change over time where the face shortened and mouth shrank. When the mouth became narrower, it grew vertically and our noses began to protrude away from our face, shrinking our airways. The other factor was due to emergence of processed foods & less chewing on our part. Hence why we have all these seemingly harmless but dangerous over time issues like snoring, sleep apnea, allergies, etc. There's varying statistics of course, but we take on average 20-25,000 breaths a day and most of us are doing it inefficiently. Think about the long term impact of this! Hence why I try being more cognizant about breathing through my nose than mouth, due to many health implications

Check out Breath by James Nestor if interested to learn more.

Factoid #2: (Short)

The IRS has a 3 year statute of limitations to begin court proceedings on tax collections. After 10 years, I believe they can no longer come after you and any outstanding tax balance is "wiped off" entirely, contrary to popular belief that taxes follow you to your grave. 

"Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity"
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Synergy_or_Syzygy, what's your opinion? Comment below:

TON 618 is an extremely bright quasar in the constellation of Canes Venatici, 18.2 billion light-years away. It contains the largest, brightest and most massive black hole known. It is 66 billion times more massive than the Sun and 11 Solar Systems can fit in it side by side.

Be excellent to each other, and party on, dudes.
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Synergy_or_Syzygy, what's your opinion? Comment below:

It's terrifying, liberating, incomprehensible. Our most Lovecraftian fiction pales in comparison to the dark reality of the universe.

Be excellent to each other, and party on, dudes.
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lord0fham, what's your opinion? Comment below:

I was going to use this fact! Just for additional context, it has more mass than all stars in the entire Milky Way combined and is 140 trillion times more luminous than the Sun.

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BhotR, what's your opinion? Comment below:

When he was around the same age as Alexander the Great at his death, Julius Caesar was a relatively obscure Roman official serving in Spain and came upon a statue of Alexander and openly wept because he compared his life accomplishments up to that point to Alexander. Little did he know that over 2000 years later people would view them both as pillar figures of antiquity. 

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CarsnWatches, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Thomas Jefferson had received a 1,600 pound block of cheese from Massachusetts farmers. To try and one-up their gift, farmers from New York later gifted President Andrew Jackson a 1,400 pound chunk of cheese. He left it on display in the White House for a year until his final party where he let everyone hack at it and eat it.

This is a hilarious quote from a guy who was there:

"For hours did a crowd of men, women and boys hack at the cheese, many taking large hunks of it away with them. When they commenced, the cheese weighed one thousand four hundred pounds, and only a small piece was saved for the President's use. The air was redolent with cheese, the carpet was slippery with cheese, and nothing else was talked about at Washington that day. Even the scandal about the wife of the President's Secretary of War was forgotten in the tumultuous jubilation of that great occasion."

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Isaiah_53_5 💎🙌💎🙌💎, what's your opinion? Comment below:
thisiscrazy_2020

Every time you shuffle a deck of cards, chances are that you have put them in an order that has never been seen in the history of the universe.

Yeah this is true. Mindblowing.

"If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them." - Bruce Lee

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Isaiah_53_5 💎🙌💎🙌💎, what's your opinion? Comment below:
thisiscrazy_2020

Every time you shuffle a deck of cards, chances are that you have put them in an order that has never been seen in the history of the universe.

Also, username checks out.

"If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them." - Bruce Lee

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WolfofWSO, what's your opinion? Comment below:

In the U.S. today, there's about $14 trillion in total money supply (M2), of which physical currency makes up only about 11% or $1.5 trillion of the total value.

Meaning, if everyone were to try to go to cash, there is only 11% printed cash available to satisfy the demand.

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Isaiah_53_5 💎🙌💎🙌💎, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Horses generally weigh 1000lbs and have a 20in D. That's a 50:1 weight to D length ratio. So if you're a 200lb human with a 4in D, you're technically hung like a horse. 

"If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them." - Bruce Lee

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Deal Team Six, what's your opinion? Comment below:

The Stegosaurus existed during the Jurassic period, which was ~ 140 - 150 million years ago. The T Rex on the other hand was alive during the Cretaceous period, which was about ~65 million years ago. Therefore, humans alive right now are closer to existing at the same time as T rex's than the T rex was to being alive at the same time as Stegosaurs'. 

I like this fact because it also gives you a rough idea of just how long dinosaurs dominated the earth for. We have evidence that dinosaurs existed for roughly ~165 million years, whereas humans have been believed to have been around for roughly ~7 million. 

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Isaiah_53_5 💎🙌💎🙌💎, what's your opinion? Comment below:

RonMexico69

In a room of 23 people, there's a 50% chance two have the same birthday

No. 

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"If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them." - Bruce Lee

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PeterMBA2018, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Ha it's definitely true and an extremely well know stat. 
 

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Birthday_problem

The "trick" is you're comparing every possible pair of people's birthdays. 

Two people having the same birth month out of 23 people is pretty much guaranteed. 

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jarstar1, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Without going into all the statistics of it, an interesting way to think about it is to count up the total number of pairings in the room. If you're just looking at yourself there are 22 pairs, one for every other person in the room, but there are plenty of pairs that don't involve you, looking at the next guy he has 21 unique pairs, (we already counted the pair between him and you), and so on. The math is 22 + 21 + 20 + ... + 2 + 1, which is equal to 231 pairs, more than the 180ish days that cover half of the year. 

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Dr. Rahma Dikhinmahas, what's your opinion? Comment below:

There are more possible brackets in a single NCAA basketball tournament than there are grains of sand on Earth.

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Dr. Rahma Dikhinmahas, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Nice one.  Imagine being the guy who had to come up with all the "illion" levels for every number of zeros.  

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Isaiah_53_5 💎🙌💎🙌💎, what's your opinion? Comment below:

If you're ever in a store and wonder if pants or shorts fit your waist, just put them around your neck folded in half. Your neck is roughly half the circumference of your waist.

"If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them." - Bruce Lee

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theAudiophile, what's your opinion? Comment below:

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