Facts You Probably don’t Need
- The woman of Seine was the unknown woman whose body was pulled out of the Seine River in 1880. A post-mortem pathologist at the morgue was so taken by her beauty that he made a plaster cast of her face. Now that mask is used as the face of the CPR mannequin.
- Cashews are not nuts. They are the seeds that grow out of the bottom of the cashew apple which is also edible.
- Lobsters were so plentiful in the 1800s that Massachusetts servants demanded a clause in their contracts to prevent being fed it more than three times a week.
- In 1960, 59% of American adults aged 18-29 were married. Today, only 20% are married.
- Yellow speed limit signs in the U.S. are recommended speeds but are not enforced.
- George Lucas refused to identify what species Yoda is. He once jokingly answered that he is “the illegitimate child of Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy.”
- Lewis Carroll, author of “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland,” would only write his works in purple ink.
- Oregano is from the Greek words meaning “mountain of joy.”
Facts by Sean McVeigh, factologist.