Following recent accidents (and fatalities) caused by driverless cars, the law now says that driverless cars must now emit white noise, similar to the sound of running water, so you can hear one coming.
UK Wetherspoons outlets sell 5 million cups of coffee per year, given that the global coffee industry creates an annual 5 hundred billion cups of coffee per year this means that Wetherspoons are alone responsible for 0.000001% of entire global coffee consumption.
While package holidays may appear to be a modern invention, only really taking off with the dawn of cheap flights, there is evidence that they go back a lot further.
In fact, a certain Thomas Cook arranged his first tour as far back as 1841. It was a train to Loughborough for supporters of temperance – remember that next time you’re hitting the all-inclusive bar on your hols.
The surface area of the Earth is calculated, as with any oblate spheroid, by multiplying pi by 4 times the square of its radius.
In the case of planet Earth this comes to a grand total of 510 million square kilometres or 196,900,000 square miles.
…unless you’re a Flat Earther…
The word cappuccino derives from the 17th Century priest Marco D’iovanni who helped drive the Ottoman Turks out of Vienna in 1683. The ousted Turks left behind their bitter tasting coffee which the Viennese sweetened with milk and sugar naming the drink after their Priest Cappucin.
Coffee drinking wasn’t always the social jolly as deemed today, the 16th century Mufti of Constantinople imposed prohibition upon the drink which was synonymous with riots, seditious talk, and Satanic practices. Similar punishable restrictions were also imposed in Cairo and Mecca. Turkey imposed the harshest punishment for repeat coffee guzzlers by allegedly sewing culprits into a leather bag and throwing them into the Bosphorous Strait.
The $100 billion global coffee industry employs 25 million people worldwide, meeting our demands of some 500 billion cups a year, 14 billion of which are expressos. The second most legally traded commodity after oil, ahead of both gold and tobacco, 100% of coffee is grown within 1,000 miles of the equator, with 67% of coffee grown in the Americas, coffee provides 75% of USA’s caffeine intake. 90% of coffees are grown in developing countries, the top three being Brazil, Vietnam and Columbia, while consumption of the beverage peaks in the Western world with Finland being the highest per capita coffee consumer, with Brazil coming in at 13th and USA only 25th,
Between 1990 and 1995 of the 50 highest countries for deforestation, 37 were coffee producers.
The moon is 252,000 miles away from Earth, over a lifetime, the average 80 year old will have walked almost half that distance – 110,000 miles.
The Toffee Crisp was launched by Nestle in 1963.
The recipe for Toad-in-the-hole : sausages cooked in Yorkshire pudding batter mix first appeared in 1747 with pigeon as opposed to sausages as the recommended meat. In 1861 Mrs Beeton recommended rump steak or lamb’s kidneys in preparation of this dish. The etymology of this dish is uncertain, though it is suggested that the sausages in batter have the appearance of toads peeking through a swamp.
British Rail catering division even went to the lengths of counting the sesame seeds on Macdonald’s burger buns to make their own buffet car offerings compatible with leading competitors.
Taking into account all food wrapping, giftwrap, toilet roll, stationery, mailed correspondence (including junk mail) books, newspapers, and magazines the average American gets through 500lbs of paper per year.
In Europe that figure rises to annual 750lbs per capita, while in India the figure never gets beyond 20lbs.
From early uses of papyrus , it is difficult to pinpoint the origin of paper’s invention, though the most likely contender is Kai Lung, advisor to the Chinese Emperor in 105 CE (common era) , who advanced paper technology from the traditional and highly expensive silk and bamboo pulp composite.
In 75 CE, presenting himself before the Emperor, Kai Lung presented his own alternative, borne of backyard experimentation, namely the macerated, pounded, sieved and pulped inner bark of the Choo tree, similar in appearance to the Mulberry tree, traditionally used for its edible fruits and its leaves fed to silk worms. Blending the bark pulp with wood ash and hemp, Kai Lung had discovered a simpler way to make paper than the various almost alchemic combinations which had previously included moss, asparagus, dried nettles and manure.
Received by the Emperor and the Chinese Royal Court to great acclaim, Kai Lung’s new substance soon went into mass production in China’s agro economy.