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Word of the Month & Useless Facts

Oct 07, 2016 10:43AM ● By Press Release

Useless Facts

(Phrase) Break The Internet

Causing a large commotion on the world wide web with many social networks and news outlets discussing the same thing. Slang for “going viral”.

Example: We haven’t made it to the election; but so far in 2016, the Trump and Hilary memes broke the internet.

Useless Facts 

FEMA was founded on April 1, 1979.

A snail can sleep for 3 years.

There are only four common use words in the English language which end in "- dous": tremendous, horrendous, stupendous, and hazardous. There's also the specialist zoological term apodous, which means 'without feet'.

The average person falls asleep in seven minutes.

The microwave was invented in 1945 after a researcher who didn’t finish grammar school walked by a radar tube and a chocolate bar melted in his pocket. The first commercially produced microwave oven was about 6 feet tall and weighed around 750 pounds. The price tag on these units was about $5000 a piece.  It wasn’t until 1967 that the first microwave oven that was both relatively affordable ($495) and reasonably sized (counter-top model) became available.

Rubber bands last longer when refrigerated.

Los Angeles's full name is "El Pueblo de Nuestra Senora la Reina de los Angeles de Porciuncula". And can be abbreviated to 3.63% of its size, "L.A."

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