Blue Monday: Cheering up the Office with Random Facts
- 21st January 2019
- By Sorcha Ryan
The “Random Fact of the Day” is a fun topic for
discussion in the TestReach office that began in July
2018, engaging the team in some light hearted
conversation around the office or on a coffee break.
Today, the 21st January, is otherwise known as ‘Blue
Monday’ - aka the most depressing day of the year.
Blue Monday is the name given to the Monday that falls
in the last full week of January, claimed to be the
most depressing day of the year due to the shorter
days and lack of sunlight in the winter months.
So for today’s blog post we thought we would share
some of the interesting random facts we’ve learned and
discussed at TestReach over the past year, with the
hope it makes the day less gloomy for all! So here are
40 random and odd facts for you to enjoy. We’ve also
included a few strange facts about e-Assessment that
have been contributed by leading assessment experts to
our “Ask the Experts” blog series.
We hope you enjoy these strange facts and find that
Blue Monday is more cheerful than anticipated.
40 Random and Strange Facts
1. Monday is the only day
of the week with a single-word anagram (‘dynamo’).
2. Nicholas Cage once
bought a pet octopus because he sincerely thought it
might help with his acting.
3. The wood frog and some
other animals have the ability to freeze solid
during winter, thaw in the spring and remain
4. Sean Connery was once
stopped by a policeman for speeding. The policeman’s
name was Sergeant James Bond.
5. In 2015, a man
successfully sued Red Bull stating that after 10
years of consuming the product, he received no
wings, enhanced physical nor intellectual
6. Donald duck comics
were banned from Finland because he doesn’t wear
7. The first webcam was
created in Cambridge to check the status of a coffee
8. An exam candidate once
wrote to the examiner, “My Dad says that if I don’t
write anything in this paper, you won’t get paid. Is
9. Guinness estimates
that 93,000 litres of beer are lost in facial hair
each year in the UK alone.
10. Scientists have
created glow-in-the-dark cats by inserting the
jellyfish protein that codes for bioluminescence
into their genome.
11. At a test centre in
Malawi a group of students were sitting their A
Level Physics exam. When the marker opened the
scripts to mark them, there was a note saying that
the students had received 10 minutes extra time
because the roof had blown off the test centre
during the exam.
12. The parody national
anthem of Kazakhstan from the movie "Borat" was
accidentally downloaded and played in 2012 for a
Kazakh gold medalist.
13. O.J. Simpson almost
played the Terminator, but James Cameron thought his
persona was “too pleasant” to portray such a dark
14. There's a lizard
known as Jesus Christ Lizard due to its ability to
run on the water.
15. It would take you 100
days to see every piece of art in the Louvre, if you
spent 30 seconds at each piece, all day every day
for 100 days.
16. Steve Jobs used to
soak his feet in toilets to relieve stress.
17. A dozen camels were
disqualified in 2018 from a Saudi beauty pageant for
receiving Botox injections to make them more
18. In 2009 a man raced
South Africa’s broadband by sending a 4GB file over
the internet and a 4GB memory stick 80 km via
pigeon. The pigeon won.
19. Charlie Chaplin once
entered a Charlie Chaplin lookalike contest at a San
Francisco theatre and lost.
20. Since cats sleep
about sixteen hours a day, a nine year old cat has
only been awake about three years.
21. John Cleese’s
father’s surname was Cheese. Cleese grew up 10 miles
from Cheddar and his best friend at school was
called Barney Butter.
22. When United Airlines
broke a man's $4500 guitar and refused to pay for it
in 2009, he wrote a protest song. Over the next 4
weeks, United's stock price fell 10%, costing
stockholders $180 million.
23. Starfish do not have
blood. Their blood is actually filtered sea water.
24. Alligators, Flounders
and Crocodiles show almost no signs of aging, or
they are ‘biologically immortal’. Animals like these
only die due to diseases, accidents or predators.
25. In South Korea, there
is a fake prison where overworked office workers and
students can take a break for a day or two.
‘Inmates’ are not allowed to talk with each other or
use mobile phones.
26. The Dance Fever of
1518 was a month-long plague of inexplicable dancing
in Strasbourg, in which hundreds of people danced
for about a month for no apparent reason. Several of
them danced themselves to death.
27. In 1995, a group of
woodpeckers delayed the launch of NASA's Space
Shuttle Discovery after they made 71 holes in its
foam insulation. Following the incident, NASA
employed decoy owls to keep their spacecraft safe.
28. Jerry Parr, the
Secret Service agent who helped save Ronald Reagan
during an assassination attempt in 1981, was
inspired to become an agent after watching The Code
of the Secret Service (1939) — a film starring
29. A Swedish woman lost
her wedding ring, and found it 16 years later -
growing on a carrot in her garden.
30. J.K. Simmons has been
the voice of the Yellow Peanut M&M since the late
31. The "sixth sick
sheik's sixth sheep's sick" is believed to be the
toughest tongue twister in the English language.
32. Sharks are older than
trees, and trees are older than grass. Sharks come
in at 400 million years old, and trees come in at
around 350 million years old. Grass comes in at only
55 millions years old, only five million years older
than one of the newest shark species, the hammerhead
(50 million years old).
33. A face-recognition
software determined that Leonardo Da Vinci's Mona
Lisa is 83% happy, 9% disgusted, 6% fearful, and 2%
34. Yoda and Miss Piggy
were both voiced by the same person.
35. By the time Queen
Cleopatra took the throne, the great pyramids were
already ancient, crumbling ruins.
36. In 2006, the world’s
tallest man was recruited to stick his arm down two
dolphins’ throats and retrieve dangerous shards of
plastic, saving their lives.
37. The fingerprints of a
koala are so indistinguishable from humans that they
have on occasion been confused at a crime scene.
38. Rainbows are actually
circular. We don't typically see a full circle
rainbow because the Earth's horizon blocks the lower
39. In 2008, a British
19-year-old officially changed his name to "Captain
Fantastic Faster Than Superman Spiderman Batman
Wolverine Hulk And The Flash Combined."
40. Actor Frankie Muniz
suffers from long term memory loss and doesn't
remember being on Malcolm in the Middle.
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