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The name ‘United Nations’ was Franklin D. Roosevelt’s idea. He rushed to tell Winston Churchill, who was towelling himself stark naked in his bathroom. When catering staff at the UN went on strike in 2003, $10,000 worth of food and silverware was stolen. [ 29 ] UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon celebrated his election by singing ‘Ban Ki-moon Is Coming to Town’ to the tune of ‘Santa Claus Is Coming to Town’. ‘Santa Claus Is Coming to Town’ was first sung in November 1934. By Christmas, it had sold 400,000 copies.
Wine drinkers pour 12% more wine into a glass they’re holding than one that’s sitting on the table. ‘Response to Those who Criticise Me for Spending Money on Old Wine & Prostitutes’ is a lost work by Aristippus, a disciple of Socrates. [ 52 ] The ancient Greek philosopher Heraclitus attempted to cure a serious illness by lying in the sun covered in cow dung. He died the following day. An Egyptian cure for insanity was to eat snake meatballs under a full moon. In the Himalayas, the smoke from burning millipedes is used to treat haemorrhoids.
By 2019, there will be more Lego figures on Earth than people. [ 40 ] There are more than 915,000,000 ways to combine six standard Lego bricks. There are about 294,000,000,000,000 leaves in the world; for every leaf there are 340 ants. If you feed silk worms mulberry leaves sprayed with pink fabric dye, they make pink silk. Until the 19th century, champagne was pink and had no bubbles. [ 41 ] UK house spiders include the Pink Prowler, the Spitting Spider and the Missing Sector Orb Weaver. 95% of the spiders in your house have never been outside.