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Did you know?

Who remembers Chappies wrappers? If you don’t, you are far too young.

For those young ones, this was a time long, long ago in the dark ages way before the web, social media or Wikipedia. It was the era of Encyclopaedia Brittanica for the wealthy ones and Chappies wrappers for the rest.

Chappies wrappers, oh my, you are asking what they are? They were squares of bubble gum wrapped in stripy, colorful wrappers. You may still find them in some dark & dingy places. They have certainly shrunk, though, and don’t look anything like the real thing. Anyway, the wrappers posed the “Did you know?” question and held the answers to interesting facts related to science, history, geography, people, and a host of interesting topics printed on the inside of the wrapper.

Yes, it may seem strange; it was, however, a genuine thing, and we all loved those Chappies. It was a simple way of learning about the world around you – the front-runner of the internet, I propose.

So I thought we could take a brief trip down memory lane and share a few “did you knows?”.

Did you know?

Get your gum out, and lets go.

  • Approximately 88% of your immunity is found in the lining of your gastrointestinal system. Yes, in your gut.
  • You have 3,200 trillion neural connections. If each one was represented as a 1mm disk and they were packed on top of each other, it would go to the sun and back 3 times.
  • The oldest creation story is Enuma Elish, written 2,700 years ago on clay tablets from the Bronze Age.
  • Prescription drugs are the third leading cause of death after heart disease and cancer.
  • The brain is 80% water and continues to send out electrical wave signals until around 37 hours after death.
  • Babies start dreaming even before they are born. I wonder what they dream about.
  • Your stomach lining is re-generated every 3 to 4 days to avoid it digesting itself.
  • Every second over 810,000 cells in your body are being replaced. You are not the same you were a second ago. So maybe he did not do it since he is no longer the same he as the he that did it. Just saying.
  • Earth is one of among 2 to 3 trillion planets in the Milky Way galaxy alone. That’s not even taking into account the 100 to 300 billion more galaxies out there. Still think we are alone?
  • Every single woman is born with all her lifetime supply of eggs in her. A 20 week old female foetus weighs no more than 200 grams and will already have 6 million eggs inside. Curious fact indeed.
  • The average US household has around 300,000 things in it. So many things, so little space.
  • The 1939 novel Gadsby is the longest book ever published that does not contain the letter”e.”
  • The first item sold on eBay was a broken laser printer.

Switching to gum as we close out

  • Bubble wrap was originally invented as wallpaper.
  • Shakespeare invented more than 1,700 words. Write, they said.
  • Einstein’s brain was stolen when he died.
  • Extreme ironing is an actual sport. Just keep on ironing, he told her.
  • A lifeboat drill was canceled on the morning of the Titanic tragedy.
  • You are always tallest in the morning since the cartilage in your bones compresses during the day. Take that, said gravity.

Over and out from the “Did you Know?” Chappie crew from long, long ago.

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