Micro Shiz

Micro Shiz highlights those little shards of inspiration we come across in everyday life. It’s that new slice of knowledge; that thought-provoking fact. It’s what stops us in our tracks and say “Hey, that’s cool!”… Only to carry on and forget about it. Well, no more I say!

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• Nearly 70% of Americans’ car trips are less than 2 miles long.

• In 2011, Coca-Cola was named as the world’s most valuable brand for the 12th year running.

• The Muslim population in Britain is 3%. In British prisons, it’s 11%.

Australian aboriginals were nearly wiped out by chicken pox, bought over by the white man. Funnily (or perhaps not), Australia had a white only immigration policy until the 1970’s.

20 grams of Anthrax can kill 250 million people.

• The word ‘hello’ did not exist before the telephone. In 1880, it was Edison who introduced it to the world. Inventor Alexander Graham Bell wanted to use ‘Ahoy!’ – but ‘hello!’ was deemed clearer and louder. Incidentally, Bell never phoned his wife or mother, as they were both deaf.

• In Papua New Guinea, some tribes exchange greeting by cupping each other’s bollocks.

‘Bookkeeper’ is the only word in the English language with 3 consecutive double letters.

Tiger shark embroyos fight each other in their mother’s womb. The survivor is born.

Bone is 5 times stronger than steel.

• There are as many chickens on earth as there are humans.

• Over 4 million cars in Brazil are now running on gasohol instead of petrol. Gasohol (aka Biofuel) is a fuel made from sugar cane.

Venus is the only planet that rotates clockwise.

40% of McDonald’s profits come from the sales of Happy Meals.

• By age 60, most people have lost half of their taste buds.

• If you go blind in one eye, you’ll only lose about one-fifth of your vision (but all your depth perception).

Listen is an anagram of silent.

• Due to a metal shortage during World War II, Oscars were made of painted plaster for 3 years.

Hummingbirds are the only animal that can also fly backwards.

Innocent (smoothies) is owned by Coca Cola. Pret a Manger is owned by McDonald’s. How do you feel about their brand now?

• All archery clubs in Britain are run as charities. This stems back to Edward I in the 13th century, training people for war.

• In France, the Toyota MR2 is translated ‘Toyota Shit’.

• Attempting to break America, Tesco piloted its first ‘Fresh and Easy’ store in the centre of Hollywood. Disguised as a film set, they managed to do their market research without Walmart ever noticing.

Tesco turnover £50m a year. They are beaten however by Carrefour (£80m) and Walmart (£400+m).

Lidl’s washing-up liquid tops the chart for performance in the Which user ratings.

• Sales of high end toilet paper go through the roof at Christmas. The family are coming to stay!

Restaurant policy: ‘Break even on the dry. Make profit on the wet’

• Expedia.com is cheaper than Expedia.co.uk

Red Bull is a Thai drink. It’s 100% outsourced. Red Bull themselves do none of the ‘making’.

Supermarkets are now 24/7 because it’s simply more expensive to close overnight.

Cadbury’s ‘Glass Half Full’ ads followed their infamous salmonella outbreak. They looked to raise brand awareness, as couldn’t advertise the chocolate anymore.

Sociable singles score high in happiness. Just having friends and a strong career make a difference. Isolation is what’s detrimental.

• The sentence “The quick brown fox jumps over a lazy dog.” uses every letter of the alphabet.

• An ounce of gold can be stretched into a wire 50 miles long.

Limelight was how we lit the stage before electricity was invented. Basically, illumination was produced by heating blocks of lime until they glowed.

Bill Gates’ first business was Traff-O-Data, a company that created machines which recorded the number of cars passing a given point on a road.

Impotence is grounds for divorce in 26 U.S. states.

• In 2009, 17% of couples who married met on a dating site.

Cats cannot see directly below their heads.

Sharks are immune to all known diseases.

April Fool’s Day originated in France in 1562. Pope Gregory replaced the Julian calendar with the Gregorian calendar in the Gregorian calendar month of April. The day of introduction was the Julian first day of January. Some people hadn’t heard about the change in the date, so they continued to celebrate New Year’s Day, but it being 1st April. So, others called them “April fools.”

• The April Fool’s Day tradition in France includes poisson d’avril (“April’s fish”), attempting to attach a paper fish to the victim’s back without being noticed.

• A “French kiss” in the English speaking world is known as an “English kiss” in France.

• The Kiwi, national bird of New Zealand, can’t fly, is almost blind and lays only one egg each year. Yet is has survived for 70 million years.

40% of women think a man’s education is more important than his looks.

• In 18th Century Britain, you could take out insurance against going to hell.

• Until around 1800, shoes were made without differentiation for the left or right foot.

• We touch our face, on average, 3-5 times every waking minute.

• Of the 2,000 people arrested during the London riots of August 2011, over three quarters had a criminal record.

• On September 11th 2001, over 5,600 planes were flying above America when they were ordered to land – shortly after the second tower of the World Trade Center was hit.

• Only 10 people work for Wikipedia. It’s essentially a charity, run by volunteers.

• There are over 50,000 different types of corkscrew, with over 5,000 patents.

• Contrary to the views of scholars and experts over the past 500 years, the Mona Lisa was originally painted with eyebrows and eyelashes. Pascal Cotte, a French engineer, proved this with a 240-megapixel Multi-spectral imaging camera that magnified her face by 24 times. Cotte suggests that eyebrow hairs may have faded or been inadvertently erased by a poor attempt to clean the painting.

Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer is female. Male reindeers shed their antlers by mid-December, thus having no antlers at Christmas time. Incidentally, females cast their antlers in spring. They grow back in time for winter when they need to compete with other females over holes they dig in the snow to provide food for their offspring.

Walker crisps is named the top brand by UK children aged 7-15.

• Former US Secretary of State, General Colin Powell, operated strategically with what he called his 40-70 rule. Never move with less that 40% information and never wait until you’ve got more than 70% information.

Bill and Hillary Clinton often tell the story of how they met: They locked eyes across Yale’s law library, until Hillary broke the silent flirtation and marched straight over to Bill. “Look, if you’re going to keep staring at me, and I’m going to keep staring back, we might as well be introduced. I’m Hillary Rodham. What’s your name?” Bill has said he couldn’t remember his own name. It was quite a first impression, one so powerful that it sparked a few chapters of U.S. history.

• There are two major types of intelligence: Controlled and Spontaneous.

Happiness comes not from a magical power to escape setbacks but the ability to rebound from them, also known as resilience.

• What people like in others is kindness and assertiveness—the sense that someone will be available to help in a time of need and has the ability to stand up for oneself.

Intimacy: The capacity for vulnerability and trust. Gauge someone’s capacity for intimacy and you will understand something about their ability to trust another human being, reveal vulnerability, make a commitment of any kind, and regulate distress as well.

• According to Facebook around 10,000 websites add the Like button feature every day.

• Neither the young or old generations are passive listeners. They crave interaction after a maximum 5 minutes.

60% of people can’t go 24 hours without using social media.

• People are watching, on average, over 35 ½ hours of TV a week.

Focus, Self Talk and Physiology determine how you feel. To change your state, change one of these 3 and watch the other 2 align…

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