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05/08/2022 Weird Retail   1 comment

I’ve worked in a retail environment on a number of occasions during my somewhat illustrious career. Here are a few weird facts about retail related businesses and people. I know they may seem hard to believe but trust me when I say these are just the tip of the iceberg for weirdness. Enjoy . . .

Prostitution is legal in Germany; however, income from prostitution is taxed at a slightly higher rate than income from other occupations.

One in 10 Europeans was conceived on an IKEA bed, according to the company.

There are more copies of the IKEA catalog printed each year than the Bible.

The average child recognizes more than 200 company logos by the time they enter elementary school.

One in four homeless people in South Korea has a credit card.

There are approximately 18,000,000 items for sale at any given moment on eBay.

There are approximately $680 worth of eBay transactions every second.

The Malaysian government has banned car commercials featuring Brad Pitt because they are “an insult to Asians.”

First Starbucks opened in Seattle in 1971 at 2000 Western Ave., across.

from the historic Pike Place Market.

A Romanian taxi driver says his business has swelled since he started playing pornographic films in his cab for his customers.

According to market research firm NPD Fashionworld, 50% of all lingerie purchases are returned to the store.

The world’s first bra made completely of chocolate has gone on sale in Austria.

A Serbian tie maker is planning to launch a new range of penis cravats for the man who has everything.

A Colombian airline has promised free flights for life to any baby born on board one of their planes.

The first naked flight was made in 2003 carrying 87 passengers from Miami, Florida, to Cancun, Mexico.

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HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY TO ALL OF YOU MOTHERS OUT THERE

03-03-2013   2 comments

I thought today I’d live up to this blogs name by providing a few items of really useless information which you could no doubt live without.  I need to have a fun posting day for a change that will provide absolutely no useful content to any discussion about anything at all.  How’s that for a total and complete disclaimer.

I’ve always been a huge trivia fan and anytime I find a few tidbits that are new to me I immediately send them along to you.  So sit back in your nice soft chair with your refreshment of choice and read on.

1.  Potatoes have more chromosomes than humans do – 48 versus 46.

2. The steam rising from a cup of hot coffee contains the same amount of antioxidants as three oranges.

3. Cleavage has nothing to do with breast size or shape. Women with concave  ribcages exhibit cleavage, while those with convex ribcages don’t.

4. There are roughly 144,000 mosquitos for every person on earth.

5.  Dr. Seuss wrote Green Eggs and Ham after his editor challenged him to produce a book using fewer than 50 words.

6. William McKinley was the first president to ride in an electric car – the ambulance that took him to the hospital after he was shot by an assassin.

7. In 2004, the glossy Ikea catalogue overtook the Bible as the world’s most distributed publication.

8. The Bible is the most shoplifted book in the world.

9. The actress Liz Sheridan, best known for her portrayal of Jerry Seinfeld’s TV mother, was briefly engaged to James Dean.

10. One of every five meals in America are eaten in cars.

11. The largest human cell is the female ovum. The smallest is the male sperm.

12. You can tell the temperature by listening to a cricket chirp. For the temperature in degrees Fahrenheit, count the number of chirps in 15 seconds and add 37.

13. In the summer of 1967, Jimi Hendrix was the opening act for the Monkees seven times.

14. A falling object travels slower at the equator than it does at the North and South poles.

15. Winston Churchill had a heart attack in the White House while straining to open a window.

So there you have it.  Fifteen more golden nuggets of useless information to use up what space you have left in your memory banks.  The month of March is sure to be long and boring and to make it complete I’ll send a few more tidbits your way in a few weeks.  I just know your thrilled.

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