Page 5 - Fun Facts

The 1950's Cadillac Eldorado had a mini bar in the glove compartment

The Eldorado is a two-door personal luxury car manufactured and marketed by the Cadillac Division of General Motors from 1953 to 2002. Competitors included the Lincoln Mark Series and the lower-priced Buick Riviera and Oldsmobile Toronado.

The Eldorado was at or near the top of the Cadillac line during early model years. The original 1953 Eldorado convertible and the Eldorado Brougham models of 1957–1960 were the most expensive models that Cadillac offered those years, and the Eldorado was never less than second in price after the Cadillac Series 75 until 1966.

The 1950’s Cadillac Eldorado had a mini bar in the glove compartment! This makes it to the list of “the worst car inventions” that have ever been created.


The Italians have a correct way of eating spaghetti, and if you're using a spoon, you're doing it wrong.

It stands to reason that a nation knows the best way to eat the food it’s famous for.

Italians, for example, should know all about preparing, cooking and eating pasta. And therefore in 1982, the owners of three of the best-known Italian restaurants in Manhattan to answer some of the questions people have.

The group consisted of Adi Giovanetti, proprietor of Il Nido, and his wife, Rosanna; Sirio Maccioni, owner of Le Cirque, and his wife, Egi, and Luigi Nanni, proprietor and chef of both Nanni's and Il Valetto.

The first topic was whether you can put cheese on pasta that has seafood. Two of the three said no outright, but the third said it’s really up to personal taste. The other two conceded that in certain cases it’s okay.

Then came the question of how to eat your spaghetti. Do you twirl it in a spoon or on the plate or bowl?

All three agreed on this one: You do not use a spoon to eat your spaghetti. Using a spoon is for children, amateurs and people with bad table manners in general.

A spoon should be placed out, however, to toss the pasta once the desired toppings are added, such as sauce or cheese.


It could possibly be that 6.5 percent of all humans ever born are still alive today, according to a semi-scientific approach to calculating the number of births of humans - ever!

Because many people so often ask the question “how many people have lived on earth, ever?” scientists have endeavored, just as a fun exercise, to come up with a bit of a guesstimate.

It can’t even be called an estimate, because there are so many factors involved. And with so much information that is not available to us anymore, even the information used for calculating this is often just a guess.

The semi-scientific approach was to guesstimate the number of people ever born and population sizes at different stages in history from antiquity to the present.Assumed birth rates based on knowledge of the time periods were then applied.

This approach led to an answer of about 108 billion births since the dawn of the human race. It is conceded that this method underestimates the number of births to some degree.

Also, the lack of information about the time period 8000 B.C. to 1 A.D. would influence the accuracy of this number greatly. There is also the whole religious versus scientific debate about the time of origin of the human race.

If we accept the guesstimate of 108 billion, then it would mean that 6.5 percent of all people ever born are still alive today!


Some awesome lists!

Guinness gave the world record for 'most lawsuits filed' to a man. He sued them for it!

Jonathan Lee Riches is infamous for the number of lawsuits he's filed in various US district courts. One of the most ironic is that the Guinness Book of World Records named him the 'most litigious individual in the history of mankind'… and he sued them for it!

All in all, he's filed over 2600 federal lawsuits. Among the named defendants are George W. Bush, Perez Hilton, Britney Spears, Michael Vick, the INS, and even Somali pirates. He also filed a restraining order against the makers of Grand Theft Auto because he said inmates who play the game might be influenced to knock him out.

He has also filed a lawsuit against Kanye West and Kim Kardashian as being terrorist, and even named the Eiffel Tower, all the survivors of the Holocaust and even Plato as a defendant in some of his lawsuits.

At one point Riches was incarcerated at Federal Medical Center in Kentucky for wire fraud. He was released in April 2012, and arrested for violating his probation in December when he allegedly drove to Connecticut and impersonated the uncle of the shooter in the Sandy Hook incident.


For the last 50 years the price of a slice of pizza and the New York subway fare has been the same, and if the one increases, so does the other!

What do the New York subway fare and an off-the-street slice of pizza have in common? Well, since the 1960s, they've costed the same!

This very strange correlation was first observed in 1980 by a native New Yorker, Eric M. Bram. He said that, since the 60s, the price of a slice of pizza "matched, with uncanny precision, the cost of a New York City Subway token (good for one ride)."

After his observation of this bit of information, quite a few people looked into it and confirmed that this was indeed true.

Writer, historian and film critic George Fasel even wrote about this correlation in 'The New York Times’ in 1985. In early 2002 Clyde Haberman, a columnist for The NYT coined the term ‘Pizza Connection.’

The ‘New Yorker’ validated that one can actually predict the rise of pizza prices should the subway fare increase and visa-versa. The 'Pizza Connection' was renamed and it is now known as the ‘pizza principle.’

In 2005 and 2007 pizza prices increased and concerns were raised that the cost of the subway fare would subsequently increase as well because of the pizza principle. Again the correlation was proven true when the fare did indeed increase to $2.25 in June 2009 and to $2.50 in 2013.

This connection between pizza and subway fares is rather humorous, but in all fairness, it's a historically accurate economic law!



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