Best Facts of the Month - Page 9

A Chinese couple refused to sell their home to make way for a road, so they built it around their house!

That pic on the right might be all you need to know about this fact. One couple was the only holdout in their former neighborhood that was almost completely demolished to make way for a major road.

The road connects the city of Wenling to a new railway station, and now features a house-shaped roundabout. The reason for the holdout? The owner says that the authorities haven't offered him as much as it cost him to built it.


Real scientists published a paper called 'The Effects of Peanut Butter on the Rotation of the Earth.' Want to know the result?

While one or two people work on things like perfecting male birth control or creating date rape combatting tools, it took hundreds of people to author a study on just how peanut butter affects Earth’s rotation. Even sillier than this notion? The list of co-authors is longer than the result of the study. 

There are literally hundreds of authors on the study all working together to come up with a result. And what is that result? “So far as we can determine, peanut butter has no effect on the rotation of the earth.” That’s the entire result of the study that took more than 250 people to come up with and research. Perhaps George Washington Carver would be proud. Who said scientists don't have a sense of humor?


In the Disney movie Hercules, the only character without a Greek name is Hercules.

Hercules, one of the most popular Disney movies of all time, was released in 1997. Roughly based on Greek legends, the story follows the young son of Zeus as he attempts to become a god like his father. However, what is odd about the movie is that Hercules is the only character with a Roman name! Disney named all the main characters after their Greek counterparts from mythology, such as Zeus, Hades, and Pegasus, yet refrained from naming Hercules his Greek name, Herakles. Disney claimed the name was more recognizable among fans. (Source)

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Bill Gates helped save Apple from bankruptcy!

In 1997, Gates and Microsoft invested $150 million in Apple. He also developed and shipped versions of Microsoft Office, Internet Explorer, and development tools for Macintosh. Gates and Jobs made the announcement via satellite link at the Macworld Trade Show in Boston, Massachusetts. 

More than 8 million customers of Mac were using Microsoft Office on their Mac computers. It was a move meant to boost Apple popularity while making Gates and Microsoft a load of cash. Additionally, the move was done to keep anti-trust lawyers off Microsoft's back.

It seems like a lot of money to give to Apple, but Microsoft spent $450 million alone that year on WebTV. The companies both agreed to work together on Java programming language and other programming language to be user friendly and consistent with both companies. 

The investment news along with Jobs stating they would be getting new board members pushed the company’s stock up more than 40%. The $150 million investment was to be used in its core markets of education and creative content. They hoped to gain a higher percentage of its revenue from software and services from these core markets. 


If you asked the founder of McDonald's what business he was in, the answer would surprise you!

Quick… what business is McDonald's in? If you said in selling fast food, you'd be wrong. At least if you asked the man who founded it. In 1974, Ray Kroc, the man who started the golden arch empire asked an MBA class at the University of Texas, Austin this same question. Of course, everyone said hamburgers. Kroc's answer surprised everyone: he said he was in the real estate business.

Here's the way he explained it: his primary business focus was to sell franchises of the restaurant. He knew, however that real estate and location were the most important factors of success for each franchise. A poorly placed restaurant would go broke. McDonald's is now the single largest owner of real estate in the world.



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