Best Facts of the Week - Page 8

Do you sit down at work? It may be killing you!

Parents are always telling their energetic children to sit down and stay quiet.

Let's hope they don't continue obeying that rule as they get older since sitting still is one of the biggest causes of premature death in the world.

Couch potatoes be warned! Get off your butt and go have some fun.

A lack of physical activity isn't just one of the most common causes of death in the world—it's also the most preventable death.

The risk starts to greatly increase for those that sit more than five hours a day, which is way long than the average office work day.

If you don't just keel over and die from sitting around too much, you may come down with some chronic disease.

People who sit for more than four hours a day have a 40 percent higher risk of things like depression, diabetes, colon cancer, high blood pressure and a whole mess of other non-fun things.

The cure is exercise. People who work out four hours a week or more are as healthy as those that sit less than four hours a day. Get out and take a walk!


The Canadian ice hockey team was considered to be so dominant in 1930, that it did not even participate in the knockout rounds and was put straight through into the gold medal final!

Since 1859 the national sport of Canada had been lacrosse, but in 1994 it was declared the national summer sport, and hockey was declared the national winter sport.

But honestly...does anyone really think of lacrosse when they think of Canadian sports? Most people have always known for its passion for ice hockey.

The Canadian ice hockey team was considered to be so dominant in 1930, that it did not even participate in the knockout rounds of that year's World Ice Hockey Championships and was put straight through into the gold medal final!

The tournament was therefore played in order to find an opponent for the Canadian team for the gold medal match.

Germany beat Switzerland 2:1 in the final and that is when Canada made its first appearance. The Canadian team then beat the German team with an embarrassing score of 6:1 and won the gold.

The first World Ice Hockey Championships were played in 1920. Canada won gold in 1920, 1924 and 1928 at both the Olympics and the World Ice Hockey Championships during those years, which is probably why the Canadian team was considered dominant enough to only play the final game.

Of the 67 times that the Canadian team played at the World Ice Hockey Championships between 1920 and 2007, they won the gold medal 24 times.


President James Garfield entertained his friends by showing off his language and writing skills. Boring or awesome?

Before television and the internet, entertaining guests was a pretty tough gig. Being the most powerful leader in the world, friends and guests expected a lot from the president.

And though much more boring than sharing a few brews while watching the game, President James Garield managed to blow everyone away with his awesome, multilingual party trick.

James Garfield was fluent and had the ability to write in both Latin and Greek, a couple languages that don't get you very far in the United States unless you're just showing off.

He was also the very first ambidextrous president, so he was able to write with both hands—at the same time.

Garfield's solution to his friend's boredom is to have them ask him questions and then write the answers in both Latin and Greek at the same time!

That may not be the infinite well of entertainment that YouTube is these days, but I know I'd still be entertained!


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Mama June (Honey Boo Boo's Mom) rather than spending the money made from 'Here Comes Honey Boo Boo' has placed it in a trust fund for the education of her daughters and granddaughter.

Reality television tends not to have the smartest people on the shows, and if professional athletes are any indication, it’s fairly easy to overspend and end up bankrupt. It’s refreshing, then, to see a reality star being responsible with their money.

‘Here Comes Honey Boo Boo’ is a show about a family who’s young daughter is a child beauty pageant contestant. The family makes $15,000-20,000 every episode, but you won’t see them moving into a mansion or driving a Mercedes.

Mama June is putting 100% of their earnings from the show into a trust fund for her daughters and granddaughter. The only way they can withdraw money from the accounts before they’re 21 is for schooling or medical emergencies. The family is living on her husband Sugar Bear's income as a contractor.

The only thing she has bought since the show started was a 2005 Ford Expedition. Mama June commented on this saying "You're never gonna see me drive a Range Rover or a Mercedes ... I'll drive one if someone else pays for it. Never gonna live above my means."

June can’t be tempted to change her mind and spend the money, either. She has TLC, the network that airs the show, deposit the earnings directly into the fund. That’s some smart financing.


The Parrotfish eats dead coral, an then poops sand. This sand poop is also responsible for nearly all the white sand beaches in Hawaii

Sand comes in many different colors, sizes and even shapes if you look close enough. It would be hard to have it all the same with an estimated seven quintillion, five hundred quadrillion grains of sand in the world.

Many beaches around the world are known for their beautiful sand. Hawaii, for example, is consistently ranked among the top beaches in the world for its pristine, white sand. But this sand has an origin that might make you think twice about stepping onto one of those beaches.

The white sand of Hawaii is made up primarily of poop. That would be the poop of parrotfish. These fish bite off coral and grind it down into sand with their teeth. They don’t have stomachs, so it passes straight through them and out the other end as sand.

Larger parrotfish are like sand factories, producing as much as 840 pounds of sand per year. For Oahu’s snorkeling hot spot, Hanauma Bay where a few hundred parrotfish graze, that means hundreds of tons of fish-made sand per year.

Parrotfish aren’t the only creatures to poop sand, but they are the most proficient. Worms, sponges, and oysters also produce Pacific ocean sand.



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