Completely Useless Facts To Read

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I have always been a fan of factoids, little snippets of useless information which is handy to have when a quiet moment happens. Last year I even set up a daily fact using tasker the Android automation app.

It’s also the holiday season and you maybe a little bored and are surfing the web (before net neutrality kicks in). Here are some absolutely ridiculous (but true) facts.

The CIA spent US$20 million in the 60s training cats to spy on the Soviets. The first spy cat was hit by a taxi.

Cats can get sick or die from eating chocolate.

Heavily hunted animals live in Chernobyl, because it is safer where there are no humans.

1/3 of pet owners let their animals sleep in bed with them.

The key to happiness is spending your money on experiences rather than possessions.

More People In The World Have Mobile Phones Than Toilets.

If the human eye was a digital camera it would have 576 mega pixels.

Half of the pilots surveyed in the UK admitted to having fallen asleep while flying a passenger plane.

The “99 % effective” label on birth control pills means that 1 out of 100 women who use the pill in a year will get pregnant.

HP Printer black ink is more expensive than blood.

Having an orgasm at least 3 times a week cuts in half the likelihood of coronary heart disease.

Stayin’ Alive has the optimum tempo for performing CPR on someone who has just suffered a heart attack.

People who work 11 hours or more a day are 67 % more likely to have a heart attack than those with an 8-hour work day, according to a study.

There is no Left Brain/Right Brain Divide. It’s a myth. They work together.

The average woman in the UK owns 19 pairs of shoes, but wears only 7.

In Russia there are 9 million more Women than men.

Women can get pregnant even 5 to 8 days after having sex.

68 % of women say they would have an affair if they knew they could get away with it.

Women think about their appearance 9 times a day, a UK survey found.

Only 2 % of women describe themselves as beautiful.

Over 80 % of women wear the wrong bra size.

Due to the new discovery of many brain parasites, scientist now think a Zombie Apocalypse is actually possible.

87 % of scientists believe climate change is mostly caused by human activity while only 50 % of the public does.

Scientists have developed a way of charging mobile phones using urine.

The birthday paradox says that in a group of just 23 people, there’s a 50 % chance that at least two will have the same birthday.

The “new car smell” is composed of over 50 volatile organic compounds.

The beautiful symmetry of a total solar eclipse happens because —by pure chance— the sun is 400 times larger than the moon, but is also 400 times farther from Earth, making the two bodies appear the exact same size in the sky.

In 1977, we received a signal from deep space that lasted 72 seconds. We still don’t know how or where it came from.

Your mobile phone has more computing power than the computers used for the Apollo 11 moon landing.

37 % of the web is PORN.

The “Fi” in “WiFi” doesn’t mean anything. The creators just called it that because it rhymed with “HiFi”.

100,000 mobile phones are dropped down the toilet in Britain every year.

Holding a vibrator against a person’s throat relaxes the vocal muscles, thereby improving their voice quality.

Viagra can keep cut flowers standing up straight for up to a week longer than normal

During the 18th century, you could pay your admission ticket to the zoo in London by bringing a cat or a dog to feed the lions.

In older versions of Little Red Riding Hood, the girl and the wolf eat grandma together.

If you try to suppress a sneeze, you might rupture a blood vessel in your head or neck and die.

In 2012, a couple invited Queen Elizabeth II to their wedding as a joke, and she turned up.

Sharks kill 12 people per year while people kill 11,417 sharks per hour.

The combined wealth of the 85 richest people is equal to that of poorest 3.5 billion –half of the world’s population.

The probability that in any glass of water will find at least 1 molecule of water once drunk by Cleopatra is practically 100 %.

Up to 19 girls can be crammed into a Smart car.

You can use Skype to call free numbers at no charge in the U.S., UK, Taiwan and France.

In 1999, it was reported in the UK that over 3,000 people were hospitalized after tripping over a laundry basket.

The average car in Britain is parked for 96 % of the time.

Antarctica is the largest desert in the world.

You are required to show up to vote in Australia. If you don’t, you’ll face a fine.

Albert Einstein didn’t like to wear socks.

At a spending rate of $1 million a day, it would take Bill Gates 218 years to spend all his money.

Any text you put into the status update box is sent to Facebook’s servers, even if you don’t click the post button.

Bananas are slightly radioactive.

Of the past 3,400 years, humans have been entirely at peace for 268 of them, or just 8 % of recorded history.

300 workers, 18,038 pieces of wrought iron and 2.5 million rivets were needed to build the Eiffel Tower.

So now you are a little wiser or at least have some fun facts to announce at your festive party. Have a good one and don’t drive drunk. See you all in the New Year.

Speaking of net neutrality just cancel your subscription to any company that implements it. All companies are run for profit and if they start losing customers in the thousands they’ll, soon change their tune. Look at Patreon they changed their policy and so many people just threatened to leave they decided against it. The paying public has all the power however sometimes we don’t realise it.

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Why Not Have More Money

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More money in the bank.

So a little update on how this de-cluttering is going, in short slowly. I sorted out just a fraction of my stuff and placed it ready for either selling or donating. Looking back on the purchasing of some of my stuff now. It just didn’t make any sense in buying it in the first place. I have duplicates of duplicates for everything I own, I have no need for 6 devices to either make a call on or record video on. I only ever wear my favourite coat and not the one that is used at funerals.

It got worse before it got better.

All this stuff I’m offloading was hidden from view before, so I tended to ignore it. After I had sorted it out I deliberately left it in the way so I would have to deal with it. Climbing over stuff to get to bed at night sure is a good motivator for getting rid. The sales process has been slow I could have put a lot more effort in. I started with Gumtree and then shared the Gumtree posts on my Facebook and Twitter. I even tweaked a few of the prices of items over the past week. I have come to realise that marketeers are doing an amazing job to get people to buy new.

I also discovered that people offer a lower price than the one advertised. I just sold a £200 smartphone for £50 and later in the day I got a call saying I had forgotten to put the charger in the box. I didn’t offer the charger for sale and don’t really mind handing it over but £50 is a bargain for just the phone let alone any of the accessories.

The process I’m going through is fun although tough at times. It’s the letting go that feels weird. The things I’ve learnt are that any item you do purchase has no value to others once you have it. I also learned that if you are going to buy something it should be for life and not for short-term satisfaction.

I like cycling and hiking, I also have a YouTube channel which I used to post videos of my adventures. So I was looking into a drone to get some better shots. Whilst doing research on drones I discovered several things. The biggest is no one cares what equipment I use as long as it’s a good story. Any equipment I do buy is a complete waste of money as it adds no value to me at best it adds value to the person watching the video. They get the enjoyment out of my hard cash, this seems to be the wrong way round. I should be the one getting value from my own purchases. The next big thing I discovered is you can’t fly a drone in my area.

A good nights sleep.

De-cluttering my life has already started to have benefits, I now sleep better at night. I can’t say it’s down to getting rid of stuff but it’s been getting rid of the mental baggage. Once you start to clear the physical items the mental ones start to disappear too. I look at purchasing things differently, if it adds no value then I don’t buy it. Unless I have to buy something to keep me alive (food) or to keep me warm (shelter / clothing) I wait at least a week before making the decision. Usually by the end of the week I come to the conclusion that I don’t need it so save my money.

The next round.

I am now starting on the rest of the stuff that’s just in the way. There’s a huge amount to sort through and get rid of. As I move stuff I find more stuff I just don’t need anymore or more precisely didn’t need in the first place.

My minimalism will be different from your minimalism.

Today I was thinking about where all that unwanted and discarded stuff goes. The recycling centre, the land fill or is it put to any use.

I have some scuba equipment which I no longer wish to carry from country to country. After all I can just hire dive gear in the destinations I want to dive in. I spent over £1000 on equipment I hardly use, I can understand that kind of investment if I was going to pursue a career in the dive industry. I have sorted it all out and put it for sale on the website called Gumtree. I was surprised at how quickly the enquiries came rolling in. I sold my buoyancy control device within 24hrs of placing an ad and have already had messages asking about other items. When learning to scuba dive I ended up with a huge pile of manuals, DVDs and dive slates. They too have been sorted, photographed and advertised for sale.

Underneath my bed in a dusty box was a Panasonic Video Player. I dusted it down and plugged it in to ensure everything worked. I have put it up for sale for £20 as it’ll make an ideal project for someone converting VHS tapes to digital. I’m currently looking at 20 or so DVD’s that I’ll no longer play. So today these will be donated to my nearest charity shop. I’m sure someone would buy them from Gumtree but the time involved in uploading images, writing a description packaging the item and walking to the post office, is just not worth the effort.

I had originally put an e-commerce store on one of my websites but decided that donating and selling the items is quicker using Gumtree. There are other websites available to me with a large audience so I’m sure within a short space of time all this stuff will be gone. I will give each website a go until I have sold or donated most of my stuff.

I have also found that entering keywords on social media can put you in touch with people who can get use out of items I no longer need. Although I didn’t need them in the first place I was just sucked in by consumerism. I searched Twitter for photography and came up with an infinite list of potential opportunities to sell my camera equipment.

I have been putting items I want to donate or sell on my bed so that way I don’t ignore the clutter. I have to sort out and actually do something with the items before I can go to sleep at night. This is proving fruitful as I have taken photos of all the items I want to sell. I have then uploaded them to the Internet for all to see, and buy.

Shredding all those unwanted documents has become quite therapeutic. I have scanned important documents and photos so I now have digital copies. This of course creates vast amounts of free space.

One area I am determined to declutter is the 16 domain names I have registered. Some of these domain names and subsequent websites are a source of income so I need to maintain them. However I have several websites I have used in the past for learning web development. I no longer need more than 1 website to use as a blogging platform. I’m pretty sure I can reduce these 16 websites down to 3 of my own and 3 for clients. Ultimately though I actually need a total of 100 websites because this will then give me a passive income and I can just continue to travel full-time.

I’m going hiking for a couple of days and although this will mean my de-cluttering will stop. It means I can get out into nature and enjoy my new lifestyle as well as spend time deciding what area to focus on next.

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