Trivia: Spring-Summer 2015


It takes 80,000 components to make an F1 car. They have to be assembled with 100% accuracy. (Even if assembled at 99.9%, it would go on the track with 80 components wrongly placed.)

BMW was just named #1 in corporate reputation by in front of Google, Daimler & Rolex.

The first product to have a bar code was Wrigley’s gum.

World’s first High Intensity Discharge (HID) headlights appeared on the E32 BMW 7 Series in 1991.

The E38 BMW 7 Series is the first car to feature side curtain airbags in 1997.

American car horns beep in the tone of F.

Venus is the only planet that rotates clockwise.

Pearls melt in vinegar.

The oldest business in the US (HQ now in Mass.) is cymbal company Zildjian, which was founded in Constantinople in 1623.

There are approximately 10 million bricks in the Empire State Building.

It takes half an ounce of gas to start the average vehicle.

Betsy Ross is the only real person to ever have been the head on a Pez dispenser.

The first Grand Prix race was won in 1901 with an average speed of 46 mph.

Ford made the first pick-up trucks, shipping them to dealers in crates. The new owners had to go to the dealers to get them, thus they had to “pick-up” their trucks.

The first CD pressed in the US was Bruce Springsteen’s “Born in the USA.”

Average life span of a Major League baseball: seven pitches.

From space, the brightest man-made place on Earth is Las Vegas, Nevada.

A Boeing 747’s wingspan is longer than the Wright brother’s first flight.

A duck’s quack doesn’t echo and no one knows why.

No piece of paper can be folded more than 7 times.

Marilyn Monroe had six toes on one foot.

It takes 3,000 cows to supply the NFL with enough leather for a year’s supply of footballs.


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