The dinging elevator, the elusive gas tank. Frankie the Scientist, the king's waist size and you're richer than you think. If you read this, you can't unread it. I'm just saying...
The next time you’re waiting for an elevator, play a prank on your friends. Close your eyes and tell them for $5 you’ll guess which way the next elevator is headed that opens up in that lobby. How will you know this? Standard elevators that are built to code ding twice when they’re going down. One ding means up. Now you’ll notice every time and really annoy your friends
2) Which Side is My Gas Tank On?
The next time you borrow a friend’s car or rent one on a vacation and have to fill up, don’t fret if you don’t know which side the gas tank is on. Impress your passengers by knowing nine out of ten times (some BMW’s and Toyotas). Simply look at the fuel gauge and there is often an arrow pointing left or right. That’s the side the gas tank is on.
3) Frankenstein Is Not The Monster?
Hard to believe and proving that hardly anyone does any due diligence anymore. This three volume, 280 page book by Mary Shelley, written before brakes were invented for horse carriages in the early 1800s has many people fooled on the Monster’s actual name. Victor Frankenstein was actually the eccentric scientist that brought the monster to life. The creature doesn’t have a name but is referred to as “fiend”, “wretch”, “creature”, “monster” and other names. So next time you want to be annoying to your spouse and cause people to make a mad scramble to Google or Bing this fact for themselves on their cell phones, bring this up.
4) Who Doesn’t Use The Metric System, Really? Where Do Some Imperial Measurements Come From?
It’s the year 2014 and only three holdout countries still use measurements that could originally vary and are now comical. They are:
Myanmar (The country formerly known as Burma)
The modern, progressive, all-knowing and powerful United States of America
An inch was originally measured as the width of a man’s thumb until King Edward II (pronounced, the second) put at end to the discrepancy by declaring that an inch would be the length of three pieces of barley placed end to end in a line. Yes, that helped.
A foot was the length of an average man’s foot, which was just a moustache hair over 11 inches, or about 33 grains of barley. Luckily early engineers figured out a better way to measure rather than try build structures using barley to measure distances.
What about the yard? I’m not talking about the area in front of and behind your house that you mow twice a week in the spring. The yard was first classified as the length of a man’s girdle (belt). This was until an old English King had enough of fat people making the yard longer than it needed to be. He found that certain marathons were getting unusually long and he needed to take a stand. He decided to fix the yard as the distance from the thumb of his arm stretched out in front of him to his nose. Of course, he needed someone else’s help to take that measurement, as he wasn’t able to take a selfie back in 1100 AD.
5) How Rich Are You In The World If You Make Minimum Wage In The Western World?
You think you’re not very well off having won the birth lottery, being born in a western country. If you make minimum wage in the United States – currently $7.25/hr and you work 40 hours a week, you make $15,080 per year. According to www.globalrichlist.com you are:
· In the top 7.80% of the richest people in the world
· 467,861,292nd richest person in the world by income
So next time you want to take a stand against the 1%, you’re closer to it than 92.20% of the rest of the world.