Vaguely interesting facts.
- Sleeping through summer is called estivation. Who would do that? Apparently some earthworms, frogs, bees, snails, salamanders, tortoises, and crocodiles.
- Tsutomu Yamaguchi was in Hiroshima for work when the first A-bomb hit, made it home to Nagasaki for the second, and lived to be 93.
- A recent study has found that New York City is sinking by 1-2mm per year under the collective weight of all of its buildings.
- Many people are either right or left eared and right or left eyed, in the same way we’re right or left handed.
- The Guinness Book of World Records was conceived by the manager of the Guinness Brewery. *
Source: mentalfloss.com, wikipedia.com.
* The inspiration for the Guinness Book of World Records can be traced to November 1951, when Sir Hugh Beaver, managing director of the Guinness Brewery, was on a hunting trip in Ireland. There, he and his mates argued about the fastest game bird in Europe. When they failed to find an answer in any reference book, Sir Hugh had his brilliant idea. Beaver realised that no official record existed for the answer, and the same applied to many other arguments and debates, including perhaps a few over a pint of Guinness.
Beaver recruited journalist brothers, Norris and Ross McWhirter, to amass records and publish it into a book. The creation of the first book took “thirteen and a half 90 hour weeks,” which included weekends and bank holidays. It was published in 1955, at 198 pages long. It was initially made as a promotional item. Guinness distributed 1,000 copies to bars throughout Ireland and the UK who sold Guinness. However, the book was so popular that Beaver set the brothers to work on a new edition. It went straight to the top of the British best sellers list by Christmas of that year. By 1966, the book had sold over 1.5 million copies, in many different countries. It eventually spawned a TV series, The Record Breakers, which aired for 29 years from 1972.
The Guinness beer company and Guinness World Records are no longer officially linked. Guinness owner Diego sold the book company to a Canadian entrepreneur in 2001.
And since we’re sure you’re wondering, the fastest game bird in Europe is the golden plover.
And finally…Chat GPT
We got lazy this month. So we asked ChatGPT to find us some funny jokes with an investing or money theme. This is what it came up with. We think ChatGPT has a way to go yet.
- Why did the investor bring a ladder to the bank? To check their balance!
- What do you call an investor who’s always happy? A stock optimist!
- Why did the banker switch careers to become a chef? Because they knew how to make a lot of dough!
- Why did the stock market break up with its girlfriend? Because it couldn’t commit to a stable relationship!
- What’s an investor’s favorite type of music? Cash-flow!
- Why did the coin go to school? It wanted to get some cents!
- How do you make a small fortune in the stock market? Start with a large fortune!
- What do you call a rich elf? Welfy!
- Why did the financial analyst bring a ladder to the presentation? To show the company’s profits were going up!
- How do investors stay cool during market volatility? They keep their assets in the shade!
Then we gave Google a go. This is slightly better.
- With inflation at 7.5%, you lose half your money in 9 years. The only way to outperform that consistently, that I have found, is crypto. Just this year I’ve already lost half my money.