Do you know Churchill drank 42,000 bottles of champagne?


Blackleaf
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Only four women have ever appeared on British banknotes (the current monarch, Elizabeth II; Britannia; prison reformer Elizabeth Fry; and soldiers' nurse Florence Nightingale). Britain has 20% of the entire world's CCTV cameras. Britain's Penny Black was the world's first postage stamp, introduced in 1840. Over 68 million Penny Blacks were made. Queen Victoria reigned for 63 years - and there have been 63 English, then British, monarchs since King Egbert (802-839 AD). And in the complex game of cricket (for foreigners) there are ten ways a batsman can be out. Bowled, caught, leg before wicket, stumped, run out, timed out (after three minutes), obstructing the field, handling the ball, hit wicket and double hit.


Here are some more bizarre statistics, all of them numbered....


Do you know Churchill drank 42,000 bottles of champagne? The best of the world's most bizarre statistics



22nd October 2008
Daily Mail

They're everywhere - and they increasingly govern our lives.

Credit card PIN numbers, prices, distances, birthdays, sports scores, speed limits, times. Now a collection of the most fascinating numbers has been compiled, which the authors hope will add to the sum of your knowledge of the world ...


0 - There has never been an American President who was an only child.

1 - The number of times a month that Elizabeth I took a bath 'whether she needed it or not'.

1 - Only one word in the English language that begins and ends with 'und': underground.




1 - In one breath, an adult inhales one pint of air, although the actual capacity of a lung is ten pints.

2 - There are only two words in English that contain all the vowels in their correct order - 'abstemious' and 'facetious'.

3 - About one-third of Briti sh women may look as if they are blonde, but in fact only 3 per cent are naturally so.


4 - Only four women have appeared on British banknotes: Queen Elizabeth II, Florence Nightingale, prison reformer Elizabeth Fry and the symbol of the country's national identity, Britannia.

5 - Chanel No 5 perfume was named because Coco Chanel had rejected the first four fragrances presented to her. This was the perfume which Hollywood film star Marilyn Monroe seductively claimed was the only thing she wore in bed.


Size 11: Paris Hilton takes an unusually large shoe



5 - It takes five months to grow a new fingernail from base to tip, and fingernails grow four times faster than toenails.

6 - Is the maximum number of times you can fold a 5 note by hand.

7 - Average time (in minutes) it takes to fall asleep.

7 - Hollywood star Elizabeth Taylor has had seven husbands and eight marriages.

7.2 - Judged by the head size, if the Barbie doll were life-size she'd be 7ft 2in tall and, strangely, given that she is meant to be a teenage girl, her figure would be 36-13-38!

8 - Pints of milk are needed to make 1lb of Cheddar cheese.

9.3 - The vitamin C content of an uncooked carrot in milligrams. That of a cooked carrot is only 2.3mg.

10 - Feet, the length to which a rabbit's front teeth would grow in its lifetime if they were not worn down by eating.

10 - There are ten ways a batsman can be out in cricket. Bowled, caught, leg before wicket, stumped, run out, timed out (after three minutes), obstructing the field, handling the ball, hit wicket and double hit.

11 -Paris Hilton's unusually large shoe size.

11 - In 1900 London there were 11 postal deliveries per day and nine collections.

16 - About 16 per cent of the population are left-handed.

17 - Minutes, the length of Ravel's repetitive orchestral piece Bolero.

19 - 19-19-19 are the rather unusual vital statistics of Olive Oyl - the cartoon character Popeye's girlfriend.

20 - About 20 per cent of human body weight derives from the 206 bones that make up the skeleton. Babies are born with about 300 bones, but as they mature a number of these fuse naturally.

20 - Britain has 20 per cent of the world's CCTV cameras - one for every 14 of us.



Just the one: The number of times Queen Elizabeth I took a bath every month


22 - Hours a day that the koala sleeps, making the sloth, needing only 20 hours, seem rather hyperactive!

28 - The number of sexual positions in the Kama Sutra.

29 - The number of letters in the longest real word in the English language -
'floccinaucinihilipilification' - the meaning of which is 'the act of estimating as worthless'.

30 - There are 30 fences in the Grand National and all but two, the Chair and the Water, are jumped twice.

32 - Adult humans have 32 teeth of three different-types (incisors, canines and molars).

32 - There are 32 calories in 100ml of beer (both bitter and Guinness), while lager can be 40 calories. The equivalent calorie count for gin and vodka is 222, sherry is 136, white wine 74, champagne 76, and leading the field is Baileys Irish Cream at 350 calories.



Sleepyhead: The koala gets 22 hours of shut-eye a day



35 - The rate in inches that a bamboo can grow in a day.

40-27-37 - Dolly Parton's remarkable-vital statistics.

41 - At the current rates of consumption, the world has only 41 years of oil reserves, 61 of gas and 267 of coal.

47 - The number of KitKats (the nation's favourite chocolate bar) eaten every second in the UK.

57 - Heinz varieties. Henry J Heinz successfully started with bottled horseradish (1869) in clear glass to show there were no cheap fillers. He then diversified to bottle gherkins and, in 1876, tomato ketchup. Heinz had been inspired by seeing an advert for 21 varieties of shoe, so he decided that he, too, would have a number of varieties. When '57 Varieties' was coined, there were already more than that, but he simply liked the ring of the number.

63 - Years that Queen Victoria reigned, from 1837 to 1901. Also the number of monarchs of England since King Egbert (802-839).

70 - The longest number of weeks an album has topped the charts in the UK - the soundtrack of the musical South Pacific.

100 - An average size cup of coffee contains 100mg of caffeine. In comparison, a cup of tea has 39mg, a cola or similar caffeinated soft drink 15mg, and both hot chocolate and decaffeinated coffee only 2mg.

100 - Yards a mole can burrow in a night.

116 - The actual length of the so- called 'Hundred Years' War' (featuring the 'long-bow' English victories Crecy, Poitiers and Agincourt, and the drama of Joan of Arc.)

146 - Every minute the world's population increases by 146, with 249 births set against 103 deaths.

179 - Number of words in the Ten Commandments - as opposed to 26,253 in the European Community's rules on the sale of cabbages.

190 - Beats per second of a housefly's wings.




Vital statistics: Dolly Parton's (left) stats are a remarkable 40-27-37, and Barbie's (right) would be 36-13-38 if she were life-size


336 - The average number of dimples on a golf ball.

464 - The Oxford English Dictionary lists 464 definitions of the word 'set'. The next most numerous definitions for a word is 396 for 'run'.

550 Number of hairs in an eyebrow.

673 - The number of men who charged with the Light Brigade on October 25, 1854.

749 - As of June 2008, there had been 749 episodes of the world's longest-running sci-fi TV series, Doctor Who.

1,517 - The number of people who died on the Titanic - only 306 bodies were recovered.



Impressive reign: Queen Victoria was on the throne for 63 years



2,000 - JK Rowling was offered 2,000 as the advance for her first Harry Potter book. She has subsequently gone on to earn 550 million from further book deals and films.

3,280 - Feet is the visibility distance below which mist is defined as fog.

4,500 - Number of crocuses that it takes to make one ounce of saffron.

6,000 - Minimum number of words women speak each day, while it's only 2,000 to 4,000 for men.

6,726 - Boxes of cornflakes produced from one acre of harvested corn.

11,072.76 - Miles, the total length of the coast of Great Britain.

42,000 - Between 1908 and 1965, it is reputed that Winston Churchill had 42,000 bottles of his favourite champagne Pol Roget opened for him.

52,000 - The total number of balls used each year during the two weeks of the Wimbledon tennis championships.

200,000 - The final death toll of the first use of the atomic bomb at Hiroshima on August 6, 1945.

492,308 - The amount in pounds that David Beckham is thought to earn a week. His basic pay is supplemented by a percentage of the tickets, sales, sponsorship and other royalties.

660,000 - The speed in mph at which Earth is travelling through space.

2,500,000 - The number of rivets holding the Eiffel Tower together. Built in 1889, it is 934ft high, plus a 79ft of antenna, but this can vary by as much as six inches in the summer heat. It requires 50-60 tons of paint every six to seven years.

5,000,000 - Hairs on the body, of which only 100,000 or so are on the head.



Cracking statistic: Britons eat about 27 million eggs every day



27,000,000 - About 27 million eggs are eaten daily by Britons (about 10billion every year). 40 per cent are classified as free range.

32,000,000 - The times a car tyre rotates in its average lifetime.

41,000,000 - The approximate-total casualties, both military and civilian, in World War I - 20 million deaths and 21 million wounded.

68,158,080 - In 1840, the UK introduced the world's first adhesive postage stamp - the Penny Black. More than 68 million were eventually printed. About 1.3million survived, so they are particularly valuable to collectors - now worth between 25 and 100 each.

151,700,000 - In just one month this year, there were 151.7 million credit card
transactions to the value of 11.8 billion by UK residents worldwide - who have a total of 68,683,000 cards, relating to just over 58 million accounts.

1,200,000,000 - 1.2 billion SMS text messages are sent by mobile phone every week in the UK.

10,000,000,000 - Number of bacteria in a gram of soil.

43,252,003,274,489,000 - Total possible combinations of Erno Rubik's cube puzzle.


• Extracted from Numeroids: Any Number Of Things You Didn't Know. . . And Some You Did by Anthony Weldon and Donough O'Brien, published by Bene Factum this week at 9.99. Anthony Weldon and Donough O'Brien 2008. To order a copy (p&p free), call 0845 155 0720.
Last edited by Blackleaf; Oct 22nd, 2008 at 12:21 PM..
 
Praxius
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0 - There has never been an American President who was an only child.

Doesn't suprise me..... it wouldn't be christian if you were an only child.... ya gotta spawn.

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1 - The number of times a month that Elizabeth I took a bath 'whether she needed it or not'.

Doesn't suprise me considering the era she lived in..... that and I always thought she was a slob.

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1 - Only one word in the English language that begins and ends with 'und': underground.



What about Undrobundund?

Ok, I just made that one up.

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I know I'm a natural red head..... check out me pubes, eh!

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1 - In one breath, an adult inhales one pint of air, although the actual capacity of a lung is ten pints.

Perhaps the average adult does...... but we all know I both suck and blow a lot at the same time and certainly can't just be one pint.

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2 - There are only two words in English that contain all the vowels in their correct order - 'abstemious' and 'facetious'.



Words in which I will probably never use in my lifetime anyways.

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3 - About one-third of Briti sh women may look as if they are blonde, but in fact only 3 per cent are naturally so.



Wasn't this already clarified above and with a response about my pubes?

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4 - Only four women have appeared on British banknotes: Queen Elizabeth II, Florence Nightingale, prison reformer Elizabeth Fry and the symbol of the country's national identity, Britannia.



When do we get to see Geri Halliwell?


Mmmmmmmm..... I'll have some scones with that cup of tea.

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5 - Chanel No 5 perfume was named because Coco Chanel had rejected the first four fragrances presented to her. This was the perfume which Hollywood film star Marilyn Monroe seductively claimed was the only thing she wore in bed.

Why wear a perfume at a time when you're going to sleep and nobody's gonna be around to smell yer stank?

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Size 11: Paris Hilton takes an unusually large shoe



Well we all know what they say about big shoes......

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5 - It takes five months to grow a new fingernail from base to tip, and fingernails grow four times faster than toenails.

well no wonder... toenails are usually not getting as much fresh air and sunshine.... stick a kid in a dank cellar for half their developing years and they'd be pretty stumpy and slow to grow too.

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6 - Is the maximum number of times you can fold a 5 note by hand.

British, American, Canadian or Australian?

Australia's money is made out of a plastic-like substance.... would that change the situation?

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7 - Average time (in minutes) it takes to fall asleep.

Try 45 minutes for myself.

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7 - Hollywood star Elizabeth Taylor has had seven husbands and eight marriages.

That's what happens when you can't decide on something.

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7.2 - Judged by the head size, if the Barbie doll were life-size she'd be 7ft 2in tall and, strangely, given that she is meant to be a teenage girl, her figure would be 36-13-38!

It's a doll people. When you start to worry about the actual dimensions of a doll and what sort of influence it may have on your children, to the point where you're sizing it up to real life and trying to point out the things wrong with a plastic doll...... who's got the real problem?

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8 - Pints of milk are needed to make 1lb of Cheddar cheese.

Well you have to break a few eggs to make an omlet.

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9.3 - The vitamin C content of an uncooked carrot in milligrams. That of a cooked carrot is only 2.3mg.

Much of the nutrients of any food are lost when you cook them.... .esspecially when you boil them.

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10 - Feet, the length to which a rabbit's front teeth would grow in its lifetime if they were not worn down by eating.



^ Yeah well fingernails are still gross.

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10 - There are ten ways a batsman can be out in cricket. Bowled, caught, leg before wicket, stumped, run out, timed out (after three minutes), obstructing the field, handling the ball, hit wicket and double hit.

Like any of that actually makes sense to me.

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11 -Paris Hilton's unusually large shoe size.

Um.... never mind.

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11 - In 1900 London there were 11 postal deliveries per day and nine collections.

Sounds like my local postal service.

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16 - About 16 per cent of the population are left-handed.

Including myself.

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17 - Minutes, the length of Ravel's repetitive orchestral piece Bolero.

I'll take your word on that.

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19 - 19-19-19 are the rather unusual vital statistics of Olive Oyl - the cartoon character Popeye's girlfriend.

Like making love to a broom stick.

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20 - About 20 per cent of human body weight derives from the 206 bones that make up the skeleton. Babies are born with about 300 bones, but as they mature a number of these fuse naturally.

Yar.

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20 - Britain has 20 per cent of the world's CCTV cameras - one for every 14 of us.

Not enough it seems.... you can't keep track of 14 people easily with just one camera..... you need more.

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Just the one: The number of times Queen Elizabeth I took a bath every month

^ Yeah, I heard.

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22 - Hours a day that the koala sleeps, making the sloth, needing only 20 hours, seem rather hyperactive!

Well when you live in a very hot climate, conserving energy is kinda important.

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28 - The number of sexual positions in the Kama Sutra.

Funny, I thought there was more then that.

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29 - The number of letters in the longest real word in the English language -
'floccinaucinihilipilification' - the meaning of which is 'the act of estimating as worthless'.

Very much like the word itself.

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30 - There are 30 fences in the Grand National and all but two, the Chair and the Water, are jumped twice.

.... ok.

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32 - Adult humans have 32 teeth of three different-types (incisors, canines and molars).

Yar.

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32 - There are 32 calories in 100ml of beer (both bitter and Guinness), while lager can be 40 calories. The equivalent calorie count for gin and vodka is 222, sherry is 136, white wine 74, champagne 76, and leading the field is Baileys Irish Cream at 350 calories.

Which is another reason why i don't drink very much at all..... go green.

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Sleepyhead: The koala gets 22 hours of shut-eye a day



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35 - The rate in inches that a bamboo can grow in a day.

I'd believe it, considering the amount of the stuff that has grown around here where I live.... they're certainly the new weeds of the area.

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40-27-37 - Dolly Parton's remarkable-vital statistics.

If you want to call it that, go ahead.... I beg to differ though.

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41 - At the current rates of consumption, the world has only 41 years of oil reserves, 61 of gas and 267 of coal.

So they say.

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47 - The number of KitKats (the nation's favourite chocolate bar) eaten every second in the UK.

Have a Break... have a KitKat? Geez, you guys already have your tea time breaks.... now you have kitkat breaks on top of those..... and at that amount?

And here I am busting my ass off like a chump.

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57 - Heinz varieties. Henry J Heinz successfully started with bottled horseradish (1869) in clear glass to show there were no cheap fillers. He then diversified to bottle gherkins and, in 1876, tomato ketchup. Heinz had been inspired by seeing an advert for 21 varieties of shoe, so he decided that he, too, would have a number of varieties. When '57 Varieties' was coined, there were already more than that, but he simply liked the ring of the number.

57 has a ring to it?

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63 - Years that Queen Victoria reigned, from 1837 to 1901. Also the number of monarchs of England since King Egbert (802-839).

Ok, no real comment on that.

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70 - The longest number of weeks an album has topped the charts in the UK - the soundtrack of the musical South Pacific.

You mean Celin Dion's "My Heart Will Go On" didn't beat that?

*Snaps finger*

Darn, oh well.

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100 - An average size cup of coffee contains 100mg of caffeine. In comparison, a cup of tea has 39mg, a cola or similar caffeinated soft drink 15mg, and both hot chocolate and decaffeinated coffee only 2mg.

Yeah, update that little tid bit with energy drinks, and coffee looks like decaff in comparison.

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100 - Yards a mole can burrow in a night.

Someone needs a hobby.

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116 - The actual length of the so- called 'Hundred Years' War' (featuring the 'long-bow' English victories Crecy, Poitiers and Agincourt, and the drama of Joan of Arc.)

Rounding the number makes it sound better.... something Mr. Heinz should have looked into.

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146 - Every minute the world's population increases by 146, with 249 births set against 103 deaths.

Which justifies my not giving a crap about all the people dying in the world.... clearly it's not enough. :teisted:

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179 - Number of words in the Ten Commandments - as opposed to 26,253 in the European Community's rules on the sale of cabbages.

Hey, Cabbages are important.

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190 - Beats per second of a housefly's wings.

Hmmm..... maybe I should strap some machine guns on them and spawn my own army of the flies. If I can get the beats per second of the wings to line up to the rounds per second of a chain gun or something, I bet it would make a cool sound.

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Vital statistics: Dolly Parton's (left) stats are a remarkable 40-27-37, and Barbie's (right) would be 36-13-38 if she were life-size

Well nobody's perfect.

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336 - The average number of dimples on a golf ball.

Average? You'd think there'd be a standard.

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464 - The Oxford English Dictionary lists 464 definitions of the word 'set'. The next most numerous definitions for a word is 396 for 'run'.

What about Bush? I can think of 642 definitions for that word.

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550 Number of hairs in an eyebrow.



^ Tell me how many Bert has and I'll be impressed.

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673 - The number of men who charged with the Light Brigade on October 25, 1854.

They had credit cards back then?

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749 - As of June 2008, there had been 749 episodes of the world's longest-running sci-fi TV series, Doctor Who.

They count the new series with the older one? I don't think that should count. What about Battlestar Galactica or Star Trek for that matter?

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1,517 - The number of people who died on the Titanic - only 306 bodies were recovered.

Not much to say about that.

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2,000 - JK Rowling was offered 2,000 as the advance for her first Harry Potter book. She has subsequently gone on to earn 550 million from further book deals and films.

Doesn't suprise me. Anybody can rake in the money so long as you know how to create a fad.

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3,280 - Feet is the visibility distance below which mist is defined as fog.

oooohhhhh.... you know, that's been troubling me for sometime now.

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4,500 - Number of crocuses that it takes to make one ounce of saffron.

Who did the what now?

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6,000 - Minimum number of words women speak each day, while it's only 2,000 to 4,000 for men.

True.... we're more to the point.... if not, then we're not to the point at all and just stay silent.... letting everything bottle up inside until one day.....

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6,726 - Boxes of cornflakes produced from one acre of harvested corn.

Such a waste.

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11,072.76 - Miles, the total length of the coast of Great Britain.

Is that including Scotland or just Britain as most know it?

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42,000 - Between 1908 and 1965, it is reputed that Winston Churchill had 42,000 bottles of his favourite champagne Pol Roget opened for him.

And someone was actually keeping count of this? And was that what he drank on his own, or in addition to holding parties, giving it away to others, etc.?

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52,000 - The total number of balls used each year during the two weeks of the Wimbledon tennis championships.

What a waste.

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200,000 - The final death toll of the first use of the atomic bomb at Hiroshima on August 6, 1945.

Wow, now that was a pretty clean number...... killed 200,000 exactly.... impressive.

I doubt that's even close to the real number.

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492,308 - The amount in pounds that David Beckham is thought to earn a week. His basic pay is supplemented by a percentage of the tickets, sales, sponsorship and other royalties.

Who cares? Bill Gates makes that everytime he takes a dump.

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660,000 - The speed in mph at which Earth is travelling through space.

We're not going fast enough:


Mr. Data, increase to Warp 7! Engage!

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2,500,000 - The number of rivets holding the Eiffel Tower together. Built in 1889, it is 934ft high, plus a 79ft of antenna, but this can vary by as much as six inches in the summer heat. It requires 50-60 tons of paint every six to seven years.

Or it'll rust and rot away into nothing..... anybody else seen that show on Global about what would happen if humans just vanished?

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5,000,000 - Hairs on the body, of which only 100,000 or so are on the head.

That would explain why my arse is so itchy.

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27,000,000 - About 27 million eggs are eaten daily by Britons (about 10billion every year). 40 per cent are classified as free range.

Jezuz.... want some high blood pressure with your eggs?

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32,000,000 - The times a car tyre rotates in its average lifetime.

Something I didn't really need to know, but ok.

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41,000,000 - The approximate-total casualties, both military and civilian, in World War I - 20 million deaths and 21 million wounded.

Good thing the US didn't rely on air strikes back then or it'd be twice as high.

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68,158,080 - In 1840, the UK introduced the world's first adhesive postage stamp - the Penny Black. More than 68 million were eventually printed. About 1.3million survived, so they are particularly valuable to collectors - now worth between 25 and 100 each.

Keep em.

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151,700,000 - In just one month this year, there were 151.7 million credit card
transactions to the value of 11.8 billion by UK residents worldwide - who have a total of 68,683,000 cards, relating to just over 58 million accounts.

Ah, so that's why the global economy is shot to hell?

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1,200,000,000 - 1.2 billion SMS text messages are sent by mobile phone every week in the UK.

How many while driving?

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10,000,000,000 - Number of bacteria in a gram of soil.

Mmmmmm.....

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43,252,003,274,489,000 - Total possible combinations of Erno Rubik's cube puzzle.

Is that exact?