Facts Volume 3

Olympics, Mars, Covid-19 and more...

Facts Volume 3
  • In 1948, the Olympic Committee decided to drop Competitive Art as an Olympic event.
  • The U.S. Air Force F-35 fighter jet requires 417kg of rare minerals to produce a single jet fighter.
    Unfortunately for the U.S., China is the sole supplier of most of those rare minerals and they are restricting sales.
  • In 2020, Mattel sold $1.35 billion worth of Barbie merchandise around the world.
    The Barbie doll now comes in 22 skin tones, 94 hair colours, 13 eye colours and 5 different body types.
  • The flashes of light that you see when you rub your eyes are given the scientific name of "Phosphenes".
  • At birth, a baby Panda is smaller in size than a mouse.
  • The phrase "It's On Like Donkey Kong!" was trademarked by Nintendo in 2010.
  • At the start of COVID-19 in 2020, famous fashion brands held back $22 billion of payments owed to clothing manufacturers in Asia. The factory workers were forced to take an average of 38% cut in their wages because their employers were not paid by the brands.
  • The French Government have a hotel and restaurant rating system that has to be used to grade their quality.
    But Google decided to use their own system to rate and review these establishments and was hit with a fine of €1.1 million.
  • A study on Birds found that they need to keep their heart temperature at a constant 40'c. The higher the bird is known to fly, the colder it gets, so the fluffier the feathers are.
  • The Mars Perseverance Rover has 43 test tubes on board to allow it to collect 43 samples of Martian soil. In 2026, it will transfer these samples to a Martian Lander, which will then bring them back to Earth, due to arrive in 2031.
    These samples will be taken and analysed in a laboratory that has stronger quarantine measures than the CDC has for ebola testing.