Random Thursday

The last Thursday of the month means the last day for learning new trivia facts from That's a Fact Jack: A Collection of Utterly Useless Information [Updated] by Harry Bright and Jakob Anser! Next week we go back to Dave Smith and Disney facts!


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"In 1784, Chunosuke Matsuyama was shipwrecked on a Pacific island while searching for buried treasure. Before he starved to death, Matsuyama carved his story onto coconut wood and set it adrift in a sealed bottle. A century and a half later, in 1935, the bottle washed ashore in the village of Hiraturemura, where Matsuyama was born."


That's so eerie that it basically went back to his original home! Sorry for the weird picture! I wanted one of the bottle itself but the link didn't work, so here's what coconut wood looks like according to Google Pictures! Lol.


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"In Japan it is socially acceptable for men to fall asleep on the job. It's a sign that they've been working really hard."


There are sooo many things wrong with this! Lol!


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"When Japanese men retire, their spouses often cannot get used to them being around the house. Sixty percent of retirees' wives suffer from shujin zaitaku sutoresu shoukougun, literally 'one's husband being at home stress syndrome.'"


I thought this picture expressed the message perfectly! LOL!


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"The custom of leaving undone the bottom button of a man's vest originates with King Edward VII of Great Britain, who reigned from 1901 to 1910. Bertie, as he was called, was simply too portly to fasten the bottom button. Taking it as a fashion statement, his loyal subjects followed."


Weird. Weirder still was I couldn't find a picture that accurately describes this trend!


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"John Milton is believed to have used Cromwell as the basis for Satan in his epic poem, 'Paradise Lost,' published in 1667."


So possibly the first instance of casting your nemesis as the bad guy in literature?


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"Oliver Cromwell--the military leader who overthrew King Charles I of England and ruled as self-appointed Lord Protector from 1653 until his death in 1658--was posthumously hanged, drawn, and quartered in 1660 upon the restoration of King Charles II."


That's hardcore man! No wonder Milton was inspired by him to create his Satan!






4 comments:

  1. Always enjoy learning new things from you and getting a smile with my morning coffee.
    sherry @ fundinmental

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  2. I wonder what needs to happen to make it acceptable for women in the US to sleep at work? or read at work. Thanks for sharing all of this fun trivia!

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  3. These facts are so interesting! I love learning new things. Thanks for sharing! Happy reading!

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  4. Japan's work ethic is astounding and terrifying.

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