The tail end of my cleanse

I’m pleased to report that my cleanse continues to be very successful.

I have no idea what Donald Trump, Stephen McNeil, or any other politician is doing, and it feels great to not have that information, if only for a few more days. Instead, I give you some of these to chew on.

There is a McDonald’s in every continent except Antartica.

The inventor of chocolate chips sold the idea to Nestle for a lifetime supply of chocolate.

Of all the words in the English language, the word “set” has the most definitions.

If you sneeze while travelling at 60 miles per hour, your eyes are closed for an average of 50 feet.

Someone living in New York could dine out every night of their life and never eat at the same spot twice.

The Boston Marathon didn’t allow female runners until 1972.

Banks have therapists known as “wealth psychologists” who help ultra-rich clients, who are unable to mentally cope with their immense wealth.

Since 1985 astronauts have used tortillas on space missions instead of bread to minimize the risk of getting breadcrumbs in the instrumentation.

The state of Ohio gives out different coloured license plates for those convicted of DUI.

In Japan, because of strict gun control laws and a subsequent lack of gun violence, you are just as likely to get struck by lightning as you are to be shot.

People don’t sneeze in their sleep due to their brain shutting down the reflex.

If you made $1 every second, it would take you 2,511 years to have more money than Bill Gates (over $79.2 billion).

In his pre-priest days, Pope Francis used to teach high school chemistry, enjoyed dancing the tango with his then-girlfriend, and he worked as a bouncer at a bar in Buenos Aires.

Dead people can get goosebumps.

The least common birthday in North America is May 22.

While dogs are mentioned 14 times in the Bible, cats aren’t mentioned once.

In South Korea, there is an emergency number (1-1-3) to report spies.

The average woman uses her height in lipstick every five years.

KFC had to rethink its slogan “Finger Lickin’ Good” when the first stores opened in China and it translated in Chinese to “eat your fingers off.” They ultimately kept it as is.

Scientists figured out that for Santa to deliver all the world’s gifts on Christmas Eve, he would need to visit 822 homes a second travelling 650 miles a second or 3,765,865 kilometers per hour.

Because the screen had only four shades of grey and no backlight, the first Gameboy could run for 30 hours on two AA batteries.

Eating a spoonful of peanut butter is a traditional remedy for eliminating hiccups. Chewing it will interrupt your breathing pattern and stop the hiccups.

NASA’s Vehicle Assembly Building is so large it can have rain clouds form near the ceiling inside the building on humid days.

The average gambling budget for a trip to Las Vegas is $559USD. There are almost 200,000 slot machines in town, and the annual state gaming revenue is over $9 billion.

Every second, Americans collectively eat one hundred pounds of chocolate.

Ernest Vincent Wright wrote a 50,000 word novel called Gadsby and didn’t use a single word with the letter “E.”

In Oklahoma it’s illegal to take a bite out of someone else’s hamburger, in Russia it’s illegal to brush your teeth more than twice a day, and in France, owners are not allow to address their pigs as Napoleon.

Surely all those will hold you over, because next week I plan to get back to my old, stance-y self.

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Gina MacDonald is a freelance columnist, mother and wife who lives outside Port Hawkesbury.