40 Astonishing Facts About Disneyland

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  • Originally, the park was going to be built on only 16 acres of land across the street from Disney Studios in Burbank.
  • The Matterhorn was the first tubular steel roller coaster ever, the first roller coaster that could handle multiple cars on the track at once, and the first fully themed indoor and outdoor roller coaster. Walt Disney got inspiration for the Matterhorn from Switzerland.
  • There is a basketball court inside the Matterhorn that is for employee use only. They use it to shoot hoops during their breaks.
  • Each year, there are 2.8 million churros sold at Disneyland.
  • Until 1982, guests had to buy individual tickets for each attraction.
  • The Haunted Mansion is only a front for the actual ride which is underground. When you walk down the portrait hall, you’re actually walking beneath the Disneyland Railroad tracks!
  • There used to be a tobacco shop as well as a lingerie shop. The tobacco shop closed in 1991, and the lingerie shop only lasted 6 months, closing in 1956.
  • The drawbridge at Sleeping Beauty’s castle is fully functioning, but it was only been used twice. Once on opening day, and again for the opening of the remodeled Fantasyland.
  • Walt Disney would sometimes wait in line with park visitors just because he loved spending time with them.
  • The last ride that was personally supervised by Walt Disney was the Pirates of the Caribbean ride.
  • Thunder Mountain took 10 years of planning and 18 months to fully construct, costing $17 million dollars. That’s more time and the same cost as the entire park!
  • There were only 3 unscheduled days when the park had to close – the day of mourning after the Kennedy assassination, after the Northridge earthquake in 1994, and on 9/11.
  • There are more than 100,00 lightbulbs outlining the buildings on Main Street.
  • Since opening, there have been 3 babies born in Disneyland.
  • When visiting the park, you are never more than 30 steps from a trashcan.
  • There are 11 Disney parks around the world in 4 countries – so technically, the sun never sets on Disneyland.
  • George Lucas attended the opening day of Disneyland at 11 years old.
  • Originally, Disney wanted there to be live animals on The Jungle Cruise, but most of the animals were nocturnal and they would have been asleep during the park hours.
  • The coins that are thrown into the water by It’s A Small World are donated to a charity that grants kid’s wishes who have life-threatening illnesses.
  • The total miles driven by the monorail trains is equivalent to more than 30 round trips to the moon.
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    30 Fun Facts About Evangeline Lilly

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  • Evangeline auditioned for the role of Kate Austen in Lost along with 75 other women. Even with no previous acting experience aside from extra work, she was offered the role almost instantly.
  • However, it was difficult for her to obtain a work visa for the United States. It took 20 attempts before she was finally given the visa she needed, at which point she immediately flew to Hawaii and arrived on the set of Lost one day late.
  • As of 2017, her net worth is $15 million dollars.
  • Evangeline Lilly’s nickname on the set of Lost was “Monkey” because she climbed trees on set. If she’s shown climbing a tree in the show – it’s real.
  • In 2006, an electrical issue caused her house in Kailua, Hawaii, to burn down which destroyed the house and all of her possessions. Lilly had previously taken the original letter Sawyer had in Lost, as a souvenir – this letter was also lost in the fire.
  • Lilly met her long-term boyfriend, Normal Kalo, while working on Lost. Normal was a production assistant for the film crew.
  • Together, they have two children. They had their first child in 2011, Kahekili, which is Hawaiian for “the thunder” because he was born during a thunderstorm. They also have a daughter who was born in 2015.
  • Both children were delivered at home – the first one was even delivered outside!
  • Evangeline Lilly has been a fan of Tolkien’s books since the age of 13, so she jumped at the opportunity to play Tauriel in The Hobbit. In order to prepare for the role, she underwent training for swordplay, archery, and learned some of the Elvish language.
  • She is a published author for the children’s book series, The Squickerwonkers. She said that the idea for the books first came to her when she was 14 years old.
  • Lilly debuted her first book for the series in 2013.
  • She has said that she considers acting to be a day job, while motherhood and writing are her top priorities.
  • Evangeline has contributed to many humanitarian efforts, auctioning off lunches with herself, and running an organization that helps widows and children in Rwanda, among many other efforts.
  • In her spare time, she likes to draw and paint.
  • Evangeline Lilly is a notoriously bad driver. She has been in at least 8 car accidents, and none of them were with another car.
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    30 Guinness Facts That’ll Leave You Thirsty For More!

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    Guinness is one of the most popular beers in the world – and with good reason! Even though it’s so dark, it’s flavor profile is smooth and drinkable by almost everyone. As an Irish classic, it’s no wonder people from all over the world visit Dublin to see the headquarters.

    But what do you know besides how delicious it is? Check out these 30 mouthwatering facts about Guinness and be even more impressed by this simple yet delicious beer!

    1. Guinness was founded in 1759 in Dublin, Ireland by Arthur Guinness.
    2. There are only four ingredients in Guinness – malted barley, hops, brewer’s yeast, and water.
    3. However, as simple as it may sound, in order to make Guinness, you need to have knowledge in microbiology, mycology, bacteriology, and thermodynamics.
    4. There is an official 6 step process to pouring a pint of Guinness perfectly. It takes exactly 119 and a half seconds, because you’re supposed to fill the pint glass 3/4th of the way at 45 degrees and let it sit for about a minute before filling the rest.
    5. There’s also an official way to drink it! Mark McGovern, the former brand manager of the Guinness storehouse, says you have to hold your elbow up to be perpendicular to the floor, and drink right through the head which is the most hoppy and bitter part of the beer, until you taste the sweeter body.
    6. The white balls in the Guinness cans are called “widgets.” They are filled with nitrogen infused beer to create the foamy head when you open the can. In 1991, the widget beat the internet as the best invention of the last 40 years.
    7. The Guinness Book of World records was founded in 1954 for the purpose of settling pub disputes.
    8. When Arthur opened Guinness, he signed a 9,000 year lease on the Saint James Gate location at around $60 per year. The lease, which included free access to a water supply, went out of effect when the property was bought and expanded.
    9. A 20 ounce pint of Guinness only has 210 calories – that’s less than a glass of milk or orange juice!
    10. To order a Guinness at a bar in Ireland, you can ask for a pint of the plain, the good stuff, your best, or just hold your forefinger in the air and the bartender will understand!
    11. Scientifically, Guinness does taste better in Ireland! This is most likely because of freshness and quality control.
    12. Guinness is brewed in more than 150 countries including Nigeria and Indonesia.
    13. Worldwide, over 10 million glasses of Guinness are sold every day. 3 million pints are brewed daily at the original Dublin brewery.
    14. Originally, Guinness also brewed an ale along with the porter. The ale was dropped in 1799 so the focus could be put on the popular stout.
    15. In 1928, Guinness employees were given on-site medical and dental care, two free pints after each shift, and full pensions. This makes Guinness one of the first companies to offer employee benefits.
    16. On September 24th, 2009 at 5:50 P.M, Ireland celebrated the 250th anniversary of Guinness with “Arthur’s Day.”
    17. In celebration for the 250th Guinness anniversary, a submarine bar was commissioned in 2009. A contest was held and the winners got to have a pint onboard.
    18. Guinness is still the biggest exporter of stout in the world, and remains to be a technologically modern brewery. It has its own power plant!
    19. Until 2009, blood donors in Ireland used to get a pint of free Guinness after they gave blood.
    20. While most people assume Guinness is black or brown, due to its coloring by roasted barley, it is actually a dark ruby red color.
    21. While draught Guinness is not vegan, the Guinness Extra is vegan!
    22. Half of all pints drunk in Ireland are Guinness, however 40% of all Guinness is sold in Africa.
    23. The Guinness brewery is the top visited attraction in Ireland. Over one million people visit the Guinness storehouse every year.
    24. The first print advertisement for Guinness promoted, “Guinness is good for you.” Researchers have found that there are antioxidant compounds in Guinness that are comparable to the ones found in certain fruits and vegetables.
    25. The harp because the official trademark in 1876, however there was initially issues because it is also the symbol of Ireland. To avoid this, it was agreed that the Guinness hard would always face right, and the official use of the harp logo would face left.
    26. Until 1939, if a Guinness brewer wanted to marry a Catholic, their resignation was requested.
    27. Interestingly enough, around 1860, Arthur’s grandson who had taken control of the brewery, donated almost $200,000 dollars towards the restoration of St. Patrick’s Cathedral.
    28. Every batch at the Guinness factory is taste tested to ensure no bad batches are sent out!
    29. In the 1960’s, employees were segregated by gender because they were afraid men’s lewd conversation would be offensive to the women.
    30. The Guinness Store house has a Gravity Bar, which is 150 feet off the ground and the highest bar in Dublin.

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    30 Interesting Facts About Nike

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    Nike is one of the world’s most popular retailers of athletic clothing and footwear, but there are many things about the company which the average person doesn’t know. Despite most of the Western population owning at least one item made by Nike, there are many interesting facts which are relatively unknown.

    1. It was founded on January 25th, 1964 by Bill Bowerman and Phil Knight.
    2. The headquarters are based in Washington County, Oregon, USA.
    3. Many hardcore fans of the brand mispronounce the name ‘Nike’. It is correctly pronounced ‘ny-kee’ and the name comes from the Greek goddess of victory.
    4. The famous Nike logo, a solid swoosh, was designed for just $35 by Carolyn Davidson, a student at Portland State University. Later on, she was given more than $640,000 worth of Nike products.
    5. The slogan ‘Just Do It’, which is now recognised all over the world, was inspired by Gary Gilmore’s last words. The serial killer said ‘Let’s do it’ before he was executed.
    6. Nike sells footwear, clothing and sports accessories in thousands of stores across the world. In total, there are more than 900 million items sold every single year.
    7. Over the years, Nike has made some award-winning commercials, and in 2000 and again in 2002, the company won an Emmy award.
    8. One of Nike’s most recent innovations is a shoe which can be electronically paired up to a smartphone. The footwear contains a computing device which is embedded into it and can be connected to the smartphone of whoever is wearing the shoes.
    9. Across the market for athletic shoes, Nike takes up approximately 62%, making it the most popular brand for sporting footwear.
    10. Nike doesn’t only design shoes for regular everyday wear. Tinker Hatfield, shoe designer for Nike, created the Bat boot for the first Batman movie. Additionally, the hoverboarding shoes worn by Michael J. Fox in Back to the Future: Part II were designed by Nike.
    11. The largest Nike store is situated on Oxford Street in London and is a grand total of 42,000 square feet.
    12. The very first pair of shoes were made using a waffle iron, which created grooves on the soles. These then helped to grip the surface of running tracks when athletes wore them.
    13. In 1978, Nike created a new advert for their Air Max shoes, and for the first time ever, a Beatles song was used in a commercial. The song which was chosen for the ad was Revolution No. 9.
    14. When the company first started, it was called Blue Ribbon Sports. In 1971, the name was changed to Nike.
    15. Phil Knight, one of the co-founders, wanted to change the name to ‘Dimension 6’, but in the end, Nike was the preferred of the two potential names.
    16. As of 2015, there were more than 62,000 employees working for Nike across the globe.
    17. Nike products are made in factories which aren’t actually owned by the company itself. Instead, contractors own the factories and Nike pays them to produce the goods.
    18. The Air Jordan 1 was made famous by basketball player Michael Jordan; however, Jordan hated the colors red and black when he first saw the shoes.
    19. Shaquille Rashaun O’Neal, also known as Shaq, went to meet the Nike owners dressed entirely in Reebok apparel. This was because he knew he didn’t want to sign into any contracts with Nike.
    20. Romanian tennis player Ilie Nastase endorsed Nike in 1972 after signing a contract with the company. He was the first athlete to promote Nike.
    21. In 2003, popular footwear store Foot Locker ceased to stock Nike’s more expensive ranges as they believed the prices were too high.
    22. Zoom Air, one of Nike’s most popular shoes, was introduced to the market in 1995, but was first given the name Tensile Air.
    23. Phil Knight was writing one of his college papers when he decided to start his own shoe company. He believed shoes made in Japan could compete with the other sports companies which were popular at the time, such as Adidas.
    24. Nike heavily supports the University of Oregon and their sports teams, providing them with exclusive apparel and funding.
    25. Footwear for Nike is manufactured mainly in China, Indonesia and Vietnam, but many of the shoes have also been made in the USA.
    26. Nike Golf, which is a branch of the Nike company, was started in 1984 by Bill Wood; however, it only truly gained popularity when Tiger Woods was signed in 1996.
    27. Many of the names of Nike’s products have been taken from sports team. For example, ‘Columbia Blue’ is named after the ‘Columbia Lions’, a team which has a blue logo.
    28. After Nike displayed shirts in the window of a Boston store containing text such as ‘Get High’, the company was criticised by mayor Thomas Menino.
    29. The company is constantly trying to introduce new ideas to the market, and in 1991, they released denim acid wash golf shorts, which were not hugely popular.
    30. The very popular LiveStrong bracelet was first seen in 2008; however, Phil Knight was not convinced of the idea and even laughed at it during an interview with Oprah.

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    30 Facts About Ireland That Will Shamrock Your World

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    Ireland! Home to Guinness, river dancing, and leprechauns! But did you know Saint Patrick wasn’t Irish? What about the origins of Halloween? Can you try your hand at pronouncing the longest place name in Ireland? It’s 25 characters long! Find the answer to all these questions and more with these 30 magical facts about Ireland!

    1. On average, the Irish consume 131.1 liters of beer per year, putting them at 4th place in the world for highest per-capita beer consumption.
    2. The harp is the official symbol of Ireland, making it the only country in the world with an instrument as it’s national symbol.
    3. Irish Gaelic is the official language of Ireland, but only 380,000 fluent speakers remain.
    4. As of 2017, Ireland has won the Eurovision Song Contest seven times, which is more than any other country.
    5. Because it’s an island, Ireland has no snakes, moles, or weasels.
    6. The oldest bar in the world is in the middle of Ireland. Dating back to 900 A.D., Sean’s Bar is over 1,100 years old!
    7. Halloween originated in Ireland from a festival called Samhain. It marked the end of the harvest season, and the beginning of winter.
    8. An Irish scientist, John Tyndall, is the person who found the reason for the sky being blue.
    9. Saint Patrick was not Irish. He was the son of Romans who were living in Britain. It is believed that he was kidnapped at 16 and taken to Ireland where he helped herd sheep.
    10. An Irishman, James Hoban, designed both of the White Houses in the United States.
    11. 90% of the Irish population is Catholic, but only 30% of those ever attend church.
    12. Ireland has the lowest annual number of reported UFO sightings in Europe.
    13. In Dublin, there is one pub for every 100 people.
    14. Located in Ireland, Hook Lighthouse is the oldest working lighthouse in the world. It dates back to around 1200 A.D.
    15. Irish land was not fit for grain agriculture until modern machinery and fertilizers of the 20th This is the main reason why potatoes were the staple food from the 17th century and on.
    16. The world’s oldest yacht club is The Royal Cork Yacht Club, founded in 1720.
    17. On January 1st, 1801, the Union Jack flag was flown for the first time in Dublin to commemorate the union between Great Britain and Ireland.
    18. Guinness is the biggest beer brand of Ireland, and is the largest brewer of stout style beer in the world. The original Guinness Brewery in Dublin has a 9,000 year lease at a constant rate of about $70 per year.
    19. Ireland is called Éire in Irish.
    20. Ireland was one of the original 12 European nations to begin using the Euro currency in 2002.
    21. Blasphemy is still illegal in Ireland.
    22. Off the coast of Dublin, there is an island with a population of wallabies. They were introduced in the 1950’s due to an overcrowding issue at the Dublin Zoo.
    23. It is a strange Irish birthday tradition to lift the birthday child upside down, and gently tap his head on the floor the number of times as is his age plus one.
    24. Hurling is an ancient Irish sport with prehistoric origins. It has been played for 3,000 years and is considered the fasted field sport in the world.
    25. Before the Great Famine, Ireland’s population was estimated at 8 million. Today, at 4 million citizens, the population has still not recovered.
    26. Until the 1920’s, on St. Bridig’s Day (February 1st) couples in Ireland could legally marry in the city of Teltown by just walking towards each other. They could also “divorce” by walking away from each other at the same spot, also on St. Brigid’s day.
    27. The world’s oldest solar observatory is in Ireland called Newgrange. It was built during the New Stone Age over 5,000 years ago. That puts it older than both the pyramids and Stonehenge!
    28. Ireland has the longest running talk show in the world. The Late Late Show started in 1965 and has only had 3 different presenters since its start.
    29. The longest place name in Ireland is called Sruffaunoughterluggatoora, located in Galway.
    30. There is a town that holds a festival called “Puck Fair” during which a wild goat is caught and crowned king for 3 days. It is hoisted on a 40-foot tall pedestal. After the festivities, the goat is set free back into the wild.

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    30 Facts About The Battle of Hastings For Kids

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  • The location of King Harold’s body remains unknown to this day. There is an alleged grave site at Waltham Abbey, but the precise whereabouts of his body is still disputed today.
  • In order to reach Hastings, the Normans sailed about 700 ships across the English Channel.
  • After King Harold was defeated, William of Normandy was crowned the King of England on Christmas Day, 1066.
  • William promised that if he won the battle, he would build an Abbey. He remained true to his word, and placed the high altar at the same spot where King Harold was killed.
  • The bodies from the side of the Norman bodies were buried in a large common grave, which location remains unknown.
  • Although William spoke French and grew up in France, he was a descendent from Viking origins.
  • William invaded England two weeks before the Battle of Hastings to claim his right to the English throne.
  • While most of the English army was on foot, around 1/4th of the Norman army was on horses which gave them a huge advantage.
  • After William won the battle, there was a language barrier between he and his English subjects. William only spoke French, while the court only spoke English.
  • William changed the language of the court to French, and because of this, brought many French words into English. This evolved into modern English that we use today.
  • After the battle, a tapestry was made to commemorate William’s victory. It is called “The Bayeux Tapestry” and depicts many details about the battle.
  • The tapestry is 20 inches wide, and is the length of about 3 swimming pools which makes it the longest piece of embroidery in the world!
  • Even after the Battle of Hastings, the surviving English leaders resisted for a few months, which was why William wasn’t crowned king sooner.
  • To this day, there are yearly reenactments held of the Battle of Hastings, on or near the site of the battle. It draws in thousands of spectators from around the world.
  • The reenactment is the largest gunpowder reenactment in the world. Previously, it was done by amateur groups of reenactors, but has recently included more professionals.
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    30 Gandalf Facts To Rule Them All

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  • While in Middle Earth, Gandalf was referred to by as many as 15 different names. Some of these include Mithrandir, The Grey Pilgrim, and Pointy Hat.
  • Gandalf’s appearance was inspired by a postcard that J. R. R. Tolkien bought in Switzerland.
  • Gandalf used telepathy, not magic, to free Théoden from Saruman’s mind control.
  • Of the three Elven rings of power, Gandalf was given Narya, which had the abilities to control fire and light.
  • It is believed that of the 5 Maiar sent to Middle Earth, Gandalf is the only one who remained true to his mission.
  • Before Thráin II, the Dwarf king and father of Thorin Oakenshield, died, he gave Gandalf the map and key to the Lonely Mountain.
  • Gandalf acquired his horse, Shadowfax, from Theodin. Shadowfax is the Lord of Horses and said to be faster than wind! He aided Gandalf on many missions.
  • Gandalf spent over 2,000 years in Middle Earth before he sailed across the sea back to the Valinor, also called the Undying Lands.
  • Originally, Galadriel wanted Gandalf to be the head of The White Council, but he refused because he did not want to be restricted by anything except the Valar that sent him.
  • Gandalf suspected that the Necromancer was Sauron before anyone else did.
  • Wise as he was, Gandalf did not expect Saruman to join Sauron.
  • Gandalf’s eyebrows were described as being so long and bushy, that they stuck out from beneath the rim of his hat!
  • The limits of Gandalf’s magic were never defined by Tolkien. It is clear, however, that he has much more power than he ever demonstrated in Middle Earth.
  • Gandalf met Thorin Oakenshield on a chance meeting in Bree. It was there that they derived the plan to go to Erebor, but they had different motivations. Gandalf wanted to destroy the dragon Smaug, while Thorin wanted to reclaim the dwarves lost kingdom.
  • After Gandalf convinced Bilbo to leave The Ring with Frodo, he left and spent the next 17 years doing research and searching for answers on The Ring before returning to Frodo.
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    22 Super Facts About Sunday

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    Sunday, for most of us, is the final day of the week. Sunday night is the herald of Monday, and the death of the weekend.

    However, in some countries, Sunday is considered the first day of the week, not the last.

    Sunday is often a day of rest for many around the world, with business and banks not often opening on a Sunday or just opening for shorter hours. There are a few weird facts about Sunday, so let’s get on it with it!

    1. Originally the first day of the week rather than the last (in a calendar derived from Hellenistic astrology), Sunday is named after the Sun.
    2. Unlike many of the other six days in a week, almost every language around has derived their word for Sunday from the meaning ‘Sun’s Day’ or ‘Day of Sun’.
    3. However, almost is not all. In Russian, the word for Sunday is Воскресенье (Voskreseniye) meaning Resurrection.
    4. In other Slavic languages like Polish, Ukrainian, Croatian, and Bulgarian among others, the word for Sunday means “no work.”
    5. In the Thai Solar Calendar, red is the color associated with Sunday.
    6. In astrology, Sunday is associated with the Sun.
    7. The Modern Greek word for Sunday means “Lord’s Day.”
    8. In Roman culture, Sunday was the day of the Sun God. In Paganism, the sun was the source of life and giver of warmth and illumination to mankind. Therefore, it was the center of a popular cult among Romans who would stand at dawn on a Sunday to catch the first rays of sunshine as they prayed.
    9. Many countries, mostly in Europe like France, Sweden, Germany and Belgium (but also non-European countries like Peru), choose to hold their national and local elections on Sunday, either by law or tradition.
    10. In most Middle Eastern countries, Sunday is the first day of the working week.
    11. In 321 AD, Roman Emperor Constantine I decreed that Sunday was to be a day of rest for all except those engaged in agricultural work.
    12. Worldwide, nearly all banks are closed on Sundays.
    13. Months that begin on a Sunday always have a Friday the 13th in them.
    14. You can be fined up to $1,000 for whistling on a Sunday in Salt Lake City, Utah.
    15. Many American and British daily newspapers publish larger editions on Sundays, often including color comic strips, a magazine, a coupon section, and sometimes a twin release alongside a sister-newspaper.
    16. Gloomy Sunday is the name of a popular song composed by Hungarian pianist and composer Rezső Seress and published in 1933. Also known as ‘The Hungarian Suicide Song’, this song has been the center of many urban myths linking it to the suicide of several people who had listened to the song.
    17. In the U.K., most period TV dramas like Downton Abbey, Call The Midwife, Lark Rise to Candleford and Heartbeat commonly air on a Sunday evening.
    18. K. TV show Antiques Roadshow has always been shown on a Sunday since 1979.
    19. Professional golf tournaments often end on a Sunday.
    20. Most motor sport events like MotoGP, Formula One and NASCAR Sprint Cup races take place on a Sunday, with Saturday typically being when qualifying for the race takes place.
    21. Easter Sunday is the day that Jesus is said to have been resurrected from the dead.
    22. Cold Sunday is the name given to Sunday the 17th of January in 1982, when incredibly cold air swept into the U.S. from Canada and plunged temperatures across most of the States far below their existing all-time lows.

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    22 Stupendous Facts About Saturday

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    Saturday is the first official day of the regular two-day weekend, and is a day usually synonymous with sleeping in late, being lazy, or going for a night out to paint the town.

    Saturday is often the most common day of the week for sports to take place, often ensuring maximum turn-out from fans who would otherwise be working in the week.

    There’s quite a few interesting facts about Saturdays themselves, as well as a tapestry of really interesting names for Saturday around the world, so without further delay let’s get to it.

    1. Saturday takes its name from Saturn, the Roman god of generation, dissolution, plenty, wealth, agriculture, periodic renewal, and liberation.
    2. Generally speaking, many of the days of the week were renamed from the Roman calendar to the Germanic calendar after the Germanic deities instead of the Roman ones. However, for the day Saturday, the Germanic calendar stuck with naming the day after Saturn as none of the Germanic gods were the equivalent of Saturn.
    3. In different cultures such as Scandinavian countries, Saturday is called lördag,lørdag, or laurdag, with the name being derived from the old word laugr/laug, meaning bath. So therefore ‘lördag’ equates to “bath-day.” This is due to the Viking practice of bathing on a Saturday.
    4. The roots for this naming of Saturday, lör and lauger are the equivalent of the English word lye, in the sense of detergent.
    5. In German speaking countries, Saturday is officially known as Samstag, which is derived from Ancient Greek. However, there is another word used for Saturday which is Sonnabend, which is derived from the Old High German Sunnunaband, and closely related to the Old English word sunnanæfen, which literally means “Sun Eve,” so ‘The Day before Sunday.”
    6. The Maori name for Saturday is Rahoroi, which literally means Washing Day. This derives from early colonized life when Maori Christian converts would set aside a Saturday to wash their clothes for church on a Sunday.
    7. In Japanese, the word for Saturday translates as do youbi, meaning “soil day” and is associated with the planet Saturn (not the God) which is called dosei in Japanese and translates as “soil star.”
    8. Similar to this, in Korean the day for Saturday translates as “earth day.”
    9. In the Thai solar calendar of Thailand, ourple is the color associated with the day Saturday.
    10. In astrology, Saturday is aligned to the planet Saturn and the astrological signs of Capricorn and Aquarius.
    11. In Nepal, Saturday is the last day of the week and is the only official weekly holiday.
    12. Saturday is the official day of rest in Israel, where all government offices and most businesses, including public transportation, are closed.
    13. Saturday is the day in which elections usually take place in Australia.
    14. Saturday is also the only day that elections take place in New Zealand.
    15. In Sweden, Saturday is often the only day of the week when young children are allowed to eat candy.
    16. In the song/rhyme Monday’s Child, Saturday’s child ‘works hard for a living’.
    17. In folklore, Saturday was often viewed as the best day to hunt vampires, as this was the day of the week when they were restricted to their coffins. It was also believed in the Balkans that if somebody was born on a Saturday then they could see a vampire that was invisible to others, and that these people were the best recruits to become vampire hunters.
    18. In the Western world, Saturday morning television is often orientated towards a viewership of children, whilst in the evening it is often aimed at a viewership of families.
    19. Saturday night is the night on which most bars, pubs, clubs and restaurants open longer, denoting Saturday as the regular party night of the working week.
    20. Saturday is the most common day of the week for most domestic football matches to occur in the U.K.
    21. The final of the Eurovision Song Contest, the longest-running annual international TV song competition, has always aired on a Saturday since its start in 1956.
    22. Black Saturday is the name given to the start of a series of deadly and devastating bushfires in Victoria, Australia, that started on Saturday February the 7th 2009 and were Australia’s all-time worst bushfire disasters.

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    Friday is widely considered to be the last day of the working week worldwide, and for those who work a Monday to Friday job, it’s the beginning of the weekend and therefore the most glorious weekday around.

    There are a few different acronyms that float about for Friday and there are also a couple different Friday dress-codes encouraged in the corporate world.

    Friday is also a day synonymous with superstition whenever it falls upon the 13th day of the month, but do you know what the fear of Friday the 13th is called? Or do you know where the name for Friday comes from? Well, the answers are all here, so let’s get on with it. Happy Friday people!

    1. The English name Friday comes from the Old English Frīġedæġ, meaning “Day of Frige.” This is as a result of the Old English goddess Frigg (an Anglo-Saxon interpretation of the Norse goddess Freya) being associated with the Roman goddess Venus.
    2. This is the same within several other languages, including the Old High German Frīatag and Modern German Frietag, as well as Vrijdag in Dutch.
    3. In most languages that are derived from Latin, Friday is derived from the words “dies Veneris” (day of Venus), like “Vendredi” is French, “Venerdì” in Italian and “Viernes” in Spanish.
    4. However, in Portuguese, also a language derived from Latin, the word for Friday is “Sexta-feira,” meaning “sixth day of liturgical celebration” and is derived from the Latin “Feria Sexta” which was used in religious texts where it was forbidden to consecrate days to pagan gods.
    5. In Japanese, the word for Friday is formed from the words kinsei, meaning Venus (which literally translates as “gold + water”) and yōbi, meaning day.
    6. A popular American acronym is “TGIF,” which means “Thank God It’s Friday.”
    7. In the U.K. and Australia, Friday is sometimes referred to by the acronym “POETS Day,” which stands for “Piss Off Early Tomorrow’s Saturday.”
    8. The term “Friday’s Syndrome” and the term “Friday Feeling” refer to Friday often being the last day of the working week for people and therefore people feeling more relaxed and easy going on a Friday.
    9. Friday the 13th, although considered lucky in some parts of the world, is often a day of superstition for most people in the western world, and the fear of Friday the 13th is known as paraskavedekatriaphobia.
    10. Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen were born together on Friday the 13th June 1986.
    11. In the maritime world, it is considered highly unlucky to begin a voyage on a Friday.
    12. Many corporate workplaces in the West have a “Casual Friday” or “Dress-down Friday” dress-code where employees aren’t expected to turn up to work in their smart business attire, but instead in something more casual like jeans and a t-shirt.
    13. In some places around the world, there is also an occurrence known as “Country and Western Friday,” which is similar to “Casual Friday,” but where employees will wear Cowboy attire rather than casual clothing.
    14. In the U.S., the term “Black Friday” sometimes refers to the day after Thanksgiving, which is traditionally the first day of the Christmas shopping season.
    15. The retail madness seen in stores across the U.S. on Black Friday first resulted in the death of a retail employee in 2008 when, upon opening doors to a 2,000-strong crowd of shoppers in Valley Stream, New York, the employee was trampled by to death by the rushing crowd.
    16. Since then there have been multiple reports of people being shot, stabbed, beaten, trampled and even pepper-sprayed during Black Friday sales.
    17. In astrology, Friday is connected with the planet Venus and is symbolized by that planet’s symbol.
    18. Friday is also associated with the astrological signs of Libra and Taurus.
    19. In the Thai Solar Calendar, blue is the color associated with Friday.
    20. In Christianity, Good Friday is the Friday before Easter and it commemorates the day of Jesus’ crucifixion.
    21. In 1719 the Daniel Defoe novel Robinson Crusoe, the main character meets a native to the island he’s stranded on, with whom he cannot communicate at first. Crusoe and calls him Friday as this is the day of the week when he meets him.
    22. The expression “Man Friday” comes from the character Friday in the novel Robinson Crusoe, and is used to describe a particularly loyal or competent male personal assistant.

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