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Thursday Factoids and Fun!

 With us being close to the end of the week, our brains are tired, were looking forward to the weekend and in need of some mental stimulation. Here are some facts, figures, challenges and general fun to keep us all occupied for one more day!

Did You Know?

In the Netherlands in 1643 Tulips Bulbs where more valuable than gold and in one transaction a gentle man paid 1000 pounds of cheese, four oxen, eight pigs, 12 sheep a bed and a suit of clothes for a single Viceroy tulip bulb.

Both George Washington and Thomas Jefferson grew cannabis sativa (marijuana) on their plantations.

According to the Guinness Book of Records, the tallest sunflower grew to 7.76m tall!


The Guinness Book of Records also states that the worlds largest cucumber was grown in the UK in 1986 and measured a whopping 1.1m, enough for 44 rounds of cucumber sandwiches.

Worlds largest cucumber

One of the oldest plant dyes comes from the Woad plant, which produces a lovely light blue colour and has been used since the Neolithic period, that’s over 6000 years!

The thickening substance carragennan which is used in ice cream, marsh mellows and pancake syrup comes from red seaweed.

Lateral Thinking Problems

Q: A man and his son are in a car crash. The father is killed and the child is taken to hospital gravely injured. When he gets there, the surgeon says, 'I can't operate on this boy - for he is my son!!!' How can this possibly be?

A: The surgeon can not operate on her own son; she is his mother.

Q: A mother is 21 years older than her child. In exactly 6 years from now, the mother will be exactly 5 times as old as the child.

Where's the father?

A: With the mother. If you do the math, you find out the child will be born in 9 months.





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