October 21, 2013

Fight or Flight Facts

  • Although aviation history and development can be credited to way before the Wright brothers, they are given credit for inventing and building the world’s first successful airplane and making the first controlled, powered and sustained heavier-than-air human flight. This historical event happened on December 17, 1903.

  • Official records point to the Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird as the world’s fastest, manned jet aircraft. It can travel with a speed of 2,194 mph or 3,530 km/h. The record was set on July 28, 1976 near Beale Air Force Base, California, USA with Eldon W. Joersz and George T. Morgan Jr. as pilots.

  • You can fit 45 mid size automobiles on only one wing of a Boeing 747-400.

  • You can fit 6 million golf balls inside of a Boeing 757 freighter.

  • Supersonic flight (breaking the sound barrier) is achieved when an object travels at a speed faster than sound (1235kph, 768mph).

  • The first handheld mobile phone was made in 1973 by Motorola employee Martin Cooper. The phone was named the DynaTAC 8000X and was commercially released 11 years later in 1984. At the time it cost $3,995 which is around $9,000 in today's money when you account for inflation. It weighed 2.5 pounds and Martin made his first call with it to his rival and he bragged about it.

  • Mobile phone texting was first introduced 21 years ago. Neil Papworth, a 22–year–old software programmer from Reading, sent the first message when he wished his friend Richard Jarvis of Vodafone: 'Merry Christmas.' At the time mobile phones didn't have keyboards so it was sent via personal computer.

  • The first photo to be shared using a mobile phone was taken in 1997 by Philippe Kahn. He sent snaps from the maternity ward where his daughter Sophie was born. Kahn, an inventor from France, is credited with developing the world's first camera phone.

  • The first cell phone to be used by James Bond was an Ericsson JB988 in Tomorrow Never Dies in 1997. The handset contained various fictional extras such as a fingerprint scanner, lock pick, stun gun and remote control for 007's BMW car.

  • More than 180million iPhones have been sold to date. If you turn them sideways and line them up, they measure more than 12,700 miles. Someone has bothered to work out that's long enough to build a bridge from Rio de Janeiro to Shanghai, go halfway around the world or circle Pluto almost three times.

  • Traditionally, investors try to preserve their assets during hard economic times by investing in precious metals, such as gold and silver. The World Gold Council released a report in February 2009 that indicated the demand for gold rose sharply in the last half of 2008.

  • Gold is chemically inert, which also explains why it never rusts and does not cause skin irritation. If gold jewelry irritates the skin, it is likely that the gold was mixed with some other metal.

  • Around 1200 B.C., the Egyptians used unshorn sheepskin to mine for gold dust from the sands of the Black Sea. This practice is most likely the inspiration for the 'Golden Fleece.'

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