Most popular seafood William Lawrence Sr Omnibit 1-24-20

Shrimp is the most popular seafood in the United States. We consume 1.27 billion pounds per year.

A medium shrimp weighs about a half-ounce. Using that as the average weight of a sold shrimp means we annually eat about 41 billion shrimp.

Most popular seafood William Lawrence Sr Omnibit 1-24-20
Most popular seafood William Lawrence Sr Omnibit 1-24-20

Died building the Panama Canal William Lawrence Sr Omnibit 1-23-20

How many died building the Panama Canal? Hospital records such that 5609 died of diseases and accidents but a whole lot of deaths occurred outside the hospital. The best estimate is 22,000 and this doesn’t count the French attempt.

Died building the Panama Canal William Lawrence Sr Omnibit 1-23-20
Died building the Panama Canal William Lawrence Sr Omnibit 1-23-20

Thomas Becket's shrine William Lawrence Sr Omnibit 1-22-20

Thomas Becket’s shrine William Lawrence Sr Omnibit 1-22-20

No Miranda, you cannot retrace the trip taken in Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, at least exactly. The pilgrims’ destination was the St. Thomas Becket’s shrine at Canterbury Cathedral.

Becket was a pal of King Henry II who placed him in the important post of the Archbishop of Canterbury in a bit of convenient cronyism. Unfortunately for Henry, Becket started taking his job seriously which interfered with the King’s plans. The King expressed his annoyance to some of his knights who took matters in their own hands on Dec. 29, 1170 and killed the cleric in the Cathedral.

Canterbury Cathedral was destroyed by fire four years later. A magnificent replacement was built. Becket’s body was placed in a solid gold shrine, and became the destination for pilgrims as per “Canterbury Tales.”

In 1534, Henry VIII while performing his anti-Catholic pogrom summoned the dead saint to court to face charges of treason. When he didn’t appear, he was found guilty in abstentia. Henry VIII destroyed the shrine, took its gold and burned Becket’s body.

Thomas Becket’s shrine William Lawrence Sr Omnibit 1-22-20
 
Thomas Becket's shrine

Norwegian Bliss William Lawrence Sr Omnibit 1-21-20

No Christopher, the biggest ship to ever sail through the Panama Canal was not an aircraft carrier but a cruise ship, the 168,028-ton Norwegian Bliss. The record breaking trip occurred in May 14, 2018. The vessel is 1,082 feet long, 20 decks high and can carry 4,004 passengers. The canal was expanded in 2016 to accommodate such massive things.

Norwegian Bliss William Lawrence Sr Omnibit 1-21-20
Norwegian Bliss William Lawrence Sr Omnibit 1-21-20

Germans in the American Revolution William Lawrence Sr Omnibit 1-18-20

About 30,000 Germans in the American Revolution fought as allies of the British. A little over half returned home. About a quarter of them died either in battle or from disease. Most of the rest, 4,972, stayed here and became citizens.

Germans in the American Revolution William Lawrence Sr Omnibit 1-18-20
Germans in the American Revolution William Lawrence Sr Omnibit 1-18-20

$900 million in 1901 William Lawrence Sr Omnibit 1-17-20

John D. Rockefeller had a net worth of $900 million in 1901 when he retired. That’s $400 billion in today’s money. That’s more than what Jeff Bezos, Bill Gates and Warren Buffet have combined.

$900 million in 1901 William Lawrence Sr Omnibit 1-17-20
$900 million in 1901 William Lawrence Sr Omnibit 1-17-20

Sperm whales were killed William Lawrence Sr Omnibit 1-16-20

About 236,000 sperm whales were killed in the 19th century for lamp oil. That’s right our Greenpeace friends, it was that black stuff discovered in Titusville that you hate so much that really saved the whales.

Sperm whales were killed William Lawrence Sr Omnibit 1-16-20
Sperm whales were killed William Lawrence Sr Omnibit 1-16-20

Bitumen William Lawrence Sr Omnibit 1-15-20

Bitumen is another name for asphalt. In Arabic it is called mumiyah. It is what the Egyptians used to embalm bodies. It is where we get the word mummy.

Bitumen
The Asphalt’s Curse would be a cool movie
Bitumen William Lawrence Sr Omnibit 1-15-20

Conan Doyle JM Barrie William Lawrence Sr Omnibit 1-14-20

Conan Doyle  JM Barrie — Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and  JM Barrie were on the same cricket team. Doyle was the author of Sherlock Holmes stores. Barrie wrote Peter Pan.

Conan Doyle  JM Barrie William Lawrence Sr Omnibit 1-14-20
Conan Doyle  JM Barrie William Lawrence Sr Omnibit 1-14-20