5 Fab Facts (Episode 29)

Jan 13, 2021

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Below are the top 5 Fab Facts heard on Episode 29 of Newsy Jacuzzi!

This week was a doozy – because there was big news, ancient news and artistically odd news for our listeners. First, we broke down the storming of the US capital and what it meant for America. We also told you about the super cool “dhaba” or restaurant uncovered in the ancient city of Pompeii, the Indian man who used his life savings to create a “rice ATM” (if you don’t know what that is – we confess we didn’t – then have a listen!) and what wacky and wonderful things can be done with your chewed over chopsticks!

And the top fab facts that came out of all that were:

FAB FACT NUMBER 1: We know democracy is the system of governance in which everyone (over 18 years old) gets to vote for their leaders. But what’s the sign of a healthy, thriving democracy?

When there is a smooth transition of power – meaning leaders leave peacefully when they are voted out.

FAB FACT NUMBER 2: The ancient Italian city of Pompeii was buried under what?

The hot ash and lava of a volcano, called Mount Vesuvius, which erupted almost 2000 years ago, killing 11. 100 people.

FAB FACT NUMBER 3: What is the name of hot ash and lava when it dries?

It’s called pumice stone, which is a rock with lots of little holes in it.

FAB FACT NUMBER 4:

An ATM is a ‘hole in the wall’ that gives you money, when you put your bank card inside. But what do the letters stand for?

The ATM acronym stands for ‘automatic teller machine.’

FAB FACT NUMBER 5:

Wooden chopsticks are biodegradable, but what other resources go into making and distributing them?

Human hands and massive machines plant the trees, chop them down and process the wood into chopsticks, never mind all the packaging and fossil fuel to ship them across the world.