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BenchMaster Celebrates 40th Birthday

To celebrate BenchMaster’s 40th birthday, here are 40 fun facts that you may or may not know about…

  1. In horse racing, the maximum number of runners in the Grand National is 40.
  2. 40 years ago Red Rum made history when he won his third Grand National.
  3. 40 years of marriage is known as the ruby wedding anniversary.
  4. 40 is an even number.
  5. The Roman numeral for 40 is XL.
  6. Forty is a composite number.
  7. Forty is the only number in English whose letters appear in alphabetical order.
  8. Minus 40 degrees,or “40 below,” is the only temperature that is the same in both Fahrenheit and Celsius.
  9. A typical human pregnancy lasts 40 weeks.
  10. Lent consists of 40 days and 40 nights.
  11. Life begins at 40.
  12. 40 love equals the 3rd point scored in tennis.
  13. UB40 is a British reggae band.
  14. There are 40 spaces on a monopoly board.
  15. The official UK charts consists of 40 singles.
  16. Ryan Giggs continued playing for Manchester United after 40.
  17. 40 is the dialling code assigned to Romania.
  18. “40” is a 1983 song by U2 from their album 
  19. 40 is the natural number following 39 and preceding 41.
  20. Though the word is related to “four” (4), the spelling “forty” replaced “fourty” in the course of the 17th century
  21. Star Wars is 40 years old in 2017.
  22. Forty is the maximum number of players a Major League Baseball team can sign to its roster at once.
  23. 40 is the number of winks William Kitchiner suggests taking for a perfect nap.
  24. The average house price 40 years ago in the UK was £12,869
  25. The average cost of a car 40 years ago in the UK was £2,350
  26. The average salary 40 years ago in the UK was £3,218.
  27. Elvis Presley died 40 years ago.
  28. Nasa launched voyager 2 to Jupiter 40 years ago
  29. 40 years ago the TRS-80 Model becomes the first desktop computer.
  30. 40 years ago Virginia Wade won Wimbledon.
  31. 40 years ago the Queen celebrated her Silver Jubilee. 
  32. James Callaghan was the Prime Minister 40 years ago.
  33. Nottingham Forest led by Brian Clough won the first Division title 40 years ago.
  34. Abba had the top selling album 40 years ago with ‘Arrival’
  35. Top Gear first hit our screens 40 years ago.
  36. Monster Munch was first launched 40 years ago.
  37. The average pint of beer 40 years ago was 38p
  38. A litre of petrol 40 years ago was 18p.
  39. 40 years ago more than half of us worked either in manufacturing (26 per cent) or public health, education and administration (25 per cent)
  40. Every 40th BenchMaster workbench is free to celebrate our 40th