Do you know there are no tigers in Africa? We have this and 28 other strange facts for you!
There Are No Tigers in Africa – Water a Great Fact…
- Contrary to popular belief, there are no wild tigers in Africa. Only in Asia.
- The richest man in Asia, Sir Ka-Shing Li, dropped out of school at 15. As of 2019, he is the 30th wealthiest person in the world.
- Alexander the Great was simultaneously the King of Macedonia, Pharaoh of Egypt, King of Persia and King of Asia.
- Tap water has a shelf-life of six months, after which the chlorine dissipates and bacteria starts to grow.
- New bacteria grow on a kitchen sponge every 20 minutes.
- Some cats have survived falls from over 32 stories (nearly 115 yards!) onto concrete, due mainly to their “righting reflex”.
Which Came First?
- Elephants protect themselves with sand to avoid sunburn!
- Fidel Castro led Cuba for five decades and was the world’s third longest-serving head of state, after Britain’s Queen Elizabeth and the King of Thailand.
- Every three days, a human stomach gets a new lining.
- Humans are born with 300 bones in their body, however, when a person reaches adulthood, they only have 206. This phenomenon occurs because many of the infant bones fuse to make single ones.
- A chicken with red earlobes will produce brown eggs and one with white earlobes will produce white eggs.
- The abbreviation Xmas for the word Christmas is of Greek origin. Since the word for Christ in the Greek language, Xristos, starts with the letter “X”, they started putting the X in place of Christ and came up with the short form for the word Christmas.
Sounds Strange. Probably Tastes Really Good!
- In Spain, it is common to pour chocolate milk or café-au-lait on cereal for breakfast.
- Dipsomania refers to an insatiable craving for alcoholic beverages. The word comes from the Greek words dipso (thirst) and mania (madness or frenzy).
- The shortest war in history was between Zanzibar and England in 1896. Zanzibar surrendered after 38 minutes.
- Tomato ketchup is a good conditioner for the hair. It also helps remove the greenish tinge that some blonde haired people get after swimming in water with chlorine in it.
- The more a person struggles to get out of quicks, the faster they will sink. Staying still and calm will make the body float because the body is less dense than the quicksand.
- The fastest-moving land snake is the Black Mamba, which can move up to seven miles per hour.
Don’t Look Down!
- The Indian Army built the highest bridge in the world in 1982. It is in the Himalayan mountains and is about 3½ miles above sea level!
- About 10% of the 100,000 thunderstorms that occur in the USA every year have a classification of “severe”.
- Many years ago, clans that wanted to get rid of unwanted members without killing them used to burn their houses, hence the expression “to get fired”.
- When the Greeks arrived on Spanish soil around 600BC, they referred to the peninsula as Hesperia, meaning “land of the setting sun”. When the Carthaginians came around 300BC, they called the country “Ispania”, which means “land of the rabbits”.
- 111,111,111 multiplied by 111,111,111 gives the result 12,345,678,987,654,321!
- The Coca Cola company offers more than 300 different beverages.
One Nose Is Not Enough…
- A slug has four noses.
- If a statue of a horse with rider has its front legs in the air, the person died in battle. When the horse has one front leg in the air, the person died due to wounds received in action. If the horse has all four legs on the ground, the person died of natural causes.
- No word in the English language rhymes with month, silver or purple.
- The name “Canada” likely comes from the Huron-Iroquois word Kanata, meaning “village” or “settlement”.
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