- There are more English words beginning with the letter “s” than any other letter.
- The day after tomorrow is called “overmorrow”.
- On average, people who complain more live longer. Releasing tension increases immunity and boosts health.
- People are still finding 29,000 rubber ducks lost at sea in 1992, revolutionising our knowledge of ocean science.
- The Atlantic Ocean off Newfoundland, Canada, can freeze enough to play ice hockey on it.
Feeling a Little Nutty?
- Vanilla beans come from the world’s only fruit-producing orchid, the Vanilla planifolia.
- The King James Bible has inspired the lyrics to more pop songs than any other book.
- Vegetarians are 19% less likely to die from heart disease, a study found.
- The 15-minute chimes on Big Ben have lyrics: “All through this hour / Lord be my guide / And by Thy power / No foot shall slide.”
- Bolivia is the main exporter of Brazil nuts.
A Nap a Day Keeps the Vet Away
- Over 250 cinemas in the UK have autism friendly screenings. The volume is lower, the lighting darker and you can take your own food and drink.
- Tokyo Disneyland was the first Disney theme park outside the US. It opened in April 1983.
- Giraffes only need 5 to 30 minutes of sleep in a 24-hour period.
- Glaciers and ice sheets hold about 69 per cent of the world’s freshwater.
- It is a criminal offence to drive around in a dirty car in Russia.
“Just Keep Swimming, Just Keep Swimming”
- The world consumes close to 2.25 billion cups of coffee every day.
- Only female mosquitoes drink blood. Males are vegetarians
- The father of Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon, was a unicyclist in a circus.
- The Bororo people of Brazil are one of the few groups of people who all have the same blood type: “O”.
- The chlorine in swimming pools isn’t what causes red eyes. It is the chlorine binding to the bacteria in the water.
Let There Be Light
- India’s Hindu calendar has six seasons: spring, summer, monsoon, autumn, winter and prevernal.
- The world’s oldest existing lighthouse is the Tower of Hercules in La Coruña, Spain. It dates from the first century and is still operational.
- In 1971, Argentina’s ex-president Juan Perón and his new wife had Evita Perón’s body exhumed and flown to Spain. They kept the corpse in their dining room.
- The inventor of intermittent windshield wipers failed to sell his idea to the auto industry. When they began showing up on new cars, he sued, and won.
- Ethan Zuckerman, the man who invented pop-up ads has apologised for creating one of the internet’s most hated forms of advertising.
Viva Las Vegas
- Most of Las Vegas’ iconic hotels and even its famous welcome sign aren’t technically in the city of Las Vegas. They are in an unincorporated township called Paradise.
- The sunrise in parts of China can be as late as 10am because the country combined its five time zones into one.
- Seven years of satellite data show that the Lut Desert in Iran is the hottest spot on Earth.
- Leonardo Da Vinci used to buy caged animals at market just to set them free.
- The Hawaiian alphabet has just 13 letters.
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