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Kindness Makes the World a Better Place
- After 9/11, the Maasai tribe of Kenya gifted 14 of their most important cattle to America.
- In 2013, PayPal accidentally credited US$92 quadrillion to a man from Pennsylvania.
- In 1801, the Kingdom of Ireland and the Kingdom of Great Britain merged to create a United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland.
- The 1999 “Ig” Nobel Peace Prize went to the inventors of cars fitted with flamethrowers to prevent carjacking.
- Humans are 50% heavier and four inches taller in the past 100 years than they have been throughout most of human history.
“What’s the Weather Like Up There?”
- Napoleon wasn’t short. He was actually taller than the average Frenchman.
- In 536 AD, a worldwide dust cloud blocked out the sun for a year, resulting in widespread famine and disease.
- The eruption of the volcano Krakatoa in 1883 was the loudest sound in recorded history, audible up to 3,000 miles away.
- Mexican General Santa Anna had an elaborate state funeral for his amputated leg.
- Ice-Age Britons used human skulls as cups.
Marvellous Memphis Mansion
- In 2008, a chimpanzee named Anjana adopted and raised two baby white tigers named Mitra and Shiva.
- A clean mouth has between 1,000 and 100,000 bacteria on each tooth.
- An estimated one-third of the world’s population has tuberculosis bacteria, but most never show any symptoms.
- Elvis Presley was just 22 when he paid US $102,500 for Graceland, the Memphis mansion that served as his home base for two decades.
- British troops liberated the concentration camp holding Anne Frank just weeks after her death.
A Not So Fa-Brew-Lous Flavour
- Polish soldier Witold Pilecki volunteered for internment in Auschwitz to gather information, escape and tell about the Holocaust.
- The oldest hotel in the world is the Nishiyama Onsen Keiunkan in Yamanashi, Japan and has been running since 705AD.
- Horses have the largest eyes of any land mammal and possess 350° vision.
- At over 401 acres, the Hindu temple Angkor Wat in Cambodia is the largest religious structure in the world.
- Coffee doesn’t taste like it smells because saliva wipes out half the flavour.
Just a Little Rusty
- A steady stream of minor accomplishments makes you more satisfied than a few major ones.
- Mars is red because it is covered in rust (iron oxide).
- Your mind “rewrites” boring people’s monotonous speech to make them sound more interesting.
- According to studies, the key to happiness is to spend your money on experiences rather than possessions.
- A man received the heart of a suicide victim, married his widow, and years later killed himself in the same way his donor did.
The Great Golden Gate!
- Cockroaches appeared 120 million years before dinosaurs.
- The Golden Gate Bridge uses the largest bridge cables ever made, long enough to encircle the world more than three times at the equator.
- The sport of Ultimate Frisbee is recognised by the International Olympic Committee.
- A cat nicknamed “Unsinkable Sam” survived the sinking of three separate ships during WW2.
- Jessica Cox became the world’s first licensed armless pilot in 2008.