Lobster was fed to slaves because it was considered a mark of poverty prior to the 20th century.
Open up a conversation in Facebook Messenger and type @fbchess play to start a game of chess with a friend.
Alcohol kills one person every 10 seconds worldwide.
Hershey’s Kisses are called that because the machine that makes them looks like it’s kissing the conveyor belt.
Iran sentences its citizens to the death penalty on cases of corruption.
The Simpsons crew sent flowers to South Park studios when they parodied Family Guy.
Human life expectancy has increased more in the last 50 years than in the previous 200 000 years of human existence.
The word "Scientist"first appeared in 1833.
In addition to aches fever and pains Tylenol (acetaminophen) also alleviates psychological pain such as social rejection.
There are over 3 million shipwrecks on the ocean floor according to the U.N.
There's a breed of bacteria that lives in hairspray.
An earthquake on Dec. 16 1811 caused parts of the Mississippi River to flow backwards.
Great Britain was the first county to issue postage stamps. Hence the postage stamps of Britain are the only stamps in the world not to bear the name of the country of origin. However every stamp carries a relief image or a silhouette of the monarch’s head instead.
No one has ever seen a giraffe swimming.
A crocodile can’t poke its tongue out :p
Chewing gum while peeling onions will keep you from crying!
In ancient times Chinese people feared pandas and described them as metal-devouring black-and-white "tapirs."
Hippos can run faster than humans!
There's a direct descendant of Christopher Columbus alive today. He's a Spanish noble.
When Fidel Castro seized power in Cuba he immediately ordered all game sets of Monopoly to be destroyed.
Snakes used in snake charming performances respond to movement not sound.
About one-third of designated drivers have at least one drink while carrying the title.
The average person’s left hand does 56% of the typing.
France is the most visited country in the world: 83 million tourists in 2012.
Women spend nearly one year of their lives deciding what to wear.
Cats have over one hundred vocal sounds, while dogs only have about ten.
The gastrointestinal tract is a 30-foot (9 m) tube running from your mouth to your anus.
Ikea names sofas coffee tables and bookshelves after places in Sweden; beds wardrobes and hall furniture after places in Norway; carpets after places in Denmark and dining tables and chairs after places in Finland.
The chances of us eating even one spider in our sleep throughout our lifetime is close to 0%.
Honey bees can distinguish human faces.
Prostitution is illegal in Israel yet 12 000 women work in the sex trade along with roughly 1 000 men.
Jellyfish evaporate in the sun. They’re 98% water.
Your brain uses 20% of the total oxygen and blood in your body.
The first webcam was created in Cambridge to check the status of a coffee pot.
During WW2 Canada gave out buttons to people who tried to enlist but were refused due to medical reasons to show their willingness to fight.
File-sharing is an official religion in Sweden. It holds CTRL+C and CTRL+V as sacred symbols.
Possums have one of the shortest pregnancies at 16 days. The shortest human pregnancy to produce a healthy baby was 22 weeks 6 days — the baby was the length of a ballpoint pen.
99% of all mobile malware is targeted at Android users.
The cost of building the Statue of Liberty and pedestal amounted to over US$500 000 over US$10m in today's money.
The World's Oldest Company operated in Japan from 578 AD to 2006.
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