British people say "Happy Christmas" because in the 19th century the word "merry" also meant "intoxicated" so they wanted to separate it from public insobriety.
Baby whales can gain up to 200 pounds per day.
Some women in Mauritania force-feed their daughters because obesity for women is idealized in the country.
Cockroaches are among the world's fartiest species.
The word 'censorship' is censored in China.
The Eisenhower interstate system requires that one mile in every five must be straight in case of war or emergency they could be used as airstrips.
The rulers of the first Feudal state of Eastern Europe the Khazars converted en masse to Judaism in the 8th Century.
The swan has over 25,000 feathers in its body.
The Amazon River once flowed in the opposite direction from east to west.
Months that begin on a Sunday will always have a “Friday the 13th.”
About 46 000 square miles of arable land turn to desert every year due to climate change and practices such as forest clear-cutting.
The youngest Pope was 11 years old.
Research conducted on comedians and funny people have shown they are usually more depressed than average.
A "Panther" isn't a real animal. It's actually a term used to describe black cougars jaguars and leopards.
The average volume of farts a person generates per day ranges around 476 to 1491ml.
It takes the average McDonald's employee 7 months to earn what a CEO makes in an hour.
The name Wendy was made up for the book Peter Pan there was never a recorded Wendy before!
In 2006 a woman farted on a plane and tried to cover up the smell by lighting matches causing an emergency landing.
Gold has been discovered on every continent on earth.
On Sept. 9 2015 Queen Elizabeth II will become the longest-reigning UK monarch ever surpassing Queen Victoria.
A puppy is born blind, deaf, and toothless.
Colombia's drug trade is worth US$10 billion. That's one-quarter as much as the country's legal exports.
New Yorkers bite 10 times more people than sharks do worldwide.
When Charlie Chaplin received his honorary Oscar he got a 12-minute standing ovation the longest in Oscar history.
The CIA had a secret office on the 25th floor of 7 World Trade Center another nearby building that collapsed after the 9/11 attacks.
The Golden Gate uses the largest bridge cables ever made long enough to encircle the world more than 3 times at the equator.
In 1989 Margaret Thatcher pleaded with Mikhail Gorbachev to keep the Berlin Wall up.
Ten percent of the Russian government’s income comes from the sale of vodka.
Anorexia has the highest mortality rate of any psychological disorder: between 5% and 20% eventually die from it.
The first magazine ever seen was launched in 1663 in Germany.
Rats and horses can’t vomit.
If you were to take a taxicab from New York City to Los Angeles it would cost you $8 325.
At a spending rate of $1 million a day it would take Bill Gates 218 years to spend all his money.
103countries have abolished the death penalty. Notable exceptions include the U.S. Japan and China.
Einstein's great breakthroughs came from visual experiments performed in his head rather than the lab.
South Africans can legally attach flame throwers to cars to repel car jackers.
Alfred Hitchcock filmed a documentary about the Holocaust in 1945. It was hidden until 1984.
Cats sweat through their paws.
In 1961 MIT student Steve Russell created SPACEWARS the first interactive computer game on a Digital PDP-1 (Programmed Data Processor-1) mainframe computer. Limited by the computer technology of the time ASCII text characters were the ‘graphics’ and people could only play the game on a device that took up the floorspace of a small house.
In 2014 there are about 350 000 tweets and 382 000 Facebook likes every minute.
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