Before publishing "Don Quixote " Cervantes was captured and kept as slave for 5 years in Algiers. A ransom was paid by his parents.
When you sneeze all your bodily functions stop even your heart.
A new word in English is created every 98 minutes.
During the invasion of Poland in WW2 720 Poles defended their position against 40 000 Germans stopping their advance for 3 days.
Writer Stephen King was addicted to cocaine between 1979 and 1987 and used it to create a buzz to write.
The surface of the Earth is about 60% water and 10% ice.
The scientific name for the Western lowland gorilla is Gorilla gorilla gorilla.
A 13-year old boy in Florida was once arrested for excessive farting in school.
Every year about 98% of atoms in your body are replaced.
Government vehicles in Cuba are legally required to pick up any hitchhikers.
The blood you donate is sold on the open market and it's a US$4.5 billion per year industry.
More Colombians die every year from American tobacco than Americans die from Colombian cocaine.
Daniel Boone hated coonskin caps.
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 African nation of Mozambique has an AK-47 assault rifle on its flag.
A "GAY BOMB" was once proposed at the Pentagon to turn the enemy gay.
The Gulf War cost each American US$306 while Vietnam was US$2 204 per person. The Korean War cost US$2 266 and WW2 US$20 388 per person.
2% of couples have fallen in love in a supermarket according to a survey.
Gerald Ford was the only to have served as both U.S. President and Vice President without being elected to either position.
Understanding English actually hurts professional players of English scrabble. Some of the world's best Scrabble players are Thai and can't speak English.
A dik-dik is a tiny antelope that lives in East Africa, Namibia and Angola.
A woman's risk of breast cancer approximately doubles if she has a first-degree relative (mother sister daughter) who has been diagnosed with breast cancer.
Air pollution causes lung cancer and is also linked to an increased risk for bladder cancer.
A blue whale's heart can be as large as a car.
The name "Argentina" comes from the Latin word for silver argentum. The original European settlers believed the country was full of silver.
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Armenia became the first nation to adopt Christianity as a State Religion in the year 301.
The first CD pressed in the US was Bruce Springsteen’s “Born in the USA”.
Only about 9% of marijuana users become clinically dependent according to a study.
Cleopatra was the first in the dynasty of Greek rulers of Egypt who could speak Egyptian.
An American urologist bought Napoleon’s penis for $40 000.
In the U.S. the apples sold at stores can be up to a year old.
In 1953 a North Korean fighter pilot defected to South Korea with his MiG-15 and was rewarded with US$100 000 by the U.S.
Monkeys can count.
Human saliva has a boiling point three times that of regular water.
Elephant brains can weigh as much as 5 KG (11 LB) more than the brain of any other land animal.
60 000 plastic bags are being used in the U.S. every 5 seconds.
Gasoline is complex as it can contain between 150 and 1 000 different chemical compounds.
Author J. K. Rowling wrote the final chapter of the last Harry Potter book in 1990 7 years before the release of the first book.
Saudi Arabia a member of the U.N. Human Rights Council punished 2 000 people with the death penalty since 1985.
Bill Cosby spoke out against giving the death penalty to the man who shot and killed his own son.
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