The island of Manhattan was purchased from American Indian people in 1626 for about US$1 000 in modern currency.
Alexander the Great founded 70 cities naming at least 20 after himself and one after his horse.
The American secret service tried to spike Hitler's food with female hormones to feminize him.
Wealthy Russians hire fake ambulances to beat Moscow's traffic.
A blue whale's heart can be as large as a car.
Sweden pays students US $187 per month to attend high school.
Cats have 32 muscles that control the outer ear while humans have only 6.
Hong Kong holds the most Rolls Royce’s per capita.
Swearing on the Bible is forbidden by the Bible.
A tiny amount of liquor on a scorpion will make it instantly go mad and sting itself to death.
The Simpson's co-creator Sam Simon died of terminal cancer and left most of his fortune to animal charities and feeding the hungry.
Golf courses cover 4% of North America.
The creator of the iPod first offered the idea to Philips and RealNetworks but they failed to see its potential.
Headless cockroaches are capable of living for weeks. They die from starvation.
In every episode of “Seinfeld” there is a Superman picture or reference somewhere.
France is the most visited country in the world: 83 million tourists in 2012.
Alligators cannot move backwards.
Banging your head against a wall uses 150 calories an hour.
McDonald's Big Mac is used as an economic index to compare purchasing power between currencies and countries.
Traffic in central London moves at the same speed as horse-drawn carriages a century ago.
The keys to the holiest site in Christianity the Church of the Holy Sepulchre are held by a Muslim family that opens the church every morning. This arrangement has been in place since 1187 CE.
Marriage started shifting from arranged to love-based marriages in the 18th Century.
Brazil's Capital Brasilia looks like an aeroplane from above.
There are on average 3.74 degrees of separation between any one Facebook user and another.
The turkey is one of the most famous birds in North America.
Steve Jobs never wrote a single line of programming code.
A 10-Year-Old Accidentally Created in 2012 a New Molecule in Science Class: Tetranitratoxycarbon.
Microwaving food does not diminish the nutrients. When done right it's actually one of the most nutritionally sound methods in food preparation.
Only one-half of a dolphin's brain goes to sleep at a time.
Google has a version of their site translated into the language of the Klingons from Star Trek.
"Good cholesterol" (HDL) can "turn bad" and solidify into fat-clogs.
There are 1 792 steps in the Eiffel Tower
Alcohol is not digested; it gets absorbed directly into the bloodstream.
It is estimated that about 600 000 people die in China each year from issues related to overwork.
There are more cars than people in Los Angeles.
Albert Einstein and Charles Darwin both married their first cousins
Albert Einstein's brain had a parietal lobe that was 15% larger than the average brain.
A lion in the wild usually makes no more than 20 kills a year.
A normal raindrop falls at about 7 miles per hour.
Alexander the Great was not much admired in his lifetime and was seen by many as a drunken tyrant.
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