About 1 in 9 people lack access to an improved water source.
The song Jingle Bells was originally written for Thanksgiving.
The only country to protest against the German annexation of Austria of 1938 right before WW2 was Mexico.
There are 1 million ants for every human in the world.
In 1900 all the world's mathematical knowledge could be written in about 80 books; today it would fill more than 100 000 books.
In 1913 Argentina was the world's 10th wealthiest nation per capita. Now it's the 54th.
Mount Olympus Mons on Mars is three times the size of Mount Everest.
Giraffes are the tallest animals in the world. Males can grow up to 18 feet (5.5 meters) tall.
20 000 children die worldwide every day due to poverty.
Due to precipitation for a few weeks K2 is taller than Mt. Everest.
The first Canadian casualties of the Afghanistan war were from an American pilot bombing a training exercise.
Starfish can re-grow their arms. In fact a single arm can regenerate a whole body.
Giraffes' tongues grow up to 21 inches (53 cm) in length.
1 in 5 000 babies is born without an anus opening.
In 1936 American track star Jesse Owens beat a race horse over a 100-yard course. The horse was given a head start.
Nutmeg is extremely poisonous if injected intravenously.
Every minute 2 million searches are performed on Google.
There are 1 792 steps in the Eiffel Tower
The company that owned the WTC had scheduled a meeting for 9/11/2001 on Tower 1 to discuss what to do in the event of a terrorist attack but rescheduled the night before because someone couldn't attend.
The word "Scientist"first appeared in 1833.
The "No Animals Were Harmed" moniker on movies only applies while film is actually recording.
Cold water is heavier than hot water.
Steven Spielberg declined to direct the Harry Potter movies and said "It's just like withdrawing a billion dollars and putting it into your personal bank accounts. There's no challenge."
Alexander the Great founded 70 cities naming at least 20 after himself and one after his horse.
Sucking a king's nipples was a gesture of submission in ancient Ireland.
In Japan 90% of mobile phones are waterproof because youngsters use them even in the shower.
Alexander the Great was not much admired in his lifetime and was seen by many as a drunken tyrant.
When the D-Day forces landed Hitler was asleep. None of his generals dared send re-enforcements without his permission and no-one dared wake him.
The population of Jews in the world is similar to the margin of error in the Chinese census.
The Simpson's co-creator Sam Simon died of terminal cancer and left most of his fortune to animal charities and feeding the hungry.
It is believed Russia has at least 15 secret cities with their names and locations unknown.
You don't like the original version of a song because it's better. You like it because it's the one you heard first.
While floating in lunar orbit astronaut Al Worden was 2 235 miles (3 600 km) away from his companions making him the most isolated human being ever.
The owl has a small brain.
1.3 million Earths could fit into the Sun.
California produces 80% of the world's almonds.
The Sun is 400 times further away from Earth than the Moon is.
There are an estimated 400 million dogs in the world.
Antarctica is almost 1.5 times the size of the U.S.
There are 5 planets you can see with the naked eye not using a telescope: Mercury Venus Mars Jupiter and Saturn.
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