Brazil's government spent US$53 million in public funds for Pope Francis' visit of 2013.
Elephant brains can weigh as much as 5 KG (11 LB) more than the brain of any other land animal.
The first cloned cat was called "CC" short for "Carbon Copy."
It's illegal in many countries to perform surgery on an octopus without anesthesia due to their intelligence.
When Anglerfish mate they melt into each other and share their bodies forever.
The technology behind smartphones relies on up to 250 000 separate patents.
Martin Luther King Jr. was jailed 29 times.
There's a building project in Berlin Germany where they want to build a Christian church a mosque and a synagogue all in one.
Moon dust smells like gunpowder according to astronauts.
A group of rhinos are called a crash.
Giant flying foxes that live in Indonesia have wingspans of nearly six feet.
Around 6% of people have narcissistic personality disorder. They have a strong sense of self-importance and lack empathy.
There are over 500 000 alcohol-related deaths in Russia each year.
A Colombian woman was raised by monkeys after being kidnaped and abandoned in the jungle as a child.
Many fish species are known to change sex during the course of their lives.
Cats can hear ultrasound.
2200 years ago Eratosthenes estimated the Earth's circumference using math without ever leaving Egypt. He was remarkably accurate. Christopher Columbus later studied him.
Humans and dogs first became best friends 30 000 years ago.
Some dogs can smell dead bodies under water!
August 2014 was the warmest August ever recorded globally.
10 000 shipping containers are lost at sea each year and 10% of those hold toxic chemicals which may leak into the ocean.
Jellyfish like salt water. A rainy season often reduces the jellyfish population by putting more fresh water into normally salty waters where they live.
Didaskaleinophobia is the fear of going to school.
Capuchin Male Monkeys urinate on themselves to attract a mate.
300 workers 18 038 pieces of wrought iron and 2.5 million rivets were needed to build the Eiffel Tower.
When Louis Pasteur was working on the rabies vaccine if he or his assistants got infected they were to be shot in the head.
In 1893 an amendment was proposed to rename the U.S. into the "United States of the Earth".
Starfish have eight eyes – one at the end of each leg.
All of the world's energy needs can be met with 1/10 000th of the light from the Sun that falls on Earth each day according to the inventor Ray Kurzweil.
Nike's slogan "Just do it" was inspired by the last words of a man about to be executed.
Alcohol is not digested; it gets absorbed directly into the bloodstream.
A chip of silicon a quarter-inch square has the capacity of the original 1949 ENIAC computer which occupied a city block.
A man left Havana in a hot air balloon in 1856 and has been missing ever since.
Male rabbits are called “bucks,” females are “does.”
Pandas have one of the highest bite forces of any carnivore.
Dogs were used as messengers in WW1 carrying orders to the front lines in capsules attached to their bodies.
No Egyptian president has left office without being arrested or dying so far until 2015.
The FBI has a Twitter slang dictionary.
90% of all creatures who live underwater below 1 500 feet are luminous.
There's a cruise ship that runs between Stockholm Sweden and Helsinki Finland just to purchase cheap alcohol.
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