The Russian mayor of Megion west Siberia banned excuses.
More than a third of single Italian men between the ages of 30 and 35 live with their parents.
There is a waterfall in Antarctica that runs red as blood.
A shark can detect one part of blood in 100 million parts of water.
The Falkland Isles (pop. about 2000) has over 700000 sheep (350 per person).
In 2012 Elvis Presley's underwear was auctioned off but no one bought it.
Vegetarians are 19% less likely to die from heart disease a study found.
Degringolade means to fall and disintegrate.
Floating cities above the clouds of Venus may be our best bet for becoming a two-planet species. Conditions there are so similar to Earth a human wouldn't need a pressurized suit the gravity is similar and transit times are shorter than to Mars.
When the University of Nebraska Cornhuskers play football at home the stadium becomes the state’s third largest city.
We have more brain cells as a newborn baby than we will ever have again.
Snakes used in snake charming performances respond to movement not sound.
Gleevec a cancer drug that costs US$70 000 in the U.S. per year cost just US$2 500 in India because it can't be patented there.
Women have more taste buds than men.
Slugs like beer.
There's a moon named Cupid that orbits Uranus.
In 2010 the country of Ghana in Africa banned the sale of second hand underwear.
Located within Italy San Marino is the world's oldest republic (301 A.D.) and holds the world's oldest continuous constitution.
The first song played on Armed Forces Radio during operation Desert Shield was “Rock the Casba” by the Clash.
Before they’re even born, sand tiger sharks eat their twin brothers and sisters!
Tuberculosis killed 1.5 million people worldwide in 2014 making it a larger cause of death than AIDS.
At least 1.1 million Jewish children were murdered during the Holocaust.
J.K. Rowling chose the unusual name ‘Hermione’ so young girls wouldn’t be teased for being nerdy!
Bald Eagles are so named because "balde" is an Old English word meaning "white."
Humans and dogs are the only two species known to seek visual clues from another's eyes. And dogs only do it with humans.
When Charlie Chaplin received his honorary Oscar he got a 12-minute standing ovation the longest in Oscar history.
More people are afraid of open spaces (kenophobia) than of tight spaces (claustrophobia).
Canada has the third largest oil reserves of any country in the world after Saudi Arabia and Venezuela.
In 1967 Australia's Prime Minister went to the beach for a swim and was never seen again.
There's a town in Spain where 700 people share the surname "Japon" as they are descendants of 17th-century samurais who stayed there after an embassy returned to Japan.
All polar bears are left-handed.
In 2012 Nevada became the first state to issue licenses for self-driving cars.
Bibliomancy is the practice by some people of opening the Bible at random to be guided by whatever verse they see first.
Antarctica is the only continent without a time zone.
There are 177 147 ways to tie a tie according to mathematicians.
Female koalas when in captivity can engage in lesbian behaviour.
A heartbroken Argentine farmer spent decades cultivating a guitar-shaped forest to honor his late wife.
There were over 10 million koalas before British settlers arrived in Australia. Now there are around 43 000 in the wild.
A robotic fish was accepted by other fish and became their leader during an experiment by NYU.
15%of American adults do not use the Internet.
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