The "smell of rain" is caused by a bacteria called actinomycetes.
Berlin is 9 times bigger than Paris and has more bridges than Venice.
New Zealand will deny people residency visas if they are overweight. There have been cases of people rejected because of obesity.
You’re born with 300 bones but by the time you become an adult you only have 206.
Animals react to social pressure much as humans do a study concluded.
300 workers 18 038 pieces of wrought iron and 2.5 million rivets were needed to build the Eiffel Tower.
Gasoline is complex as it can contain between 150 and 1 000 different chemical compounds.
If you cut off a snail’s eye, it will grow a new one.
In order to discover that penguins sleep more deeply in the afternoon scientists crept up on sleeping penguins at different times of the day and poked them with a stick until they woke up.
It takes 3 000 cows to supply the NFL with enough leather for a year’s supply of footballs.
There's an island in Japan that's full of rabbits.
When Fidel Castro seized power in Cuba he immediately ordered all game sets of Monopoly to be destroyed.
The terms "UK" and "Great Britain" are not interchangeable: the United Kingdom includes Northern Ireland while Great Britain does not.
In Greek mythology it was believed that redheads turn into vampires when they die.
We are born with over 270 bones and die with 206.
The population of Germany is in decline. It has fallen by 2 million in the last decade.
Four men in the history of boxing have been knocked out in the first eleven seconds of the first round.
Finland is part of Fennoscandia not Scandinavia.
In 1781 Benjamin Franklin attended a concert in which he narrowly escaped death when the opera house caught fire and burned.
About 300 couples marry in Las Vegas every day.
The Bible Steve Jobs' Bio and the Hunger Games are the most highlighted kindle books ever.
A heartbroken Argentine farmer spent decades cultivating a guitar-shaped forest to honor his late wife.
A Japanese pilot who attacked a town in Oregon during WW2 returned years later to present his family's 400-year-old sword as a symbol of regret.
2 520 is the smallest number that can be exactly divided by all the numbers 1 to 10.
Dreams get weirder as the night wears on.
In 2009 Nigerian Police arrested a goat on suspicion of attempted armed robbery.
Blue whales can get a tan.
Spain had more unemployment in 2013 (27.2%) than the US had during the Great Depression (25%).
6%of the world's population has an Internet addiction.
Vending machines kill 13 people per year.
Scientists finally concluded that the chicken came first not the egg because the protein which makes egg shells is only produced by hens.
The surface of the Earth is about 60% water and 10% ice.
Believing You've Slept Well Even If You Haven't Improves Performance.
Britain accidentally invaded Spain in 2002. About 20 Royal Marines disembarked in Spain instead of Gibraltar for 5 minutes until the error was recognised and they all withdrew.
In 2001 Pope John Paul II entered and prayed in a mosque and even kissed the Qur'an to improve relations with Islam.
Homer Simpson once had a theory that the universe was shaped like a donut. The theory has some validity according to cosmologists.
California 's official state animal is extinct.
Hitler was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 1939.
Sound travels 15 times faster through steel than through the air.
Traveling to every single stop of the New York City subway (without leaving the transit system) would take at least 21 hours and 49 minutes.
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