In 2001 Pope John Paul II entered and prayed in a mosque and even kissed the Qur'an to improve relations with Islam.
The Queen of the UK is the legal owner of one-sixth of the Earth's land surface.
In 1994 a 75-pound bag of cocaine fell out of a plane and landed in the middle of a Florida crime watch meeting.
Facebook Twitter and The New York Times have been blocked in China since 2009.
The Great Wall of China is the only man-made structure visible from space.
Mars is populated entirely by robots. Seven to be precise.
Every August 13this celebrated"Left-Handers Day"since 1996.
Alexander the Great Napoleon Mussolini and Hitler all suffered from ailurophobia the fear of cats.
The banana is the most popular fruit in the U.S.
Only female mosquitoes drink blood. Males are vegetarians.
Babies have three times as many taste buds as adults.
Sharks can be introverts or extroverts.
At rest your brain uses one-fifth of a calorie per minute.
In 2002 the comptroller of the City of New York estimated the impact of 9/11 on the city's wealth to be US$30.5 billion.
Gold has been discovered on every continent on earth.
The lifespan of a bush baby is 14 years.
Jackals have one more pair of chromosomes than dogs or wolves.
A “jiffy” is the scientific name for 1/100th of a second.
Humans have been hunter-gatherers for 99% of their history.
Ancient Egyptians shaved off their eyebrows to mourn the death of their cats.
The brain releases so much dopamine during orgasms that a brain scan resembles that of someone on heroin.
Paris taxi drivers have to pay nearly 200 000 euros for their licenses. That's why there are so few.
The height of the Eiffel Tower varies by 5.9 inches (15 cm) due to temperature changes.
It takes about 142.18 licks to reach the center of a Tootsie pop.
The Statue of Liberty was meant to be a lighthouse but it proved to be useless as such.
Violent homes have the same effecton children's brains as combat on soldiers.
One of Bolivia's oldest silver mines has claimed the lives of an estimated 8 million people in the past 500 years. It is known as the "Mountain that eats men" and is still mined with pick and shovel today.
Hitler's plan for Moscow was to kill all its residents and cover it with an artificial lake.
The underwater portion of Liberty Island where the Statue of Liberty sits upon is part of New Jersey not New York.
The 1556 Shaanxi earthquake in China was the deadliest earthquake on record with 830 000 deaths.
Southern California has about 10 000 earthquakes each year though most are so small that they are never felt.
In the Scottish Hebrides an island is defined as being an island only if it is big enough to sustain 1 sheep.
More than 1 000 different languages are spoken on the continent of Africa.
Each month there is at least one report of UFOs from each province of Canada.
The 2011 earthquake near Japan increased the Earth's rotation speed shortening the day by 1.8 microseconds.
Your mind "rewrites" monotonous speech of boring people to make it sound more interesting.
The "smell of rain" is caused by a bacteria called actinomycetes.
Atheism is punished with the death penalty in 13 countries.
A cat uses its whiskers to determine if a space is too small to squeeze through.
347 000 Tweets are sent every minute.
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