A literal translation of a standard traffic sign in China: “Give large space to the festive dog that makes sport in the roadway.”
A full moon always rises at sunset.
100 000 mobile phones are dropped down the toilet in Britain every year.
The average person will accidentally eat just under a pound of insects every year.
In the 16th century England punished vagabonds with two years of servitude for the first offence and death penalty for the second.
When sharks take a bite their eyes roll back and their teeth jut out.
Yoda from Star Wars was almost played by a monkey.
More Colombians die every year from American tobacco than Americans die from Colombian cocaine.
Bill Gates pays over US$1 million per year in property taxes for his house.
Recycling aluminium saves 95% of the energy cost of processing new aluminium.
According to the Vatican you can reduce the time you spend in purgatory by following the pope on Twitter.
3 of the 5 wealthiest people in Brazil got rich off beer.
Bees can be trained to detect bombs.
In Dorset Minnesota a 3-year-old boy was elected as mayor .
Albert Einstein considered himself an agnostic not an atheist.
In 2011 a small town in Spain on the brink of financial ruin bet on the world's biggest lottery and won.
Penguins can jump up to 6 feet (1.8 m) out of the water.
In China women who remain unmarried in their late 20s and beyond are called "Sheng nu" which means "leftover women."
In 2001 Pope John Paul II entered and prayed in a mosque and even kissed the Qur'an to improve relations with Islam.
There are 16 countries in Africa with higher vaccination rates than the U.S.
California 's official state animal is extinct.
Liposuctioned human fat can be recycled as fuel.
More than 60% of Bolivia's citizens are indigenous predominantly Quechua and Aymara.
The cities of Aachen Regensburg Frankfurt-am-Main Nuremberg Weimar Bonn and Berlin have all been capitals of Germany.
All characters are based on and named after his creator Matt Groening’s family.
The piano Freddie Mercury plays in Bohemian Rhapsody is the same exact piano Paul McCartney plays in Hey Jude.
Edward VIII King of the UK in 1936 was a Nazi sympathiser and later argued that bombing England could bring peace by ending WW2.
In 1967 Australia's Prime Minister went to the beach for a swim and was never seen again.
The phrase “rule of thumb” is derived from an old English law which stated that you couldn’t beat your wife with anything wider than your thumb.
It is much easier for dogs to learn spoken commands if they are given in conjunction with hand signals or gestures.
Lack of sleep can cause weight gain of 2 pounds (0.9 kg)in under a week.
One American consumes as many resources as 32 Kenyans.
The most successful Pirate Captain was a Chinese prostitute with 80 000 sailors working for her.
The inventor of the Chocolate Chip Cookie sold the idea to Nestle Toll House in return for a lifetime supply of chocolate.
Black lemurs are thought to be the only primates besides humans to have blue eyes.
Caterpillars have about four thousand muscles. Humans by comparison have only about six hundred.
The cheetah is the only cat that can’t retract its claws.
Google Translate generates its answers by trawling through decades of comparative human translated works such as UN documents and Harry Potter novels.
Even thinking about a favorite food triggered release of dopamine a feel-good hormone also produced during sex and drug use.
Every tweet Americans send is being archived by the Library of Congress.
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