The original word for "bear" has been lost. Medieval people thought that saying the ferocious animal's name would summon it so they used a euphemism that meant "the brown one" ("bear").
Nearly all of the gold on Earth came from meteorites that bombarded the planet over 200 million years after it formed.
The International Space Station is the most expensive object ever built at US$150 billion.
In Japan the leading cause of death for men aged 20 to 44 is suicide.
The Statue of Liberty is estimated to be hit by about 600 bolts of lightning every year.
40% of Americans are breathing unhealthy air according to a report by the American Lung Association.
English words "I" "we" "two" and "three" are amongthe most ancient from thousands of years.
Although modern images of India often show poverty and lack of development India was the richest country on earth until the time of British invasion in the early 17th Century.
Chocolate, macadamia nuts, cooked onions, or anything with caffeine is harmful to dogs.
India is the world's largest democracy with 1.2 billion people.
Martin Luther King Jr. was the youngest person to ever win the Nobel Peace Prize.
New York gets 15 times as much snow as the South Pole.
When you get a book published in Norway the Government will buy a 1000 copies and distribute them to libraries.
With 800 languages New York is the most linguistically diverse city in the world.
Snakes can open their mouth up to 150 degrees.
The world’s termites outweigh the world’s humans 10 to 1.
A woman's risk of breast cancer approximately doubles if she has a first-degree relative (mother sister daughter) who has been diagnosed with breast cancer.
A cesium atom in an atomic clock beats 9 192 631 770 times a second.
When we think of Big Ben in London we think of the clock. Actually it’s the bell.
If uncoiled the DNA in all the cells in your body would stretch 10 billion miles from here to Pluto and back.
The Taj Mahal was covered with a scaffold during WWII to make it look like a stockpile of Bamboo and misguide any enemy bombers.
The strongest muscle in the human body is the masseter (jaw muscle).
In Norway stripping counts as an art form for tax purposes.
The total size of Google Earth's database is over 20 Petabytes.
The poorest place in the U.S. is Allen South Dakota where 96% are Native American.
Animals generate 30 times more waste than humans which is 1.4 billion tons every year.
Facebook, Skype and Twitter are all banned in China.
24 rabbits that were introduced to Australia in 1859 had multiplied in number to over 2 million in ten years.
Astronauts in space can't tell if their bladders are full. They are trained to relieve themselves every two hours.
Mississippi didn't ratify the 13th Amendment abolishing slavery until 2013.
Apple's co-founder sold all his shares for $800.Today they would have been worth US$35 billion.
At rest your brain uses one-fifth of a calorie per minute.
In 2009 Nigerian Police arrested a goat on suspicion of attempted armed robbery.
5%of Brits use Facebook while having sex according to a survey.
A 99-year-old man divorced his 96-year-old wife after 77 years of marriage because he discovered an affair she had in the 1940s.
If you keep a goldfish. in a dark room, it will become pale!
Blondes have more hair than dark-haired people do.
People in Africa and Asia have to walk an average of 3.7 miles (6 KM) to collect water.
In Judaism there are4 differentNew Year days.
75 trillion cells receive blood from the heart. Only the corneas don't.
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