If the Earth was smooth the ocean would cover the entire surface to a depth of 12 000 feet.
During WW1 the King of England the Tsar of Russia and the Emperor of Germany were all first cousins.
WW2 Flight Sergeant Nicholas Alkemade survived a fall from 18 000 feet (5 500 m) without a parachute suffering only a sprained leg.
Inventor Franz Reichelt died by jumping from the Eiffel Tower while testing a parachute of his own design.
In WW2 the U.S. and New Zealand secretly tested 3 700 "tsunami bombs" designed to destroy coastal cities.
There is no visual difference between male and female herons.
There are more beetles than any other animal. In fact one out of every four animals is a beetle.
A former slave ship captain wrote the song"Amazing Grace."
A crocodile can’t move its tongue and cannot chew. Its digestive juices are so strong that it can digest a steel nail.
Leonardo DiCaprio's name is Leonardo because his mother was standing in front of a Leonardo Da Vinci's portrait when he first kicked.
During it’s lifetime an oyster changes its sex from male to female and back several times.
Nutella was invented during WW2 when an Italian pastry maker mixed hazelnuts into chocolate to extend his cocoa supply.
Your eyes can get sunburned.
A bear fought in the Polish Army in WW2. He carried shells to the front line and was taught to salute.
Spiders can survive for hours underwater by entering a self-induced coma.
Over 20 000 people die of Cancer every day.
Every year life expectancy increases by 3 months.
In 2013 Belgium issued a limited edition of chocolate flavored stamps.
The person who invented the Frisbee was cremated and made into frisbees after he died!
Alexander the Great Napoleon Mussolini and Hitler all suffered from ailurophobia the fear of cats.
Lonomia obliqua is the world’s deadliest caterpillar.
Exposure to Secondhand smoke causes nearly 50 000 deaths each year in the U.S. alone.
The San Francisco Cable cars are the only mobile National Monuments
The Apollo 11 had about 20 seconds of fuel left when it landed.
Michael Jackson bought the rights to most of The Beatles' music for US$47.5 million in 1985. It's now worth US$450 million.
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The average person spends about two years on the phone in a lifetime.
Dogs have a wet nose to collect more of the tiny droplets of smelling chemicals in the air.
Playing in a marching band is considered to be a moderate exercise.
In 2006 a woman farted on a plane and tried to cover up the smell by lighting matches causing an emergency landing.
The longest pregnancy in humans on record is 375 days (12.5 months).
9 million combatants and 7 million civilians died as a result of WW1.
Slandering or defaming the Royal family in Spain can carry a sentence of up to two years in prison.
In space astronauts cannot cry because there is no gravity so the tears can’t flow.
Worms eat their own poo.
Otto Frank was given Anne Frank's diary by Miep Gies one of the dutch citizens who helped hide the Franks.
The sentence “The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog ” uses every letter in the alphabet.
North Korea has its own operating system called Red Star OS.
In 1631 a huge reprint of the King James Bible was recalled and burnt due to a single typo: the Seventh Commandment stated "Thou shalt commit adultery."
In 1936 American track star Jesse Owens beat a race horse over a 100-yard course. The horse was given a head start.
When we account for the pollution costs associated with gasoline it costs an extra US$3.80 per gallon.
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