There were over 10 million koalas before British settlers arrived in Australia. Now there are around 43 000 in the wild.
In South India people roll over food leftovers served to Brahmins in the belief that all troubles and ailments will be cured.
Snakes can open their mouth up to 150 degrees.
Beer was not considered an alcoholic beverage in Russia until 2013.
The Bible contains plenty of puns funny names humorous imagery sarcasm and irony.
A McDonald's website for its workers tells them to avoid fast food.
Rhythm is the longest English word without a vowel.
Lincoln suffered depression and avoided carrying knives fearing he would use it on himself.
D'oh! is a real word in the Oxford English Dictionary. in The Simpsons scripts it just says "annoyed grunt".
In Switzerland some people still regularly eat dog and cat meat. It's legal in the country.
When Fidel Castro seized power in Cuba he immediately ordered all game sets of Monopoly to be destroyed.
About 1 in 9 people lack access to an improved water source.
In the U.S. more than 1.2 million people have HIV.
Seattle’s Fremont Bridge rises up and down more than any drawbridge in the world.
In 1917 Germany invited Mexico to join WW1 by attacking the U.S. in order to recover the lost territories of Texas New Mexico and Arizona.
Morphine derives its name from Morpheus the god of sleep and dreaming in Greek Mythology for its tendency to cause sleep.
Ichthyophobia is the fear of fish.
A grasshopper can leap 20 times the length of its own body.
In the U.S. Hispanics (70%) are more likely than whites (44%)to say global warming is caused by humans.
An Octopus doesn't have 8 arms but 6 arms and 2 legs.
Australia's Highway 1 is the world's longest national highway. With about 14 500 km (9 000 mi) it circumnavigates the entire country.
Only one satellite has been ever been destroyed by a meteor: the European Space Agency’s Olympus in 1993.
Your brain uses 20% of the total oxygen and blood in your body.
In late 19th-Century millions of American children learned in school that just one taste of alcohol could lead to blindness madness or even spontaneous combustion.
The toothpaste ‘Colgate’ in Spanish translates to ‘go hang yourself’. Read More.
Schwarzenegger was paid approximately US$21 429 for every word he said in Terminator 2.
If the Statue of Liberty was built today it would cost about US$1.2 million.
Every year about a million girl fetuses are aborted and tens of thousands of girl babies are abandoned in China because of the country's one-child policy.
A robotic fish was accepted by other fish and became their leader during an experiment by NYU.
In New York 6.5 hectares of buildings were directly affected when the Twin Towers collapsed in 9/11.
The original story from “Tales of 1001 Arabian Nights” begins “Aladdin was a little Chinese boy.”
In Germany it is illegal to run out of fuel on highways.
Japan and Russia still haven't signed a peace treaty to end World War II due to the Kuril Islands dispute.
The first European who learned to smoke from the natives was arrested back home because people thought he was possessed by the devil.
Alexander the Great Napoleon Mussolini and Hitler all suffered from ailurophobia the fear of cats.
100 pounds of chocolate are eaten in the U.S. every second.
During WW1 the Belgian King personally led the army the Queen served as a nurse and the 14-year-old Prince enlisted as a private.
Sending a man to the Moon and finding Osama Bin Laden cost the US government about the same amount of time and money: 10 years and $100 billion.
Over 16 000 religious festivals across Spain are said to involve animal cruelty. About 60 000 animals die every year on them.
Iran sentences its citizens to the death penalty on cases of corruption.
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