At the 1932 Olympics, the 3,000-metre steeplechase was run over 3,460 metres because an official lost count of the number of laps.


Even after extinction, the Dodo is still the national animal of Mauritius.


Charles Darwin’s cousin Francis Galton invented underwater spectacles so he could read in the bath.

After a meal, a Burmese python’s heart grows by 40%.


Drinking wine before a meal makes you eat 25% more.


A coal-fired power station puts 100 times more radiation into the air than a nuclear power plant producing the same amount of energy.


The FBI started compiling a file on Sacha Baron Cohen while he was filming ‘Borat’ after receiving numerous complaints about a strange man travelling around the country in an ice cream truck.


In 1932, Thomas Earl, a zookeeper at the Cleveland Brookside Zoo, was fired from his job, then mauled by a brown bear and mistakenly shot by police.


An unborn baby can taste what its mother is eating and develop a preference for the foods that she eats.


The U.S. could feed 800 million people with the grain used to feed the country’s livestock.


Roman Emperor Tiberius banned kissing, believing it caused the spread of a fungal disease called mentagra (inflamed hair follicles).


The most prolific mathematician of the 20th Century, Paul Erdos, used amphetamine to fuel 20-hour number benders.


Celebrated inventor and physicist Nikola Tesla swore by toe exercises – every night, he’d repeatedly ‘squish’ his toes, 100 times for each foot.


After a waitress at a pizzeria helped a customer choose the numbers for a winning lottery ticket in 1984, he ‘tipped’ her $3,000,000, half of his prize money.


The London Bridge built in the 1830s was dismantled in 1967 and relocated to Arizona.


The South Pacific island of Vanuatu banned the imports of western junk food as a way to combat future health problems.


1% to 3% of the world population are short sleepers, people who live happily on just a few hours of sleep per night.


Stealing someone else’s idea without realizing you’ve done so is called “kleptomnesia.”


An estimated 50-80% of all life on earth is found under the ocean surface and the oceans contain 99% of the living space on the planet.