Marie Antoinette’s last words were “Pardon me, sir, I meant not to do it,” an apology to her executioner for stepping on his toes.


Ancient Egyptians had a 70% accurate method for detecting pregnancy: a woman would pee on some seeds. If they sprouted, she was pregnant.

The last car to have a cassette deck come standard was the Lexus SC430 in 2010.

Mice sigh up to 40 times an hour.

It is illegal in Saudi Arabia to name a child Sandy, Elaine or Linda.

A group of ladybirds is called a loveliness.

The word ‘gasoline’ doesn’t come from ‘gas’. It comes from Cazeline – after John Cassell, who was the first to sell it commercially.

If the Earth had no atmosphere, the oceans would evaporate.

Years after the death of 15-year-old Nicole van den Hurk in Eindhoven, her stepbrother falsely confessed to killing her to get her body exhumed for DNA testing, thus leading to the arrest and prosecution of her attacker.

In the past five decades in the U.S., the number of food additives has skyrocketed from about 800 to more than 10,000.

1 in 14 doctors faces a malpractice suit in the U.S. every year, and almost every physician will face a malpractice suit during his career.

In the early 1800s, the average famous person became well known at age 43. By the mid-20th century it had dropped all the way to 29.

A woman named Glenda Blackwell once bought a scratch-off lottery ticket to prove to her husband that it was a waste of money and she ended up winning $1 million.

Germans pay cash in 80% of all transactions. In the U.S., it’s less than 50%.

Beethoven was a brilliant composer but struggled with sums and spelling his entire life.

Being a trash collector, logger, or fisherman is statistically more dangerous than being a police officer in the U.S.

Lack of sleep may shrink your brain.

Cuba has an active maximum wage law, where individuals cannot earn more than 20 U.S. dollars per month.

Costco doesn’t make money selling products, it makes all profits from membership fees.

The Netherlands has more bicycles than people, 1.3 per person.