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.
The woman who made cannabis brownies famous by baking and distributing them to AIDS patients was actually called Mary Jane.
Dumbo was the first Disney animated feature set in America.
The Eskimo kiss –rubbing noses– is not a kiss. It’s called a “kunik” and is an expression of affection, usually from an adult to its child. The Inuit kiss on the lips like everyone else.
Notre Dame, one of Paris’ oldest edifices, was almost demolished in the 19th century and was only saved by Victor Hugo, who planted it back in the public’s hearts and consciousness through his novel.
The rubber tree isn’t the only plant with rubbery sap, but it is the only one that produces more latex each time it is cut because the wound stimulates its rate of photosynthesis.
If you tickle a rat every day, it’ll start laughing as soon as it sees you.
Dendrophilia is the sexual arousal from trees.
Perrier water and its competitor San Pellegrino are both owned by the same company, Nestle.
The highest rates of atheism occur in nations where citizens have high economic and political stability.
The Empire State building gets hit by lightning about 23 times per year.
Canada is just 1.5% larger in land than the U.S.A.
The ukulele was not invented in Hawaii but rather in the Portuguese Island of Madeira.
Japan’s criminal courts have a 99% conviction rate.
The world record for the most naked people on a rollercoaster is 102.
It costs less that $1 a year to keep your smartphone charged up.
Researchers from NASA say the perfect nap lasts for 26 minutes.
Billionaire oil tycoon J. Paul Getty installed a pay phone at his mansion for guests to use so that he would not be billed for their calls.
The world’s first weather map, published in The Times on 1st April 1875, gave the weather for the previous day.
Feudal Japan lords purposely built homes with squeaky floors as a defensive measure against ninjas.
The German Chocolate Cake was named after an American baker by the name of Samuel German, not the country of Germany.