Did you know...Edit
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08:23, 18 May 2010 (UTC)
... that Tina Fey (pictured) was the first female head writer on Saturday Night Live?
... that enzymes commonly increase the rate of chemical reactions in cells by 10 billion times?
... that ping pong balls are used to decide who gets the first pick in the NBA Draft?
... that Henry Ford helped come up with a new idea called the assembly line, which made it much faster to make cars?
... that Marques Haynes could bounce a basketball as many as six times a second?
08:10, 8 June 2010 (UTC)
... that City of Manchester Stadium (pictured) is licensed to host marriage ceremonies?
... that Jackie Robinson was the first athlete to win a varsity letter in four sports at University of California, Los Angeles?
... that the play The Author's Farce had actors pretending to be puppets?
... that when Mary II and William III married, it was reported that Mary wept through the whole ceremony?
... that Dalmatians are known as the "clowns" in the dog world?
12:00, 15 June 2010 (UTC)
... that Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales (pictured) also co-founded Wikia?
... that a poll taken in 2006 stated that almost half the adults in Russia thought Joseph Stalin was a good person?
... that according to Greek mythology there were three Gorgons, named Stheno, Euryale and Medusa?
... that before he married his wife, Martin Luther helped her sneak out of a convent while she hid in a barrel?
... that Brazil produces the most sugar per person of any country?
14:05, 25 June 2010 (UTC)
... that the British Museum (pictured) has over seven million objects in its collection?
... that tickets to Stephen Strasburg's first Major League Baseball game sold out only a few hours after his team said he would play in it?
... that the album The Sufferer & The Witness sold 48,000 copies in its first week, reaching number 10 on the Billboard 200?
...that the Hassan II Mosque in Morocco is the mosque with the tallest minaret in the world?
...that in the United Kingdom, children get on average about 9 chocolate easter eggs every Easter?
16:55, 5 July 2010 (UTC)
... that that Evelina (early first edition pictured) was actually a sequel to a book that Frances Burney burnt?
... that Homer's epic poems started life as oral stories?
... that between 1994 and 1996, Saint Lucia got about 60 percent of its export earnings, and 12 percent of its GDP, from bananas?
... that independence for the United States of America started out of a belief that people in America were not getting the same rights as people in England?
... that Lee Myung-bak became the president of South Korea on his 37th wedding anniversary and 67th birthday?
15:44, 14 July 2010 (UTC)
... that Grand Duchess Anastasia Nikolaevna (pictured) once rolled a rock into a snowball and threw it at her sister, Tatiana?
... that the world's earliest surviving peace treaty was agreed between Ramesses II and Hattusili III in 1258 BC?
... that though Claude Bernard made animal testing a part of the standard scientific method, his wife Fanny began the first anti-vivisection society in France?
... that the Detroit Red Wings have won the Presidents' Trophy six times, the most of any team in the National Hockey League?
... that Grand Duchess Olga Nikolaevna and her sister Tatiana were known as "The Big Pair"?
23:01, 19 July 2010 (UTC)
... that Rutherford B. Hayes (pictured) was elected President of the United States in 1877, even though he got fewer votes than the man he ran against?
... that five original copies of the Gettysburg Address exist, all containing slightly different words?
... that the Arena da Baixada will be one of the stadiums used in the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil?
... that one of the world's saltiest lakes, the L'Atalante basin, lies two miles deep at the bottom of the Mediterranean Sea?
... that being left-handed can help people be better at playing tennis or fighting with swords?
22:56, 24 July 2010 (UTC)'
... that Jane Austen (pictured) knew sign language?
... that the number of bones in a human neck is the same as in the neck of a giraffe?
... that in 1880, Recaredo Santos Tornero built the first paper mill in Chile?
... that the recently discovered phylum Loricifera includes the first animals known to exist entirely without oxygen?
... that Charlotte Brontë began Jane Eyre when she was in Manchester to help her father receive eye surgery?
11:25, 4 August 2010 (UTC)
... that the dance and music of the Paso doble (pictured) are based on the Spanish bullfight?
... that Charles Darwin wrote the first well-known book on carnivorous plants in 1875?
... that on 30 June 2010, German politician Christian Wulff became the youngest person elected President of Germany?
... that most people in about 50 countries are Muslims?
... that John Joseph Woods won ten guineas for writing the national anthem of New Zealand?
13:38, 9 August 2010 (UTC)
... that Canterbury Cathedral (pictured) costs £12,000 a day to run and repair?
... that there are nearly 400 different types of cheese in France?
... that algae in Antarctica make the snow and ice turn red or green?
... that a Coney Island hot dog comes from Michigan, but a Michigan hot dog comes from New York?
... that perpetual motion machines cannot be built?
20:48, 15 August 2010 (UTC)
... that the Milky Way galaxy (pictured) contains over 100 billion stars?
... that some mountains in the Sahara can have snow on them, even in summer?
... that Attabad Lake, which is over 21 kilometres long, was formed by a landslide?
... that scientists in Huntsville, Alabama developed the rocket which carried America's first satellite to space?
... that Lake Baikal, at 1,700 meters, is the deepest lake on Earth?
08:43, 21 August 2010 (UTC)
... that York Minster (pictured) has the largest window of medieval stained glass in the world?
... that John Bunyan's Pilgrim's Progress has been translated into more than 200 languages?
... that Greenland is the largest island in the Northern Hemisphere?
... that the Kishtim Disaster of 1957 was the second worst nuclear accident, after that of Chernobyl?
... that caesium is so reactive that it explodes on contact with water?
09:28, 29 August 2010 (UTC)
... that Salisbury Cathedral (pictured) has the world's oldest working clock?
... that The Edge, who is U2's guitarist, said that "Wonderwall" was one of the songs he wishes he had written?
... that light takes about eight minutes to reach Earth from the Sun?
... that the oldest surviving Christian Bible is a Greek manuscript from the fourth century AD?
... that the age of majority in Albania is 14?
10:57, 6 September 2010 (UTC)
... that when St Pancras station (pictured) was opened in 1868, it had the largest single-span roof in the world?
... that mercury is the only metal with a melting point lower than caesium?
... that Hurricane Marilyn caused over 2,000,000,000 dollars in damage?
... that The Fabulous Moolah held the WWE Women's Championship for almost 30 years?
... that in Sweden, it is illegal to train a seal to balance a ball on its nose?
09:07, 15 September 2010 (UTC)
... that the planet Neptune (pictured) is named after the Roman god of the sea?
... that a black African man, John Caesar, was Australia's first bushranger?
... that Sahelanthropus tchadensis may be a common ancestor to both humans and great apes?
... that the proof of certain theorems cannot be written down easily?
... that all 200 million starlings in North America are descendants of 60 or so birds set free in 1890 in Central Park, New York?
16:22, 23 September 2010 (UTC)
... that George Orwell's (pictured) real name was Eric Arthur Blair?
... that the Carnac stones are the largest collection of Neolithic standing stones in the world?
... that the color of food can change how the food tastes?
... that the Rainbow Serpent is the symbol of the world's oldest continuing religion?
... that Philip Carteret's book about his trip around the world was not printed for 198 years?
17:44, 2 October 2010 (UTC)
... that the first traitor's head displayed on London Bridge (pictured) was that of William Wallace?
... that the Hundred Years' War lasted for 116 years from 1337 to 1453?
... that that the Tasmanian Devil is the largest meat eating marsupial in the world?
... that the crane is the tallest bird in America?
... that two apparently homosexual penguins in the New York zoo successfully hatched an egg?
13:05, 7 October 2010 (UTC)
... that in 1572, a pug (pictured) saved the Prince of Orange by barking when enemy Spanish soldiers came near?
... that the oldest paper with writing on it, from 150 AD, was found in ruins of the Great Wall of China?
... that Nobel Prize winner Barry Marshall drank bacteria to prove they caused stomach ulcers?
... that George Orwell got the idea for his book, Animal Farm, from seeing a young boy whipping a cart horse?
... that Paul the Octopus correctly chose Spain to win the 2010 World Cup Final over the Netherlands?
18:18, 17 October 2010 (UTC)
... that there are more Red billed Quelea (pictured) than any other bird species in the world?
... that Marie Curie was the first person to win two Nobel Prizes?
... that actors call Shakespeare's Macbeth "The Scottish Play" because they think its name brings bad luck?
... that Goodluck Jonathan is the President of Nigeria?
... that the Milky Way is a barred spiral galaxy?
20:10, 27 October 2010 (UTC)
... that the 2010 Copiapó, Chile mining accident (pictured) left 33 miners trapped seven hundred meters under the ground?
... that Cleopatra and Mark Antony had a daughter who became Queen of ancient Mauritania?
... that sulfur hexafluoride is about five times heavier than air?
... that because of the Earth's equatorial bulge, Mount Chimborazo in Ecuador is the farthest point from its center?
... that Manú National Park in Peru has more than 10% of the world's bird species?
21:56, 3 November 2010 (UTC)
... that one type of selenium (pictured) conducts electricity better in the light than the dark?
... that the Colossal Squid has eyes as big as dinner plates?
... that some ideas of modern economics are based on a book Adam Smith wrote in 1776?
... that some ichthyosaurs had the largest eyes ever recorded for any vertebrate?
... that the winds on Neptune can blow up to 1300 mph (2100 km/h)?
09:41, 9 November 2010 (UTC)
... that when he painted portraits, Thomas Gainsborough (pictured) sometimes used brushes on sticks six feet long?
... that William H. Prescott's book The Conquest of Mexico was placed in the library of every ship in the U.S. Navy?
... that William Herschel's 1789 telescope was the world's largest for the next 50 years?
... that one death cap mushroom can kill a person?
... that pentaerythritol tetranitrate, an explosive, is used as a drug to help with some heart problems?
22:52, 14 November 2010 (UTC)
... that when Mount Vesuvius (pictured) exploded in AD 79, it destroyed the city of Pompeii?
... that Paul Revere did not actually yell "The British are coming!" during his midnight ride?
... that the word "hippopotamus" means "horse of the river"?
... that some of the autobahns in Germany have no speed limit?
... that broccoli, cauliflowers and cabbage all come from one species of plant, Brassica oleracea?
07:49, 24 November 2010 (UTC)
... that owls (pictured) can rotate their heads up to 270 degrees in both directions?
... that the Wandering Albatross has the largest wingspan of any living bird?
... that the communist dictator Joseph Stalin studied to be a priest?
...that chromium trioxide, a chemical used to clean glass, can ignite alcohol on contact?
... that Hurricane Katrina flooded 80% of the city of New Orleans?
01:41, 18 December 2010 (UTC)
... that certain fish, such as clownfish (pictured), change their sex during their life?
... that in 9AD German tribes destroyed three Roman legions in the Teutoburg Forest?
... that Bouvet Island is more than 1600 km (994 miles) away from any other land?
... that chlorine trifluoride can burn sand?
... that the Bronze Age collapse has been called "the worst disaster in ancient history"?
02:31, 24 December 2010 (UTC)
... that the age of the Earth (pictured) could not be worked out until radioactivity was discovered?
... that there is a bacterium which uses arsenic to help make its DNA?
... that halophiles can survive in environments that have two to five times the salt concentration of sea water?
... that J.D. Salinger ordered his agent to burn any mail that fans of his books sent him?
... that Sir Edmund Hillary worked as a beekeeper when he was not climbing mountains?
13:58, 30 December 2010 (UTC)
... that elephants (pictured) avoid Acacia trees with ants living on them?
... that a Klein bottle cannot be filled with a liquid?
... that some people in the Donner Party used cannibalism to survive?
... that the Solingen arson attack of 1993 caused Germany to ban some right-wing political groups?
... that the Domesday Book got its name because it reminded people of the Last Judgment?
09:57, 6 January 2011 (UTC)
... that Anwar el Sadat (pictured) was the first Arab leader to recognize that Israel was a country?
... that Stromatolites are the oldest fossils on Earth, dated to 3,450 million years ago?
... that Bruce Dickinson, singer for Iron Maiden, is also an airline pilot?
... that Alexander Litvinenko was murdered by a tiny amount of polonium?
... that the Red Fox's tail helps it balance when it chases its prey?
18:44, 11 January 2011 (UTC)
... that some tardigrades (pictured) were able to survive 10 days in outer space?
... that singer and musician Tricky named his first album Maxinquaye after his mother, who killed herself when he was four?
... that Carlos Andrés Pérez, a former president of Venezuela, died recently of a heart attack?
... that monkey brains are eaten in some parts of Africa, South Asia, and China?
... that a painting by Alfred Sisley was found in a sewer in Marseille?
09:28, 23 January 2011 (UTC)
... that seahorses (pictured) are the only fish that experience true male pregnancy?
... that almost one-fifth of all wheat grown in the United States of America is grown in Kansas?
... that before 50 Cent was a rapper he was a drug dealer?
... that the Nazi officer Erwin Rommel ignored orders from Adolf Hitler to kill his Jewish prisoners?
... that Harper Lee once threw her manuscript for To Kill a Mockingbird out the window into the snow?
20:01, 1 February 2011 (UTC)
... that tube worms Lamellibrachia (pictured) can live for 250 years or more?
... that in some parts of the world, 9 out of 10 adults cannot digest lactose completely?
... that Paracetamol is the leading cause of acute liver failure in the United States and Great Britain?
... that the Pittsburgh Pirates have not had a winning season for eighteen years?
... that the 2010–2011 Queensland floods have covered an area the size of France and Germany combined?