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14:47, 7 February 2011 (UTC)

  • ... that many people thought it would be almost impossible for the Titanic (pictured) to sink?
  • ... that Nat Turner thought that an eclipse was a sign from God that he should plan a slave rebellion?
  • ... that Shonisaurus is the largest extinct marine animal that has ever been found?
  • ... that electrons were discovered by J.J. Thomson in 1897?
  • ... that teenagers using methamphetamine can show symptoms similar to Alzheimer's disease?

    10:34, 16 February 2011 (UTC)

  • ... that Imelda Marcos (pictured) owned 2,700 pairs of shoes?
  • ... that the Andromeda Galaxy contains over a trillion (1012) stars?
  • ... that former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill won the Nobel Prize in Literature?
  • ... that before he became a professional chess player, World champion Tigran Petrosian was a street cleaner?
  • ... that cockroaches can live for two weeks without a head?

    09:12, 27 February 2011 (UTC)

  • ... that Julius Caesar (bust pictured) may have suffered from epileptic seizures?
  • ... that George Bernard Shaw is the only person to win a Nobel Prize as well as an Academy Award?
  • ... that species have migrated through the Suez Canal from the Red Sea to the Mediterranean?
  • ... that a year on TrES-4b is three days long?
  • ... that sixty thousand U.S. soldiers died of malaria during the North African and South Pacific campaigns?

    15:48, 11 March 2011 (UTC)

  • ... that Jimmie Johnson (car pictured) is the only NASCAR driver to have won five Sprint Cup Series championships in a row?
  • ... that Japan's highest post office is on the top of an active volcano called Mount Fuji?
  • ... that 57 tattoos were found on Ötzi the Iceman, who lived about 5300 years ago?
  • ... that some rotifers can survive in a dry state for up to nine years?
  • ... that former NBA star Kareem Abdul-Jabbar wrote a book on the Harlem Renaissance movement?

    12:15, 23 March 2011 (UTC)

  • ... that the man who designed Abraham Lincoln's presidential museum (pictured) used to work for the Walt Disney Company?
  • ... that Pepsi was made to help digestion and give energy?
  • ... that, during hibernation, the American Black Bear's heart beats only once every 20 seconds?
  • ... that chimpanzees in the Gombe Stream National Park eat up to a third of the smaller monkeys each year?
  • ... that famous composer Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov had synesthesia?

    17:03, 5 April 2011 (UTC)

  • ... that Sue the Tyrannosaur (pictured) cost US$8.36 million at auction?
  • ... that there is still slavery in some countries today?
  • ... that Topeka, Kansas was named after three Native American words meaning "a good place to dig potatoes"?
  • ... that American singer-songwriter Lady Gaga's real name is Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta?
  • ... that Charles Darwin took 20 years to publish his ideas about evolution?

    09:33, 13 April 2011 (UTC)

  • ... that Olympic track medalist Jim Thorpe (pictured) played for both the New York baseball Giants and the New York football Giants?
  • ... that the recent 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami shortened the length of the day and tilted the axis of the planet?
  • ... that the German physicist Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen was the first person who won the Nobel Prize in physics?
  • ... that The New York Times called Frank Sinatra "the first modern pop superstar"?
  • ... that Jean-Baptiste de Lamarck, the founder of Lamarckism, was awarded a medal for the bravery he showed during the Seven Years' War?

    21:06, 19 April 2011 (UTC)

  • ... that the Taj Mahal (pictured) is slowly being damaged by acid rain?
  • ... that James B. Dudley started life as a slave, but went on to become President of North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University?
  • ... that the actress Ilene Woods was only 18 when she began recording the voice of Cinderella for the Disney film?
  • ... that a typical gamma-ray burst releases as much energy in a few seconds as the Sun will in its entire 10 billion year lifetime?
  • ... that the jaguar kills its prey by biting directly through the skull between the ears and into the brain?

    10:32, 1 May 2011 (UTC)

  • ... that the Nēnē (pictured) is a goose that can only be found on three Hawaiian islands?
  • ... that a drunk 29-year-old man in Oregon died after swallowing a rough-skinned newt for a dare?
  • ... that Martin Van Buren, the eighth President of the United States, quit school when he was 14?
  • ... that more people speak Indo-European languages than any other type of language?
  • ... that most male lions die under 10 years of age by wounds from fights with other males?

    19:57, 24 May 2011 (UTC)

  • ... that police in Victoria arrested some people they thought were friends of Ned Kelly (pictured)?
  • ... that Dorothy Hodgkin was the first woman to join the Order of Merit since Florence Nightingale?
  • ... that the Medean Empire may simply have been an alliance of tribes?
  • ...that University College London was the first university college in England to take students who were not members of the Church of England?
  • ... that the day after Israel claimed independence, four Arabic states declared war on it?

    10:09, 23 June 2011 (UTC)

  • ... that Trevor Bayne (pictured) is the youngest driver ever to win the Daytona 500?
  • ... that Europeans first reported using quinine against malaria in Rome in 1631?
  • ... that in the Paleolithic diet, people eat foods eaten before farming began?
  • ... that Gouverneur Morris, who wrote much of the United States Constitution, had a wooden leg?
  • ... that in 200 years of European settlement in Australia, Banded Stilts have only been recorded as breeding on 20 occasions?

    13:30, 16 July 2011 (UTC)

  • ... that Hugo Black (pictured) voted against segregation in Brown v. Board of Education even though he had been a member of the Ku Klux Klan?
  • ... that dodder, a parasitic plant, senses odour to find its victims?
  • ... that the world's first nuclear reactor to make electricity made enough to power four light globes?
  • ... that D. B. Cooper hijacked a Boeing 727, got some ransom, jumped out of the aircraft, and has not been seen since 1971?
  • ... that there are 530 known shipwrecks around the Isles of Scilly?

    10:55, 24 July 2011 (UTC)

  • ... that Manuel Luis Quezón, former president of the Philippine Commonwealth (flag pictured), was forced to go to the United States at the time of World War II?
  • ... that the Arecibo message, which was sent to a cluster of stars in 1967, will take 25,000 years to get there?
  • ... that Ayman al-Zawahiri, the current leader of al-Qaeda, worked for the Red Crescent movement in 1980 and 1981?
  • ... a painting of Australian bushranger Ned Kelly by Sidney Nolan was sold in 2010 for AU$5.4 million, the highest price ever paid for an Australian painting?
  • ... that over 80% of land plant species have mycorrhiza?

    10:07, 1 August 2011 (UTC)

  • ... that some dragonflies (100x100px|pictured) stand on their heads to prevent overheating?
  • ... that in Chinese culture, the peach tree is considered to be the tree of life and peaches are symbols of immortality?
  • ... that even though DNA was discovered in 1869, it took until 1953 for its structure to become fully known?
  • ... that Athelstan was the first King of England?
  • ... that the Getty Center art museum in Los Angeles cost $1.3 billion dollars to build?

    03:07, 8 August 2011 (UTC)

  • ... that the name Orangutan (pictured) is from the Malay language and means person of the forest?
  • ... that Jagadguru Rāmabhadrācārya, a Hindu religious leader, has been blind since he was two months old but can speak 22 languages?
  • ... that Homo sapiens replaced Neanderthal man in the Upper Palaeolithic time period?
  • ... that Samuel Pepys buried his Parmesan cheese during the Great Fire of London?
  • ... that herring schools in the Atlantic can number three billion fish?

    15:09, 18 August 2011 (UTC)

  • ... that Canute (pictured) was the only man to become King of England, Denmark and Norway?
  • ... that in 1866 about 20,000 people lived in Pithole, Pennsylvania, but by 1877 it was no longer a town?
  • ... that Jackie Robinson’s brother Mack Robinson won a silver medal in track at the 1936 Summer Olympics?
  • ... that NASA discovered S/2011 P 1, which is the fourth moon of the dwarf planet Pluto, in June 2011?
  • ... that Muncie, Indiana, is the typical American city?

    19:05, 28 August 2011 (UTC)'

  • ... that when the Australian government tried to give war hero Nancy Wake (pictured) a medal, she told them to "stick their medals where the monkey sticks his nuts"?
  • ... that the Cubs Win Flag is flown at Wrigley Field for every Chicago Cubs home win?
  • ... that the small Australian Southern Corroboree Frog only lives in an area of about 10 km2 (4 sq mi)?
  • ... that the French mathematician Joseph Fourier discovered the greenhouse effect?
  • ... that the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has donated more than $80 million dollars to prevent children from getting diarrhoea caused by rotavirus?

    13:52, 4 September 2011 (UTC)

  • ... that Apple Inc. founder Steve Jobs (pictured) resigned as Chief Executive Officer of the company on August 24, 2011?
  • ... that scallops can regrow lost eyes?
  • ... that Büsingen am Hochrhein is the only exclave of Germany?
  • ... that the first European settlers to Norfolk Island found stone axes and parts of a canoe there?
  • ... that the main ingredient of the drug ecstasy is illegal in most countries, yet many doctors think it could be used in psychotherapy?

    15:54, 11 September 2011 (UTC)

  • ... that Inō Tadataka (pictured) was the first person who made an accurate map of Japan?
  • ... that in British law, no one except a registered farrier may shoe horses?
  • ... that Alanis Morissette's international debut album, Jagged Little Pill, is the highest-selling debut album in music history?
  • ... that in 2011, Cadel Evans became the first Australian ever to win the Tour de France?
  • ... that Gun Hägglund was the first female news presenter in Swedish television?

    18:03, 24 September 2011 (UTC)

  • ... that polar bears (pictured) have 42 teeth?
  • ... that Greenland may be three islands covered by an ice sheet?
  • ... that the first Arab Indonesians settled in Indonesia around the fifth century?
  • ... that The Dark Side of the Moon by Pink Floyd is the album which has spent the longest time ever on the Billboard charts?
  • ... that the historic Cuckoo house in Virginia was damaged by the 2011 Virginia earthquake?

    22:55, 6 October 2011 (UTC)

  • ... that the ostrich (pictured) has the biggest eyes of all land animals?
  • ... that when water freezes it expands by about 9 percent in volume?
  • ... that the largest leaf has an area of over 30 square feet?
  • ... that Scotland are the current winners of the football competition, the Homeless World Cup?
  • ... that Perth is the windiest city in Australia?

    00:09, 15 October 2011 (UTC)

  • ... that London's (Houses of Parliament pictured) financial centre is the biggest in the world?
  • ... that India is the largest democracy in the world by population?
  • ... that there are 15 known cases where nuclear weapons have been lost at sea?
  • ... that in 1887 Oyster Burns was fined $25 for throwing a baseball at an opposing pitcher?
  • ... that "Enamorada de Ti" was the first tejano song to be mixed with freestyle music?

    20:05, 9 November 2011 (UTC)

  • ... that Jagadguru Rambhadracharya Handicapped University (pictured) is the first university in the world which is entirely for disabled people?
  • ... that in September 2011, the British comedian David Walliams swam the 140-mile length of the River Thames and raised over £1,000,000 for Sport Relief?
  • ... that Ralph Steinman is the only person to be awarded a Nobel Prize posthumously?
  • ... that Windows XP is the most widely used computer operating system in the world?

    16:34, 22 November 2011 (UTC)

  • ... that the Voynich manuscript (pictured) is a 15th-century illustrated manuscript no one can read?
  • ... that Selena was named the "Best Selling Latin Artist of the Decade" by Billboard?
  • ... that it is impossible for pigs to look up to the sky?
  • ... that Gaelic, one of the official languages of Scotland, is only spoken by 1.2% of Scottish people?
  • ... that Adrian IV was the only English pope?

    20:05, 11 December 2011 (UTC)

  • ... that the Colorado potato beetle (pictured) has become resistant to over 50 chemicals used in pesticides?
  • ... that Ben Nevis is the tallest mountain in the British Isles?
  • ... that the egg of an Elephant bird is about 160 times larger than a chicken's egg?
  • ... that when Enrique Granados's ship was torpedoed, he safely made it onto a lifeboat, but dived into the water to save his wife and drowned?
  • ... that the lightest material ever made has 99.99% air in it?

    14:15, 28 December 2011 (UTC)

  • ... that pigs (pictured) can be taught to play video games?
  • ... that the Great Lakes hold 21% of the world's surface fresh water?
  • ... that Vienna was originally a Roman army camp called Vindobona?
  • ... that some claim a group of aspen trees in Utah is the world's largest organism because the trees are all connected clones?
  • ... that Sacagawea helped Lewis and Clark show Native Americans they did not want to hurt them during their trip?

    19:27, 25 January 2012 (UTC)

  • ... that large volcanic eruptions (pictured) can cause climate changes that last several years, so causing widespread famine?
  • ... that the Hoxne treasure is the largest find of Roman silver and gold ever made in Britain?
  • ... that Thompson Island, a phantom island reported to be near Bouvet Island, may have existed and disappeared because of volcanic activity?
  • ... that Christopher Hitchens volunteered to be tortured by waterboarding so that he could write a magazine article?
  • ... that the largest known frog, Beelzebufo, was big enough to have eaten baby dinosaurs?

    21:00, 29 February 2012 (UTC)

  • ... that most coral polyps (pictured) have single-celled algae which do photosynthesis?
  • ... that Cinematic Sunrise's "A Coloring Storybook and Long Playing Record" included a coloring book and four colored pencils with the purchase of the record?
  • ... that in 2011, 159 members of the U.S. House of Representatives proposed the same Equal Rights Amendment in Congress that was first offered in 1923?
  • ... that Aberdeen Airport has the world's largest commercial heliport?
  • ... that the description of plant species in biological classification was written in Latin until 1 January 2012, but now it can be written in English?

    12:04, 9 March 2012 (UTC)

  • ... that the tiny frog Paedophryne amauensis from New Guinea (pictured) is the smallest known vertebrate?
  • ... that UNESCO says that 2,500 languages are at risk of becoming extinct?
  • ... that the average person spends three years of their life on the toilet?
  • ... that the deepest place on Earth is the Challenger Deep in the Mariana Trench, at 10,971 m (35,994 ft) (6.82 miles)?
  • ... that Döbereiner's lamp was one of the first lighters?

    11:22, 18 March 2012 (UTC)

  • ... that UNESCO says the Jikji (pictured), made in Korea in 1337, is the world's oldest surviving book printed by movable metal type?
  • ... that Carl Woese proposed that living things should be classified into three domains?
  • ... that the name trombone comes from the Italian word for "large trumpet"?
  • ... that the Hubble Ultra Deep Field is the most distant image ever taken, and shows the universe as it was about 800,000 years after the big bang?
  • ... that hydrogen glows purple when it is in plasma state?

    16:21, 4 May 2012 (UTC)

  • ... that the Crater Lake (pictured) is the deepest lake in the United States?
  • ... that the declaration of independence of the United States was mostly written by Thomas Jefferson?
  • ... that the Indo-Pakistani War of 1971 only lasted 13 days?
  • ... that Mercury is the closest planet to the Sun, but has places where ice forms?
  • ... that Arrhenius, in 1896, suggested the greenhouse effect would cause global warming?

    12:38, 29 May 2012 (UTC)

  • ... that Cézanne's The Card Players (pictured) is the world's most expensive painting?
  • ... that neutrinos travel at the speed of light?
  • ... that the Sun has a mass of 330000 times the mass of the Earth?
  • ... that parasitism is more common than any other way of feeding?
  • ... that Fermat's Last Theorem was proved by Andrew Wiles and Richard Taylor in 1994, 358 years after Pierre de Fermat wrote about it?