There are 113,000 National Parks in the world covering six per cent of the Earth’s land surface.
◆ THE NAME SOPHIA COMES FROM THE GREEK WORD FOR WISDOM.
◆ JANE AUSTEN HAS A CRATER ON VENUS NAMED AFTER HER.
◆ In 1920s slang, an engagement ring was a “handcuff”, a wedding ring was a “manacle” and a divorcee was said to have been “let out on parole”!
◆ Emma Clark, born in 1876, was Britain’s first black female footballer.
◆ THE FIRST AROUND THE WORLD FLIGHT BY AIRSHIP WAS COMPLETED BY THE GRAF ZEPPELIN IN 1929.
◆ In 1970, the King’s Head in Islington became London’s first pub theatre to open since Shakespearean times.
◆ VENEZUELA HAS PRODUCED SIX MISS WORLDS, WHICH IS MORE THAN ANY OTHER COUNTRY. THE UK AND INDIA ARE IN JOINT SECOND PLACE WITH FIVE EACH.
◆ The Great Singapore Duck Race of 2002 set a world record of 123,000 rubber ducks taking part in the same event.