Facts to make you go“WOW!”
TOM AND JERRY WERE ORIGINALLY CALLED JASPER AND JINX IN AN OSCAR-NOMINATED 1940 SHORT ANIMATED FILM ENTITLED PUSS GETS THE BOOT.
◆ The emergency number in Libya is 1515.
◆ THERE ARE 1,264 ISLANDS AND ISLETS IN CROATIA.
◆ THE ODDS THAT A LEFTHANDED PERSON WILL DIE USING A RIGHT-HANDED APPLIANCE ARE 1 IN 4.4 MILLION.
◆ The first human-to-human heart transplant was performed in 1967. ◆ The 1976 heat wave dried out a pond in Wandsworth and set off incendiary bombs that had been there since the Second World War.
◆ BEYONCÉ TOPPED A POLL OF CELEBRITIES PEOPLE WOULD MOST LIKE TO BE STUCK IN A LIFT WITH. DONALD TRUMP CAME BOTTOM. ◆ Time moves more slowly the closer you get to the Earth’s core – meaning your head is younger than your feet.
◆ 488 PEOPLE ARE INJURED BY ZIPS IN THE UK EACH YEAR.
◆ Psycho was the first American film to show a toilet being flushed on screen.
◆ THERE ARE NO FRONT TEETH IN A SHEEP’S UPPER JAW.
◆ The ancient Mayans used cocoa beans as currency. ◆ The Dutch village of Giethoorn has no roads, and is entirely connected by canals and footbridges. ◆ Due to heat expansion, the Eiffel Tower leans away from the sun by up to seven inches.
◆ Indonesian carpenter bees are bright blue.
◆ MARTIAL ARTS ACTOR JACKIE CHAN TRAINED AS AN OPERA SINGER.
◆ For two years beginning in 1929, Russia experimented with a five-day week that had no weekends. Several years later, they tried a six-day week with six weeks per month.
◆ BEFORE TEXT MESSAGES, PEOPLE USED TO USE PAGERS TO SEND CODED MESSAGES IN NUMBERS. 143 MEANT “I LOVE YOU”.
WAISTCOATS WERE FIRST POPULARISED IN ENGLAND BY KING CHARLES II IN THE 1660S.
◆ There is an 80-space rooftop car park in Farnborough that has never been used, because the developers have yet to install vehicular access.
◆ The French horn originated in Germany.
◆ IT’S CONSIDERED BAD LUCK TO GIVE KNIVES AS WEDDING PRESENTS.
GreatDanes were once called English Dogges and have no connection to Denmark
Windsor Castle is the world’s oldest royal residence still used by its royal family
Most guinea pigs have four toes on their front feet and three on their hind feet
The average Swiss person eats 23lb of chocolate ayear