Facts to make you go“WOW!”
The World’s heaviest leek was grown last year by Paul Rochester and weighed 10.7kg.
◆ The average age of a first time mother in the UK is 31.
◆ More people live in Yorkshire than Scotland.
◆ The taste of Pear Drops comes from the artificial flavour isoamyl acetate.
◆ 290 million litres of milk is thrown away in the UK each year – imagine how many cups of tea that would make!
◆ Gangnamstyle, by South Korean rapper Psy, was the first song to be viewed a billion times on youtube.
WOW! Britons bought 311 million pairs of knickers last year.
◆ A Danish study of marriage records found that librarians and farmers were the professions least likely to divorce.
◆ Scottish trains were delayed by a yacht on the line in 2015.
◆ The highest possible break in snooker is 147.
◆ Northern Ireland has the Uk’s highest percentage of dog owners (40%) compared to 14% in the East of England and 10% in London.
◆ A clepsydra was an early form of clock based on flowing water.
◆ Aztec women beautified themselves with a skin cream made of chilli powder.
◆ St Anthony of Padua is the patron saint of lost things.
◆ Two billion ready meals were bought in Britain last year, with the average person eating one a week.
◆ Richard III was the last English king killed in battle.
◆ Wedge shoes were invented by Salvatore Ferragamo in the 1940s, due to a lack of steel to make traditional heels.
◆ A Dutchman called Ceisjan van Heerden won a Welsh bookshop in a raffle last year.
◆ Sweetcorn leaves were used as chewing gum by Native Americans.
New Yo rk wasoriginally called New Amsterdam
The Atacama Desert in Chile is the driest place on earth
Paul ‘Tiny’ Sturgess is Britain’s tallestman at 7ft 7in
Instant coffee was first seen in England ini 1771