Fancy That!

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IT WOULD TAKE 100,000 YEARS TRAV­EL­LING AT THE SPEED OF LIGHT TO CROSS THE MILKY WAYY.

◆ Ben Kings­ley was born Kr­ishna Pan­dit Bhanji.

◆ THE FIRST POCKET WATCHESS IN THE 15TH CEN­TURY ONLY HAD HOUR HANDS. MINUTE HANDS DIDN’T AR­RIVE UN­TIL 200 YEARS LATER. ◆ TheGil­gamesh is the old­est known writ­ten story, found on Sume­rian clay tablets from c. 2700 BC.

◆ PEGGY SUE GERRON – THE IN­SPI­RA­TION FOR THE BUDDY HOLLY HIT PEGGYSUE – WENT ON TO BE­COME CALIFORNIA’S FIRST LI­CENSED FE­MALE PLUMBER. ◆ Dr Martens boots were in­vented by Dr Klaus Maertens, a 25-year-old soldier who de­vised an air-cush­ioned sole to pro­tect his in­jured foot. ◆ Coco Chanel was the first fash­ion de­signer to de­sign her own sig­na­ture scent - Chanel Num­ber 5.

◆ WHEN VENUS IS WEST OF THE SUN, SHE IS KNOWN AS THE MORN­ING STAR. WHEN SHE IS EAST OF THE SUN, SHE IS KNOWN AS THE EVENING STAR.

◆ The small­est species of pen­guin is the lit­tle pen­guin, which has an av­er­age height of 13 inches. ◆ EV­ERY RED WARN­ING TRI­AN­GLE ROAD SIGN MARKS THE LO­CA­TION OF A SE­RI­OUS AC­CI­DENT.

◆ The T en­trance of thhe Van Gogh Mus seum is the larg est glass struc­ture in thhe Nether­lands.

◆ ANOSMIA IS THE IN NABILITY TO SENSE SM MELLS. ◆ SMERSH, in the James Bond films, stands for Spet­sial­nye ME­tody Ra­zoblacheniya SH­pi­onov, which is Rus­sian for “Spe­cial Meth­ods of Spy De­tec­tion”.

◆ MADAME TUS­SAUD’S FIRST WAX SCULP­TURE WAS FRANÇOIS VOLTAIRE, MADE WHEN SHE WAS 16. ◆ Bees were first do­mes­ti­cated for honey and wax pro­duc­tion 5,000 years ago.

◆ THE FIRST COLOUR PHO­TO­GRAPH WAS TAKEN IN 1861 BY PHYSI­CIST JAMES CLARK MAXWELL.

WOW!

Mo­bile phone charg­ers and items of cloth­ing are the things most of­ten ac­ci­den­tally left be­hind in ho­tels. ◆ THERE ARE 24,288 SCHOOLS IN ENG­LAND, WITH 8.5 MIL­LION PUPILS.

The word cater­pil­lar comes from the Latin cat­tapi­losa, which means “hairy cat”

China pro­duces 90% of the world’s spinach

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