Facts to make you go“WOW!”
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.
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