An ostrich can run up to 70 km/h (43mph).
The heart of a blue whale is the size of a small car.
There are more than 150 million sheep in Australia, a nation of 17 million people.
African elephants only have four teeth to chew their food with.
A crocodile’s tongue is attached to the roof of its mouth and cannot move it.
The shortest war on record took place in 1896 when Zanzibar surrendered to Britain after 38 minutes.
In 1997, the US maintained 13,750 nuclear warheads, 5,546 of them on ballistic missiles.
The NATO attack on Serbia in 1999 during the Kosovo war killed more animals than people.
Since 1495, no 25-year period has been without war.
When killed in battle, Japanese officers were promoted to the next highest rank.
Approximately 44 million tons of bananas are produced annually, compared to more than 60 million tomatoes. Apples are the third most popular (36 million tons), then oranges (34 million tons) and watermelons (22 million tons).
The term “soda water” was coined in 1798.
China uses 45 billion chopsticks per year. 25 million trees are chopped down to make’em sticks.
The scientific term for the common tomato is lycopersicon lycopersicum, which means “wolf peach.”
The first ice-cream soda was sold in 1874 in the US.
Daryl Hannah is co creator of the board game Liebrary
A childhood virus left Rob Lowe completely deaf in his right ear. “No stereo for me” he says “It’s a mono world”.
George Clooney sometimes sleeps in the walk-in closet of his LA mansion because, he says, “all the bedrooms are too light”.
Julia Roberts’ left eye tears up when she gets nervous.
In 1993, Jessica Simpson tried out for the Mickey Mouse Club but panicked after watching Christina Aguilera audition. “I froze and forgot everything” she says. She lost out to both Christina and Britney Spears.
The world’s largest disco was held at the Buffalo Convention Centre, New York, 1979. 13,000 danced a place into the Guinness Book of World Records.
The term “disc jockey” was first used in 1937.
The top selling singles of all time are Elton John’s “Candle in the Wind ‘97”, at 33 million, Bing Crosby’s “White Christmas”, 30 million, and Bill Haley’s “Rock Around the Clock”, 25 million.
Music was sent down a telephone line for the first time in 1876, the year the phone was invented.
Kenneth Edmonds was nicknamed Babyface by funk guitarist Bootsy Collins.
Christianity is the world’s most widespread religion (1,7 billion Christians).
There are 594 chapters before Psalm 118 and 594 chapters after it.
The word “Lord” appears 1855 times in the Bible.
The 10 plagues of Egypt:
1. Water turns to blood
3. Lice and fleas
5. Cattle die of diseases
6. Boils and sores
10. Death of first-born
The 7 last plagues (Revelation 16):
2. Sea turns to blood
3. Rivers turn to blood
4. People schorched by heat of the sun
6. River Euphrates dries up
The ozone layer averages about 3 millimeters (1/8 inch) thick.
The sun is 330,330 times larger than the earth.
The deepest point in the sea: the Mariana Trench off Guam in the Pacific Ocean; it is 10,9 km (6.77 miles) below sea level.
The tallest waterfalls in the world are Angel Falls in Venezuela. At 979 m (3,212 ft), they are 19 times taller than the Niagara Falls, or 3 times taller than the Empire State Building.
The order of the planets, starting closest to the sun: Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune.
#70 A “jiffy” is actually 1/100 of a second
#191 Popcorn was invented by the American Indians
#27 A ball of glass will bounce higher then a ball of rubber
#163 The first penny had the motto “Mind your own business”
#199 The largest cheesecake ever-made weighed 57,508 lbs
In ancient China, the nose of a criminal who attacked travellers was cut off.
There are more than 16,400 parking metres in Manhatten, New York.
The first motorcycle speedway race was held in Maitland, Australia, in 1925.
Traffic lights were used before the advent of the motorcar.
The fewest aeroplane passengers killed in one year was 1 in 1993 and the most was 583 in 1977 when two Boeing 747s collided on the runway at Los Rodeos airport, Tenerife, the Canary Islands.
If the amount of water in your body is reduced by just 1%, you’ll feel thirsty.
The muscle that lets your eye blink is the fastest muscle in your body. It allows you to blink 5 times a second. On average, you blink 15 000 times a day. Women blink twice as much as men.
The length from your wrist to your elbow is the same as the length of your foot.
On average a hiccup lasts 5 minutes.
If all your DNA is stretched out, it would reach to the moon 6,000 times.