An annoyed camel will spit at a person.
The giant squid has the biggest eyes of any animal: its eyes measure 40 cm (16 in) in diameter.
Fish and insects do not have eyelids – their eyes are protected by a hardened lens.
Domestic cats purr at about 26 cycles per second, the same frequency as an idling diesel engine.
Mammals are the only animals with flaps around the ears.
The surface of hot water freezes faster than cold water but the rest of the water will remain liquid longer than in a cold sample.
Liquid air looks like water with a bluish tint.
Industrial hemp contains less than 1% of THC, the psychoactive component of marijuana.
In a desert, a mirage is caused when air near the ground is hotter than air higher up. As light from the sun passes from cooler to warmer air, it speeds up and is refracted upward, creating the image of water.
Radio waves travel so much faster than sound waves that a broadcast voice can be heard sooner 18,000 km away than in the back of the room in which it originated.
The Wright Brother tested the first aeroplane in a wind tunnel before flying it.
The Ilyushin-76TD is the world’s largest waterbomber.
The Egyptians created the first organized navy in 2300 BC.
The first train reached a top speed of only 8 km/h (5 mph).
Traffic jams are nothing new. In 45 BC, Rome banned all vehicles from within the city – and in other cities vehicles, including horses, were allowed only at night… because of traffic jams.
Jean Genevieve Garnerin was the first female parachutists, jumping from a hot air balloon in 1799.
In 1898, one of the first programmes to be broadcasted on radio was a yacht race that took place in British waters.
A baseball ball has exactly 108 stitches, a cricket ball has between 65 and 70 stiches.
Bill Klem served the most seasons as major league umpire – 37 years, starting in 1905. He also officated 18 World Series.
Ferenc Szisz from Romania, driving a Renault, won the first Formula One Grand Prix held at Le Mans, France in 1906.
Revelation, written about 95 AD, is the youngest book in the New Testament.
The Slavonic Orthodox Church has twice as many adherents as the Baptist Church.
The shortest verse in the NIV Bible is John 11:35: “Jesus wept.”
Seven suicides are recorded in the Bible.
Almonds and pistachios are the only nuts mentioned in the Bible.
In the Middle Ages, sugar was a treasured luxury costing 9 times as much as milk.
The world’s oldest existing eatery opened in Kai-Feng, China in 1153.
The Polyethylene Terephthalate bottle was introduced in 1973.
Melba toast is named after Australian opera singer Dame Nellie Melba (1861-1931).
Ice tea was introduced in 1904 at the World’s Fair in St. Louis.
Playing-cards were known in Persia and India as far back as the 12th century. A pack then consisted of 48 instead of 52 cards.
On 21 June 1913, over Los Angeles, Georgia Broadwick became the first women to parachute from an airplane.
The first animal in space was the female Samoyed husky named Laika, launched by the Soviets in 1957.
John Rolfe married Pocahontas the Red Indian Princess in 1613.
Thomas Cook, the world’s first travel agency in the world, was founded in 1850.
The world’s smallest dog is the Chihuahua, which means “tiny dog in the sky.”
The slowest fish is the Sea Horse, which moves along at about 0.016 km/h (0.01 mph).
There are about 54 million dogs in the US, and Paris is said to have more dogs than people.
Millions of trees are accidentally planted by squirrels who bury nuts and then forget where they hid them.
The bee hummingbird of Cuba is the smallest bird in the world.
A US ton is equivalent to 900 kg (2000 pounds). A British ton is 1008 kg (2240 pounds), called a gross ton.
Hydrogen gas is the least dense substance in the world.
The double-helix structure of DNA was discovered in 1953 by James Watson and Francis Crick. The length of a single human DNA molecule, when extended, is 1.7 metres (5 ft 5 in).
A square piece of dry paper cannot be folded in half more than 7 times.
Since space is essentially empty it cannot carry sound. Therefor there is no sound in space, at least not the sort of sound that we are used to.
The amount of time that people spend on travel has been consistent at 1,1 hours per person per day in all societies.
Electric cars were introduced in 1896 and by the end of the century almost 50% of motorcars worldwide were electric.
The first Ford cars had Dodge engines.
Nuclear ships are basically steamships and driven by steam turbines. The reactor just develops heat to boil the water.
Mercedes Benz cars are named after Mercedes Jellinek.