56,000,000 people go to Major League baseball each year.
Summer on Uranus lasts for 21 years – but so does winter.
Planets, meaning wanderers, are named after Roman deities: Mercury, messenger of the gods; Venus, the god of love and beauty; Mars, the god of war; Jupiter, king of the gods; and Saturn, father of Jupiter and god of agriculture; Neptune, god of the sea.
One year on earth is 365.26 days long. One day is 23 hours, 56 minutes, and 4 seconds long. The extra day in a leap year was introduced to compensate for the discrepancy in the Georgian calendar.
There are more than 326 million trillion gallons of water on Earth.
More than 70% of earth’s dryland is affected by desertification.
The high jump method of jumping head first and landing on the back is called the Fosbury Flop.
Gymnasiums were introduced in 900BC and Greek athletes practised in the nude to the accompaniment of music. They also performed naked at the Olympic Games.
About 42,000 tennis balls are used in the plus-minus 650 matches in the Wimbledon Championship.
Sports command the biggest television audiences, led by the summer Olympics, World Cup Football and Formula One racing.
The record for the most major league baseball career innings is held by Cy Young, with 7,356 innings.
In his time, Michael Schumacher was the highest paid sportsman, ahead of Tiger Woods and Arnold Palmer. (Not including sponsorship endorsements.)
A soccer ball is made up of 32 leather panels, held together by 642 stitches.
Golf the only sport played on the moon – on 6 February 1971 Alan Shepard hit a golf ball.
The record for the most Olympic medals ever won is held by Soviet gymnast Larissa Latynina. Competing in three Olympics, between 1956 and 1964, she won 18 medals.