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.
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.