Posted : 6 years ago

A dog was the first in space and a sheep, a duck and a rooster the first to fly in a hot air balloon.

The first mention of soap was on Sumerian clay tablets dating about 2,500 BC. The soap was made of water, alkali and cassia oil.

Only one of the Seven Wonders of the World still survives: the Great Pyramid of Giza.

The world’s first skyscraper was the 10-storey Home Insurance office, built in Chicago in 1885. (During Roman times buildings were up to 8 storeys high.)

Napoleon’s christening name was Italian: Napoleone Buonaparte. He was born on the island of Corsica one year after it became French property. As a boy, Napoleon hated the French.

Excavations from Egyptian tombs dating to 5,000 BC show that the ancient Egyptian kids played with toy hedgehogs.

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Posted : 7 years ago

Music was sent down a telephone line for the first time in 1876, the year the phone was invented.

Accounts from Holland and Spain suggest that during the 1500s and 1600s urine was commonly used as a tooth-cleaning agent.

In 1958 the US sent two mice called Laska and Benjy into space.

In 1961 the US launched a male chimpanzee called Ham into space.

Great Britain was the first county to issue postage stamps, on 1 May 1840. Hence, UK stamps are the only stamps in the world not to bear the name of the country of origin.

The first parachute jump from an airplane was made by Captain Berry at St. Louis, Missouri, in 1912.

Posted : 9 years ago

Since 1815 there has been 210 interstate wars.

Global spending on defence total more than $700 billion. Global spending on education is less than $100 billion.

The very first bomb that the Allies dropped on Berlin in World War II killed the only elephant in the Berlin Zoo.

During the Battle of Waterloo, Lord Uxbridge had his horse shot from under him 9 times.

The longest was the so-called 100-years war between Britain and France. It actually lasted 116 years, ending in 1453.