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Animals

  • All polar bears are left handed.

  • There are 701 types of pure breed dogs.

  • A hippopotamus can run faster than a man.

  • A newborn kangaroo is about 1 inch in length.

  • Elephants are the only animals that can't jump.

  • It is physically impossible for pigs to look up into the sky.

  • A cow gives nearly 200,000 glasses of milk in her lifetime.

  • In the animal kingdom, the animals that fart the most are the elephants.

  • German Shepherds (dog) bite humans more than any other breed of dog.

  • Cats have more than one hundred vocal sounds, while dogs only have about ten.

  • Rats multiply so quickly that in 18 months, two rats could have over a million descendants.

  • The rabbit and parrot are the only 2 species that can see behind without turning their head.

  • Lions, leopards, tigers, and jaguars are the only species of cats that can roar; but they can’t purr.

  • Names of the three wise monkeys are: Mizaru (See no evil), Mikazaru (Hear no evil), and Mazaru (Speak no evil).

Birds

  • A baby bat is called a pup.

  • Hummingbirds are the only bird that can fly backwards.

  • Owls cannot move their eyes because their eyeballs tubular in shape.

Facts about India

  • India has the most post offices in the world.

  • The official Sanskrit name for India is Bharat.

  • India has been called Bharat even in Golden Age (Satya Yuga)

  • The largest employer in the world is the Indian railway system, employing over a million people.

  • The first six Mogul Emperors of India ruled in an unbroken succession from father to son for two hundred years, from 1526 to 1707.

  • Ayurveda is the earliest school of medicine known to mankind. The father of medicine, Charaka, consolidated Ayurveda 2500 years ago.

  • The name 'India’ is derived from the River Indus. The Aryan worshippers referred to the river Indus as the Sindhu. The Persian invaders converted it into Hindu. The name `Hindustan’ combines Sindhu and Hindu and thus refers to the land of the Hindus.

  • The World's First Granite Temple is the Brihadeswara temple at Tanjavur in Tamil Nadu. The shikhara is made from a single ' 80-tonne ' piece of granite. Also, this magnificent temple was built in just five years, (between 1004 AD and 1009 AD) during the reign of Rajaraja Chola.

  • India is the largest democracy in the world, the 6th largest country in the world and one of the most ancient and living civilizations (at least 10, 000 years old).

  • The game of snakes & ladders was created by the 13th century poet saint Gyandev. It was originally called 'Mokshapat.' The ladders in the game represented virtues and the snakes indicated vices. The game was played with cowrie shells and dices. Later through time, the game underwent several modifications but the meaning is the same i.e good deeds take us to heaven and evil to a cycle of re-births.

  • The world's highest cricket ground is in Chail, Himachal Pradesh. Built in 1893 after levelling a hilltop, this cricket pitch is 2444 meters above sea level.

  • The World's first university was established in Taksila in 700 BC. More than 10,500 students from all over the world studied more than 60 subjects. The University of Nalanda built in the 4th century was one of the greatest achievements of ancient India in the field of education.

  • Although modern images & descriptions of India often show poverty, India was one of the richest countries till the time of British in the early 17th Century. Christopher Columbus was attracted by India's wealth and was looking for route to India when he discovered America by mistake.

  • The art of Navigation & Navigating was born in the river Sindh 6000 over years ago. The very word 'Navigation' is derived from the Sanskrit word NAVGATIH. The word navy is also derived from the Sanskrit word 'Nou'.

  • The Baily Bridge is the highest bridge in the world. It is located in the Ladakh valley between the Dras and Suru rivers in the Himalayan Mountains. It was built by the Indian Army in August 1982.

Foods & Drinks

  • Strawberry is the only fruit with its seeds on the outside.

  • Coca-Cola was originally green because of fresh cocoa leaves.

  • Honey is the only food that does not spoil. Honey found in the tombs of Egyptian pharaohs has been tasted by archaeologists and found edible.

  • All other vegetables must be replanted every year except two perennial vegetables; Asparagus and rhubarb that can live to produce on their own for several growing seasons.

Games & Sports

  • Chess was invented in India.

  • There are 366 dimples on a golf ball.

  • Playing cards in India are in round shape.

  • There are 318,979,564,000 possible ways to play first four moves, per side, in chess.

  • Boxing is the only sport in which neither the spectators nor the participants know the score or the winner until the contest ends.

  • The biggest badminton shuttle in the world can be found on the lawns of the Nelson-Atkins Art Museum, in Kansas City. It is 48 times larger than the real thing. This shuttle is 18 feet high and weighing 5,000 pounds.

  • Each king in a deck of playing cards represents great king from history. Spades - King David, Clubs - Alexander the Great, Hearts - Charlemagne, Diamonds - Julius Caesar.

General

  • Most lipstick contains fish scales.

  • The most common name in the world is Mohammed.

  • A 'jiffy' is an actual unit of time for 1/100th of a second.

  • All the planets in the solar system rotate anticlockwise, except Venus.

  • Electricity doesn't move through a wire but through a field around the wire.

  • The name of all the continents ends with the same letter that they start with.

  • The US national anthem actually has three verses, but everyone just knows the first one.

  • The number of people alive on earth right now is higher than the number of all the people that have died ever.

  • Twenty-Four-Karat Gold is not pure gold; there is a small amount of copper in it. Absolutely pure gold is so soft that it can be molded with the hands.

  • Physics includes the study of light, magnets, electricity, forms of energy, sound, and mechanics (studying the action of forces on matter).

History

  • Albert Einstein never learned how to drive a car.

  • Mao Zedong of China never brush his teeth in his lifetime.

  • If the horse has all four legs on the ground, the person died of natural causes.

  • When Elizabeth-I of Russia died in 1762, there were 15,000 dresses in her closets.

  • During World War II, the Japanese used shark liver oil in the engines of their fighter planes.

  • If the horse has one front leg in the air, the person died as a result of wounds received in battle.

  • If a statue of a person in the park on a horse has both front legs in the air, the person died in battle.

  • During World War II, IBM built the computers the Nazis used to manage their death/concentration camps.

  • In 1883 the explosion of the volcano Krakatoa put so much dust into the earth's atmosphere that sunsets appeared green and the moon appeared blue around the world for almost two years.

  • J. P Blanchard, a Frenchman, is credited with having been the first person to use a parachute. In 1785, from a balloon high in the air, he dropped a dog in a basket to which a parachute was attached. Blanchard also claimed to have descended from a balloon in a parachute in 1793.

Human Body and Medical Facts

  • It is impossible to lick your elbow.

  • Women blink nearly twice as much as men!

  • You can't kill yourself by holding your breath.

  • If you sneeze too hard, you can fracture a rib.

  • The strongest muscle in the body is the tongue.

  • Like fingerprints, everyone's tongue print is different.

  • An average person spent 24 years of his life in sleeping.

  • An average person eat 60,000 pounds of food in his lifetime.

  • If you try to suppress a sneeze, you can rupture a blood vessel in your head or neck and die.

  • Usually right handed people utilize left side of brain for all their conscious, voluntary activities.

  • The women who snore are at an increased risk of high blood pressure and cardiovascular disease than men.

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Insects & Reptiles

  • Ants never sleep.

  • Butterflies taste with their feet.

  • Snakes are immune to their own poison.

  • The ant always falls over on its right side when intoxicated.

  • The cockroach is the fastest animal on 6 legs covering a meter a second.

  • Tapeworms range in size from about 0.04 inch to more than 50 feet in length.

  • The insect responsible for the most human deaths world-wide is the mosquito.

  • The total combined weight of the world’s ant population is heavier than the weight of the human population.

  • Insects do not make noises with their voices. The noise of bees, mosquitoes and other buzzing insects is caused by rapidly moving their wings.

  • Entomophagy is the scientific name for insect eating. There are more than 1,450 recorded species of edible insects. Many species of insects are lower in fat and higher in protein and have a better food-to-meat ratio than beef, lamb, pork, or chicken.

Inventions & Discoveries

  • The electric chair was invented by a dentist.

  • The cigarette lighter was invented before the match.

  • Bullet proof vests, fire escapes, windshield wipers and laser printers are invented by women.

  • Otto Frederick Rohwedder is generally credited with inventing the first automatic bread slicer in 1928.

  • In 1932. Engineer, Harry Jennings, built the first folding, tubular steel wheelchair. The chair was built for a paraplegic friend of Jennings called Herbert Everest. Together they founded Everest & Jennings, a company that monopolized the wheelchair market for many years.

Language & Literature

  • The dot over the i or j is called a tittle.

  • E is the most frequently used letter in English.

  • Shakespeare invented the word assassination and bump.

  • The word listen contains the same letters as the word silent.

  • Stewardesses is the longest word typed with only the left hand.

  • The only three English words beginning with dw are; Dwarf, dwell and dwindle.

  • Tom Sawyer was the first novel written on a typewriter; by Mark Twain in 1876.

  • Almost is the longest word in the English language with all the letters in alphabetical order.

  • There are currently 6,912 living languages, defined as languages that people speak today.

  • Typewriter is the longest word that can be made using the letters only on one row of the keyboard.

  • The word queue is the only word in the English language that is pronounced the whole for its first letter.

  • The sixth sick sheik's sixth sheep's sick is said to be the toughest tongue twister in the English language.

  • Uncopyrightable is the only 15-letter word in the English language that can be written without repeating a letter.

  • The word Set has 464 definitions in the Oxford English Dictionary. The word Run runs a distant second, with 396.

  • Papua New Guinea have the greatest number of first languages. There are 869 separate languages - not dialects.

  • Sanskrit is the mother of all higher languages. It's the most precise and suitable language for the computer software.

    Mandarin is most-spoken language in the world, spoken by 1.07 billion people, followed by English, spoken by 514 million.

  • Gadsby is the only novel (267 pages, 50,000 words) written in 1939 by Ernest Vincent Wright, without the use of letter "E". 

  • The world's first university was established in Taxila (comprised of cities Mohenjadaro and Harappa) Pakistan in 700 BC.

  • There are fourteen punctuation marks in English grammar; Period, comma, colon, semicolon, dash, hyphen, apostrophe, question mark, exclamation point, quotation marks, brackets, parenthesis, braces, and ellipses.

  • Letters a, b, c & d do not appear anywhere in the spellings of 1 to 99
    (Letter 'd' comes for the first time in Hundred)

  • Letters a, b & c do not appear anywhere in the spellings of 1 to 999
    (Letter 'a' comes for the first time in Thousand)

  • Letters b & c do not appear anywhere in the spellings of 1 to 999,999,999
    (Letter 'b' only comes for the first time in Billion)

  • 111,111,111 x 111,111,111 = 12,345,678,987,654,321

Sea Creatures & Oceanography

  • A shrimp's heart is in their head.

  • A snail can sleep for three years.

  • A pregnant goldfish is called a twit.

  • The blue whale is the largest animal on earth.

  • Every drop of seawater contains approximately 1 billion gold atoms.

  • Pearls are found in oysters. The largest pearl ever found was 620 carats.

  • The heaviest fish ever caught was the “Ocean Sunfish”. It weighed 4,928 lbs.

  • Fishes cannot live in the Dead Sea because the water has too much salt in it.

  • Hydra - an aquatic creature is the only living creature that never die. It regenerates, replacing its cells with fresh ones.

  • A parrotfish makes its own sleeping bag to sleep in. It uses mucous (like spit) to make a see-through bag all around it's body to protect it from attack by other creatures in the ocean.

  • If the ice caps melted completely, the sea level across the world would rise by around 250 ft – enough to put Big Ben under water.

  • Snails produce a colorless, sticky discharge that forms a protective carpet under them as they travel along. The discharge is so effective that they can crawl along the edge of a razor without cutting themselves.

Short Terms

  • POP MUSIC is the short term for ‘Popular Music’.

  • FORTNIGHT comes from ‘Fourteen Nights’ (Two Weeks).

  • BUS is the short term for ‘Omnibus’ that means everybody.

  • NEWS refers to information from Four directions N, E, W and S..

  • AG-MARK, which some products bear, stems from ‘Agricultural Marketing’.

  • JOURNAL is a diary that tells about ‘Journey for a day’ during each Day’s business.

  • QUEUE comes from ‘Queen’s Quest’. Long back a long row of people as waiting to see the Queen.

  • DRAWING ROOM was actually a ‘withdrawing room’ where people withdrew after Dinner. Later the prefix ‘with’ was dropped.

  • TIPS come from ‘To Insure Prompt Service’. In olden days to get Prompt service from servants in an inn, travelers used to drop coins in a Box on which was written ‘To Insure Prompt Service’. This gave rise to the custom of Tips.

  • JEEP is a vehicle with unique Gear system. It was invented during World War II (1939-1945). It was named ‘General Purpose Vehicle (GP)’. GP was changed into JEEP later.

World Records

  • Australian $5 to $50 notes are made of plastic.

  • The war between England and Zanzibar in 1896 was the shortest war in history, lasted only 38 minutes.

  • Monumental Axis in Brazil is the world's widest road. 160 cars can drive side by side at the same time.

  • The Central Railway in Peru is the world's highest railway. It climbs to 15,694 feet in the Galera Tunnel.


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Other History Events to Remember

30 Apr 1975

End of US-Vietnam war after 28 years

03 Jul 1975

Apollo-Soyuz joint venture in the outer space

09 Nov 1989

Fall of 43 Km. long Berlin Wall

24 Apr 1990

Hubble telescope launched in the space

02 Oct 1990

East and West Germany united

17 Jan 1991

Gulf War (Kuwait & US Aliens vs. Iraq)

25 Aug 1991

Fall of CCCP in the USSR after 77 years

07 Dec 1992

Demolish of Babri Masjid at Ajodhia, India

16 Nov 1995

Docking of US space shuttle Atlantis with USSR space station Mir

30 Jun 1997

Hong Kong handed over to China after 156 years of British regime

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