Fun Facts Of The Day

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Geography
The country with the most Post offices is India with over 152,792 compared with just over 38,000 in the United States.

Colombia produces the most emeralds of any country in South America.

The world’s largest gold mine is in Juneau, Alaska.

Namibia, Africa, supplies the most valuable diamonds of the 18 countries in southern Africa rich with diamonds.

Switzerland attracts the most suicide tourists.

India has no rabbits in the wild; only hares.

In Tokyo, a bicycle is faster than a car for most trips of less than 50 minutes!

It’s illegal to drink beer out of a bucket while you’re sitting on a curb in St. Louis, Missouri!

It’s against the law to pawn your dentures in Las Vegas!

It’s against the law to burp, or sneeze in a certain churches in Omaha, Nebraska!

The state of Florida is bigger than England!

In Natoma, Kansas, it’s illegal to throw knives at men wearing striped suits.

It was once against the law to have a pet dog in a city in Iceland!

There are more plastic flamingos in the U.S, than real ones!

About 3000 years ago, most Egyptians died by the time they were 30!

In Bangladesh, kids as young as 15 can be jailed for cheating on their finals!

A company in Taiwan makes dinnerware out of wheat, so you can eat your plate!

Q is the only letter in the alphabet that does not appear in the name of any of the United States!

In Tokyo, they sell toupees for dogs!

People
Albert Einstein was offered the presidency of Israel in 1952, but he declined.

Einstein couldn’t speak fluently when he was nine. His parents thought he might be retarded.

In 1935, Jesse Owens broke 4 world records in 45 minutes.

Mother Teresa’s real name was Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu.

George Washington died the last hour of the last day of the last week of the last month of the last year of the 18th century.

St Francis of Assisi introduced Christmas Carols to formal church services.

The quickest ascent of Everest, in 10 hours, 56 minutes, was achieved by Sherpa Lhakpa Gelu.

Abraham Lincoln held a liquor license and operated several taverns.

Walt Disney was once fired by a newspaper editor for lack of imagination.

Barbie’s full name is Barbara Millicent Roberts.

Alexander the Great was an epileptic.

Mozart wrote the music for the song Twinkle Twinkle, Little Star when he was just five years old.

Thomas Edison’s total school education consisted of three months.

Santa Claus, St. Nicholas, was born in the ancient southeastern Turkish town of Lycia early in the fourth century.

The Most
Longest / Shortest / Tallest / Smallest / Biggest / Fastest
The oldest national flag still in existence, that of Denmark, dates back to the 13th century.

The longest movie made lasts 85 hours and is fittingly titled “The Cure for Insomnia.

The world’s highest cricket ground is in Chail (HP), India, 2444 mts above sea level.

The most common disease in the world is tooth decay.

Ninety percent of all species that have become extinct have been birds.

The youngest Pope was 11 years old.

The quickest ascent of Everest, in 10 hours, 56 minutes, was achieved by Sherpa Lhakpa Gelu.

The longest fence in the world is in Australia and it runs for over 3,436 miles (5,530 km).

The country with the most Post offices is India with over 152,792 compared with just over 38,000 in the United States.

The First / The Last
The first Valentine’s Day card was sent by the imprisoned Duke of Orlean to his wife in 1415.

Richard Cadbury invented the first Valentine’s Day candy box in the late 1800s.

The first novel, called The story of Genji, was written in 1007 by Japanese noble woman, Murasaki Shikibu.

The first company that Bill Gates ever ran created machines that would record the number of cars passing a given point on a street.

The first personal computer was called the Altair and was made by a company called MITS in 1974. It came in a kit and had to be assembled by the user.

The Hollywood sign was first erected in 1923. Conceived as a real estate ad, it originally read Hollywoodland.

The celebration of the new year is the oldest of all holidays. It was first observed in ancient Babylon about 4000 years ago.

26 December, Boxing day, was traditionally known as St. Stephen’s Day, after the first Christian martyr.

The first printed reference to Christmas trees appeared in Germany in 1531.

Great Britain was the first country to issue postage stamps, and they’re the only nation today that doesn’t use a national name on their stamps.

The Chinese first invented the system of zoos, and called them Parks of Intelligence.

The first striptease dance was performed in Paris, France on March 13, 1894.

The first time the color khaki was used for uniforms in a war was in 1880, during the Afghan War.

Butter was the first food product allowed by law to have artificial coloring.

The term skyscraper was first used in 1888, to describe 11-story building.

Benjamin Franklin was America’s first newspaper cartoonist.

When tennis was first invented in 1874, it was called sphairistike.

When volleyball was first invented in 1895, it was called mintonette.

The first animal in space was a female dog named “Laika”.

The first hard drive available for the Apple II had a capacity of 5 Megabytes.

China was the first country to introduce paper money (in 812).

The first Harley Davidson motorcycle was built in 1903, and used a tomato can for a carburetor.

The first Academy Awards (or Oscar’s) were presented on 16 May 1929.

Australia’s first police force was a band of 12 of the most well behaved Convicts.

In 1937, the first postage stamp to commemorate Christmas was issued in Austria.

The first recorded reference to cricket dates back to 1272.

The first domain name ever registered was Symbolics.com in Mar 85.

The first music video was aired on August 1, 1981 “Video Killed the Radio Star” by the Bugles on MTV.

The first police force was established in Paris 1667.

The first product to have a UPC bar code on its packaging was Wrigley’s gum.

France became the first reigning World Cup champions who fail to win a match.

Pamela Lee-Anderson is Canada’s Centennial Baby, being the first baby born on the centennial anniversiary of Canada’s independence.

The first city in modern history to reach 1 million people was London in 1811.

Toronto was the first city in the world with a computerized traffic signal system.

King Charles VII, assassinated in 1167, was the first Swedish king with the name of Charles. Charles I, II, III, IV, V, never existed.

The value of “pi” was first calculated by Budhayana, and he explained the concept of what is known as the Pythagorean Theorem. He discovered this in the 6th century long before the European mathematicians.

The World’s first university was established in Takshila, India in 700BC. More than 10,500 students from all over the world studied more than 60 subjects.

The first place in the western world to give women the right to vote was an island known as “Man”.

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

The Phobias
If you are afraid you might die laughing, you are suffering from cherophobia.

Someone with an irrational fear of meat is called a carnophobic.

Unatractiphobia is the fear of ugliness or ugly people.

If you are a ‘scoptophobic’, you have an intense fear of being seen.

‘Mageiricophobia’ is the intense fear of having to cook.

Syngenesophobia is the fear of relatives.

Automatonophobia is a fear of ventriloquist’s dummies, animatronic creatures, wax statues or anything that falsly represents a sentient being.

Paedophobia is a fear of children.

Clinophobia is the fear of beds.

“Hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia” is the fear of long words.

Phobatrivaphobia is a fear of trivia about phobias.

Lyssophobia is a morbid fear of insanity.

Hypnophobia is a morbid fear of sleep and falling asleep.

Elizabeth I of England suffered from anthophobia, a fear of roses.

Arachibutyrophobia is a fear of peanut butter sticking to the roof of the mouth.

The fear of vegetables is called Lachanophobia!

Taphephobia is the fear of being buried alive!

Clinophobia is the fear of beds!

Acrophobia is the fear of heights.

Claustrophobia is the fear of being closed in.

Arachnophobia is the Fear Of Spiders.

Hemophobia is the fear of blood.

Hydrophobia/ Aquaphobia is the fear of water.

Fear of Beautiful women is Caligynephobia.

Fear of Men is Androphobia.

Fear of Kissing is Philemaphobia or Philematophobia.

Fear of Love, s*xual love is Erotophobia.

Fear of falling in Love, or being in Love is Philophobia.

Fear of Love play is Malaxophobia or Sarmassophobia.

Words
There are no words in the dictionary that rhyme with: orange, purple and month.

The real name of Jesus was Yeshua. Jesus is the Greek version of the name.

A “funambulist” is a tight-rope walker.

Ernest Vincent Wright’s novel Gadsby has 50,110 words, none of which contains the letter “E”.

The word encyclopaedia comes from two Greek words meaning “a circle of learning.”

Carol comes from the Greek word Choraulein which referred to a dance accompanied by a flute.

The word Christmas comes from the English phrase, Christes Masse, literally Christ’s mass.

The word ‘puppy’ comes from the French poupee’, meaning doll.

When two words are combined to form a single word (motor + hotel = motel, breakfast + lunch = brunch) the new word is called a “portmanteau”.

The term “hooch” for liquor comes from the Hoochinoo Indians, known for their ability to make liquor so strong it could knock someone out.

Seoul, the capital of South Korea, is a Korean word meaning “capital”.

The word “tattoo” comes from the Tahitian word “tattau,” which means “to mark”.

The two lines that connect your top lip to the bottom of your nose are known as the philtrum

The word “set” has more definitions than any other word in the English language.

The word “novel” originally derived from the Latin novus, meaning “new”.

The word “gymnasium” comes from the Greek word gymnazein which means “to exercise n*ked”.

The word Karate means, empty hand.

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