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20:49, 6 July 2021 (UTC)

  • ... that at first, bulldogs were bred to fight bulls during the 1600s?
  • ... that the Republic of Cyprus is the only country other than England to host an English royal wedding?
  • ... that Lori Lightfoot is the first female African-American mayor of Chicago and the first lesbian mayor of Chicago?
  • ... that fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld left money in his will to his cat Choupette?
  • 20:24, 20 August 2021 (UTC)

  • ... that Fred Rogers' (pictured) congressional testimony was the key reason for the U.S. Supreme Court's television video recording decision in 1983?
  • ... that laboratories in Brazil make ethanol fuel with sugarcane juice?
  • ... that when his grandson was kidnapped, billionaire J. Paul Getty did not want to pay the ransom until it was lower?
  • ... that Kamikaze pilots were not allowed to close their eyes so that they did not miss the target?
  • ... that the Burj Khalifa has the world's highest restaurant, residential space and swimming pool?
  • 06:05, 20 September 2021 (UTC)

  • ... that Zendaya (pictured) is the youngest winner of the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series?
  • ... that Bumblebees can fly higher than Mount Everest?
  • ... that as a lawyer, Mayor of Seoul Park Won-soon helped convict South Korea's first sexual harassment case?
  • ... that Unserdeutsch is one of only a few German-based Creole languages still in use?
  • ... that members of The Salvation Army represented Switzerland at the Eurovision Song Contest in 2013?
  • 15:15, 25 October 2021 (UTC)

  • ... that in 1970, Sir Ian McKellen (pictured) was the first actor to share a gay kiss with another male actor on British television?
  • ... that the Icelandic Phallological Museum in Reykjavík holds the world's largest collection of penises from many living organisms?
  • ... that the sinking of the Titanic in 1912 led to the invention of echo sounding, about ten years after the accident?
  • ... that Valentina Sampaio is the first openly transgender model for Victoria's Secret and Sports Illustrated?
  • ... that the Tepexpan man was a woman?
  • 22:20, 8 November 2021 (UTC)

  • ... that Tardigrades (pictured) can still live after being frozen for more than 30 years?
  • ... that the Phantom of Heilbronn is a serial killer that was never found?
  • ... that "What Goes On" was the only Beatles song that John Lennon, Paul McCartney, and Ringo Starr wrote together?
  • ... that Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink and Dwight Yorke were the first international players to win the Premier League Golden Boot?
  • ... that Playboy was also printed in Braille between 1970 and 1985?
  • 20:00, 22 November 2021 (UTC)

    The Lamborghini Reventón

  • ... that the Lamborghini Reventón (pictured) was made to look like the F-22 Raptor?
  • ... that the Daocheng Yading Airport is the highest civilian airport in the world?
  • ... that after his death, Pope Formosus was accused of perjury and his corpse was exhumed and put on trail where he was found guilty?
  • ... that at least a third of homeless young people in Los Angeles practised survival sex?
  • ... that Marcus Terentius Varro warned about very small creatures that can cause airborne transmission diseases, many years before microbiology could proved it?
  • 21:00, 1 December 2021 (UTC)

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  • ... that some of the oldest Egyptian texts known mention the area where Great Bitter Lake (pictured) is today?
  • ... that in 2014, Michael D. Higgins became the first President of Ireland to officially visit the United Kingdom?
  • ... that the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami, made Japan 2.4 meters closer to North America?
  • ... that at aged 99, Captain Sir Tom Moore became the oldest person to record a number one single?
  • ... that a cannon was fired from the Salyut 3 space station and is the only time a gun has been fired in space?
  • 10:40, 1 January 2022 (UTC)

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  • ... that with a leg-span of over 90 centimetres (35 in) and a weight up to 4 kilograms (8.8 lb), the Coconut crab (pictured) is the largest invertebrate that lives on land?
  • ... that Francis, Duke of Châtellerault was a French prince who was killed in action at the 1515 Battle of Marignano, during the Italian Wars?
  • ... that a 2021 survey suggested that autistic males are more likely to be bisexual, while autistic females are more likely to be homosexual?
  • ... that during the attack on the United States Capitol in 2021, the Confederate battle flag was inside the building for the first time in American history?
  • ... that ten of the last 11 economic recessions in the United States began under Republican U.S. Presidents?
  • 07:22, 1 February 2022 (UTC)

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  • ... that a Starship rocket (pictured) can bring a hundred astronauts to Mars?
  • ... that chlorine was used as a chemical weapon in World War I?
  • ... that to make the French presidency not look like a monarchy, Valéry Giscard d'Estaing invited ordinary citizens to eat breakfast with him at Élysée Palace?
  • ... that mathematicians have discovered over 40,000 triangle centers?
  • ... that Hachijō-jima is in the Pacific Ocean and the Philippine Sea but is still part of Tokyo?
  • 04:03, 2 March 2022 (UTC)


  • ... that Hydrox (pictured) was the popular cream filled cookie sandwich before Oreo was launched?
  • ... that 65 years after his death, Elmer McCurdy's mummified corpse was used as a mannequin by a television crew?
  • ... that Eucalyptus have been used to fight malaria?
  • ... that Sunless Sea, the first video game by Alexis Kennedy, got the last ever 10/10 rating from video game magazine Eurogamer?
  • ... that Salyut 1 was the first space station?
  • 02:16, 1 April 2022 (UTC)

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  • ... that at aged 100, Betty Reid Soskin (pictured) is the oldest active U.S. National Park Ranger?
  • ... that Real Madrid, FC Barcelona, and Athletic Bilbao have never left La Liga?
  • ... that Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis is the only First Lady of the United States to have won an Emmy Award?
  • ... that eight of the ten tallest mountain peaks in the world, including Mount Everest, are in Nepal?
  • ... that Charon does not orbit Pluto, but rather a point in space because it is half the mass of Pluto?
  • 08:12, May 2, 2022 (UTC)

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  • ... that at aged 37, Prime Minister of New Zealand Jacinda Ardern (pictured) became the world's youngest female head of government when she was elected in 2017?
  • ... that some animals make tools which help them masturbate?
  • ... that police at first didn't allow the movie Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom to be shown in Zürich, over 30 years after its release?
  • ... that after he had lost the 1996 presidential election, former U.S. Senator Bob Dole became a television spokesperson for Viagra?
  • ... that in Boris Johnson's constituency, Uxbridge and South Ruislip, he has the smallest majority of any current prime minister since 1924?
  • 04:17, June 8, 2022 (UTC)

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  • ... that some Argentines believe that by saying the name of President Carlos Menem (pictured) it brings them bad luck?
  • ... that the first sentō was built during the Nara period in the 700s?
  • ... that Hanger Lane gyratory was voted the scariest junction in Britain?
  • ... that the exact height of the Hkakabo Razi in Myanmar is unknown?
  • ... that after the Tunguska event, it took 20 years before an expedition reached the area where it happened?
  • 05:54, July 2, 2022 (UTC)

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  • ... that when he was elected President of Ecuador in 2021, businessman Guillermo Lasso (pictured) became the country's first center-right president in 25 years?
  • ... that in 1984, U.S. President Ronald Reagan joked about bombing the Soviet Union in a radio speech and many took it seriously?
  • ... that with an income of US$40 million in 2021, Kendall Jenner became the highest paid-model in the world?
  • ... that among all the other animals it hosts, the Camargue is also home to 40 different species of mosquito?
  • ... that in September 2021, El Salvador started accepting Bitcoin as an official currency?
  • 14:08, 3 August 2022 (UTC)

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  • ... that Preet Chandi (pictured) is the first known woman of color to walk solo to the South Pole?
  • ... that Milwaukee Deep is the deepest part of the Atlantic Ocean?
  • ... that in 1971, when Elaine May directed, wrote and starred in A New Leaf, she became the first woman to do all three in a Hollywood movie?
  • ... that the Russian invasion of Ukraine is the largest attack between two European countries since World War II?
  • ... that India, George W. Bush's cat, starred in the movie Where in the White House is Miss Beazley?
  • 23:31, September 15, 2022 (UTC)

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  • ... that in the 1970s when Luis Echeverría (pictured) was President of Mexico, he banned almost every form of rock music in the country?
  • ... that The Batman director Matt Reeves said that Kurt Cobain was the inspiration for his version of the Batman?
  • ... that U.S. Senator Ed Markey is the first person to beat a member of the Kennedy family in an election?
  • ... that the uncensored video of when Will Smith slapped Chris Rock at the 94th Academy Awards had over 69 million views on YouTube within the first 24 hours?
  • ... that the first Day of the National Flag in Ukraine was celebrated one-and-a-half years before the flag became official in Ukraine?
  • 23:32, October 17, 2022 (UTC)

    Gabriel Boric asume la Presidencia de Chile (cropped).jpg

  • ... that Gabriel Boric (pictured) is the youngest President of Chile in the country's history and the first president born during Augusto Pinochet's military dictatorship?
  • ... that Brazilian numbers were introduced in 1994 in an international competition that was proposed by Mexico?
  • ... that Naomi Parker is believed to be the real-life Rosie the Riveter with evidence believing the poster was used from a picture taken of her in 1942?
  • ... that about 50 million years before the Great Oxygenation Event happened, oxygen still was in the atmosphere because it was the waste of photosynthetic organisms?
  • ... that a French violinist named Petit tried to bite off Sylvius Leopold Weiss's right thumb?
  • 19:14, November 20, 2022 (UTC)

    Khartoum (cropped).jpg

  • ... that Khartoum, Sudan (pictured) is one of the only major cities in the world with a hot desert climate that has a mean annual temperature of over 30 °C (86 °F)?
  • ... that the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) helped with the making of The Silence of the Lambs with hopes of it inspiring women to join the FBI?
  • ... that Michaela Jaé Rodriguez is the first transgender actress to be nominated for an Emmy Award and to win a Golden Globe Award?
  • ... that in 2021, the Norwegian beach handball team was fined because they refused to wear bikini bottoms at a tournament, but that half a year later, rules were changed to allow the shorts the players had worn?
  • ... that Deez Nutz, a joke candidate run by Brady C. Olson got more votes than Jill Stein, the Green Party nominee in the 2016 United States presidential election?
  • 14:25, 25 December 2022 (UTC)


  • ... that supercentenarian Kane Tanaka (pictured) lived through all five imperial reigns that make up modern day Japan?
  • ... Little Trees was invented by Julius Sämann in 1952 after a milk driver complained to him about the smell of spilled milk?
  • ... that Melania Trump is the first woman to be First Lady of the United States as an immigrant born outside of the United States?
  • ... that a study done in 1940 found that, in one hundred lynchings in the United States after 1929, about a third of the people were killed because of false accusations?
  • ... that Johann Philipp Kirnberger created a way to make music using dice throws?
  • 13:18, 1 January 2023 (UTC)

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  • ... that when John B. Goodenough (pictured) won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2019 at aged 97, he became the oldest Nobel Prize winner in history?
  • ... that even though Georg Forster thought highly of many cultures, specifically ones in the Southern Pacific, he was very prejudiced against Poles?
  • ... that the dotted humming frog sometimes lives with the Colombian lesserblack tarantula?
  • ... that Mark Clarke was kicked out of the Conservative Party for bullying Elliot Johnson, a Conservative Party politician to the point of suicide?
  • ... that Dick Conway had his finger amputated so he could continue playing with the New Zealand national rugby union team?
  • 16:52, 3 February 2023 (UTC)

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  • ... that the 1915 Çanakkale Bridge (pictured) in Turkey is the world's longest suspension bridge at 2,023 m (6,637 ft) long?
  • ... that Lucile Randon, at 116, was the oldest survivor of COVID-19?
  • ... that in 1940, Jamaican political activist and black nationalist Marcus Garvey died shortly after reading his own obituary?
  • ... that Vajiralongkorn of Thailand is the world's richest monarch, with a net worth between US$30 billion to US$70 billion?
  • ... that the composer Georg Philipp Telemann wrote over 3,000 pieces of music?
  • 02:01, 1 March 2023 (UTC)

    Santa Claus protesting US immigration policies (cropped).jpg

  • ... that an American monk and activist named Santa Claus (pictured) from North Pole, Alaska ran for Congress in 2022?
  • ...that it is said that Kurt Cobain's 1991 song "Something in the Way" was based on a time when he was homeless and slept underneath a bridge near Aberdeen, Washington?
  • ... that in the last movement of Joseph Haydn's Farewell Symphony, the musicians leave one by one?
  • ... that there are no free-living viruses?
  • ... that before attacking Las Vegas in 2017, Stephen Paddock planned a mass shooting at Chicago's Lollapalooza and even reserved a hotel room?
  • 19:26, 2 April 2023 (UTC)

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  • ... that before being elected President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelenskyy (pictured) played the role of Ukrainian president in the comedy show Servant of the People?
  • ... that Hermila Galindo was the first woman to run for an elected office in Mexico?
  • ... that the 2020 presidential campaign of former U.S. Senator Mike Gravel was run by a high school student?
  • ... that the Cambridgeshire Guided Busway is the longest guided busway in the world?
  • ... that King Charles III is the first member of the British royal family to get a college degree?
  • 05:14, 1 May 2023 (UTC)

    Lincoln inaugural bible.jpg

  • ... that the bible (pictured) used by Abraham Lincoln at his first inauguration ceremony, was also used for the inaugurations of Barack Obama and Donald Trump?
  • ... that before photosynthesis, the Earth's atmosphere had almost no oxygen?
  • ... that Thomas Mifflin was expelled from the Religious Society of Friends because he joined the military and they are pacifists?
  • ... that Ketanji Brown Jackson is the first public defender, and the first black woman, to become an Associate Justice on the Supreme Court of the United States?
  • ... that Schweigt stille, plaudert nicht, BWV 211, is a cantata by Johann Sebastian Bach about drinking coffee?
  • 00:12, 2 June 2023 (UTC)

    Opal Lee in 2021

  • ... that at age 89, Opal Lee (pictured) walked from Fort Worth, Texas to Washington, D.C. hoping to make Juneteenth a federal holiday?
  • ... that former Iraq dictator Saddam Hussein wrote a romance novel in 2000 that later became a bestselling book?
  • ... that the casino resort Bally's Chicago was proposed so its revenue would give money to Chicago's police and firefighter pension fund?
  • ... that Justin Trudeau led a government with less than 35% of the national popular vote after the 2019 election?
  • ... that "Can't Help Falling in Love" was the last song Elvis Presley performed live at a concert before his death?