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09:03, 27 April 2009 (UTC)

  • ... that former Israeli Prime minister Golda Meir (pictured) was born in Kiev, Ukraine?
  • ... that Hermann Göring was the last leader of the flying group "The Red Baron" during the First World War?
  • ... that Ernst Röhm, the founder of the Nazi stormtroopers, was homosexual?
  • ... that the famous French actor and writer Jean-Baptiste Poquelin used the stage name Molière?
  • ... that the QWERTY computer keyboard was designed by Christopher Sholes in 1874?

    20:17, 13 May 2009 (UTC)

  • ... that Hermann Göring (pictured), one of the highest-ranking defendants of the Nuremberg Trials, was dependent on morphine?
  • ... that Barack Obama is the first black president of the United States of America?
  • ... that Napoleon Bonaparte, the French general and Emperor, was originally from Corsica?
  • ... that British indie rock band Bloc Party once replaced their website with a countdown leading to the BBC Radio 1 playing of "Mercury"?
  • ... that Buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo is a real sentence?

    09:32, 23 May 2009 (UTC)

  • ... that an ant (pictured) group has a female ant, called a "queen", who lays eggs which become worker ants?
  • ... that people who follow the teachings of Islam pray 5 times a day?
  • ... that Italy has more World Heritage sites than any other country in the world?
  • ... that Hurricane Ismael was the deadliest hurricane in the 1995 Pacific hurricane season?
  • ... that Mars looks red because of the rust in the rocks and dust on the planet's surface?

    09:38, 3 June 2009 (UTC)

  • ... that Wijerd Jelckama was the nephew of Pier Gerlofs Donia (pictured) and was beheaded in 1523?
  • ... that Cargo cults are religious movements that occur when some tribes come in contact with Western Civilisation?
  • ... that King's Cross Station in London was opened in 1852?
  • ... that there are 535 people in the United States Congress?
  • ... that the name of the Search Engine, Google is a misspelling of the word googol?

    08:50, 9 June 2009 (UTC)

  • ... that Adolf Hitler gave an order to kill the leader of his Stormtroopers, Ernst Röhm (pictured), in 1934?
  • ... that France is the most visited country in the world, with over 82 million tourists visiting each year?
  • ... that Jouke de Vries almost became faction leader of the PVDA (the Dutch Labour Party) in 2002, but narrowly lost to Wouter Bos?
  • ... that India has a higher rate of malnutrition among children under the age of three (46% in year 2007) than any other country in the world?
  • ... that the highest point in Germany is the Zugspitze in the south, at 2,962 metres (9,717.8 feet)?

    06:02, 15 June 2009 (UTC)

  • ... that a bug needs to crawl around a Möbius strip (pictured) twice to get to the position it started from?
  • ... that a single litre of blood contains about six billion phagocytes?
  • ... that Tim Hortons is Canada's largest fast food restaurant and supplies over 75% of all baked goods purchased by Canadians?
  • ... that the composer Ludwig van Beethoven was deaf?
  • ... that openSUSE is sponsored by both Novell and AMD?

    10:03, 20 June 2009 (UTC)

  • ... that movie star Brendan Fraser (pictured) was born in Indianapolis, Indiana?
  • ... that Follies are buildings constructed only as a decoration? Such buildings no longer have the function they had originally. They were popular in 18th century parks, especially in England.
  • ... that about one in five mammal species known is a bat?
  • ... that Midnight Cowboy is the only X-rated film to ever win the Academy Award for Best Picture?
  • ... that the Peregrine Falcon is the fastest animal known, and can fly at speeds up to 322 km/h (200 mph)?

    10:21, 25 June 2009 (UTC)

  • ... that Orson Scott Card (pictured) is the only author to win both the Hugo Award and the Nebula Award two years in a row?
  • ... that hornets are attracted by light and not by sweetness?
  • ... that Microsoft Corporation has 89,809 employees in 105 countries as of 2008?
  • ... that the coastline of India is about 7,517 km (4,671 mi) long?
  • ... that Percy Jackson & The Olympians has been on the New York Times Bestseller list for 98 weeks as of 29th May?

    12:12, 30 June 2009 (UTC)

  • ... that Rabindranath Tagore (pictured) wrote Jana Gana Mana, the Indian national anthem and also Amar Shonar Bangla, the national anthem of Bangladesh?
  • ... that during the Japanese Rice Riots of 1918 about two million people protested about the high price of rice?
  • ... that the Earth's atmosphere is made of roughly 78% nitrogen, 21% oxygen and small amounts of other gases?
  • ... that there is only about 3% fresh water on earth and the rest is salt water?
  • ... that a woman almost died from waxing her bikini line?

    23:26, 5 July 2009 (UTC)

  • ... that Barack Obama (pictured), the President of the United States was born on August 4, 1961 in the State of Hawaii?
  • ... that in 2001, a mud volcano in Baku spit flames 15 meters high?
  • ... that the Great Barrier Reef is made up of nearly 3000 coral reefs and over 600 islands?
  • ... that 2005's Hurricane Vince is said to be the only tropical cyclone that has hit the Iberian Peninsula?
  • ... that Japan is called Nippon by the Japanese people?

    02:03, 11 July, 2009 (UTC)

  • ... that of all 274 London Underground (roundel pictured) stations, only Arsenal tube station is named after a football club, though West Ham station and Wimbledon station share names with clubs?
  • ... that Sachin Tendulkar has the highest runs in both ODI and Test cricket?
  • ... that Ludwig van Beethoven, the German composer, died on March 26, 1827?
  • ... that Molybdenum is used in aircraft and missile parts, as well as in nuclear reactors?
  • ... that there are 6.7 billion people alive as of 2008?

    14:55, 16 July 2009 (UTC)

  • ... that Benazir Bhutto (pictured) was killed while leaving a political meeting?
  • ... that Apple donates some of the money from the sale of iPods to fight AIDS in Africa?
  • ... that the Volga River is the longest river in Europe?
  • ... that the capital of Tennessee, Nashville, is the country music center of America?
  • ... that the London Underground 1967 tube stock that runs on the Victoria line is the oldest type of train stock in service on the London Underground?

    15:28, 21 July 2009 (UTC)

  • ... that Michael Jackson (pictured) died on June 25, 2009 due to a suspected cardiac arrest?
  • ... that the continents of the planet Venus are named after the Greek and Babylonian goddesses of love?
  • ... that Wernher von Braun helped build the Saturn V rocket?
  • ... that Oak trees can live up to 1000 years?
  • ... that London is twinned with Berlin?

    '13:11, 26 July 2009 (UTC)

  • ... that Woodrow Wilson (pictured) was responsible for the creation of the League of Nations?
  • ... that elephants are the largest living land mammals?
  • ... that Victoria line is the busiest line on the London Underground network?
  • ... that Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart died at the age of 35, because of rheumatic fever?
  • ... that the diameter — or width — of Jupiter is 142,984 km, eleven times the diameter of Earth?

    10:07, 2 August 2009 (UTC)

  • ... that the element Mercury (pictured) is a liquid metal at room temperature?
  • ... that the names of Uranus's moons are names of characters from Shakespeare's and Alexander Pope's works?
  • ... that France has nearly 2.9 million companies registered, which is nearly one for every twenty people in the country?
  • ... that Operation Ichi-Go intended to attack air bases in 1944 and prevent the USA from attacking Japan and its shipping?
  • ... that Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was named Mahatma Gandhi by Rabindranath Tagore?

    17:37, 7 August 2009 (UTC)

  • ... that 51 Pegasi (pictured), discovered in 1995, was the first Sun-like star found to have a planet orbiting it?
  • ... that Karl Dönitz was the President of Germany for 23 days?
  • ... that the German dictator Adolf Hitler was originally from Austria?
  • ... that Buxton is the highest market town in England?
  • ... that finding life in Lake Vostok might help answer the question if there was life on Europa or Enceladus?

    07:31, 13 August 2009 (UTC)

  • ... that the Harrier Jump Jet (pictured) can take off vertically?
  • ... that Gilbert's Potoroo is one of the world's rarest mammals?
  • ... that special prayers will be held at the mosque during eclipses?
  • ... that English is one of the official languages of Pakistan?
  • ... that the French TGV trains are the fastest in the world?

    07:54, 18 August 2009 (UTC)

  • ... that the Avro Vulcan (pictured) bomber was part of the United Kingdom's nuclear deterrent?
  • ... that dragonflies have been around for 300 million years?
  • ... that British serial killer Harold Shipman is believed to have murdered up to 250 people?
  • ... that bananas are often planted to provide shade to other crops such as cocoa, coffee, black pepper or nutmeg?
  • ... that Hajj is the yearly Islamic pilgrimage to the city of Mecca?

    11:05, 23 August 2009 (UTC)

  • ... that The Pentagon (pictured) deals with around 200000 telephone calls each day?
  • ... that Iowa and Missouri had a disagreement about the border between them that was ended by the Supreme Court of the United States in 1896?
  • ... that Maggie Simpson is named after Matt Groening's sister, Maggie?
  • ... that Absolute zero is equal to -273.15 °C?
  • ... that Aleister Crowley was nicknamed "The Wickedest Man In the World"?

    12:58, 28 August 2009 (UTC)

  • ... that the temperature of the outer core of the Earth (pictured) may be as high as 7,000 degrees Celsius?
  • ... that more males than females are color blind?
  • ... that the shore of the Dead Sea is the lowest point on dry land on Earth?
  • ... that in Yemen, about 40% of the water is used to irrigate Khat?
  • ... that about 200 million people speak French as a native or a second language?

    22:51, 2 September 2009 (UTC)

  • ... that the new London Underground 2009 tube stock (pictured) on the Victoria line is too wide to be used on any other underground line?
  • ... that the Ancient Rome gave August (named after Augustus Caesar) 31 days so it had as many as July (named after Julius Caesar)?
  • ... that Linus Torvalds, the creator of Linux, has said that licensing it under the GPL was the best thing that he ever did?
  • ... that in St. Thomas, wind speeds from Tropical Storm Ana were recorded at 28 mph (45 km/h) and gusts was maximum at 40 mph (65 km/h)?
  • ... that Ward Cunningham started the first wiki in March 1995?

    10:59, 8 September 2009 (UTC)

  • ... that Apple Inc. sold 5.2 million iPhones (pictured) in the third fiscal quarter of 2009?
  • ... that Real Madrid is the world's second richest football club behind Manchester United?
  • ... that Ole Gunnar Solskjær scored four times in twelve minutes for Manchester United in 1999?
  • ... that 93.5% of Muslims are Sunni?
  • ... that the SR-71 Blackbird could fly at speeds over three times the speed of sound?

    11:57, 13 September 2009 (UTC)

  • ... that teddy bears are named after Theodore Roosevelt (pictured), the 26th President of the United States?
  • ... that the Linux kernel is free?
  • ... that around 375 million people speak English as a first language?
  • ... that in total, there are twenty-eight states, and seven union territories in India?
  • ... that the first intensive care unit was set up in Copenhagen, Denmark, in 1952?

    14:19, 18 September 2009 (UTC)

  • ... that former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher's (pictured) most famous nickname was The Iron Lady?
  • ... that Eton College was founded in 1440 by Henry VI of England?
  • ... that in 2005, Turkey changed its currency so that 1 million lira became 1 Turkish new lira?
  • ... that 52 people died and over 700 were injured in the 7th July, 2005 bombings in London?
  • ... that Pascal Duquenne, a Belgian actor suffering from Down syndrome, was awarded a prize at the Cannes Film Festival?

    16:24, 23 September 2009 (UTC)

  • ... that the Airbus A380 (pictured) is the biggest passenger aircraft in the world?
  • ... that Islam is the second-biggest religious group in India?
  • ... that Schindler's List was nominated for 12 Academy Awards in 1993 and won seven, including Best Picture?
  • ... that Mother Teresa won the Nobel Prize for Peace in 1979?
  • ... that Taipei 101 is the tallest completed building in the world?

    13:44, 29 September 2009 (UTC)

  • ... that humans first walked on the Moon (pictured) in 1969?
  • ... that Eminem's real name is Marshall Bruce Mathers III?
  • ... that the first Doctor in British television series Doctor Who was played by William Hartnell from 1963 to 1966?
  • ... that, in 1847, Michigan became the first U.S. state to stop using the death penalty?
  • ... that about 140,000 people were killed when the United States dropped an atomic bomb on the Japanese city of Hiroshima?

    09:00, 4 October 2009 (UTC)

  • ... that Joseph Goebbels (pictured) was Chancellor of Germany for only one day?
  • ... that the Great Hurricane of 1780 was the deadliest hurricane ever recorded in the Atlantic Ocean?
  • ... that Millvina Dean, who was the youngest survivor of the RMS Titanic sinking, died aged 97?
  • ... that the storms in the 2004 Atlantic hurricane season killed over 3,132 people?
  • ... that George Foreman is the oldest male boxer to win a world title?

    10:45, 9 October 2009 (UTC)

  • ... that Tikal (pictured) is a World Heritage Site in Guatemala?
  • ... that there are around 20,000 species of bees?
  • ... that English physicist Isaac Newton went to Trinity College at the University of Cambridge in 1661?
  • ... that Billy Graham was a spiritual advisor to several U.S. Presidents?
  • ... that the Great Leap Forward is thought to be the worst famine in history, killing over 16.5 million people?

    13:51, 17 October 2009 (UTC)

  • ... that Mount Everest (pictured), standing 8,848 metres, is the tallest mountain in the world?
  • ... that Australian actress Nicole Kidman was born in Honolulu, Hawaii?
  • ... that jazz singer Ella Fitzgerald won 14 Grammy Awards?
  • ... that ice hockey player Wayne Gretzky was called "the greatest player of all time"?
  • ... that Fidel Castro was the leader of Cuba for 49 years?

    15:42, 22 October 2009 (UTC)

  • ... that the Thylacine, or Tasmanian Tiger, (pictured) became extinct in 1936 when the last one died in a zoo in Hobart?
  • ... that nearly five million people live in Singapore, 6,814 people per square kilometre?
  • ... that Gerald Ford was the longest living President of the United States?
  • ... that German association football club Hertha B.S.C. Berlin was created in 1892?
  • ... that the Australian flag, in use since 1903, did not become the official flag of Australia until 1953?