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22:53, 22 June 2012 (UTC)

  • ... that no two tigers (pictured) have the same pattern of stripes?
  • ... that Ötzi the Iceman was lactose intolerant, and so could not digest milk?
  • ... that Mongolia has the least population density of all independent countries in the world?
  • ... that James Chadwick discovered neutrons in 1932?
  • ... that oxygen in its liquid state is blue?

    01:45, 20 July 2012 (UTC)

  • ... that 90% of flowering plants are pollinated by animals (pictured)?
  • ... that bats which hang upside down have a locking mechanism which stops them falling?
  • ... that the nine-banded armadillo gives birth to genetically identical quadruplets?
  • ... that the Althing of Iceland is the oldest parliament in the world?
  • ... Mourning Doves are fed crop milk for the first 3–4 days of their life?

    08:07, 6 August 2012 (UTC)

  • ... that pato (pictured) is Argentina's national sport?
  • ... that the fastest reptile is a turtle?
  • ... that we have about 1,000 trillion microbes living in our gut?
  • ... that Slim Dusty was the first singer to have his voice beamed from space?
  • ... that George Balanchine choreographed over 400 ballets?

    10:05, 21 August 2012 (UTC)

  • ... that Herakles wore the Nemean Lion's skull (pictured) after killing the animal as one of his Labors?
  • ... that Helen Hayes wrote four autobiographies?
  • ... that chloroform was used as an anaesthetic during surgery?
  • ... that Macquarie Island is the only place where rocks from the Earth's mantle are being pushed above sea level?
  • ... that scientists have discovered a fifth moon of the dwarf planet Pluto?

    22:54, 28 August 2012 (UTC)

  • ... that the horseshoe crab (pictured) has changed little in 200 million years?
  • ... that lorem ipsum is a dummy text which looks like Latin?
  • ... that the first walkie-talkie was so big it needed a backpack to carry it?
  • ... that some useless parts of buildings or roads can be a type of art called tomason?
  • ... that some men in ancient Greece were buried in their favorite palaestra?

    09:11, 23 September 2012 (UTC)

  • ... that Nijinsky (pictured) was fired from the Imperial Theatres for wearing a costume that showed the shape of his genitals, in the 1911 Giselle?
  • ... that a group of bullfrogs is called an army?
  • ... that the London Underground 1938 tube stock are the oldest trains used on timetabled service on the British National Rail network?
  • ... that the Christmas Island Pipistrelle may be a rare example of scientists knowing the exact day a species became extinct in the wild?
  • ... that the Slinky television jingle is the longest running jingle in advertising history?

    08:19, 3 October 2012‎ (UTC)

  • ... that the flowers of Rafflesia (pictured) smell like a dead animal?
  • ... that Tom Baker, who played the Doctor in Doctor Who, was once a monk?
  • ... that Ötzi the Iceman is the first person known to have Lyme disease?
  • ... that Eratosthenes calculated the circumference of the Earth with remarkable precision?
  • ... that the world's longest insect is Chan's megastick?

    05:10, 27 October 2012‎

  • ... that granite (pictured) is a type of rock found on Earth, but nowhere else in the Solar System?
  • ... that Jules-Henri Vernoy de Saint-Georges wrote the story of Giselle in three days?
  • ... that the Quad Cities is actually made up of five cities?
  • ... that Daniel Inouye, a disabled veteran, is the highest-ranking Asian American politician in the history of the United States?
  • ... that The Mansion of Happiness was the first mass-produced board game in the United States?

    17:34, 18 November 2012‎

  • ... that the death mask of a drowned woman from the 1880s (pictured) was a model for the first CPR mannequin in the 1960s?
  • ... that in 1879 a Vermont public library was the first to remove Horatio Alger, Jr.'s books from its shelves?
  • ... that after the Great Yellowstone Fires of 1988, fires in Yellowstone National Park were allowed to burn out naturally?
  • ... that putting mustard seeds on the roof of a house is said to keep vampires away?
  • ... that Sirimavo Bandaranaike was the first woman in the world to be elected head of government?

    02:24, 7 January 2013‎

  • ... that female fir cones (pictured) are cylindrical and erect?
  • ... that the first performance of the ballet Swan Lake in 1877 was a failure?
  • ... that in 2010 nearly 1.5 million people died of tuberculosis?
  • ... that the Sarus Crane is the world's tallest flying bird?
  • ... that Greek wrestling was practised in the nude?

    15:58, 1 February 2013 (UTC)

  • ... that MGM fired openly gay actor William Haines (pictured) in 1933 because he refused to enter into a marriage of convenience?
  • ... that all 115 people of the Roanoke Colony disappeared mysteriously?
  • ... that the White Mulberry fires its pollen out with the fastest motion known in biology?
  • ... that even though it is commonly used, the litre is not an SI unit?
  • ... that Magnus Carlsen is now the highest rated player in the history of chess?

    21:54, 11 February 2013 (UTC)

  • ... that actor Errol Flynn (pictured) partnered Olivia de Havilland in eight movies that included Captain Blood, The Adventures of Robin Hood, and They Died with Their Boots On?
  • ... that Greg Jennings got a 26.35 million dollar contract in 2009?
  • ... that the name of the dwarf planet Pluto was proposed by an eleven-year-old girl in 1930?
  • ... that the parliamentary procedure rule about discussing only one subject at a time was created in 1581?
  • ... that the fingerprint of the Tollund Man is among the oldest fingerprints on record?

    17:10, 24 February 2013 (UTC)

  • ... that lesbian movie actress Lilyan Tashman (pictured) sought sex in public restrooms?
  • ... that Manet reworked Giorgione's The Sleeping Venus and Titian's Venus of Urbino for his Olympia?
  • ... that the first genetically-engineered, synthetic "human" insulin was produced in a laboratory in 1977 using E. coli?
  • ... that the first performance of the French opera Samson and Delilah was sung in German in Weimar, Germany?
  • ... that the capitals in the Hall of Mirrors depict a cock, Apollo, and the fleur-de-lys?

    14:20, 6 March 2013 (UTC)

  • ... that Laocoön (pictured) was the only classical subject El Greco ever painted?
  • ... that friend of Dorothy is gay slang for a gay man?
  • ... that Richard Wagner wanted Hermann Levi, the Jewish conductor about to direct the premiere of Parsifal, to convert to Christianity before doing so?
  • ... that Terry Branstad was the youngest—and is the longest-serving—governor of Iowa?
  • ... that nobody knows what the Roman dodecahedra, from the 2nd and 3rd century CE, were used for?

    10:56, 17 March 2013‎ (UTC)

  • ... that The Ballet of the Nuns (scene design pictured) was the first ballet blanc and the first romantic ballet?
  • ... that the Pantheon in Rome features the world's largest unreinforced concrete dome?
  • ... that two spectators were killed in the second Japanese Grand Prix in 1977?
  • ... that the stress of having one's blood pressure taken can result in "white coat hypertension"?
  • ... that bears in gay culture are hairy, heavy-set, extremely masculine gay or bisexual men?

    04:42, 27 March 2013 (UTC)

  • ... that Benedict XVI (pictured) is the first pope to resign in six centuries?
  • ... that Butterfly McQueen received her nickname after appearing as a dancing butterfly in A Midsummer Night's Dream?
  • ... that the Riace bronzes were found in the Ionian Sea by a vacationing scuba diver?
  • ... that people suffering the symptoms of myocardial infarction (heart attack) will wait three hours, on average, before seeking help?
  • ... that the University of Cambridge was established by scholars leaving the University of Oxford after a fight with the locals?

    02:00, 6 April 2013 (UTC)

  • ... that the Sovereign's Orb was made for the 1661 coronation of Charles II of England (pictured, holding the Orb)?
  • ... that more than 600 million tons of hydrogen undergo fusion every second on the Sun?
  • ... that cawl is widely considered the national dish of Wales?
  • ... that Saint Patrick used the shamrock to explain the doctrine of the Holy Trinity?
  • ... that the Sacred Band of Thebes was completely destroyed at the Battle of Chaeronea?

    07:27, 19 April 2013‎‎ (UTC)

  • ... that the first record of Cheddar cheese (pictured) dates to 1170 when King Henry II of England bought 10,240 lb. (4,640 kg) of it, at a farthing a pound?
  • ... that Chopin wrote the "Minute Waltz" while watching a little dog chasing its tail?
  • ... that the U.S. Postal Service's 1983 Pearl S. Buck stamp was issued ten years after she died?
  • ... that cartoonist Matt Groening named Homer Simpson after his father?
  • ... that the farthing ceased to be legal tender after 31 December 1960?

    03:22, 27 April 2013 (UTC)

  • ... that the plantation song "Oh! Susanna" by Stephen Foster (pictured) was first performed in the Eagle Ice Cream Saloon in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States?
  • ... that more doughnuts are eaten by Canadians than by any other nationality?
  • ... that Pocahontas died in England and was buried there?
  • ... that 20% of all living mammal species are bats?
  • ... that White wins more often than Black in tournament games of chess?

    16:19, 4 May 2013 (UTC)

  • ... that "Sue" (pictured) in Chicago's Field Museum of Natural History is the largest, most complete and best preserved Tyrannosaurus rex fossil ever found?
  • ... that every number in Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker Suite was encored at its first performance in March 1892?
  • ... that Belgium produces over 1100 varieties of beer?
  • ... that the most grown vegetable in Australia is the potato?
  • ... that the Charminar in Hyderabad, India was constructed to celebrate the end of a deadly plague?

    06:56, 12 May 2013 (UTC)

  • ... that many Japanese origami artists fold their models (pictured) in the air rather than upon a flat surface?
  • ... that artificial food coloring agents can make the symptoms of ADHD worse?
  • ... that Danish fairy tale writer Hans Christian Andersen worked in a tobacco factory as a child?
  • ... that when the four color theorem was proved in 1976, over a century after it was stated, the New York Times refused to publish this fact, fearing the proof was wrong?
  • ... that the Goldberg Variations were originally used to lull an insomniac to sleep?

    16:37, 24 May 2013 (UTC)

  • ... that Japan's Steel Dragon 2000 (pictured) is the longest roller coaster in the world?
  • ... that the Greek philosopher Aristotle tutored the young Alexander the Great?
  • ... that The Tale of Peter Rabbit was privately printed after the manuscript was rejected by several publishers?
  • ... that methamphetamine ("meth") is used legally to treat narcolepsy, ADHD, and obesity?
  • ... that antlers grow faster than any other mammal bones?

    15:49, 6 June 2013 (UTC)

  • ... that the Fountain of Apollo (pictured) in the gardens of the Palace of Versailles incorrectly depicts Apollo rising in the west rather than the east?
  • ... that Vigdís Finnbogadóttir was the world's first elected female head of state?
  • ... that Death Valley is the hottest, driest, and lowest place in North America?
  • ... that the witchetty grub (a large, white moth larva) was a diet staple of Aboriginal people in the Australian outback?
  • ... that Titanoboa, a snake of the Palaeocene epoch, was about 40 to 50 feet long (12–15 m), and weighed over a ton?

    13:55, 14 June 2013 (UTC)

  • ... that rumours about astronauts being able to see the Great Wall of China (pictured) from the moon are false?
  • ... that the only American writer represented with a bust in Poet's Corner of Westminster Abbey is Henry Wadsworth Longfellow?
  • ... that Chaturanga is the earliest known form of chess?
  • ... that Christopher Lee is the only cast member of the The Lord of the Rings movie series who met author J.R.R. Tolkien?
  • ... that Strom Thurmond was the oldest person ever to serve in the United States Senate?

    00:46, 21 June 2013 (UTC)

  • ... that the tube design of Chicago's Willis Tower (pictured) was inspired by an advertisement for a package of cigarettes?
  • ... that the rumor about George Washington having wooden teeth was actually proven false?
  • ... that the saltwater crocodile (Crocodylus porosus) is the largest of all living reptiles?
  • ... that John Bunyan began writing The Pilgrim's Progress in jail?
  • ... that Prudence Crandall, an early 19th century New England educator of African American girls, was named Connecticut's state heroine in 1995?

    12:36, 1 July 2013 (UTC)

  • ... that Martha Washington was the first historical female figure to have her picture on United States currency (1886 dollar bill pictured)?
  • ... that Roger Ebert was the first movie critic to win the Pulitzer Prize for Criticism?
  • ... that the Chicago River is the only river in the world to have the direction of its flow reversed by civil engineering?
  • ... that John Adams defended the British soldiers who were involved in the Boston Massacre?
  • ... that Patrick Leahy is the only elected Democratic U.S. Senator in Vermont's history?

    16:07, 10 July 2013 (UTC)

  • ... that the State of Israel offered Albert Einstein (pictured) the presidency in 1952?
  • ... that Mary Ann Lee danced the first American performance of Giselle in 1846?
  • ... that the Fluffernutter has been proposed as the official state sandwich of Massachusetts?
  • ... that women are diagnosed with depression more often than men?
  • ... that Jonathan Winters was the first comedian in the United States to appear on color television?

    00:58, 15 July 2013 (UTC)

  • ... that Christopher Plummer (pictured) is the oldest actor to win an Academy Award, at the age of 82?
  • ... that The Huckleberry Hound Show was the first animated television series to win an Emmy Award?
  • ... that the Jerusalem artichoke was involved in a pyramid scheme in the United States in the 1980s?
  • ... that Serbia is one of the world's biggest producers and exporters of raspberries?
  • ... that epistaxis (nosebleed) is most frequent in the winter?

    22:25, 27 July 2013 (UTC)

  • ... that Frank Lautenberg (pictured) was the last World War II veteran to serve in the United States Senate?
  • ... that Gorboduc is the first English tragedy in blank verse?
  • ... that Sixto Durán Ballén, a former President of Ecuador was born in Boston, Massachusetts?
  • ... that Zack Snyder's Man of Steel is the first Superman movie that didn't use John Williams' original Superman theme song?
  • ... that Jiroemon Kimura is the oldest man proven to have reached the age of 116?

    19:31, 1 August 2013 (UTC)

  • ... that Sharon Tate killer Charles Manson (pictured) once kissed Brian Wilson's feet?
  • ... that Harvey Milk was the first openly gay man to be elected to a public office in California?
  • ... that The Birth of a Nation was the first movie to be shown in the White House?
  • ... that the Chicago Board of Trade Building has a faceless statue of Ceres as a reference to the exchange's heritage as a commodity market?
  • ... that C. Everett Koop is the only Surgeon General of the United States to win an Emmy Award?

    12:06, 6 August 2013 (UTC)

  • ... that John Quincy Adams (pictured) was the first President to be the son of a President?
  • ... that songwriters Jack Norworth and Albert von Tilzer had never been to a baseball game when they wrote Take Me Out to the Ball Game in 1908?
  • ... that Hugh Hefner, founder of Playboy Magazine, owns a burial plot next to the grave of Marilyn Monroe?
  • ... that people have become violent while sleepwalking?
  • ... that the urban legend about Hollywood actress Jayne Mansfield being decapitated in a car crash is untrue?

    12:52, 11 August 2013 (UTC)~

  • ... that White Zombie (poster pictured) was one of the few American horror movies to be approved by the Nazis?
  • ... that Ulysses S. Grant was the first President of the United States to have both living parents attend his inauguration in 1869?
  • ... that Nelson Mandela was the first South African President who was elected in a democratic election?
  • ... that Hal Holbrook is the oldest Academy Award-nominated actor at the age of 82?
  • ... that because they can decompose phenol, some halophiles might be used to clean up oil spills?