Apart from being a very useful way to get rid of surplus vowels in Scrabble,... MORE
In 1463, Paris became the first city to adopt house numbers. London followed suit exactly... MORE
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The scientific unit of beauty is the millihelen, defined as the amount of beauty required... MORE
According to a survey conducted by the University of Leicester in 2006, Bhutan is the... MORE
The first definite account of the existence of a billiard table was found in a... MORE
With over 700 books and 10,000 short stories to her name, and total sales of... MORE
Every published book is assigned a unique 10-digit ISBN (International Standard Book Number).
The final digit... MORE
The average adult brain is 5.5in wide, 6.6in long, 3.7in high and weighs 2.9lb. (Actually... MORE
The first dinosaur fossils in Britain were found in 1819 by William Buckland, Canon of... MORE
From 1347 until 1558, the city of Calais in France was owned by the English.... MORE
It has been calculated that a bottle of champagne at room temperature contains about 49... MORE
The English Channel did not exist 10,000 years ago, when Britain was still joined to... MORE
The carol Silent Night was first performed in 1818 at a church in Oberndorf, Bavaria... MORE
Colombia is the size of France, Spain and Portugal combined and has the world's highest... MORE
Notches on animal bones show that people have been making computations since around 30,000BC. A... MORE
If all the corks from all the wine bottled in France in a year were... MORE
Frederick Louis, eldest son of George II, is the only Prince of Wales to have... MORE
In October 1995, the 3ft-10in-tall Manuel Wackenheim petitioned the European Court of Human Rights to... MORE
The launch of the Euro in 2002 provoked varied reactions in different countries:
In Poland, two... MORE
'Fashion' originally meant shape or appearance. Shakespeare may have been the first to use it... MORE
The Romans called it 'pila pedalis', which the English translated as 'foot-ball' and promptly banned.
The town of Vittel in France is headquarters to the Brotherhood of Frog Thigh Tasters... MORE
The last people to be executed by guillotine in Britain were the Marquis of Argyll... MORE
The royal motto of Henry III was qui non dat quod habet non accipit ille... MORE
Henry VI Part 1 and The Tempest are the only Shakespeare plays that mention the... MORE
On 9 January 1799, William Pitt introduced Britain's first income tax. The rate was two... MORE
'Toilet' is currently the most popular word for the little boys' (or girls') room, being... MORE
Two-thirds of the world's lawyers live in the USA. One in every 268 people in... MORE
Liechtenstein is the last survivor of the 343 states that once made up the Holy... MORE
The Sun King, Louis XIV, was born with two teeth.
He permitted only his hairdresser to... MORE
Marie Antoinette married Louis-Auguste, Dauphin of France (who later became Louis XVI) when she was... MORE
The metric system of measurements was devised in France in the period immediately following the... MORE
Mickey, Minnie and Donald Duck are the only Disney characters with official birthdays. Mickey and... MORE
A person who studies mushrooms and fungi is a mycologist.
If you eat them, you are... MORE
Nobody knows when the first Olympic Games took place.
There was certainly such a festival at... MORE
Madame de Pompadour, mistress of Louis XV, was the first person in France to have... MORE
According to legend, rugby was invented at Rugby School in 1823 when William Webb Ellis,... MORE
The feet of two kings played a crucial role in the development of the modern... MORE
'St Swithin's Day, if thou dost rain, For forty days it will remain; St Swithin's... MORE
Although the first lawn tennis club was founded in Leamington Spa in 1872 by businessmen... MORE
Fear of the number 13 is called triskaidekaphobia.
Fear of Friday the 13th is paraskevidekatriaphobia.
Fear of... MORE
The World Transplant Games have been organised under the aegis of the World Transplant Games... MORE
The earliest known wheel is to be seen on a pictogram in Uruk, Mesopotamia, dating... MORE
In October 1812, St John's and Trinity Colleges in Cambridge issued orders that students appearing... MORE
Americans and the Irish call it "whiskey"; Scots call it "whisky". When the British ask... MORE
In 1520 at the Field of the Cloth of Gold pageant near Calais, Francis I... MORE