On 3 December 1961, Henri Matisse's painting Le Bateau was finally put the right way up at New York's Museum of Modern Art after it had been hanging upside down for 46 days apparently without anyone noticing.
GALILEIGalileo enrolled at the University of Pisa to read medicine but lost interest in the... MORE
FOOT AND MOUTH DISEASE'Foot-and-Mouth Disease' is an anagram of 'Moo of death is sad tune' and 'Doomed site:... MORE
CLITORISIn 1559, the Italian anatomist Realdo Columbus (or Colombo) claimed to have discovered the clitoris.
MARSThe red appearance of the planet Mars is caused by oxidised iron on its surface... MORE
SMELLAccording to a survey in 2004, the top ten favourite smells are: 1. Bread... MORE
DRUGSIn 2001 Jose Antonio Campos-Cloute was arrested at Melbourne Airport after a momentary lapse in... MORE
WORLD CUPAccording to a survey take just before the 2010 World Cup, only five per cent... MORE
GEORGE IIThe victory of George II at the Battle of Dettingen in 1743 in the War... MORE
GOALResearch in 2010 concluded that soccer goalkeepers do better in penalty shoot-outs if they are... MORE
LOBSTERLobsters urinate most when other lobsters behave aggressively towards them.
After two lobsters have had a... MORE
PHONE SEXThe earliest mention of phone sex recorded in the Oxford English Dictionary dates from 1982.
ETHIOPIAEmperor Menelik II of Ethiopia nibbled a few pages of the Bible whenever he became... MORE
SWANIn 1993, the British royal appointment of Keeper of the King's Swans was split into... MORE
COWA cow has four stomachs, the first and largest of which is called the paunch... MORE
BAGUETTEThe baguette became popular in France around 1920 and is said to owe its existence... MORE
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