Since the 1970s, every January 19, a mysterious visitor has left three red roses and a half-bottle of cognac at the grave of Edgar Allen Poe at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Baltimore on the anniversary of his birthday.
AUGUSTAugust was named in 8BC after the Roman Emperor Augustus because it was the month... MORE
BYRONByron was born lame and developed a club foot.
Despite this, he played cricket at Harrow,... MORE
GERBILIn 2008, the epidemic prevention division of the Changji city forestry bureau in China spent... MORE
PLUTOThe US Dialect Society voted "Plutoed" its Word of 2006 from the verb 'to pluto'... MORE
NABOKOVBesides writing novels such as Lolita, Nabokov was a keen lepidopterist and discovered several species... MORE
WORLD WAR TWOIn 1939, the British Ministry of Information commissioned a number of propaganda posters to be... MORE
HOUDINIThe great escapologist's real name was Erich Weiss. ... MORE
SHARKSharks keep growing new teeth to replace old ones.
A 10-year-old shark may well have gnawed... MORE
POST OFFICEOn June 13, 1920, the US Post Office declared that children may not be sent... MORE
HAWAIIMount Waialeale in Hawaii is the rainiest place on earth, with up to 350 rainy... MORE
CARSSince the first fatal car crash, about a 100 years ago, 25 million people have... MORE
HITLERIn the Navajo language, the nickname for Hitler was Daghailchiih, meaning 'he smells his moustache'.... MORE
TRAPPISTOf the world's 171 Trappist monasteries, seven produce beer.... MORE
TYRANNOSAURUS REXThe first Tyrannosaurus Rex was found by the fossil hunter Barnum Brown in Montana in... MORE
TOBACCOWalter Raleigh brought the first tobacco from Virginia to England on 27 July 1586.... MORE
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