Over the past 5,000 years, an estimated 14,555 wars have taken place, killing approximately 25 billion people. Over the past 5,600 years, the world has been at peace for fewer than 300 years.
In Australia, December is the least common month for births but the most common month... MORE
The banana plant is the largest known plant without a solid trunk.
Botanically it is not... MORE
It is frequently claimed (over 6,000 times on the Internet) that the first bomb dropped... MORE
The word 'brassiere' comes from an old French word originally meaning an upper-arm protector, then... MORE
Chang and Eng, the original Siamese Twins, were brought to America by the promoter P.T.... MORE
Montezuma started the myth about chocolate being an aphrodisiac. His cup of cocoa at bedtime... MORE
In the ninth century, France was ruled by kings known as Charles the Bald, Charles... MORE
The victory of George II at the Battle of Dettingen in 1743 in the War... MORE
Hairiness, said Aristotle, is a sign of 'abundance of residual matter', which, he went on... MORE
Also known by the name Lord Minimus, Jeffrey Hudson quite literally sprang to fame at... MORE
The number of soldiers killed in conflict in the American War of Independence was 4,435,... MORE
More germs are transferred shaking hands than kissing.
During World War I, it was reported... MORE
More soldiers died from malaria in World War I than were killed by weapons. ... MORE
The red appearance of the planet Mars is caused by oxidised iron on its surface... MORE
Nobody knows when the first Olympic Games took place.
There was certainly such a festival at... MORE
The British royal family has kept racing pigeons since 1886 when King Leopold of Belgium... MORE
The word 'sausage' comes originally from the Latin 'salscius' meaning 'prepared by salting'.
The earliest known... MORE
Since 1992, it has been illegal to import chewing gum into Singapore. By then the... MORE
Thanks to the sticky carpet they exude, snails can crawl along the edge of a... MORE
According to a paper in the Christmas 1997 issue of the British Medical Journal, characters... MORE
In 1942 the American National Association of Spiritualists resolved that for the duration of war... MORE
'Fornication avec l'onde' was how Paul Valèry described swimming, and humans have been fornicating with... MORE
The first tattoos were carried out by the Egyptians, possibly as early as 4000BC. The... MORE
Siam officially changed its name to Thailand on May 11, 1949, one hundred and thirty-eight... MORE
Tolstoy's War And Peace has about 460,000 words in Russian, but about 560,000 in English... MORE
Tuesday is named after the Norse God Tiw or Tyr.
The Romans called it dies Martis,... MORE
The original ancient Chinese and Egyptian umbrellas protected against the sun, not the rain, while... MORE
H.G. Wells, author of such science fiction novels as The Invisible Man, War of the... MORE
An average four-set match in the men's singles at Wimbledon lasts two-and-a-half hours, of which... MORE