When the Greek philosopher Socrates married Xanthippe, he is said to have known of her reputation as a bad-tempered nagging woman, but married her to give himself practice at being patient.
POLAR BEARPolar Bears can run at 25 miles an hour and jump over 6 feet in... MORE
St GEORGESt George replaced Edward the Confessor as patron saint of England in the 14th century.... MORE
ARMOURUnder a statute of 1313, it is illegal for a British Member of Parliament to... MORE
CHIMPANZEEThe official name of the Common Chimpanzee is Pan Troglodytes.
Troglodyte means 'cave-dweller'.
The word chimpanzee derives... MORE
WHITE HOUSEOriginally called the 'President's Palace', the official residence of American presidents was officially named the... MORE
ANDERSENThe great Danish writer of fairy tales, Hans Christian Andersen, was born two months after... MORE
GEORGE IIThe victory of George II at the Battle of Dettingen in 1743 in the War... MORE
BROWNFrom Auburn to Zinnwaldite, there are 33 recognised shades of brown. No film... MORE
SNOWMore useless disinformation has been spread about the number of Eskimo (now Inuit) words for... MORE
ITALYMussolini's government imposed a tax on bachelors in December 1927 to raise the growth rate... MORE
CROATIAThe history of ties dates back to 17th centry Croatian soldiers who wore colourful scarves... MORE
JEFFERSONIn 1985, a bottle of 1787 Chateau Lafitte that once belonged to Thomas Jefferson was... MORE
BLAKEThe visionary English poet, painter and print-maker William Blake only held one exhibition of his... MORE
FERRETA male ferret is called a hob; a female is a jill; a baby ferret... MORE
DENTISTRYIn January 2005, an Iranian dentist and his assistant were arrested for extracting 15 teeth... MORE
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