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  1. On an average women tend to live longer than men.
  2. The body`s fastest messages pass along the nerves at 400km per hour.
  3. Very few women are colorblind, but on an average 1-12 men cannot see some colours.
  4. One brain cell in your head maybe connected to as many as 25000 other brain cells.
  5. The Mbuti pygmies of the African rain forests tie a piece of jungle vine around a new baby`s waist to which a small piece of wood is attached. They believe that this will pass on the strength of the forest to the baby.
  6. The abacus, a counting frame with boards which was used about 5000 years ago is still used today in some places in Asia.
  7. Potatoes and tobacco were unknown in Europe until sailors brought them back from the Americans in the 16th century.
  8. Among the oldest art excavated were decorated bones dug up in Germany. Some were found to be 35000years old.
  9. Leonardo Da Vinci`s Mona Lisa is too expensive to be priced today; but in 1517, Francis I, King of France bought it to hang in his bathroom.
  10. The famous Globe theatre in London had no roof. If it rained, performances were cancelled.
  11. The palace built for the Sultan has 1788 rooms.
  12. Lavatories were not installed in most houses until the mid 1800`s.
  13. The most complicated written character in Chinese is made up of 64 brush strokes and means `talkative`.
  14. The islands of New Guinea together have about 500 languages. That is aboutten percent of the worlds total.
  15. In the Sahara Desert nomadic people live in circular tents made from cloth of woven goat hair.
  16. In Siberia some nomadic people live in tents made of walrus skin.
  17. O is the oldest letter in the English alphabet. It has not changed since 1300BC.
  18. The custom of giving wedding rings dates back to Ancient Roman times.
  19. The longest jail sentence passed was in the United States- 10,000years for a triple murder.
  20. The shortest war on record lasted for just 38minutes on 27August 1896. It was fought between the United Kingdom and Zanzibar (now Tanzania).
  21. The longest war was fought between England and France. It lasted 115 years, from 1338 to 1453.
  22. A baby`s head is about a quarter of its total body length. An adult`s head is only about one eighth of its total height.
  23. The human brain is five times smaller than an adult elephant`s brain.
  24. One of the earliest known Olympic records was a long jump of 7.05 meters. In was achieved around 656B.C.
  25. New Zealand was the first to allow women to vote in 1893.
  26. The largest shoes ever sold were size 42. The usual limit is size 14.
  27. The oldest fabric that archeologists have discovered was found in Turkey. It was made in about 5900B.C. 
  28. The first needles used for sewing were made from bone. They were in use about 40,000 years ago.
  29. The first sewing thread was made from narrow strips of leather.
  30. Kebabs were introduced by Turkish soldiers who spiked meat onto their swords to roast into a fire.
  31. The first plates were simply large pieces of bread that people ate along wit their meals.
  32. Acupuncture was first used as a medical treatment in 2700 BC by Chinese emperor Shen-Nung.
  33. At the height of its power, in 400 BC, the Greek city of Sparta had 25,000    citizens and 500,000 slaves.
  34. A hamlet is a village without a church and a town is not a city until it has a cathedral.
  35. All gondolas in Venice, Italy must be painted black, unless they belong to a high official.
  36. Canada is an Indian word meaning `Big Village`
  37. Europe has no deserts - it is the only continent without any.
  38. Aircrafts are forbidden to fly over the Taj Mahal.
  39. The Atlantic Ocean is saltier than the Pacific Ocean.
  40. The smallest island with country status is Pitcairn in Polynesia, at just 1.75 square miles.
  41. The estimated weight of the Great Pyramid of Egypt is 6,648,000 tons.
  42. The only one of his sculptures that Michelangelo signed was the "The Pieta," completed in 1500.
  43. X-ray technology has shown there are 3 different versions of the Mona Lisa under the visible one. 
  44. Each king in a deck of playing cards represents a great king from history: Spades - King David, Clubs - Alexander the Great, Hearts - Charlemagne, Diamonds - Julius Caesar.
  45. The `huddle` in football was formed due to a deaf football player who used sign language to communicate and his t eam didn`t want the opposition to see the signals he used and in turn huddled around him. 
  46. The Ouija board is named for the French and German words for yes - oui and ja.
  47. The world`s first roller coaster opened in 1884 at Coney Island, New York. It was designed by Lemarcus Thompson, a former Sunday school teacher.
  48. A "Blue Moon" is the second full moon in a calendar month (it is rarely blue).
  49. A bibliophile is a collector of rare books. A bibliopole is a seller of rare books.
  50. Cannibalism, eating human flesh, is also called anthropophagy.

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