25 Interesting Facts You Should Know

25 Interesting Facts You Should Know

1. When India was partitioned in 1947, the country now known as Bangladesh

was originally called East Pakistan.

2. Mary Poppins (1964) was the feature film debut for Julie Andrews in a role

for which she won the Academy Award for Best Actress.

3. A twin rotor helicopter has two main rotors spinning in opposite directions so

no tail rotor is required.

4. With about 260,000,000 speakers, Hindi is the fourth most-spoken first lan-

guage in the world.

5. In Greek and Roman mythology, the lotus tree bore a delicious fruit that

would cause its eaters to become lazy and disinterested in the world.

6. Margaret Bourke-White was the first woman war correspondent allowed to

travel in combat zones during WWII and also the only foreign photojournalist

in Moscow when the Nazis invaded.

7. The oldest goldfish on record was 43 years old.

8. The restriction that flight attendants could only be female was lifted after a

1971 court decision.

9. Shigetaka Kurita created the emoji while working with a team designing the

first mobile internet system.

10. The third rail is a charged rail with provides power to electric trains and sub-

ways and became a metaphor for political issues so charged that touching

them would bring about the death of a political career.

11. Stratigraphy is the study of layers of sedimentary rock.

12. Henry VII became the first Tudor king after the death of Richard III.

13. The U.S. Department of Justice was established in 1870 due to the growing

responsibilities of the Attorney General.

14. The Acme Thunderer is a loud whistle popular with sports referees.

15. Emperor penguins may go for up to two months without eating during


16. Generally considered the first stoner comedy, the 1978 Cheech & Chong

movie Up in Smoke cost $2 million to make and earned more than $44 million at the box office.

17. Triage is a system of sorting patients based on need from the French “to sort.”

18. In Greek myth the goddess Athena was said to have sprung directly from the

head of Zeus.

19. Mad cow disease is caused by a malformed protein known as a prion.

20. Upon its completion in 1930, the Eiffel Tower beat out the Chrysler Building

as the world’s tallest structure.

21. On average a car going five mph below that speed of surrounding traffic has a

greater chance of causing an accident than one going five mph above the

speed limit.

22. Catalan is the official language of Andorra and the second most spoken lan-

guage in Spain.

23. A traditional gin & tonic contains 2 ounces of gin, 5 ounces of tonic water,

and a lime wedge.

24. Mother Teresa was born Anjezë Gonxhe Bojaxhiu in Albania in 1910.

25. In the Old Testament, Jacob’s brother Esau sells his birthright in exchange for

a bowl of lentil stew

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