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Some interesting facts


* When Albert Einstein died, his final words died with him. The nurse at his side didn''t understand German.
* Many sailors used to wear gold earrings so that they could afford a proper burial when they died.
* The Toltecs, Seventh-century native Mexicans, went into battle with wooden swords so as not to kill their enemies.
* Sliced bread was patented by a jeweller, Otto Rohwedder, in 1928. He had been working on it for 16 years, having started in 1912.
* The Anglo-Saxons believed Friday to be such an unlucky day that they ritually slaughtered any child unfortunate enough to be born on that day.
* Ancient drinkers warded off the devil by clinking their cups
* The Nobel Prize resulted form a late change in the will of Alfred Nobel, who did not want to be remembered after his death as a propagator of violence - he invented dynamite.
* In 1647 the English Parliament abolished Christmas.
* Coffee is the second largest item of international commerce in the world. The largest is petrol.
* In Ancient Peru, when a woman found an ''ugly'' potato, it was the custom for her to push it into the face of the nearest man.
* The magic word "Abracadabra" was originally intended for the specific purpose of curing hay fever.
* Albert Einstein was once offered the Presidency of Israel. He declined saying he had no head for problems.
* Ralph and Carolyn Cummins had 5 children between 1952 and 1966, all were born on the 20 February.
* Only 1 child in 20 are born on the day predicted by the doctor.
* In the 1970''s, the Rhode Island Legislature in the US entertained a proposal that there be a $2 tax on every act of sexual intercourse in the State.
* Widows in equatorial Africa actually wear sackcloth and ashes when attending a funeral.
* Native American Indians used to name their children after the first thing they saw as they left their tepees subsequent to the birth. Hence such strange names as Sitting Bull and Running Water.
* In 1969 the shares of the Australian company ''Poseidon'' were worth $1, one year later they were worth $280 each.
* Julius Caesar wore a laurel wreath to cover the onset of baldness.
* It is illegal to be a prostitute in Siena, Italy, if your name is Mary.
* Upon the death of F.D. Roosevelt, Harry S Truman became the President of America on 12 April 1945. The initial S in the middle of his name doesn''t in fact mean anything. Both his grandfathers had names beginning with ''S'', and so Truman''s mother didn''t want to disappoint either of them.
* One of Queen Victoria''s wedding gifts was a 3 metre diameter, half tonne cheese.
* Alexander Graham Bell, the inventor of the telephone, never phoned his wife or his mother, they were both deaf.
* Queen Victoria was one of the first women ever to use chloroform to combat pain during childbirth.
* Peter the Great had the head of his wife''s lover cut off and put into a jar of preserving alcohol, which he then ordered to be placed by her bed.
* The warriors tribes of Ethiopia used to hang the testicles of those they killed in battle on the ends of their spears.
* Eau de Cologne was originally marketed as a way of protecting yourself against the plague.
* The women of an African tribe make themselves more attractive by permanently scaring their faces.
* While at Havard Unas suspended for cheating on a Spanish exam.
* The Emperor Caligula once decided to go to war with the Roman God of the sea, Poseidon, and ordered his soldiers to throw their spears into the water at random.
* The Ecuadorian poet, José Olmedo, has a statue in his honour in his home country. But, unable to commission a sculptor, due to limited funds, the government brought a second-hand statue .. Of the English poet Lord Byron.
* In 1726, at only 7 years old, Charles Sauson inherited the post of official executioner.
* Sir Winston Churchill rationed himself to 15 cigars a day.
* In parts of Malaya, the women keep harems of men.
* The childrens'' nursery rhyme ''Ring-a-Ring-a-Roses'' actually refers to the Black Death which killed about 30 million people in the fourteenth-century.
* During the reign of Elizabeth I, there was a tax put on men''s beards.
* Some Eskimos have been known to use refrigerators to keep their food from freezing.
* The active ingredient in Chinese Bird''s nest soup is saliva.
* Marie Currie, who twice won the Nobel Prize, and discovered radium, was not allowed to become a member of the prestigious French Academy because she was a woman.
* John Paul Getty, once the richest man in the world, had a payphone in his mansion.
* Iceland is the world''s oldest functioning democracy.
* The national flag of Italy was designed by Napoleon Bonaparte.
* The Matami Tribe of West Africa play a version of football, the only difference being that they use a human skull instead of a more normal ball.
* John Winthrop introduced the fork to the American dinner table for the first time on 25 June 1630.
* Abraham Lincoln was shot with a Derringer.
* The great Russian leader, Lenin died 21 January 1924, suffering from a degenerative brain disorder. At the time of his death his brain was a quarter of its normal size.
* Sir Winston Churchill was born in a ladies'' cloakroom after his mother went into labour during a dance at Blenheim Palace.
* In 1849, David Atchison became President of the United States for just one day, and he spent most of the day sleeping.
* It was the custom in Ancient Rome for the men to place their right hand on their testicles when taking an oath. The modern term ''testimony'' is derived from this tradition.
* Sir Winston Churchill''s mother was descended from a Red Indian.
* Hindu men believe(d) it to be unluckily to marry a third time. They could avoid misfortune by marring a tree first. The tree ( his third wife ) was then burnt, freeing him to marry again.
* In 1911 3 men were hung for the murder of Sir Edmund Berry at Greenbury Hill, their last names were Green, Berry , and Hill.
* During the seventeen century , the Sultan of Turkey ordered his entire harem of women drowned, and replace with a new one.
* There are no clocks in Las Vegas casinos.
* The Great Pyramid of Giza consists of 2,300,000 blocks each weighing 2.5 tons.
* The Russian mystic, Rasputin, was the victim of a series of murder attempts on this day in 1916. The assassins poisoned, shot and stabbed him in quick succession, but they found they were unable to finish him off. Rasputin finally succumbed to the ice-cold waters of a river.
* A parthenophobic has a fear of virgins.
* There are 240 white dots in a Pacman arcade game.
* Urine was once used to wash clothes.
* St Nicholas, the original Fathe

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