The 1st winner of the Academy Award for best picture, and the only silent film to achieve that honor, was the 1927 film, "Wings".
The number of triplets born in the US in 1994 (4,594) was more than triple the number born in 1971 (1,034), an increase attributed to older age of the mothers and the use of fertility-enhancing drugs and techniques.
Every Swiss citizen is required by law to have a bomb shelter or access to a bomb shelter.
The states with the most presidential burial sites: Ohio and Virginia (tie).
Moscow weathermen can be fined for inaccurate weather forecasting.
Before roasting, some green coffee beans are stored for years, and experts believe that certain beans improve with age, when stored properly.
The largest employer in the world is the Indian railway system in India, employing over 1.6 million people
When sharks bite down, their eyes automatically close in case their prey starts squirming trying to get free, and thereby cause damage to the shark's eyes in the process.
If you attempted to count to stars in a galaxy at a rate of one every second it would take around 3,000 years to count them all.
A common custom in Spain is to eat one grape for each of the last 12 seconds of every year for good luck
The only 15 letter word that can be spelled without repeating a letter is uncopyrightable.
Every day more money is printed for Monopoly than the U.S. treasury.
Almost without exception, cows are milked from the right side. The reason is because most farmers have been right-handed since the start of the dairy business and it's easier for a right-handed milker to work from the right side.
The Shroud of Turin is the single most studied artifact in human history
Ancient Egyptians slept on pillows made of stone.
France, Switzerland, United Kingdom, Greece, and Australia have always been in the modern Olympics since it began in 1896
The cruise liner, Queen Elizabeth II, moves only six inches for each gallon of diesel that it burns
The first couple to be shown in bed together on prime time television was Fred and Wilma Flintstone.
Chained dogs are 3 times more likely to bite than unchained dogs.
In Albania, nodding your head means no and shaking your head means yes.
In 1959, the Soviet space probe Luna Two became the first manmade object to reach the moon as it crashed onto the lunar surface.
In Singapore, it is illegal to sell or own chewing gum.
Honey is used sometimes for antifreeze mixtures and in the center of golf balls.
Christmas became a national holiday in the U.S. in 1890.
Wipes up sawdust from drilling or sandpapering. A used sheet of Bounce will collect sawdust like a tack cloth.
Due to the many nerve endings in the sole and digits of the human foot, the sensations produced by sucking or licking the feet can be pleasurable.
Gustave Eiffel, the builder of the Eiffel Tower, also built a dam in Russia, a church in the Philippines, and designed the right arm and full steel structure supporting the Statue of Liberty.
A recent study at Harvard has shown that eating chocolate can actually help you live longer.
In Kentucky, it is illegal to carry ice-cream in your back pocket.
A condom will last about a month when stored in a wallet; any longer and itâ€™s more likely to break.
111, 111, 111 X 111, 111, 111 = 12, 345, 678, 987, 654, 321
Rapper LL Cool J's name is short for Ladies Love Cool James .
Goodyear Rubber Company researched and concluded that shoes wear out faster on the right foot than the left.
Japanese research has concluded that moderate drinking can boost IQ levels
As late as 1820, the universe was thought to be 6,000 years old. It is now thought to be between 15 and 20 billion years old.
In 1649, Massachusetts's Puritan government ruled the following: Any child over 16 who shall curse or smite their natural father or mother or act in a stubborne or rebellious manner shall be put to death.
Because radio waves travel at 186,000 miles per second and sound waves saunter at 700 miles per hour, a broadcast voice can be heard sooner 13,000 miles away than it can be heard at the back of the room in which it originated
The city of Tokyo was originally called Edo
Flamingos are able to fly at a speed of approximately 55 kilometers an hour. In one night they can travel about 600 km
In one day, a human sheds 10 billion skin flakes. This amounts to approximately two kilograms in a year
The sun's total lifetime as a star capable of maintaining a life-bearing Earth is about 11 billion years. Nearly half that time has passed.
Watermelons can cost up to $100 in Japan.
During one seven year period, Thomas Edison obtained approximately three hundred patents. In is whole life he obtained over one thousand patents.
Celtic warriors sometimes fought their battles naked, their bodies dyed blue from head to toe
The condensed water vapor in the sky left behind by jets is called a contrail.
Hummingbirds can weigh less than a penny.
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One of the Brazilian greats, Nunca paints indigenous style characters and strong political statements around the world. He has painted everything from a castle in Scotland to the exterior of the Tate Modern in London.