Friday, January 2

Did you know that?

Etiquette dictates that at dinner parties, a man should always talk to the woman on his left during the first course, and right during the main course.

Carrots used to be purple.

Swedes have a word for a man who visits prostitutes - torsk.

Brain tumours can be diagnosed by a handshake.

Short men are more likely to be jealous.

The most frequently used term of abuse in schools is "gay".

The Olympic torch is designed to withstand winds of up to 65km an hour and stay alight in rain up to 50mm an hour.

About 86% of fathers attend the birth of their children.

The language of space is English.

Sloths aren't lazy.

You can lessen jet lag by not eating.

Syria has the world's largest restaurant, seating 6,014 diners.

Pigs can suffer from mysophobia, a fear of dirt.

Pears sink while apples float.

White Americans are 14% more likely than other ethnic groups to survive cancer.

Faking one's death is known as pseudocide.

Pet dogs can catch human yawns.

A rooftop luggage carrier increases fuel consumption by 20%.

Misheard song lyrics are known as mondegreens.

Twenty-three wedding cakes were made for the nuptials of Charles and Diana.

E-mail addresses beginning with "A", "M" or "S" get more spam than those starting with "Q" or "Z".

Texting impairs drivers more than alcohol.

Kenyan women eat stones.

Henry V invented passports.

Stars make noise.

Police use curry to hasten the re-emergence of swallowed drugs.


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