It is a bit difficult to find a good title that can best explain this content because we have random facts from all over the world and in different subject areas.
We have dirt on Nikola Tesla; an author who died believing his life was a complete failure before his novel became a classic; we have information about where the image of detective comes from; we have something from cinema, environment, languages, science and much more.
These are all quite fascinating facts. Both learning about them and later on talking about them with your friends will be lots of fun!
1. Half of the academic papers written in the world aren't read by anyone except its author, editor, and reviewer.
2. Life of Brian, from the Monty Python series was banned in Norway on the grounds that it mocks religion. Sweden, on the other hand, marketed the movie as "A movie funny enough to be banned in Norway."
3. American Airlines made a profit of $350,000, when they stopped publishing and distributing their in-flight magazine Skymall, which led them to save money on fuel.
4. The innovations prolonged the life of bulbs so much that bulb companies made a deal among themselves to limit the average life of a bulb to 1000 hours.
5. People in The Netherlands speak more English than those in Canada. The percentage in Netherlands is 90%, while it is 85% in Canada.
6. The crows in New Caledonia learned to collect and find food by using branches whose tips they bend .
7. German paraglider, Ewa Wiśnierska, got caught in the middle of a storm, which took her as high as the summit of Mount Everest. She survived despite thunder storm, hail, -40 degrees of temperature and zero oxygen.
8. Nikola Tesla paid for his high hotel debt with a an electromagnetic weapon prototype. He delivered it in a bag and warned people that it had to be opened very carefully. The bag, which was opened after his demise, only had some useless lab items.
9. O blood type maximizes one's chances of getting bitten by a mosquito.
10. This man, John C. Beale, convinced lots of people that he was a CIA agent. Therefore he got to fly first class and stay in the best hotels. His debt to the state is around $900,000.
11. The famous song Ring of Fire wasn't written by Johnny Cash, but by June Carter, who was in love with Johnny Cash. Johnny Cash, who was married at the time got a divorce later on and married June Carter.
12. The oldest mouse in the world, Yoda, died at the age of 4. 4 mouse years equals 134 humans years!
13. F. Scott Fitzgerald, author, died thinking his life was a complete failure. Two years after his death 155,000 copies of "The Great Gatsby" were delivered to the soldiers fighting in WWII and the book became famous all over the world. Selling 500,000 copies yearly since 1945, it has become a classic.
14. The Karachay Lake in Russia has been a dumpster for nuclear waste for years. Today it is the "dirtiest place in the world." Spending 1 hour by this lake is enough to be exposed to a deadly level of radiation.
15. The first book of Sherlock Holmes series, A Study in Scarlet, was the first literary work, where a magnifying glass is used as a crime scene tool. The image of "man holding a magnifying glass" that comes to mind when we hear the word 'detective' stems from this!