World Languages: kut

Turkish: [Noun] luck.

Serbo-Croatian: [Noun] kȗt m (Cyrillic spelling: ку̑т) corner, angle.

English: [Noun] a traditional Korean shamanic ritual.

Finnish: [Adjective] (Finglish) good.

Dutch: [Interjection] (vulgar, slang, hollandic) damn. (vulgar, slang, hollandic) not entertaining. [Noun] (vulgar, slang) vulva, especially the vagina; cunt, pussy. (Dialect, invective) derogatory for intensely disliked female person; cunt.

Swedish: [Noun] a puppy; a young seal, chiefly of grey seal.

Descended from Charlemagne

Mathematically speaking, virtually everyone in Europe is related to Charlemagne.

A Coin of King Charlemagne (approx. 812-814 AD)

This is because everyone has two parents, four grandparents, eight great-grandparents and so on.

By the time you get to the 13th century, you have more direct ancestors than have ever been human beings – about 80 billion. Therefore you must have shared ancestors.

In 1995, a man called Mark Humphries at Dublin University discovered this information. He discovered his was wife was King Edward III’s great-granddaughter 20 generations down the line.

After closer examination, he discovered his wife was also related to Hermann Goring and American explorer Daniel Boone. He then managed to calculate the mathematics of the information.

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All the ants in the world weigh approximately the same as all the human beings in the world.

Apples are an all-American success story-each ...

Every American eats more than 8,62 kilograms (19 pounds) of apples on an annual basis.

More apes (chimpanzees, gorillas and bonobos) are eaten by people every year than there are in all the zoos in the world.

The slightest temperature difference on turtle eggs (about 2 degrees) determines whether the turtle embryo becomes a boy or a girl. A higher temperatures drastically increases the chance of female hatchlings.

There are about 8,000 named varieties of apple. More than 40 million tons of apples are produced in the world each year.

The world’s largest producer of apples is China. The Chinese never give apples to invalids because ping, the Chinese for apple, sounds a bit like bing, which is Chinese for illness.

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The Dik-dik is a miniature antelope that can go months without water but dies after a week without salt.

Blue Whale

Balaenoptera Musculus or Blue Whale

Until the 14th of May 2002 Lithuanian women had to undergo a gynaecological examination as well as a regular driving test in order to acquire a driving licence.

The French philosopher Descartes believed that all humans could live as long as the Biblical patriarchs and that he was on the very brink of discovering a way that would make man live as long again when he died aged 54.

Anthophobia is the fear of flowers.

If you imagine a set of weighing scales and you place an average-sized blue whale on one side of the weighing scales and you have to pile lots of other things on the other side to balance the scales, you would have to use all of the following as counter-weight: half a dozen African elephants, a black rhino, a couple of whale sharks, five Tyrannosaurus Rex, one-hundred world-class Sumo wrestlers, the entire football team of Norwich City and an average-size family van.