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The Dogon people of Mali rub fried onions on their bodies as perfume.

The sweet, seedless navel orange was discovered in the mid-1800s on a single branch of a sour orange tree in a Brazilian monastery. The fruit even has a ‘belly-button’ – hence its name.

Britain is the only country in Europe that allows children to stop studying history at 13.

The Bulgarian word for beans is ‘bob’.

Tony Blair once told Des O’Connor that when he was 14, he stowed away on a plane from Newcastle to the Bahamas. In Newcastle airport’s 61-year history, there has never been a flight to the Bahamas.

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The term Tsar is mainly used to mean the emperor of Russia but can also refer to a ruler of several Slavic kingdoms. The term is a Latinization of the Russian word ‘czar’, which is ultimately derived from the Latin ‘Caesar’.

In Russia, Ivan IV Vasilyevich, also known as the Terrible, became the first Tsar of All the Russias in 1547. He died from a stroke while playing chess with Bogdan Belsky in 1584.

However, in history, there have been many more Tsars and Tsardoms. In fact, the title Tsar has been used as the official title of the supreme ruler in the following states:

  • First Bulgarian Empire (913–1018)
  • Second Bulgarian Empire (1185–1422)
  • Serbian Empire (1346–1371)
  • Tsardom of Russia (1547–1721)
  • Tsardom of Bulgaria (1908–1946)