Sometime around 1500 BC, after being hit by a terrible earthquake, the residents of Crete tried to calm the earth by lowering a large basket of olives into a well.
About one in four animals on earth is a beetle.
In Tanzania there are 125,000 people for every doctor, compared to one doctor for every 156 people in Cuba.
Asteroid 1227 is called geranium.
Novelist Joseph Conrad’s real name was Teodor Józef Konrad Nałęcz-Korzeniowski. He became fluent in English only in his 20s. He never lost his Polish accent.
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