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The Yiddish for finger is toe.

Hercule Poirot explains how it all happened

David Suchet as Agatha Christie’s Hercule Poirot

Gelatology is the scientific study of laughter.

Gym was illegal in Germany for 23 years between 1819 and 1842.

The year before his death, Gustav Mahler had a single session of psychoanalysis with Sigmund Freud.

Hercule Poirot became the only fictional character in history to be honoured with an obituary on the front of The New York Times. The article appeared on the front page August 6, 1975. The headline read: “Hercule Poirot Is Dead; Famed Belgian Detective; Hercule Poirot, the Detective, Dies.”

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There are 47 species of feline, including lions, tigers, pumas, bobcats, ocelots, jaguars, leopards, cougars, cheetahs, lynxes and domestic cats.

English: James III and his wife Margaret of De...

James III and his wife Margaret of Denmark

Feathers are made of keratin – the same stuff that human hairs and nails, wool, horn, claws, tortoises’ shells, birds’ beaks, horses’ hooves and the scales of reptiles are made of.

January 30 is a moving day in history: in 1649, Charles I was beheaded for treason, outside the Banqueting Hall in the Palace of Whitehall, London; in 1948, Indian nationalist leader Mohandas Gandhi was assassinated by Hindu extremist Nathuram Godse in Delhi; and in 1972, British paratroops shot 13 people dead during a civil rights march in Londonderry – known as the Bloody Sunday.

Shrek is the Yiddish word for fear, alarm or dismay.

In 1468, Shetland and its neighbouring islands were pledged by Christian I of Norway to Scotland as a security for the payment of the dowry of his daughter Margaret who was betrothed to James III of Scotland. As the money was never paid by the Norwegian King, the connection with the crown of Scotland soured. In response, in 1471, the Northern Isles of Shetland and Orkney were annexed by the Crown of Scotland, a process confirmed by Parliament in 1472.