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Anthropologies believe that man has known how to use fire for 500,000 years, but only learned how to make it himself 12,000 years ago.

Prior to 1962, sodomy was illegal in every US State.

The flag of Paraguay is the only current national flag whose obverse and reverse sides are neither identical nor mirrored.

Legendary Cuban Communist revolutionary Che Guevara was born in Argentina.

Until 1857, in the UK, a husband wishing to end an unhappy marriage could sell his wife. The cost was about £3,000 – roughly £223,000 in today’s money.

See other: Quite Interesting Facts

On Non-violence

I first learned the concepts of non-violence in my marriage.

– Mohandas Gandhi

Henpeck [Verb.]

To nag persistently.

‘But Mrs. Proudie is not satisfied with such home dominion, and stretches her power over all his movements, and will not even abstain from things spiritual. In fact, the bishop is henpecked.’ – Trollope. A. 1875. Barchester Towers (Chapter III) p. 22

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Atoms are mostly empty space. Ernest Rutherford compared the inside of an atom as being, “like a few flies in a cathedral.”

King Henry and Anne Boleyn Deer shooting in Wi...

King Henry VIII with Anne Boleyn out deer hunting

King Henry VIII technically had either three or four wives, not six. He annulled is marriage to Anne of Cleves, the Pope declared is marriage to Anne Boleyn void because he was still married to Catherine of Aragon, and Henry declared his marriage to Catherine of Aragon void because it was illegal to marry his brothers wife, and she had previously been married to Henry’s brother Arthur.

The word Silver rhymes with Chilver, which is a female lamb.

Light can travel at 38 mph, through sodium chilled at -270 degrees Celsius. The speed of light is only constant in a vacuum.

All diamonds in the world come from the Earth’s surface, and are brought to the surface by volcanic eruptions. South Africa is the fifth largest producer of diamonds, after Australia, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Botswana and Russia. Diamonds and graphite are both made out of pure carbon, but appear on opposite ends of the Mohs scale of hardness.

Stony Broke

‘I’m as poor as a church mouse, that’s just had an enormous tax bill on the very day his wife ran off with another mouse, taking all the cheese.’

– Joseph M. 1998. Blackadder The Whole Damn Dynasty London, Great Britain: Penguin Books (1999) p. 309