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The twenty most densely populated countries house 50% of all the people of the world.

On April Fool’s Day it is common in France to try to pin a paper cut-out of a fish to someone else’s back. Hence the name Poisson d’Avril, ‘April Fish’.

Mutterkuchen, the German word for placenta literally means ‘mother cake’.

The Japanese and Chinese get blue and green mixed up. The Japanese call the green light at the traffic light blue, ‘aoi shingou’; and often refer to green vegetables as blue as well, ‘aona’. The Chinese do the same when they talk about the dish bok choy, it contains a green vegetable called Chinese cabbage for which the Chinese use the character for blue. In Japanese, the character for green originally did not mean the colour green but instead symbolised youth. That is why, in Japanese, glossy hair is literally called ‘greenish black hair’ and a newborn baby is called a ‘green child’.

The Belgian astronomer and professor of physics Georges Lemaitre pioneered the Big Bang theory for the development of the universe in the 1920s. He was a Catholic priest.

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Alice in Wonderland is the most quoted book in the United Kingdom, after the Bible.

The Romans of the Decadence

Thomas Couture’s The Romans of the Decadence

Wild boars can be repelled by playing Britney Spears’s song “Oops!…I did it again” at them.

Chris Evans was born in Warrington on April Fool’s Day 1966. As a child he was beaten up and urinated on by a boy nicknamed “Shaver” who went on to become a steamroller driver.

Francisco Jose de Goya y Lucientes (1746-1828) was the most successful and fashionable artist in Spain. He was short, fat, bald, and irresistible to women.

Fashions in ancient Rome hardly changed in 1000 years.