On average, there are 178 sesame seeds on each McDonalds BigMac bun.
The proud owner of the first silicone breast implant was a dog called Esmeralda.
The world suicide rate has risen by 60% in the last 45 years.
Gertrude Stein referred to orgasms as “cows.”
The Inuit cosmos is ruled by no one. There are no divine mother and father figures. There are no wind gods and solar creators. There are no eternal punishments in the hereafter, as there are no punishments for children or adults in the here and now.
Albania is a country about which Maximilian Lambertz wrote in 1956: “The true history of mankind will be written only when Albanians participate in its writing.” Unfortunately, there are a number of things which remain unknown about this fascinating plucky little country that has been politically isolated for most of the past century. Here are some facts to remedy that:
The Albanians call Albania Squiperia.
Curiously, – from a western point of view – Albanians nod their head up and down to mean ‘no’, and shake it from side to side for ‘yes’.
At the time of writing, Albania, Armenia and Vatican City are the only European countries without a McDonald’s branch.
King Zog of Albania (who ruled between 1928-1939) was the only national leader in modern times to return fire during an assassination attempt.
In 1995, drivers in the Albanian city of Shkodra refused to pay a new traffic-light tax on the grounds that their city had no traffic lights.
Albania has never won a medal at the Olympics.
The Albanian language has several words for eyebrows. For example, a Vetullushe is goat with brown eyebrows.
The England cricketer C. B. Fry (1872-1956) – an interesting man who could jump backwards onto a mantelpiece from a standing position without losing his balance, held the world long-jump record, played in an F.A. cup final, and could speak several languages – was offered the throne of Albania, but turned it down.