Quite Interesting Facts 10
From various sources throughout the web. I’ve done my best to verify them.
-The Toltecs, Seventh-century native Mexicans, went into battle with wooden swords so as not to kill their enemies.
-During World War One, the future Pope John XXIII was a sergeant in the Italian Army.
-The ‘Hundred Years War’ between France and England lasted 116 years.
-At the age of 12, Martin Luther King became so depressed he tried committing suicide twice, by jumping out of his bedroom window
-The national flag of Italy was designed by Napoleon Bonaparte.
-The Imperial Throne of Japan has been occupied by the same family for the last thirteen hundred years. The Japanese monarchy is the oldest continuous hereditary monarchy in the world still in existence. he imperial house recognizes 125 legitimate monarchs since the accession of Emperor Jimmu (traditionally dated to February 11, 660 BC), including the reigning emperor, Akihito.
-A ten-gallon hat holds three-quarters of a gallon.
-A zebra is black with white stripes for camouflage purposes.
– The mad Emperor Caligula once decided to go to war with the Roman God of the sea, Neptune and ordered his soldiers to throw their spears into the water at random.
-The only wild camels in the world are found in Australia.
-The first computer was built in 1823. The steam driven calculating machine, built by Charles Babbage, failed to work due to poor workmanship in the intricate parts. When rebuilt by the Science Museum of London in 1991 it worked.
–Joseph Swan invented a light bulb in 1879, one year before Thomas Edison. But Swan didn’t patent his idea and was accused of copying by Edison ( who did patent the idea and is therefore recognised as the inventor ) until it was shown both bulbs were produced in different processes. They then formed a joint company using the best of both technologies.
-The ‘Screwdriver’ was invented by oilmen, who used the tool to stir the drink.
–Brimstone, referred to in the Bible and some Alchemy text, is sulphur.
-According to an old English system of time units, a moment is one and a half minutes.
-Discounting Australia , which is generally regarded as a continental land mass, the world’s largest island is Greenland.
-So far in the twentieth century, two objects have hit the earth’s surface with enough force to destroy a medium size city. By pure luck both have landed in sparsely populated Siberia.
-Samuel Clemens was not the only writer to use the pen-name ‘ Mark Twain ‘. It was used several years earlier by Isaiah Sellers. Both men were river pilots on the Mississippi, where ‘ Mark Twain ‘ was a common technical term.
-In the famous line ‘Wherefore art thou Romeo’, wherefore means why, not where. Juliet means ”Why do you have to be Romeo—why couldn’t you have a name belonging to some family my folks are friendly with?” she is not asking where Romeo is.
-The most commonly sung song in the world – Happy birthday to you – is under copyright, the copyright runs out in 2010.