- The human eye is sensitive enough that -assuming a flat Earth and complete darkness- you could spot a candle flame flickering up to 30miles (48 km) away.
- A lawyer in Toronto fell to his death in 1993 after he threw himself against a window on the 24th floor of a building in an attempt to prove to a group of visitors that the glass was “unbreakable”, an act he had done twice before. The glass did not break, but popped out of the window frame
- “&” used to be the 27th letter of the alphabet. The name ampersand comes from the fact that early 1800s school children reciting their ABCs concluded with “&” by saying “X, Y, Z, and per se and” (“per se” means “by itself”)
- In ancient Egypt, any books found in ships coming into port, would be brought immediately to the library of Alexandria and be copied. The original would be kept in the library and the copy given back to the owner.
- A sailor in the British Royal Navy may only grow a beard if they can achieve a ‘respectably full enough beard’ after two weeks’ growth.