- until its demolition in 2012, approximately 1% of Greenland’s entire population lived in one apartment building called Blok P.
- there is a single whale somewhere in the ocean that transmits calls at a frequency no other whales transmit at. It has been called “the world’s loneliest whale.”
- During Cleopatra’s reign, she would soak the sails of her ships in perfume so the scent would drift to Rome before her arrival
- Swiss men are still allowed to present a bayonet – a sword that has generally passed down from generation to generation – as voter identification. This used to be the only form of voting identification for Swiss men up until 1991.
- Queen Elizabeth does not hold a passport. Since all British passports are issued in the queen’s name, she herself doesn’t need one. She just has to say that she is the queen.
- Anytime you see an ingredients list that includes carmine, cochineal extract or natural red 4, the product contains crushed up bugs.
- an international team of astronomers has spotted the farthest known gravitational lens and, as Albert Einstein predicted, it is a galaxy that deflects and intensifies the light of a much further object.