Friday, 17 May 2013

Interesting Facts - Page 2

Stephen Smith of Bromley holds the world record for not blinking at 2 minutes 42 seconds. No assistance in keeping eyes open is permitted.

A group of meerkats is called a 'mob'. They live in the Kalahari Desert, Africa and typically weigh around 725 grams. They feed on insects and lizards.

Trinidad and Tobago's Dwight Yorke made the 18th most number of tackles in the 2006 World Cup, with 21. Gennaro Gattuso of Italy made the most, with 47.

Darts was officially recognised as a sport on 6 June 2005. The dartboard numbering layout was created by Brian Gamlin in 1896 to stop inaccuracy.

There are more than 7,500 cultivars (varieties) of apples. The world's biggest collection is housed at the National Fruit Collection in Faversham, Kent.

90 percent of hippo attacks on humans occur on land. The hippopotamus kills the most people in Africa but the Cape Buffalo causes the most injuries.

The signal flare 1st used in WW1 was the 'Very Flare', named after its US inventor, E.V. Very, and is still used today. It can be green, red or white.

A drunken man who got trapped in a UK church used the bell to ring out SOS in Morse code. The unnamed man woke up in St Faith's Church in Havant, UK.

'L' plates became compulsory for learner drivers on 1 June 1935. Driving tests became compulsory the year before, costing just 10s (50p) per test.

Other than in England, London stands on the Thames River in Ontario (Canada). New London in Connecticut (USA) also stands on shores of the Thames River.

The average ladybird is 0.8 square cm in size. To cover a typical double bed (25,650 square cm) would require 32,062 well behaved ladybirds.

Produced by Mainframe Entertainment in 2000 & aired on Fox Kids, Action Man for the 1st time had a civilian identity 'Alex Mann', member of Team Xtreme.

The term "no-man's-land" goes back to the 14th century and was used for a vast wasteland outside the north walls of London where criminals were executed.