NOW I KNOW…
- Arab merchants during the antiquity introduced numbers—the way we know numbers today— and it jump-started civilization. The numerical system was however copied from an Indian original but was improved.
- Andorra, a microstate in Europe bordering France and Spain, is the most senior country on earth—the average citizen reaching 84 years. It could be lack of stress. Andorrians know neither unemployment nor income tax.
- Angola had the largest slave factories in the world. In 1800, 88% of the Portuguese colony’s revenue came from exporting slaves.
- 57 kg. is the weight of a typical teenager. It is likewise the average Asian weight for adults.
- Clinical studies have found that dancing the Tango treats Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases, as well as depression and anxiety disorders.
- The world’s largest farm is found in South Australia’s Anna Creek Station. It is even bigger than Israel.
- Koala is an endemic marsupial commonly found in the jungles of Australia. It is a non primate which has evolved its own fingerprint the purpose of which is evolutionary for grip. Koala’s fingerprints are so like human ones that, even under a microscope, experts have failed to tell them apart.
- It has been said, tongue in cheek, that New Zealand is a country of thirty thousand million sheep, three million of whom think they are human.
- It has been noted that Canberra is the capital of Australia’s sex trade, with 16 licensed brothels, 15 sex shops and pornographic film-making as its second largest export, next to pine. The sex business surge by 250% when its brothels enjoyed their best trading in 1984 during the Conference of the World Council of Churches!
- In Vienna City, with 2.5 million plots in its Central Cemetery, the dead outnumber the living.
- Of the five dirtiest cities in the world, it was Mexico City which carried the tag that its air contains dried fecal matter.
- Garry Kasparov is the highest rated chess player that has ever lived. But he is more remembered as the first World Chess Champion to lose to a machine (Deep Blue in 1997).
- Potato fries were invented in Belgium around 1680 when hungry villagers resorted to frying sticks of potato in place of their usual fish, after the local river froze over. Since then, the Belgian frites smothered in mayonnaise remain the best in the world.
- Studies on identical twins indicate that 50% of our propensity to be happy is genetically pre-determined, with 40% a mix of conscious effort.
- Wars are fought since time immemorial. In Greece, Sparta launched a war against Troy because of a woman. Japan entered into war to impose its military and economic zone. In 1879, Bolivia went to war with Chile over bird droppings!
- It was the Chinese who gave us toothbrush and examination. While people were chewing twigs for millennia and European royalties were using rags dipped in salt and soot, the Chinese in 1223 introduced the toothbrush—then made from horse tail hairs set in an ox-bone handle. In 605 CE, Chine imposed an imperial examinations for civil service entry and set it for the next 1,300 years. It was only in 1806 did a Western civil service (Britain) follow China’s lead. Thereafter, exams were soon adopted in education generally.
- Costa Rica is accustomed to clean, crystalline and transparent elections every four years. In 1949, it became the first country in the world to abolish its army. Since then, it has known nothing but orderly democracy—in stark contrast to every one of its tooled up and armed neighbors.
- The botanical name for the cacao tree from where confectioners formulated the chocolate is Theobroma cacao. Theobroma is Greek that means “food of the gods.”
- Hummingbirds are the only birds that can fly backwards.
- Germany has more zoos (414) than any other country and Berlin Zoo has more animals (23,700) than any other zoos in the world.
- The Greeks enjoy the world’s most regular sex and smokes the highest number of cigarettes.
- India has two million gods and worships them all.
- Living in Delhi’s pollution laden smog is like smoking 20 cigarettes a day.
- Georgia, a federal state of Russia has been known to have invented wine around 8,000 BCE. It was likewise known as the birthplace of a scion of cobbler’s son and one time trainee priest Ioseb Jughashivili—best known as Joseph Stalin.
- With the advent of AIDS in Gambia, an African State, an obligatory diktat or law was passed threatening to behead every gay citizen in the country.
TO BE CONTINUED…