Amazing Unknown Facts Around The World
These are unusual and unexpected bits of knowledge from the world. Here are some amazing and unknown facts that will thrill and surprise you at the same time!
1. The NPR program, All Things Considered, has been on air since 1971 and has had Robert Siegel as one of its weekday hosts since 1987.
2. Located more than 8,500 feet above sea level, Sucre is the judicial capital of Bolivia.
3. Kingston, New York became the first capital city of that state in 1777 and was burned by the British that same year.r
4. Pacifist and activist Bertha von Suttner was the first woman to win the Nobel Prize for Peace in 1905.
5. There was a 1950s television program hosted by Walter Cronkite that recreated historical events as news events.
6. The only two states with precious metals in their nicknames are California (The Golden State) and Nevada (The Silver State).
7. The 1980 REO Speedwagon album Hi Infidelity was their biggest hit selling more than 10 million copies and producing their first number one song “Take It on the Run.”
8. The brown pelican is the state bird of Louisiana.
9. Prior to a 1968 ruling, flight attendants could be terminated if they got married or reached the age of 32 or 35 depending on the airline.
10. Louis Daguerre began producing photographs in the 1830s by exposing silver-coated copper plates.
11. Rose Mary Woods became famous during the Watergate investigation as the loyal secretary of Richard Nixon who had been with him since his time in congress in 1951.
12. Nellie Tayloe Ross was the first female governor of the state of Wyoming in 1927, making her the first female governor of any U.S. state, she went on the head the U.S. Mint for 20 years starting in 1933.
13. In 1719 certain prisoners in Paris were allowed to go free if they married prostitutes and moved to Louisiana.
14. Clint Eastwood is the oldest person ever to win the Academy Award for Best Director for the 2004 film Million Dollar Baby.
15. Coined in the mid-1960s, the word “pixel” is a combination of slang for pictures and the word elements.
16. The state of Vermont once tried to become part of Quebec.
17. Virginia Wade was the last English woman to win the women’s singles title at Wimbledon in 1977.
18. The current King of Jordan once worked as an extra on the TV series Star Trek: Voyager.
19. The state capital of Arizona moved four different times before finally settling in Phoenix.
20. The Obie, introduced by the newspaper The Village Voice in 1956, is considered Off-Broadway’s highest honor.
21. John Dillinger made a daring prison escape in 1934 using a carved wooden gun.
22. Chuck is the cut of meat between the neck and shoulder blades of a cow.
23. Geologists discovered that much of the sand in the Grand Canyon actually originated in the Appalachian Mountains.
24. Former surfing champion Jack Murphy was one of three men convicted of the theft of the Star of India diamond (along with several other precious stones) from the American Museum of Natural History in 1964.
25. Lemurs are only found on the island of Madagascar and a few small neighboring islands.
26. Accounting for approximately 10% of the population, the Kurds are the largest minority ethnic group in Turkey.
27. David Herold, Lewis Powell, George Atzerodt, and Mary Surratt were the four conspirators hanged for the assassination of Abraham Lincoln.
28. Approximately 1.3 million Americans have died as a result of war since 1775.
29. Belgium has three federal regions; Wallonia, Flanders, and Brussels.
30. Japanese inventor Atsushi Shimizu has developed a turbine that can withstand typhoon force winds and generate electricity.
31. Mary Martin, Sandy Duncan, and Cathy Rigby are among the women who have played the character Peter Pan on Broadway.
32. The Super Bowl’s MVP Award is named for Pete Rozelle who served as the NFL’s Commissioner from 1960 to 1989.
33. The Rosetta Stone which allowed for the translation of Egyptian hieroglyphs is actually a tax document written in three languages.
34. Sears, Roebuck, and Company sold more than 70,000 catalog kit homes between 1908 and 1940.
35. The First Reich of Germany was the Holy Roman Empire which existed in various forms from 962 to 1806.
36. Corona Extra is the top-selling imported beer in the United States with more than $1.44 billion in annual sales.
37. The three AKC-recognized dog breeds that have miniature in their name are the miniature pinscher, miniature bull terrier, and miniature schnauzer.
38. Patsy Cline’s recording career lasted just eight years starting in 1955.
39. Martin Luther King, Jr. was the first African American to be Time Magazine’s Man of the Year (1963)
40. The first stagecoach line was established in 1732 between Burlington and Amboy in New Jersey.
41. The name of the band Stone Temple Pilots was partly inspired by an STP motor oil logo.
42. Rich Man, Poor Man, a 1976 adaptation of a bestselling Irwin Shaw novel, was one of the first TV miniseries.
43. Seven different species of Hawaiian bee have been declared endangered, the first time the designation has ever been given to a bee.
44. The Alabama nickname “The Yellowhammer State” comes from the Civil War when a company of soldiers wore uniforms trimmed with yellow and were nicknamed Yellowhammers after a type of woodpecker.
45. Kolkata (formerly Calcutta) served as the capital of British-occupied India until 1911.
46. Four hundred million years ago there were about 22 hours in a day on Earth.
47. John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, Martin Van Buren, and George H. W. Bush are the four vice presidents who have been elected to the presidency while sitting vice president.
48. Science fiction author H.G. Wells coined the phrase “the war that will end war” in 1914.
49. The Mongol Empire was the second largest in history controlling more than 9 ¼ million square miles of territory.
50. In bullfighting a Veronica is a motion in which the matador slowly twirls his cape away from a charging bull.