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40 fun facts compiled into an ADDucation “Did You Know?” trivia list to share and entertain friends and family on any occasion.

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Eau de Cologne was originally a remedy for the plague.Health
The pea is the oldest known vegetable.Food
The thickest growth rings of a tree face south.Nature
Hot water freezes faster than cold water.Science
Croissants were designed to celebrate the victory over the Turks in 1683 by a Viennese baker.Food
From 1922 to 1934 four Olympic Games took place for women only.Sport, Rights
Fish scales are a common ingredient in lipstick.Nature
There are 1,940 billionaires in the world in 2017 (up from 1,810 in 2016) according to American business magazine Forbes listing.Wealth
The Cummins couple had five children between 1952 and 1966 who were all born on the 20th of February.Babies, Birthdays
82% of the Beatles songs are about love.Romance
The first sport to hold a World Championship was pool / billiards in 1873.Sport
Adolf Hitler was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 1939 and Joseph Stalin was nominated twice in 1945 and 1948.History
On 14th April 1945, 24 days before the end of WWII, U-boat U-1206 was sunk as a result of a toilet malfunction.History
The longest sentence in a book (we’re aware of) is 823 words long, written by Victor Hugo in Les Miserables.Literature
From 1644 until 1814 Australia was called New Holland by Abel Tasman. Matthew Flinders gave the continent its present name.Geography
Hit AMC TV show Breaking Bad was originally turned down by HBO, FX and Showtime.Entertainment
The most productive workday is Tuesday.Weekdays
Individual pawns on a chess board were given job titles by medieval monks. From (square a2) left to right:  Agricultural worker, Farrier, Weaver, Businessman, Doctor, Innkeeper, Policeman and Gambler.Entertainment
The square root of 123456789 is 11111.111.Mathematics
Kleenex tissue material was originally designed for use as filters for WWI gas masks.History
Somalia has more goats than people.Nature, Geography
The Chicken came before the egg, according to Genesis 1:21 in the Bible: “So God created the great sea creatures and every living creature that moves, with which the waters swarm, according to their kinds, and every winged bird according to its kind”.Science, Religion, evolution
A baby spider is called a spiderling and spiders are not insects, read our list of names for baby insects for more fun facts.Nature
The holes in Swiss cheese are called eyes.Food
ALL US presidents to date (including Trump) have siblings – there have been no only children.Politics
Our drinking water is about three billion years old and counting…History
Austria was the first country to abolish the death penalty in 1787.Crime
Croatia was the first country to recognize the State of USA in 1776.Politics
Raindrops fall at a speed of 7 mph (11 km/h).Weather
Neither Hollywood nor Bollywood produce the most films per year, but “Nollywood” in Nigeria with some 2000 films each year.Entertainment
Movie trailers are called “trailers” because they were originally shown after the movie was screened.Entertainment
Four former USA Presidents were cheerleaders. President George W. Bush was a cheerleader at Yale and head cheerleader at Phillips Academy. President Reagan was a cheerleader at Eureka College. President Dwight D. Eisenhower was a cheerleader at West Point Academy and President Franklin Roosevelt was a cheerleader at Harvard College.Politics, Sport
Monaco and the Vatican City are both smaller than New York’s Central Park.Geography
There are 1738 (August 2017) active satellites orbiting the Earth and in excess of 21,000 objects larger than 4 inches (10 cm) circling the planet.Earth
Water has its highest density at 4° C. When heated or cooled water expands and is less dense for complicated reasons.Science
If you are facing and looking at a rainbow, you are standing with your back to the sun.Science
Of the 195 countries (January 2018) in the world, 59 drive on the left.Geography
The Nazis V2 Rocket caused three times more deaths among those who built it than those who were bombed.History

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