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You Learn Something New Everyday!

Matt & Vicky have decided to take up the challenge of learning a new and quirky fact everyday and thought they'd share their new found knowledge with you for the whole of 2017!

Impress your friends and family with our new found wealth of trivial information...

December

31st   Matt -

          Vicky - More than 1,500 fish species live in the great barrier reef, including the clownfish, red bass, red-throat emperor, and several species of snapper and coral trout. About 5,000 species of mollusks live on the reef.

30th   Matt -

          Vicky - The chicken nugget was invented in the 1950s by Robert C. Baker, a food science professor at Cornell University, and published as unpatented academic work. Dr. Baker's innovations made it possible to form chicken nuggets in any shape.

29th   Matt -

          Vicky - The word "fact" derives from the Latin factum, and was first used in English with the same meaning: a thing done or performed.

28th   Matt -

          Vicky - Most natural diamonds are formed at high temperature and pressure at depths of 87 to 118 miles in the Earth's mantle.

27th   Matt -

          Vicky - Pumpkins are orange, everybody knows that. But did you know they come in lots of other colors too. You can find pumpkins that are green, yellow, red, white, blue, even tan.

26th   Matt -

          Vicky - The pigeon is one of only three bird species (the others being flamingos and male emperor penguins) known to produce 'milk' to feed their young.

25th   Matt -

          Vicky - The circumference of the Earth at the equator is 25,000 miles. The Earth rotates in about 24 hours. Therefore, if you were to hang above the surface of the Earth at the equator without moving, you would see 25,000 miles pass by in 24 hours, at a speed of 25000/24 or just over 1000 miles per hour.

24th   Matt -

          Vicky - After about a year inside its mother's womb, a baby blue whale emerges weighing up to 3 tons and stretching to 25 feet.

23rd   Matt -

          Vicky - The average colour of the Universe is beige. The Universe may appear like a vast expanse of darkness but the average colour is actually beige, according to scientists.

22nd   Matt -

           Vicky - In the late 80's, the 5.25-inch floppy disk was on its way out and in 1987 the 3.5-inch floppy disk had moved into the high density category with a capacity of 1.44 MB. You would need 711 1.44 MB floppy disks to equal 1 Gigabyte.

21st   Matt -

          Vicky - It took about 14 years to complete Hadrian's Wall. The largest structure ever made by the Romans.

20th   Matt -

          Vicky - The head of the Statue of Liberty’s overall height from the base of the pedestal foundation to the tip of the torch is 305 feet, 6 inches.

19th   Matt - 

          Vicky - The largest Christmas cracker - 45.72m long and 3.04m in diameter - was pulled in Australia in 1991.

18th   Matt -

          Vicky - Before turkey, the traditional Christmas meal in England was a pig's head and mustard.

17th   Matt -

          Vicky - Paper cuts can be surprisingly painful as they can stimulate a large number of skin surface pain receptors in a very small area of the skin. Because the shallow cut does not bleed very much, the pain receptors are left open to the air, ensuring continued pain.

16th   Matt -

          Vicky - In 1956 Peter Safar and James Elam invented mouth-to-mouth resuscitation.

15th   Matt -

          Vicky - Nearly 60 million Christmas trees are grown each year in Europe.

14th   Matt -

          Vicky - Vassilyev and his first wife, whose name is unknown, hold the record for the most children a couple has parented. She gave birth to a total of 69 children – sixteen pairs of twins, seven sets of triplets and four sets of quadruplets – between 1725 and 1765, in a total of 27 births.k

13th   Matt -

          Vicky - The Grand Canyon is 277 miles long, up to 18 miles wide and attains a depth of over a mile.

12th   Matt -

          Vicky - In 1647, after the English Civil War, Oliver Cromwell banned festivities. The law wasn't lifted until 1660.

11th   Matt -

          Vicky - The first feature length film was Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs in 1937. The American animated film was produced by Walt Disney Productions and released by RKO Radio Pictures.

10th   Matt -

          Vicky - In 1999, residents of the state of Maine in America built the world's biggest ever snowman. He stood at 113ft tall.

9th    Matt -

         Vicky - Potato skin contains B vitamins, vitamin C, iron, calcium, potassium and other nutrients. Potato skin also provides lots of fiber, about 2 grams per ounce. If you eat a medium baked potato, including the skin, you'll get nearly 4 grams of fiber, 2 milligrams of iron and 926 grams of potassium.

8th    Matt -

         Vicky - In the Czech Republic they enjoy Christmas dinners of fish soup, eggs and carp. The number of people at the table must be even, or the one without a partner will die next year.

7th    Matt -

         Vicky - The highest-grossing Christmas movie is 2000's How The Grinch Stole Christmas, which has raked in #175m so far.

6th    Matt -

         Vicky - Hanging stockings out comes from the Dutch custom of leaving shoes packed with food for St Nicholas's donkeys. He would leave small gifts in return.

5th    Matt -

         Vicky - Placing fruit in a paper bag ripens much quicker because it helps to concentrate the levels of ethylene gas which is what helps induce the ripening of fruits like bananas/avocados etc.

4th    Matt -

         Vicky - Christmas presents in Greece aren’t delivered by Father Christmas but by Saint Basil.

3rd    Matt -

         Vicky - The first Christmas celebrated in Britain is thought to have been in York in 521AD.

2nd    Matt -

          Vicky - Chilean sea bass is often served but did you know it is actually a Patagonian toothfish. 

1st    Matt -

         Vicky - Christmas presents in Greece aren’t delivered by Father Christmas but by Saint Basil

November

30th   Matt -

          Vicky - On 6th March 1896, Charles Brady King drove the first automobile in Detroit.

29th   Matt - A man tried to kill another man on live TV with his magical powers. After several hours, the magical man suggested he never died because the god he worshiped is protecting him. The man replied and said he was an atheist. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Great_Tantra_Challenge

          Vicky - The fake snow in The Wizard of Oz (1939) and White Christmas (1954) was made of asbestos.

28th   Matt - The Zomba Prison Project, a music recording made by inmates of a maximum security prison in Malawi known as the ” waiting room of hell. ” The completed album has 20 songs by 16 prisoners and was nominated for the Best World Music Album in 2016

          Vicky - Our body temperature is 37c.  Apparently it's the perfect balance, as it's warm enough to prevent fungal infection but not so hot that we need to eat nonstop to maintain our metabolism.

27th   Matt - In Welsh folklore, woodland fairies rode on the backs of corgis. A corgi’s markings were said to come from the harnesses and saddles that were used to mount them.

          Vicky - Of all the words in the English language, the word ’set’ has the most definitions!

26th   Matt - Before becoming an actor, Jason Statham competed in the 1990 Commonwealth Games in diving, and also sold fake jewelry to make ends meet early in his modelling career.

          Vicky - The placement of a donkey’s eyes in its’ heads enables it to see all four feet at all times!

25th   Matt - When a plane crashed on Rikers Island in 1957, prisoners were released from the prison building to help pull people from the wreckage. Some had their sentences commuted or reduced for acts of heroism during the incident.

          Vicky - ‘Jingle Bells’ wasn’t originally written as a Christmas song.  It is the only Christmas song that doesn’t mention Christmas, Jesus or the Nativity. That’s because it was written to celebrate Thanksgiving.

24th   Matt - King George V of England had a dragon tattoo on his arm.

          Vicky - The largest internal organ is the liver. It is also the heaviest organ, with an average of 1.6 kilograms.

23rd   Matt - Stan Lee planned on quitting the comic book industry, until his wife Joan told him to write the type of characters he wanted to for his last project. The result was the Fantastic Four, which created a more humanly flawed type of superhero.

          Vicky - Camels have three eyelids to protect themselves from blowing sand.

22nd  Matt - Penguins have been known to push a fellow penguin into the water to check if the area is safe and free of predators.

          Vicky - The Red Sea got its name because of a type of algae called Trichodesmium erythraeum, which is found in the sea. When these blooms of algae die off they appear to turn the blue-green color of the ocean to a reddish-brown.

21st   Matt - King Henry VIII was once arrested and then imprisoned for assaulting a police constable with his walking stick. When the police constable was informed he had jailed the King of England, he feared execution; instead he was commended by Henry VIII for his dedication to duty

          Vicky - Owls are the only birds who can see the colour blue.

20th   Matt - There is an upside down traffic signal in Syracuse, New York because the Local Irish kids didn’t want British red above Irish green.

          Vicky - Tim Berners-Lee invented the World Wide Web in 1989, about 20 years after the first connection was established over what is today known as the Internet. At the time, Tim was a software engineer at CERN, the large particle physics laboratory near Geneva, Switzerland.

19th   Matt - Despite being commonly thought as being nothing but a desert, Arizona has the largest continuous pine tree forest in the world.

          Vicky - There are more than fifty different kinds of kangaroos.

18th   Matt - In 2014 a Korean Air flight had to return to the gate because the vice chairman was served nuts in a plastic bag as opposed to served on a plate. She struck the cabin crew chief with a tablet on his knuckles repeatedly and then fired him immediately in what’s known as The Nut Rage Incident.

          Vicky - Starfish have no brains.

17th   Matt - Fingernails grow nearly 4 times faster than toenails!

          Vicky - The lifespan of a squirrel is about nine years.

16th   Matt - To save money in taxes, Marvel successfully argued in court that the X-Men, and mutants in general, did not qualify as human, directly contradicting one of the main themes of the comics.

          Vicky - The average lead pencil will draw a line 35 miles long or write approximately 50,000 English words.

15th   Matt - In 2007, Scotland spent £125,000 devising a new national slogan. The winning entry was: ‘Welcome to Scotland.’

          Vicky - Deer can't eat hay.

14th   Matt - A Russian family, fleeing Soviet persecution, lived isolated in the forest for 40 years, and had no idea that WW2 had happened until their discovery in 1978.

          Vicky - A raisin dropped in a glass of fresh champagne will bounce up and down continuously from the bottom of the glass to the top.

13th   Matt - In 1987 Steven Spielberg made a deal with Universal Studios Florida to licence his films for rides in return for 2% of the gross revenues in perpetuity (including tickets & concession sales). The annual payout exceeds $50M & will keep growing unless he agrees to a multi-billion dollar buyout.

          Vicky - Rhythm is the longest English word without a vowel.

12th   Matt - Over half of the names of companies on the Fortune 500 list have disappeared since the year 2000.

          Vicky - Polar bears are left-handed.

11th   Matt - Ren and Stimpy, Doug, and Rugrats all premiered on the same day.

          Vicky - Sharks and rays are the only animals known to man that don't get cancer. Scientists believe this has something to do with the fact that they don't have bones, but cartilage.

10th   Matt - “Eye of Newt” in Macbeth is actually just an archaic term for mustard seed.

         Vicky - Women blink nearly twice as much as men.

9th   Matt - Disney threatened to sue three daycare centres in Hallandale, Florida for the unauthorised use of their characters. Universal Studios responded by giving the daycares the permission to paint their licensed characters, including those from Hanna-Barbera.

        Vicky - Guinea pigs and rabbits can't sweat.

8th   Matt - Thomas Jefferson kept a Shetland sheep at the White House. It attacked several people, killed a small boy, and was eventually called “this abominable animal”.

        Vicky - Sound travels 15 times faster through steel than through the air

7th   Matt - A man from China bought a first class ticket which came with access to a VIP lounge that had free food. He rescheduled over 300 times in a year to enjoy over 300 free meals. When investigated, he cancelled the ticket and got a full refund.

        Vicky - A ball of glass will bounce higher than a ball of rubber. A ball of solid steel will bounce higher than one made entirely of glass.

6th   Matt - In 2012, JC Penny implemented a “Fair and Square” policy that did away with sales prices and coupons that fool customers and instead priced everything at what it’s actually worth. Customers hated it, the CEO was fired, and the deceptive pricing was quickly reinstated.

        Vicky - The name Wendy was made up for the book Peter Pan, there was never a recorded Wendy before!

5th   Matt - Ryan Gosling was selected as the lead for ‘The Notebook’ because the director thought he wasn’t handsome.

        Vicky - Sloths take two weeks to digest their food.

4th   Matt - In 2010 the RIKEN institute in Japan created mutant cherry blossom trees by firing ion beams at them in a particle accelerator. The mutated trees now bloom 4 times a year and produce more flowers.

        Vicky - The system of democracy was introduced 2500 years ago in Athens, Greece. The oldest existing governing body operates in Althing in Iceland. It was established in 930 AD.

3rd   Matt - Disney originally wanted ABBA to do the soundtrack for ‘The Lion King’. When ABBA said they weren’t available, they asked Elton John.

        Vicky - A duck's quack doesn't echo, and no one knows why.

2nd   Matt - The inventor who first powered a vehicle using steam had his designs stolen from him, died destitute, and was buried in a pauper’s pit.

         Vicky - Every year about 98% of atoms in your body are replaced.

1st   Matt - In feudal Japan lords purposely built homes with squeaky floors as a defensive measure against ninjas.

        Vicky - Wearing headphones for just an hour will increase the bacteria in your ear by 700 times.

October

31st   Matt - In 1859, Joshua Norton declared himself Emperor of the United States of America and the people of San Francisco went along with it, accepting his currency, paying for his meals, and even got the police to salute him in the streets. Nearly 30,000 people flooded the streets for his funeral.

          Vicky - Rats multiply so quickly that in 18 months, two rats could have over a million descendants.

30th   Matt - A bridge built in 2003 in northern Costa Rica is colloquially known as ‘Backstab Bridge’. It was paid for, designed and built by Taiwan only for Costa Rica to cut off ties with Taiwan in favour of China.

          Vicky - It is physically impossible for pigs to look up into the sky.

29th   Matt - Concorde pilots chased a solar eclipse at Mach 2. They extended it from 7 minutes to 74.

          Vicky - British people steal 430,000 gallons of hotel shampoo each year.

28th   Matt - After accepting a role in ‘The Girl from Petrovka’ Anthony Hopkins set out to find the book. Unable to find any for sale, he spotted one on a park bench and snagged it. Two years later he was speaking with the author, who lamented having lost his copy with notes. The same copy Sir Hopkins found

          Vicky - Tourism began on July 5, 1841, when Thomas Cook organised a trip from Market Harborough to Loughborough for a temperance meeting.

27th   Matt - Billionaire oil tycoon J. Paul Getty installed a pay phone at his mansion for guests to use so that he would not be billed for their calls.

          Vicky - If you sneeze too hard, you can fracture a rib.

26th   Matt - Tropicana OJ sales plunged 20% when they changed their logo.

          Vicky - A crocodile can't stick it's tongue out.

25th   Matt - There is a restaurant called “The Heart Attack Grill,” with a hospital theme and scantily clad nurse waitresses serving the “Quadruple Bypass Burger” loaded with 9,982 calories. A customer died of a heart attack while eating a there, resulting in customers taking photos of him assuming it was a stunt.

          Vicky - Despite its thick ice, Antarctica is classified as a desert because so little moisture falls from the sky. The inner regions of the continent receive an average of 2 inches of precipitation—primarily in the form of snow—each year. More rain falls in the Sahara desert.

24th   Matt - Earl Wild, the first person to play the piano on US television was also the first to stream a performance on the Internet 58 year later.

          Vicky - Deipnophobia is a fear of dinner conversation.

23rd   Matt - In a blind test taste Pepsi activated more dopamine receptors than Coca-Cola. However once participants were told they were drinking Coke, it then became the greater dopamine producing beverage over Pepsi even when lied to. Most likely it was Coke’s marketing that was responsible.

          Vicky - Buckingham Palace has 775 rooms. These include 19 State rooms, 52 Royal and guest bedrooms, 188 staff bedrooms, 92 offices and 78 bathrooms.

22nd   Matt - The boy who played Charlie in the original Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory film never acted in another film and is currently a practicing veterinarian in the Adirondacks.

          Vicky - Tourism accounts for five per cent of the world’s economy.

21st   Matt - Disney parks allowed people with wheelchairs to cut in line with 6 guests, which led to the formation of a black-market where the rich could hire disabled tour guides.

         Vicky - British people drink 165 million cups of tea every day.

20th   Matt - Fujitsu made a device called the “iPad” in 2002. Apple had to pay $4 million to Fujitsu to buy the trademark.

          Vicky - Eight per cent of men never clean their teeth in the morning.

19th   Matt - The last living Buffalo Soldier, Mark Matthews, who fought in both world wars, had excellent health with no record of high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, etc until he was 109 years old, only then going partially blind.

          Vicky - Hydrofluoric acid won't eat through plastic. It will, however, dissolve metal, rock, glass, ceramic.

18th   Matt - In Scotland, a group of students went to a modern arts gallery and left a pineapple in an empty exhibit to see if people would think it was art. When they returned four days later, not only was the pineapple was still there, it had been covered with a glass case.

          Vicky - We have between 50,000-70,000 thoughts per day, this means between 35 and 48 thoughts per minute per person.

17th   Matt - An octopus named Otto caused an aquarium power outage by climbing to the edge of his tank and shooting a jet of water at a bright light that was annoying him. He’s also been seen juggling hermit crabs, throwing rocks at the glass and re-arranging his tank surroundings.

          Vicky - With 800 languages, New York is the most linguistically diverse city in the world.

16th   Matt - You’re not allowed to swear if playing in Wimbledon. As such, line judges have to learn curse words in every language.

          Vicky - In 1945 a rooster named mike live for 18 months without a head.

15th   Matt - Chekov did not appear on ‘Star Trek’ until the first episode of the second season. The character was created to attract young viewers by resembling Davy Jones of The Monkees.

          Vicky - A fulgurite is a type of mineral formation that only occurs in nature when lightening strikes sandy soil.

14th   Matt - Search and rescue dogs searching for survivors after 9/11 would experience depression-like symptoms because they couldn’t find survivors, only bodies.

          Vicky - The average Australian cat eats more fish per year than the average Australian.

13th   Matt - Jerusalem has been destroyed twice, besieged 23 times, attacked 52 times, and captured and recaptured 44 times.

          Vicky - Mice sing like birds, but humans can’t hear them.

12th   Matt - Leonard Nimoy met many fans who became scientists because of Spock’s example, and talked to the ‘Star Trek’ actor as if he were a fellow researcher. Nimoy always nodded and told them, “Well, it certainly looks like you’re headed in the right direction.”

         Vicky - Bob Marley was the father to 3 children born to 3 different women in one month.

11th   Matt - After a waitress at a pizzeria helped a customer choose the numbers for a winning lottery ticket in 1984, he ‘tipped’ her $3,000,000 – half of his $6,000,000 prize money.

          Vicky - We will each speak around 48,000 words in a day.

10th  Matt - Grizzly bears were so feared and respected by Native Americans that hunting them required a company of 4 to 10 warriors and was done with the same preparation and ceremonially as intertribal warfare.

        Vicky - Earth will be hit by lightning more than 8.6 million times.

9th   Matt - The cast of FRIENDS entered collective negotiations with Warner Bros.’ before season 3 and all 6 actors agreed to be given the salary of the LEAST paid cast member. They wanted to be a true ensemble and everyone featured equally. Near the end of the series, they were all paid $1 million/episode.

        Vicky - The Queen of the UK is the legal owner of 1/6 of the Earths land surface. 

8th   Matt - Out of eleven cases of blood alcohol content higher than 1%, Poland holds five.

        Vicky - British trains cost 5 times more than ones in Europe.

7th   Matt - Bumblebees can fly higher than Mount Everest.

        Vicky - One billion gallons of water will tumble over Niagara falls.

6th   Matt - In 1962, a programmer omitted a single hyphen in the code for the Mariner I rocket, causing it to explode shortly after take off. This typo cost NASA the equivalent of $630 million dollars today.

        Vicky - A pumping human heart can squirt blood 30ft.

5th   Matt - When the bikini made its debut, the inventor couldn’t get any usual models to wear it and so had to hire a 19-year-old nude dancer from a dance venue

        Vicky - There are over 7,500 varieties of apples grown in the world. Each can vary wildly in size - from a small cherry to the size of a large grapefruit.   The Guinness Book of Records states that the heaviest apple weighed 1.849 kg (4 lb 1 oz) and was grown and picked by Chisato Iwasaki at his apple farm in Japan in 2005.

4th   Matt - The “Sky Beam” that shoots out of the Luxor Hotel/Casino in Las Vegas attracts so many insects that it has established a new ecosystem of moths, bats, and owls

        Vicky - A bat eats around 1,000 insects.

3rd   Matt - Gameboy had a sonar add-on for fishermen, that could locate fish up to 65 feet deep. It also included a fishing mini-game.

        Vicky - 150-200 species of plant, insect, bird and mammal become extinct, due to environmental damage.

2nd   Matt - Even though only 10-15% of people are left-handed, there is a higher than a usual number of characters in The Simpsons who appear to be left-handed (Bart Simpson, Seymour Skinner, Ned Flanders and others). This is due to the fact that the creator of the show Matt Groening himself is left-handed.

         Vicky - Until 1913, children in America could legally be sent by parcel post.

1st    Matt - Yew trees can exceed 1000 years, are often found in graveyards, and have a long association with death; they’re deadly poisonous to humans, with no known antidote. However, the tree is used to make taxanes, which are used to fight cancer

         Vicky - The proud owner of the first silicone breast implant was a dog called Esmeralda.

September

30th   Matt - Dogs have slits on the outside of each nostril, which allow him to exhale without disturbing the scent particles in front of his nose. Breathing out the side slits helps release air while holding scent particles in the nostrils, so that a dog isn’t as likely to lose a scent.

          Vicky - A single blood cell will make more than 4,300 full circuits of the body.

29th   Matt - A Portland dairy was forced to pay staff over $10 million in back pay because of a missing Oxford comma in the state overtime laws.

          Vicky - Under extreme high pressure, diamonds can be made from peanut butter.

28th   Matt - A woman bought a scratch-off lottery ticket to prove a point to her husband that it was a waste of money, but it ended up winning her $1 million.

          Vicky - When customers visited the UK’s first supermarkets they were afraid to pick up goods in case they were told off.

27th   Matt - The most commonly used sentence in the Harry Potter book series was: “Nothing happened.”; for The Hunger Games series it was: “My name is Katniss Everdeen.”, and for the Twilight series it was: “I sighed.”

          Vicky - 5,760 cars are broken into daily.

26th   Matt - Idaho got its name because some George M. Willing proposed the name to Congress, claiming that it was Shoshone Indian for “Gem of the Mountain,” when it was really just a word he made up. 

          Vicky - 40,000 trees are cut down just to make paper bags and another 27,000 to make toilet paper.

25th   Matt - NASA accidentally recorded over the original moon landing tapes and lost a critical piece of human history forever.

          Vicky - A cow with a name will produce 450 more pints of milk a year than one without a name.

24th   Matt - Arnold Schwarzenegger tricked Sylvester Stallone into starring in ‘Stop or My Mom Will Shoot’ by spreading rumors that he wanted the lead role. In a heated rivalry with him at the time, Stallone took the role just to keep it from Arnie.

          Vicky - Your body gives off enough heat to bring 24 gallons of water to the boil.

23rd   Matt - The largest art heist in history was completed in 1990 at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, totaling 13 paintings worth $500M. To this day, all of the empty frames are still hanging, acting as placeholders until the pieces are returned.

          Vicky - Every day 820,000 portions of fish and chips will be scoffed.

22nd   Matt - The city of London is still paying rent of a sharp axe, a billhook, 6 horseshoes, and 61 nails to the Queen on a property leased in 1211.

           Vicky - If the Earth had no clouds, the sea would evaporate.

21st   Matt - The Queen of England has a Champion and in the unlikely event that someone challenged her title to the throne, he will fight for her. He is also The Standard Bearer of England and will stand with her should she decide to lead the army in a battle.

          Vicky - All Bran is only 87% bran.

20th   Matt - Rio’s $12 billion 2016 Olympic park is mostly abandoned and off limits to tourism

          Vicky - 88% of women routinely wear shoes that are too small for their feet.

19th   Matt - When the Queen visited the GoT Cast, she refused to sit on the Iron Throne because “She is not allowed to sit on other thrones, fictional or otherwise”

          Vicky - If all the salt in the oceans were spread evenly over the land, it would be 500 feet deep.

18th   Matt - The Soviet Union and the United States were originally in talks to go to the moon together during the Cold War. Nikita Khrushchev was poised to accept the plan but then President Kennedy was assassinated. The Soviets did not trust Vice President Johnson, so Khrushchev rejected the plan.

          Vicky - Captain Morgans rum isn't actually rum, it's a liqueur because of the sugar content.

17th   Matt - Genoa airport in Italy makes one exception to the 3 ounces of liquid rule for pesto, which goes through a special pesto scanner.

          Vicky - 27,000 trees are felled each day for toilet paper.

16th   Matt - The inventor of the Rubik's Cube didn't realise that he'd built a puzzle until he scrambled it for the first time, then tried to restore it.

          Vicky - Cheese is the most shoplifted food in the UK.

15th   Matt - The word for “the day after tomorrow” is “overmorrow”

          Vicky - The film of Gone with the Wind is banned in North Korea, but virtually every adult there has read the book.

14th   Matt - Portobello, cremini and button mushrooms are all the same type of mushroom, but at different stages of maturity.

          Vicky - A stressed or sick octopus will sometimes bite its own limbs off.

13th   Matt - Switzerland is unique in having enough nuclear fallout shelters to accommodate its entire population... should they ever be needed.

          Vicky - Cardiff, Wales, is home to the world’s oldest record shop, Spillers, founded in 1894.

12th   Matt - Michael Jackson would request his wine served in diet coke cans during flights, due to him being a ‘private drinker’ and not wanting his kids to see him drinking alcohol

          Vicky - It is illegal to wear a bikini in Barcelona, except on the beach.

11th   Matt -

          Vicky - New Zealand’s 90-Mile Beach is 55 miles long.

10th   Matt -

          Vicky - More languages (300) are spoken in London than in any other country in the world.

9th   Matt -

        Vicky - Dogs with ADHD make the best sniffer dogs.

8th   Matt - In 1969, The Beatles originally planned to have an album titled Everest. However, the band didn’t want to travel all the way to Mount Everest for the album cover photoshoot. This lead album title changing to Abbey Road, which was the street right outside their studio.

        Vicky - It is illegal to import haggis from the UK into the U.S., as the American government has declared that sheep lungs are unfit for human consumption

7th   Matt - A man called Gregory Nemitz claimed ownership of an asteroid months before NASA landed a probe in it. He then proceeded to issue NASA a $20 parking ticket for landing there.

        Vicky - All polar bears are Irish: they’re descended from brown bears that lived in Ireland over 10,000 years ago.

6th   Matt - 

        Vicky - The first ever multi-stage cycling race in Britain was held in Kent during the Second World War. Following war’s end, a general desire for a British event to rival the Tour de France was brought to fruition with the Victory Cycling Marathon.

5th   Matt - Steve Jobs got a new Mercedes every 6 months because a legal loophole in California law means a car doesn’t need a license plate until it is 6 months old.

        Vicky - Windsor Castle is the largest royal home in the world. It is also the oldest continually inhabited royal residence in Britain, having been built by William the Conqueror around A.D. 1080.

4th   Matt - The reason the Colorado Rockies mascot is a triceratops is because a dinosaur rib bone was unearthed during the stadium’s excavation.

        Vicky - Gift cards worth £240 million go unredeemed in Britain each year.

3rd   Matt -

        Vicky - Female sharks can store sperm for four years before using it to fertilise their eggs.

2nd   Matt -

        Vicky - Iceland has 25 puffins for every person.

1st   Matt - Although park authorities deny it, Central Park officially has a population of 25 residents according to the 2010 census.

        Vicky - The first fish and chips restaurant was opened in 1860 in London by a Jewish immigrant named Joseph Malin

August

31st   Matt -

          Vicky - Nowhere in England is more than 75 miles (121 km) from the sea.

30th   Matt - 

          Vicky - The United Kingdom recently named chicken tikka masala as its national dish, which is a spicy curry created in Britain and is unheard of in India itself.

29th   Matt - 

          Vicky - The word “Britain” is derived from the name of a Celtic tribe, the Brythons.

28th   Matt - 

          Vicky - Bones, stop growing after puberty and muscle and fat cells also stop dividing. But cartilage - that's the plastic-like stuff in ears and noses - cartilage continues to grow until the day you die. 

27th   Matt -

          Vicky - Despite its thick ice, Antarctica is classified as a desert because so little moisture falls from the sky. The inner regions of the continent receive an average of 2 inches (50 millimeters) of precipitation—primarily in the form of snow—each year. 

26th   Matt -

          Vicky - It takes 700 grapes to make one bottle of wine.

25th   Matt - 

          Vicky - The original hulk was pasty gray. Originally, Stan Lee and Jack Kirby intended the Hulk to be gray. But the printing press kept having trouble with the Hulk's color and he kept coming out green. So he only spent the first few issues of his comic being gray.

24th   Matt -

          Vicky - Dimples on a golf ball create a thin turbulent boundary layer of air that clings to the ball's surface. This allows the smoothly flowing air to follow the ball's surface a little farther around the back side of the ball, thereby decreasing the size of the wake.

23rd   Matt - Fredric Baur invented the Pringles can. When he passed away in 2008, his ashes were buried in one.

          Vicky - Ocean water freezes just like freshwater, but at lower temperatures. Fresh water freezes at 32 degrees Fahrenheit but seawater freezes at about 28.4 degrees Fahrenheit , because of the salt in it.

22nd   Matt - Vending machines kill 4 times as many people as sharks per year.

           Vicky - Double rainbows are caused by a double reflection of sunlight inside the raindrops, and appear 10° outside of the primary rainbow at an angle of 50–53°. 

21st   Matt - Hewlett-Packard's name was decided in a coin toss.

          Vicky - The world record for the longest carrot ever grown is held by Joe Atherton of Nottinghamshire, who in 2007 managed to grow a carrot that was 19 feet 1.96 inches long. It took a total of 14 months to grow, in a specially designed 21 foot long plastic tube.

20th   Matt -

          Vicky - The largest tree in the world is a giant sequoia (Sequoiadendron giganteum) in California's Sequoia National Park. Called General Sherman, the tree is about 52,500 cubic feet (1,487 cubic meters) in volume.

19th   Matt - Louis Armstrong played the trumpet so much that he got callouses on his lips.

          Vicky - In a 750ml bottle of Champagne there are 49 million bubbles… approximately.

18th   Matt -

          Vicky - The first-ever edition of the Daily Mirror, left, came with a free mirror

17th   Matt -

          Vicky - Ants can survive in a microwave: they are small enough to dodge the rays.

16th   Matt - Dogs are capable of understanding up to 250 words and gestures, and have demonstrated the ability to do simple mathematical calculations.

          Vicky - 22 In 1881, there were only six men in Britain called Derek.

15th   Matt - If you started with £0.01 and doubled your money every day, it would take 27 days to become a millionaire.

          Vicky - The sun’s core is so hot that a piece of it the size of a pinhead would give off enough heat to kill a person 160 kilometres away.

14th   Matt - Approximately 2,500 left handed people die a year as a result of using equipment designed for right handed people.

         Vicky - A group of unicorns is called a blessing. Twelve or more cows are known as a flink. A group of frogs is called an army. A group of rhinos is called a crash.

13th   Matt -

         Vicky - The sleepiest animal in the world is the koala, who sleeps 22 hours a day.

12th   Matt - 

           Vicky - 29,000 bottles of champagne are servand d each year at Wimbledon. 

11th    Matt -

           Vicky - The water in the mouth of a blue whale weighs more than its body.

10th   Matt - Going to work is statistically three times more dangerous than war.

          Vicky - The Welsh hold the record for the number of people dressed up as Smurfs at any one time – 2,510, in 2009.  The previous record was a relatively paltry 1,253. Good on you, Wales.

9th   Matt - The average mattress doubles in weight over the course of 10 years due to accumulation of dust mites and dust mite poop.

        Vicky - Any Oscar winner who is thinking about selling their coveted award for a large sum of money must first offer the gong back to the Academy, who can buy it back for $1.

8th   Matt - Cows have best friends and experience stress when they are removed from them.

        Vicky - The Chilean earthquake of February 27 2010 is thought to have shortened the length of the Earth’s day by approximately 1.3 microseconds.

7th   Matt - Donald Duck comics were banned from Finland because he doesn't wear pants.

         Vicky - Marilyn Monroe, at least once, took a bath in Champagne. According to her biographer, 350 bottles of Champers were used to fill up her bath tub.

6th   Matt - Fortune cookies are actually an American invention - Charles Jung created them in 1918.

         Vicky - Butterflies taste with their feet. A butterfly’s sense of taste is coordinated by chemoreceptors on their tarsi (lowest part of leg) and works only on contact. 

5th   Matt - During the year 1881, three men served as President of the United States: Rutherford B. Hayes, James Garfield, and Chester A. Arthur.

         Vicky - Every day, more money is printed for the game Monopoly than for the U.S. Treasury.  The company that owns monopoly, Parker Brothers, prints about 50 billion dollars of Monopoly money every year.

4th   Matt - Frozen lobsters can come back to life when thawed.

         Vicky - Fred and Wilma Flintstone were the first couple (cartoon or otherwise) to be shown in bed together on a prime time television show, during the cartoon’s original run between 1960 and 1966.

3rd   Matt - The words written on Twitter every day would fill a book of 10 million pages.

         Vicky - US President Thomas Jefferson hated formality so much that one time, when he received an official visit by a British minister, he greeted him wearing his pyjamas.

2nd   Matt - In 2000, Pope John Paul II was named an 'Honorary Harlem Globetrotter.'

         Vicky - 22 In 1881, there were only six men in Britain called Derek.

1st    Matt - A group of pugs is called a grumble.

         Vicky - The slowest flying birds in the world are the American and Eurasian woodcocks, which both impressively manage to avoid falling out of the sky while flying at only 5mph during their elaborate courtship routines.

July

31st   Matt - A giraffe can clean its own ears with its 21-inch tongue.

         Vicky - In 1811, nearly a quarter of all the women in Britain were named Mary.

30th   Matt -

          Vicky - A pumping human heart can squirt blood 30ft.

29th   Matt - The tongue is the strongest muscle in the human body.

          Vicky - A polar bear’s outer fur is called ‘guard hair’.

28th   Matt - A man named Charles Osborne had the hiccups for 69 years.

         Vicky - Frogs don’t drink water, they absorb water through their skin.

27th   Matt - Fifteen percent of the air you breathe in a tube station is human skin.

         Vicky - Originally, purple carrots were the norm, but there were some offshoots. Yellow and white ones appeared in the wild. Over time, 17th-century Dutch carrot growers managed to cultivate these yellow and white ones carrots into the orange ones we're familiar with today.

26th   Matt - After racking up $40 in late fees for a VHS, Reed Hastings was inspired to start Netflix.

          Vicky - Female bald eagles are 25% larger than males.

25th   Matt - A jellyfish is 95 percent water.

         Vicky - The human head has an estimated 100,000 hairs, though the number varies from individual to individual.

24th   Matt - The name Jeep came from the abbreviation used in the army for the "General Purpose" vehicle, G.P.

         Vicky - The oldest recorded elephant lived for 82 years.

23rd   Matt - A shark can detect one part of blood in 100 million parts of water

          Vicky - The London subway, or the “Tube,” is one of the oldest in the world. The 409 escalators in the Tube cover a distance every week which is approximately equivalent to several trips around the globe.

22nd   Matt - In the States, FDA regulations allow 10 insects and 35 fruit fly eggs per 8 ounces of raisins.

           Vicky - Greyhounds are the fastest dogs on Earth and can run at speeds of 45mph.

21st   Matt - When snakes are born with two heads, they fight each other for food.

          Vicky - James Bond’s code “007” was inspired by the author Ian Fleming’s bus route from Canterbury to London.

20th   Matt - When St. Louis held the 1904 Summer Olympic Games, events included greased pole climbing, rock throwing and mud fighting.

          Vicky - A squid’s eye can get as big as a basketball.

19th   Matt - There are over 200 corpses on Mount Everest and they are used as way points for climbers.

          Vicky - The speed of light in a vacuum is 186,282 miles per second.

18th   Matt - All of the clocks in the movie "Pulp Fiction" are stuck at 4:20.

          Vicky - Snakes do not blink.

17th   Matt - Dr. Seuss wrote "Green Eggs and Ham" to win a bet against his publisher who thought that he could not complete a book with only 50 words.

          Vicky - Flamingos are pink because they eat brine shrimp. Rich swarms of tiny brine shrimp inhabit salty lakes in both of the world’s hemispheres, and it is to these lakes that flocks of flamingos travel in search of their meals.  It is a nutritious natural chemical, or organic compound, called beta carotene in the brine shrimp that turns the flamingos’ feathers pink.

16th   Matt - If a male lion takes over a pride, he executes all of the cubs.

          Vicky - The London subway, or the “Tube,” is one of the oldest in the world. The 409 escalators in the Tube cover a distance every week which is approximately equivalent to several trips around the globe.

15th   Matt - Russia didn't consider beer to be alcohol until 2011. It was previously classified as a soft drink.

          Vicky - Butterflies can only see the colours red, green and yellow.

14th   Matt - Dueling is legal in Paraguay as long as both parties are registered blood donors.

          Vicky - The British coronation ceremony is over 1,000 years old. Since the coronation of William the Conqueror on Christmas Day in A.D. 1066, Westminster Abbey has been the setting. The coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in 1953 was the first to be televised.

13th   Matt - The Mimic Octopus can not only change colours, but will mimic the shapes of other animals, like the flounder, lionfish, and sea snakes.

          Vicky - Sea level is about 20 cm higher on the Pacific side than the Atlantic due to the water being less dense on the Pacific side, on average, and due to the prevailing weather and ocean conditions.

12th   Matt - The last man to walk on the moon, Gene Cernan, promised his daughter he’d write her initials on the moon. He did, and her initials, “TDC,” will probably be on the moon for tens of thousands of years.

          Vicky - Britain is the only country in the world which doesn’t have its name on its postage stamps.

11th   Matt - Leonardo da Vinci could write with one hand and draw with the other... at the same time!

         Vicky - Until 1832, England only had two universities: Oxford and Cambridge.

10th  Matt - If you were to remove all of the empty space from the atoms that make up every human on earth, the entire world population could fit into an apple.

         Vicky - Butterflies have skeletons on the outside of their bodies, this is known as the exoskeleton.

9th   Matt - The three wealthiest families in the world have more assets than the combined wealth of the forty-eight poorest nations.

         Vicky - Six of the 10 wettest counties in the UK are in Scotland. Almost every low-pressure system that barrels east out of the North Atlantic passes over Scotland. Cardiff, Wales, is home to the world’s oldest record shop, Spillers, founded in 1894

8th   Matt - Twenty percent of office coffee mugs contain fecal matter.

         Vicky - A ducks quack does echo, its just almost impossible to hear.

7th   Matt - Boom! Hiss! Crack! Some firework recipes include sound elements. Layers of an organic salt, like sodium salicylate, combined with the oxidizer potassium perchlorate burn one at a time. As each layer burns, it slowly releases a gas, creating the whistling sound associated with most firework rockets. Aluminum or iron flakes can create hissing or sizzling sparkles, while titanium powder can create loud blasts, in addition to white sparks.

        Vicky - A cheetahs lifespan is up to 12 years in the wild.

6th   Matt - Written language was invented independently by the Egyptians, Sumerians, Chinese, and Mayans.

        Vicky - Nearly 28 million Americans define themselves as having Scottish ancestry, including the Bush presidents. Other famous Americans with Scottish blood include Theodore Roosevelt, Jack Daniels, John Wayne, Marilyn Monroe, and Jim Morrison.

5th   Matt - The woolly mammoth was still around when the pyramids were being built.

         Vicky - Cats have over 100 vocal sounds, whereas dogs only have about 10.

4th   Matt - It would take 1,200,000 mosquitoes, each sucking once, to completely drain the average human of blood.

        Vicky - Over 27 tons of strawberries and 7,000 litres of cream are consumed every year during the two weeks of Britain’s Wimbledon Tennis Championships.

3rd   Matt - When we breathe through our nose, we always inhale more air from one nostril than with the other one — and this changes every 15 minutes.

        Vicky - About 30% of today’s Londoners were born outside the United Kingdom.

2nd   Matt - Dead people can get goose bumps.

        Vicky - Baby whales can gain up to 200 pounds per day.

1st   Matt - Caterpillars completely liquify as they transform into moths.

        Vicky - The average person can hear sounds down to about 0 dB, the level of rustling leaves. Some people with very good hearing can hear sounds down to -15 dB. If a sound reaches 85 dB or stronger, it can cause permanent damage to your hearing.

 

June

30th   Matt - The state sport of Maryland, is jousting.

          Vicky - Cats can hear ultrasound.

29th   Matt - Honey does not spoil. You could feasibly eat 3000 year old honey.

          Vicky - Candles on birthday cakes began in Ancient Greece, when people brought cakes adorned with lit candles to the temple of Artemis, goddess of the hunt. The candles were lit to make them glow like the moon, a popular symbol associated with Artemis.

28th   Matt - The three wealthiest families in the world have more assets than the combined wealth of the forty-eight poorest nations.

          Vicky - Tuna fish can swim 40 miles in a single day.

27th   Matt - A mantis shrimp can swing its claw so fast it boils the water around it and creates a flash of light.

          Vicky - The Olympic Rings linked together are to show everyone getting together for the Olympic Games. And there are five meaning the five varying inhabited continents in the world - Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe, and Oceania.

26th   Matt - Cleopatra lived closer in time to the Moon landing than to the construction of the Great Pyramid of Giza.

         Vicky - Bumblebees have hair on their eyes.

25th   Matt -

          Vicky - The disk of the Milky Way galaxy is about 100,000 light years in diameter but only about 1000 light years thick. Our Galaxy contains about 200 billion stars.

24th   Matt -

          Vicky - Penguins can jump 6 feet out of water.

23rd   Matt -

          Vicky - The Grand Canyon is a very big hole in the ground. It is 277 miles (446 km) long, up to 18 miles (29 km) wide and more than a mile (6,000 feet / 1,800 meters) deep. It is the result of constant erosion by the Colorado River over millions of years.

22nd   Matt -

          Vicky - Squirrels cannot see the colour red.

21st   Matt -

          Vicky - Rome was built on Seven Hills. The original city of Romulus was built upon Palatine Hill (Latin: Mons Palatinus).

20th   Matt - 

          Vicky - A single elephant tooth can weigh as much as 9 pounds.

19th   Matt - 

          Vicky - Ants never sleep.  They also don’t have lungs.

18th   Matt - 

          Vicky - Animals general 30 times more waste than humans which is 1.4 billion tons every year.

17th   Matt - 

          Vicky - For every human in the world there are one million ants.

16th   Matt - Casu marzu is a Sardinian cheese that contains live maggots. The maggots can jump up to five inches out of cheese while you're eating it, so it's a good idea to shield it with your hand to stop them jumping into your eyes.

          Vicky - At birth, a panda is smaller than a mouse and weighs about 4 ounces.

15th   Matt - Dying is illegal in the Houses of Parliaments – This has been voted as the most ridiculous law by the British citizens.

          Vicky - Some male songbirds sings more than 2000 times each day.

14th   Matt - Birds don’t urinate.

          Vicky - The only mammals to undergo menopause are elephants, humpback whales and human females.

13th   Matt - The most venomous jellyfish in the world is named the Irukandji and is smaller than your fingernail.

          Vicky - The leg bones of a bat are so thin, that no bat can walk.

12th   Matt - An arctophile is a person who collects, or is very fond of teddy bears.

          Vicky -  Almost half the pigs in the world are kept by farmers in China.

11th   Matt - When the University of Nebraska Cornhuskers play football at home, the stadium becomes the state's third largest city.

          Vicky - The female lion does 90% of the hunting

10th   Matt - There are more possible iterations of a game of chess than there are atoms in the known universe.

          Vicky - Ostriches can run faster than horses, and the males can roar like lions.

9th   Matt - When adjusted for inflation, John D. Rockefeller is the richest man in the history of the world with a net worth 10 times more than Bill Gates.

         Vicky - In 2007, a 1000 gallon inflatable swimming pool was stolen from someones back garden without a single drop of water being found.

8th   Matt - The 20th of March is known as Snowman Burning Day!

        Vicky - The world record for the largest pineapple was grown in 2011 by Christine McCallum from Bakewell, Australia.  The pineapple measured 32cm long and sighed an incredible 8.28kg.

7th   Matt - Catfish are the only animals that naturally have an odd number of whiskers.

         Vicky - Male dogs lift their legs when they are urinating for a reason.  They are trying to leave their mark higher so that it gives off the message that they are tall and intimidating.

6th   Matt - Unlike many other big cats, snow leopards are not aggressive towards humans. There has never been a verified snow leopard attack on a human being.

         Vicky - Hamsters run up to 8 miles at night on a wheel.

5th   Matt - A company in Taiwan makes dinnerware out of wheat, so you can eat your plate!

         Vicky - Ketchup was used as a medicine back in the 1930’s.

4th   Matt - There is a species of spider called the Hobo Spider.

         Vicky - Drying fruit depletes it of 30-80% of its vitamin and antioxidant content.

3rd   Matt - Banging your head against a wall burns 150 calories an hour.

         Vicky - New York drifts about one inch further away from London each year.

2nd   Matt - It snowed in the Sahara desert for 30 minutes on the 18th February 1979.

         Vicky - A prawn’s heart is in it’s head.

1st   Matt - Penguins swim up to 3,100 miles in a year.

        Vicky - Bluetooth technology was named after a 10th century King, King Harald Bluetooth.  He united Denmark and Norway - just like the wireless technology united computers and cell phones.

 

May

31st   Matt - The following can be read forward and backwards: Do geese see God?

         Vicky - Most toilet paper sold for home use in France is pink.

30th   Matt - The information stored on an iPod Nano would fill up eight pickup truckloads of paper.

         Vicky - There are no bridges over the Amazon river.

29th   Matt - Some birds can use their bills to measure the temperature of their nests.

         Vicky - China has more english speakers that the United States.

28th   Matt - Bat hair has been used as money.

         Vicky - In the Caribbean there are oysters that can climb trees.

27th   Matt - By donating just one pint of blood, four lives can be saved.

          Vicky - The bible is the most shoplifted book in the world.

26th   Matt - The Bible was written by over 40 authors over a period of 1500 years.

          Vicky - Octopuses have four pairs of arms.

25th   Matt - The oldest major soft drink in America is Dr. Pepper, which originated in Waco, TX in 1885.

          Vicky - Recycling one glass jar saves enough energy to watch tv for 3 hours.

24th   Matt - Some clouds are more than 10 miles tall.

          Vicky - In Uganda, 50% of the population is under 15 years of age.

23rd   Matt - Every square inch of your skin hosts about 6 million bacteria.

          Vicky - A sheep, a duck and a rooster were the first passengers in a hot air balloon.

22nd   Matt - Research has found that people who own dogs sleep better at night and get sick less often.

          Vicky - An eagle can kill a young deer and fly away with it.

21st   Matt - A lizard sticks its tongue out to smell.

          Vicky - During your lifetime, you will produce enough saliva to fill two swimming pools.

20th   Matt - Due to increased brain activity, people with higher intelligence tend to have a harder time falling asleep at night.

         Vicky - If you lift a kangaroo’s tail off the ground it can’t hop.

19th   Matt - A warm frog makes faster croaking noises than a cold frog.

          Vicky - Human saliva has a boiling point three times that of regular water.

18th   Matt - You lose up to 100 hairs a day.

          Vicky - The average woman uses her height in lipstick every 5 years.

17th   Matt - The space between your eyebrows is called the Glabella.

          Vicky - A flock of crows is known as a murder.

16th   Matt - A small child could swim through the veins of a blue whale.

          Vicky - The University of Minnesota is older than Minnesota the state itself!

15th   Matt - Mosquitoes prefer to bite people with smelly feet.

          Vicky - Some hummingbirds weigh less than a penny.

14th   Matt - Your brain is about three-quarters water

          Vicky - The average age for a first kiss in the U.K is 15.

13th   Matt - More than 99% of the species that have ever existed are now extinct.

          Vicky - Australia has over 10,000 beaches.  You could visit a new beach everyday for over 27 years!

12th   Matt - Adults have as many as 1,500 dreams a year.

          Vicky - Big Ben in London is leaning over so much it can now be seen with the naked eye.  In 4000 years it will be at the same angle as the tower in Pisa is now.

11th   Matt - It takes 8 minutes and 19 seconds for light to travel from the sun to the earth.

          Vicky - Iguanas have three eyes, two normal eyes and a third eye on top of their head that only perceives brightness.

10th  Matt - Mice can have up to 105 babies a year.

         Vicky - For every child born in Wales since April 2014, the Welsh Government have donated a fruit tree to Ugandan families, to celebrate the birth or adoption of every child.

9th   Matt - Bloodhounds can follow a scent that is four days old.

        Vicky - February used to be the last month of the year, which is why it has the shortest number of days.

8th   Matt - A zebra’s skin is black; only its fur is striped.

        Vicky - The brain is our fattest organ, being composed of nearly 60% fat.

7th   Matt - A snowflake can take up to two hours to fall from a cloud to the ground.

        Vicky - In 1945 the first atomic bomb was created, and was nicknamed ‘the gadget.’

6th   Matt - The longest a person has gone without sleep is ten days.

        Vicky - Dead people can get goosebumps.

5th   Matt - There are more than 1,900 edible insect species on Earth.

        Vicky - The Flintstones was the most profitable network cartoon franchise for 30 years, that’s before the Simpsons came along.

4th   Matt - About half the people on Earth live in an area where snow never falls.

        Vicky - Baby camels are born without humps, and do not develop them until they start eating solid foods as a camels hump is a fat store.

3rd   Matt - You spend about an hour a day chewing.

        Vicky - All dogs are banned from Antarctica since April 1994. This ban was made because of concern that dogs might spread diseases to seals.

2nd   Matt - A study found that hot chocolate tastes sweeter when you drink it from an orange cup vs. a white cup.

         Vicky - In Slovakia they have Christmas carp that live in the family bathtub for a few days before they are eaten.

1st    Matt - More than 200 million emails are sent every minute on Earth.

         Vicky - The Boston marathon didn’t allow female runners until 1972.

April

30th    Matt - Fish can’t close their eyes.

           Vicky - Sunsets in Mars are blue.

29th    Matt - Yawns are more contagious among family members than among strangers.

           Vicky  - Baked beans are actually not baked, but stewed.

28th    Matt - Alaska is the northernmost, westernmost, and easternmost state in the United States.

           Vicky - If you sneeze while travelling at 60mph your eyes are closed for an average of 50 feet.

27th    Matt - It takes about the same amount of force to pull your foot out of quicksand as it does to lift a car.

           Vicky - 8 of the 10 largest statues in the world are of Buddhas.

26th    Matt - The average American uses more than 20,000 squares of toilet paper in a year.

           Vicky - Ketchup originated in China as a boiled down brine of pickled fish and spices called -ke-chiap’

25th    Matt - There are about 300 dimples on a golf ball.

           Vicky -  Tigers have striped skin not just striped fur.  The stripes are like fingerprints and no two tigers have the same pattern.

24th   Matt - A prison in Brazil uses geese as an alarm system – they honk at anyone roaming the grounds!

          Vicky - It took the creator of the Rubik’s Cube, Erno Rubik, one month to solve the cube after he created it; the current world record is 5.55 seconds.

23rd   Matt - Nearly half the world’s land is still wilderness.

           Vicky - The dark region on the north pole of Pluto’s moon, charon is called Mordor.

22nd   Matt - The lifespan of a rock star is 25 years shorter than average.

           Vicky - The national animal of Scotland is the Unicorn.

21st    Matt - Buttered toast almost always falls butter-side down.

           Vicky - Hares are born with fur and can see whilst rabbits are born ‘naked’ and blind.

20th    Matt - You breathe in 2,000 gallons of air a day.

           Vicky - Snails have 14000 teeth and some can even kill you.

19th   Matt - Nearly 7,000 languages are spoken worldwide.

          Vicky - Mr potato head was the first toy to be advertised on TV.

18th   Matt - An eagle’s nest can stretch wider than your sofa.

          Vicky - During your lifetime you will spend around 38 days brushing your teeth.

17th   Matt - Fresh water accounts for only 2.5% of Earth’s water, yet it’s vital for human civilization.

          Vicky - In 1895 Hampshire police handed out the first ever speeding ticket fining a man for doing 6mph!

16th   Matt - Nails grow faster in warm weather than they do in cold weather.

          Vicky - In total there are 205 bones in the skeleton of a horse.

15th   Matt - The big toe carries the most weight of all the toes, bearing about 40% of the load.

          Vicky - George W Bush was once a cheerleader.

14th    Matt - Cigarette butts are the most littered item in the world with an estimated 4.5 trillion littered annually.  Each butt can take 5 to 400 years to completely break down.

           Vicky - Over 1000 birds a year die from smashing into windows.

13th    Matt - Eskimos use refrigerators to stop their food from freezing.

           Vicky - 2013 was the first year since 1987 to feature four different numbers.

12th   Matt - The pistol shrimp, Synalpheus pinkfloydi, produces a sound louder than a rock concert at shrimp. By snapping its enlarged claw at speed, the shrimp creates a bubble that bursts to produce one of the loudest sounds in the ocean, 210 decibels, to shock or even kill small fish. 

          Vicky - Mel Blanc - the voice of Bugs Bunny - was allergic to carrots.

11th   Matt - Singing daily for at least 10 minutes reduces stress, clears sinuses, improves posture and can even help you live longer.

          Vicky - The front paws of a cat are different from the back paws.  They have five toes on the front but only four on the back.

10th   Matt - The world record for the most babies born to one woman is 69.  She was from Russia, gave birth to 16 twins, seven sets of triplets and four sets of quadruplets.

          Vicky - The bumblebee bat is not only the world’s smallest bat, but it is also the worlds smallest mammel weighing only 2 grammes 29-33mm in length, with a wing span of approx 170mm.

9th    Matt - If you ate one apple a day, you need 20 years to taste all varieties of apples.

         Vicky - The first alarm clock could only ring at 4am.

8th    Matt - You cannot snore and dream at the same time.

         Vicky - Slugs have 4 noses.

7th    Matt - Each year, there are more than 40,000 toilet related injuries in the United States.

         Vicky - Pirates wore earrings because they believed it improved their eyesight.

6th    Matt - Only 25 people are known to have Hyperthymesia.  A condition that allows them to remember every detail of their lives.

         Vicky - The twitter bird actually has a name - Larry.

5th    Matt - The Bible is the most shoplifted book in the world.

         Vicky - The total number of steps in the Eiffel Tower are 1665.

4th    Matt - An apple, potato, and onion all taste the same if you eat them with your nose plugged.

         Vicky - Sea otters hold hands when they sleep so they don’t drift away from each other.

3rd    Matt - To produce a single pound of honey, a single bee would have to visit 2 million flowers.

         Vicky - The french language has 17 different words for ‘surrender.’

2nd    Matt - Squirrels forget where they hide about half of their nuts.

          Vicky - Recycling one glass jar saves enough energy to watch TV for 3 hours.

1st     Matt - Cracking your knuckles does not hurt your bones or cause arthritis. The sound you hear is just gas bubbles bursting.

          Vicky - A baby octopus is about the size of a flea when it is born.

March

31st   Matt - Marco Hort has the world record for fitting 264 straws in his mouth at once!

          Vicky - A baby spider is called a spiderling.

30th   Matt - Studies show that eating spicy food can help you live longer.

          Vicky - A toaster uses almost half as much energy as a full sized oven.

29th   Matt - Blueberries will not ripen until they are picked.

          Vicky - A lion’s roar can be heard from 5 miles away.

28th   Matt - There are more lifeforms (microbes) living on your skin than there are people on the planet.

          Vicky - Elephant calves can stand within 20 minutes of being born. 

27th   Matt - If you took all the blood vessels out of an average child and laid them out in one line, the line would stretch over 60,000 miles. An adult’s would be closer to 100,000 miles long.

          Vicky - Movie trailers were originally shown after the movie, which is why they were called ‘trailers’

26th   Matt - A hippo’s wide open mouth is big enough to fit a 4 foot tall child in.

          Vicky - Heart attacks are more likely to happen on a monday.

25th   Matt - A flea can jump up to 200 times its own height.  That is the equivalent of a human jumping the Empire State Building.

          Vicky - Bananas are curved because they grow towards the sun.

24th   Matt - Only one out of a thousand baby sea turtles survives after hatching.

          Vicky - Cherophobia is a fear on fun.

23rd   Matt - Africa is the only continent on the planet situated in all four hemispheres.  (Northern, Southern, Western, Eastern).

          Vicky - When hippos are upset, their sweat turns red.

22nd   Matt - A tiger’s tongue is so rough, it can lick the paint off buildings and strip the skin from the bones of an animal.

          Vicky - A US park ranger named Roy C Sullivan held the record for being struck by lightening the most times, having been struck, and surviving seven times between 1942 and 1977. 

21st   Matt - Human lips have a reddish colour because of the great concentration of tiny capillaries just below the skin.

          Vicky - There’s an opera house on the US - Canada border where the stage is in one country and half the audience is in another.

20th   Matt - As an airplane rips across the sky, it can create a trail of cloud.

          Vicky - The top of the Eiffel Tower leans away from the sun, as the metal facing the sun heats and expands.  It can move as much as 7 inches.

19th   Matt - ‪Some Viking chiefs were buried inside their ships.‬

          Vicky - Melting glaciers and icebergs make a distinctive fizzing noise known as ‘berry seltzer.’

18th   Matt - It takes a gallon and a half of milk to make a gallon of ice-cream.

          Vicky - The dutch village of Giethoorn has no roads; its buildings are connected entirely by canals and footbridges.

17th   Matt - ‪Human hair contains trace amounts of gold.‬

          Vicky - the loneliest creature on Earth is a whale who has been calling our for a mate for over 2 decades, but whose high pitched voice is so different to other whales they never respond.

16th   Matt - Horses may get up front end first but cows get up back end first.

           Vicky - The longest interval between the birth of twins is 87 days.

15th   Matt - At any given moment, clouds cover about 60% of the Earth.

           Vicky - A “jiffy” is the scientific name for 1/100th of a second.

14th   Matt - ‪Spotted hyenas can digest skin and bones.‬

           Vicky - One fourth of the bones in your body are located in your feet.

13th   Matt - ‪Carrots were originally purple. Over time, 17th century Dutch growers managed to cultivate wild yellow and white carrots into the orange ones we are familiar with today.‬

          Vicky - A traffic jam lasted for more than 10 days, with cars only moving 0.6 miles a day.

12th   Matt - ‪‪The TV remote is the dirtiest item in a typical household, hospital or hotel room.‬

          Vicky - Coconut water can be used as blood plasma.

11th   Matt - Gecko feet have millions of tiny hairs that stick to surfaces letting them climb walls. ‬

          Vicky - Of all the words in the English language, the word “set” has the most definitions. The word “run” comes in close second.

10th  Matt - ‪All apes laugh when they are tickled‬.

         Vicky - You are born with 300 bones, but by the time you are an adult you only have 206.

9th   Matt - ‪"Armadillo" is a Spanish word meaning "little armored one.".

        Vicky - If 33 million people held hands, they could make it all the way around the equator.

8th   Matt - ‪Unlike most fish, seahorses are covered in bony plates instead of scales.‬

        Vicky - Earth is the only planet that is not named after a god.

7th   Matt - ‪The odds of seeing three albino deer at once are one in seventy-nine billion, yet one man in Boulder Junction, Wisconsin, took a picture of three albino deer in the woods.‬

        Vicky - The elephant is the only mammal that can’t jump.

6th   Matt - Because the speed of the Earth's rotation changes over time, a day in the age of dinosaurs was just 23 hours long.

        Vicky - You are 1% shorter in the evening than in the morning.

5th   Matt - ‪Hummingbirds' wings can beat over 200 times a second.‬

        Vicky - Hamsters run up to 8 miles at night on a wheel.

4th   Matt - ‪The finest quality emeralds are more valuable than diamonds.‬

         Vicky - During your lifetime, you will produce enough saliva to fill two swimming pools.

3rd   Matt - ‪Hearing is the fastest human sense. A person can recognise a sound in as little as 0.05 seconds. 

         Vicky - A waterfall in Hawaii goes up sometimes instead of down. (Wind creates the illusion)

2nd   Matt - ‪You can buy eel flavoured ice cream in Japan.‬

         Vicky - You breathe on average about 8,409,600 times a year.

1st   Matt - ‪YouTube users are now watching more than a billion hours of videos online every day. ‬

        Vicky - To produce a single pound of honey, a single bee would have to visit 2 million flowers.

February

28th   Matt - ‪In October 1755, rain the colour of blood fell in Locarno, Switzerland and red snow fell over the Alps, this was caused by dust from the Sahara Desert‬

          Vicky - A hippo’s wide open mouth is big enough to fit a 4-foot-tall child in.

27th   Matt - You lose about 50 to 100 hairs a day.

          Vicky - The furthest a monarch butterfly has flown in a day is 265 miles.

26th   Matt - ‪The Hercules Beetle can grow big enough to cover an adult human hand. 

          Vicky - Pirates wore earrings because they believed it improved their eyesight.

25th   Matt - ‪The quills on African porcupines are as long as three pencils.‬

          Vicky - The population is expected to rise to 10.8 billion by the year 2080.

24th   Matt - The highest wave ever surfed was as tall as a ten-storey building.

          Vicky - Cockroaches can live for several weeks with their heads cut off, because their brains are located inside their body. They would eventually die from being unable to eat.

23rd   Matt - Corn is grown on every continent except Antarctica.

           Vicky - Human thigh bones are stronger than concrete.

22nd   Matt - The Nile crocodile can hold its breath underwater for up to two hours whilst it waits for prey.

           Vicky - The chance of you dying on the way to get lottery tickets is actually greater than your chance of winning.

21st   Matt - The world's smallest fruit - a utricle - is the size of a small ant.

          Vicky - Gorillas burp when they are happy.

20th   Matt - ‪To cook an egg, a concrete pavement needs to be 158°F/70°C.‬

          Vicky - A mole can dig a tunnel that is 300 feet long in only one night.

19th   Matt - ‪Not all moons are dry and dusty like ours. Jupiter's Europa has a liquid ocean underneath an icy crust.‬

          Vicky - In New York, it is illegal to sell a haunted house without telling the buyer. 

18th   Matt - Some people used to believe that kissing a donkey could relieve toothache.

          Vicky - In 2006 someone tried to sell New Zealand on eBay. The price got up to $3,000 before eBay shut it down.

17th   Matt - A cat's tail contains nearly 10 percent of all the bones in its body.

          Vicky - 95% of people text things they could never say in person.

16th   Matt - It’s estimated that in the UK we collectively have 65 million pounds worth of pennies lying around our homes

          Vicky - The word “gorilla” is derived from a Greek word meaning, “A tribe of hairy women.”

15th   Matt - A humming bird can weigh less than a penny.

          Vicky - Chewing gum burns about 11 calories per hour.

14th   Matt - More people are killed each year by flying champagne corks than bites from poisonous spiders.

          Vicky - More than 50% of the people in the world have never made or received a telephone call.

13th   Matt - Emus can’t walk backwards.

          Vicky - A hardboiled egg will spin faster than a raw egg.

12th   Matt - A crocodile cannot stick its tongue out.

          Vicky - More people are allergic to cow’s milk than any other food.

11th   Matt - Coffee was originally called ‘Arabic Wine’ when it was first brought to Europe.

          Vicky - Blueberries will not ripen until they are picked.

10th  Matt - Dolphins can stay alert and active for 15 days or more by sleeping with one half of their brain at a time.

         Vicky - white chocolate doesn't qualify as genuine chocolate because it doesn't contain cocoa solids.

9th   Matt - Camel’s milk does not curdle.

        Vicky - If you were to stretch a Slinky out until it’s flat, it would measure 87 feet long.

8th   Matt - The Facebook Like button was originally planned to be named the Awesome button.

        Vicky - 10% of the World’s population is left handed.

7th   Matt - The butterflies you get in your stomach when you see someone you like is actually a stress response caused by adrenaline.

        Vicky - A human will eat on average 70 assorted insects and 10 spiders while sleeping.

6th   Matt - The infinity symbol is called a lemniscate.

        Vicky - It would take a sloth one month to travel one mile.

5th   Matt - Frogs can suffocate if they hold their mouth open too long.

        Vicky - A single cloud can weight more than 1 million pounds.

4th   Matt - Taking nap longer than 20 minutes during day can help boost memory and enhance creativity.

        Vicky - A sneeze travels about 100 miles per hour.

3rd   Matt - In France, it is legal to marry a dead person.

        Vicky - If you believe that you’re truly one in a million, there are still approximately 7,184 more people out there just like you.

2nd   Matt - The longest recorded flight of a chicken is 13 seconds.

         Vicky - Bolts of lightning can shoot out of an erupting volcano.

1st   Matt - Starfish do not have an actual brain.

        Vicky - The largest recorded snowflake was in Keogh, MT during year 1887, and was 15 inches wide.

January

31st   Matt - 289,000 cups of tea are drank in Nottinghamshire everyday.

          Vicky - The cigarette lighter was invented before the match.

30th   Matt - Sterling silver is not pure silver. Because pure silver is too soft to be used in most tableware it is mixed with copper in the proportion of 92.5 percent silver to 7.5 percent copper.

          Vicky - Children have more taste buds than adults.

29th   Matt - The 57 on Heinz ketchup bottle represents the varieties of pickle the company once had.

          Vicky - Your nose can remember 50,000 different scents.

28th   Matt - ‪GuineaPigs cannot sweat. They have no way of cooling their bodies down themselves like we do. ‬

          Vicky - An ant’s sense of smell is stronger than a dog’s.

27th   Matt - Only one satellite has been ever been destroyed by a meteor: the European Space Agency's Olympus in 1993.

          Vicky - After working out, it takes 5 hours for your body temperature to return to normal.

26th   Matt - Like fingerprints, everyone's tongue print is different.

          Vicky - Taking a quick nap after learning can help strengthen your memory.

25th   Matt - Hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia, at 36 letters in length, is the fear of long words!

          Vicky - Frogs cannot swallow with their eyes open.

24th   Matt - St. Elmo's Fire is an electrical weather phenomenon often appearing on tall structures like masts, spires, chimneys & on aircraft wings (surprisingly not just a classic 80's 'brat pack' movie or a cheesy sing out loud 80's song!)

           Vicky - Lemons are more acidic than vinegar.

23rd   Matt - Chewing gum while peeling onions will keep you from crying.

           Vicky - The first colour photograph was taken in 1861.

22nd   Matt - A raisin dropped in a glass of fresh champagne will bounce up and down continuously from the bottom of the glass to the top.

           Vicky - Kangaroos can’t walk backwards.

21st   Matt - Hot water is heavier than cold water.

          Vicky - The human brain is about 80% water.

20th   Matt - Every continent has a city called Rome - except Antarctica.

          Vicky - Forty is the only number whose letters are in alphabetical order.

19th   Matt - Ostrich eyes are bigger than their brain!

           Vicky - Celery has negative calories! It takes more calories to eat a piece of celery than the celery has in it to begin with. It’s the same with apples!

18th   Matt - ‪On average, a human heart beats over 115,000 times a day.‬

          Vicky - Avocados are poisonous to birds.

17th   Matt - Guinness book of records holds the record for being the book most often stolen from public libraries.

           Vicky - A crocodile can’t poke its tongue out.

16th   Matt - Ketchup was sold in the 1830s as medicine.

          Vicky - The world’s oldest piece of chewing gum is over 9,000 years old!

15th   Matt - There are no clocks in Las Vegas gambling casinos.

          Vicky - Earth has traveled more than 5,000 miles in the past 5 minutes.

14th   MattA group of twelve or more cows is called a flink.

          Vicky - A mole can dig a tunnel that is 300 feet long in only one night.

13th   Matt - Most lipsticks contain fish scales.

          Vicky - The average person walks the equivalent of three times around the world in a lifetime.

12th   Matt - Carrie Fisher's Star Wars 'cinnamon buns' hairstyle was inspired by Mexico's female revolutionaries. http://www.digitalspy.com/movies/star-wars/news/a818148/star-wars-carrie-fisher-princess-leia-hairstyle-inspiration-george-lucas/‬

          Vicky - You cannot snore and dream at the same time.

11th   Matt - Every human spent about half an hour as a single cell.

          Vicky - Men are 6 times more likely to be struck by lightning than women.

10th   Matt - It is actually possible for some people to lick their elbows.

           Vicky - The average person spends 6 months of their lifetime waiting on a red light to turn green

9th   Matt - The combined length of the small and large intestines averages 25 feet long.

         Vicky - You burn more calories sleeping than you do watching television.

8th   Matt - Before mercury, brandy was used to fill thermometers.

        Vicky - The colder the room you sleep in, odds are high that you’ll have a bad dream.

7th   Matt - Dragonflies capture their prey 95% of the time, making them one of the most efficient predators in nature.

        Vicky - If you keep a goldfish in a dark room, it will eventually turn pale.

6th   Matt - Spiked dog colours were invented in Ancient Greece to protect dogs throats from wolves.

         Vicky - To have your photo taken with the first ever camera, you would have to sit still for 8 hours.

5th   Matt - Flowers are known to grow faster when music is played near them.

         Vicky - Shark pregnancies last up to 4 years!

4th   Matt - Forest fires move faster uphill than they do downhill.

         Vicky - Our eyes are always the same size from birth, but our nose and ears never stop growing.

3rd   Matt - You don’t sneeze when you are asleep because the nerves involved in the sneeze reflex are also resting.

         Vicky - You can’t hum while holding your nose closed.

2nd   Matt - An eagle can kill a young deer and fly away with It.

          Vicky - Handshakes were originally meant to make sure that the person you were meeting wasn’t carrying a      concealed weapon. The hand clasp proved that your hand was empty and shaking was meant to dislodge any weapons hiding up the sleeve.

1st   Matt - The Spanish national anthem has no words.

         Vicky - Rubbing a banana peel on mosquito bites can help stop the itching.

 

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