QUICK FACTS

Dead as a Dodo: Origin of the Expression

  The expression “dead as a Dodo” means unquestionably dead or obsolete. It is so used because Dodo is a well-known icon of extinction. Dodo was a flightless bird that was endemic to the island of Mauritius. It was last sighted in 1662 and was declared extinct by the end of the 17th century. &nbsp

Stella Walsh Olson and Helen Stephens: Who’s the Man?

  Stanisława Walasiewicz, also known as Stella Walsh, was a Polish athlete. In the 1932 Summer Olympics, Stella Walsh won the 100m, equalling the world record of 11.9s and she instantly became a

Miracle Mike | How did he survive after being beheaded

  On September 10, 1945, farmer Lloyd Olsen of Fruita, Colorado, United States, had his mother-in-law around for supper. He went out to chop off a rooster for supper and choose a five and a half

Ding zui – How the Chinese elite escape punishment

  Said to have been part of the Chinese culture for centuries, Ding zui is the practice of hiring a body double to stand trial and receive punishment in one’s place. The term translates to

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ARTISTS & ENTERTAINERS

The Beatles | 10 Facts About The Greatest Rock Band Ever

  Origin – Liverpool, England Best Known Line-up – John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr The Beatles are the most popular rock band in history. The craze for the band became so intense that there was a new term coined for it: Beatlemania. Here are 10 interesting facts about the formation of

Emily Dickinson | 10 Facts On The Great American Poet

  Emily Dickinson lived an introverted life and most of her friendships were formed through correspondence. During her life she was known as an eccentric and few people knew of her immense

M.C. Escher | 10 Facts About The Famous Graphic Artist

  M.C. Escher is one of the world’s most famous graphic artists. He represents the perfect coming together of mathematics and art. Although he is most known for his impossible

Frida Kahlo | 10 Facts About The Famous Mexican Artist

  Frida Kahlo is known worldwide as one of the most revolutionary self-portrait artists. She had a difficult life but produced some of the finest paintings ever created by a Latin American

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LEADERS & ICONS

Hatshepsut | 10 Facts About The Female Pharaoh of Egypt

  Hatshepsut ruled over ancient Egypt as the fifth pharaoh of the Eighteenth dynasty. Her reign lasted more than any other female King and Egyptologists consider her one of the most successful pharaohs. Here are 10 interesting facts about the Foremost of Noble Ladies.   #1   She married her half-brother Thutmose

Harald Hardrada | 10 Facts About The Last Great Viking

  Harald Hardrada was the King of Norway for two decades in the middle of the eleventh century. He showed early signs of being a proficient military general and fought many battles during his

Mansa Musa | 10 Facts About The Richest Man In History

  Musa I or Mansa Musa was the Emperor of Mali during the fourteenth century. Ranked the richest man of all time he is famous for his pilgrimage to Mecca which showcased his wealth to the cities

Anne Boleyn | 10 Interesting Facts On The Executed Queen

  Anne Boleyn was Queen of England from 1533 to 1536 and the second of six wives of King Henry VIII. She is famous for being a key figure in the English Reformation and her public execution is

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OUR PLANET

Machu Picchu | 10 Interesting Facts On The City of the Incas

  The Inca dynasty rose from obscurity in Peru’s Cusco Valley in thirteenth century. From 1438 to 1533, the Incas charmed, intimidated, bribed or conquered their rivals to create the largest empire in pre-Columbian America. Located in Cusco region of Peru in South America, Machu Picchu is the most familiar icon

Victoria Falls | 10 Facts About The Largest Waterfall

  With a height of 108m and width of 1078m, Victoria Falls is the largest waterfall in the world. It lies on the border of Zambia and Zimbabwe on the Zambezi River. Here are 10 interesting facts

Pompeii | 10 Interesting Facts About The City of The Dead

  In the year 79 A.D. Mount Vesuvius, a volcano near the bay of Naples in Italy, erupted and the ancient Roman city of Pompeii was buried under its volcanic ash. At least 2000 people were

10 Interesting Facts About Black Widow Spiders

  Black widow spiders are known around the world for eating their males after mating. They are also feared as they are the most venomous spiders in North America. Know more about this amazing

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POPULAR CULTURE

The Hobbit | 10 Facts About The Novel And The Films

  The Hobbit is a fantasy novel written by J.R.R. Tolkien. It went on to become a children classic and Tolkien followed it by writing one of the all-time greatest works The Lord of the Rings. The Hobbit was adapted into a series of three films directed, co-written and produced by Peter Jackson. Here are

Marilyn Monroe | 10 Interesting Facts On Film’s Sexiest Woman

  Marilyn Monroe was a famous American actress, model and singer. In 1999, Monroe was ranked as the sixth-greatest female star of all time by the American Film Institute. In 2009, TV Guide

Dracula | 10 Interesting Facts On The Legendary Character

  Count Dracula is one of the most famous characters in literature. Created by Bram Stoker as the main antagonist of his 1897 horror novel Dracula, the character has since achieved legendary

Andy Warhol | 10 Interesting Facts About The Pop Artist

  Andy Warhol was a renowned American artist who was the leading figure of the Pop Art Movement that emerged in the 1950s and became the dominant art movement of the time. Warhol created some of

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SCIENTISTS & THINKERS

Sigmund Freud | 10 Facts About The Father of Psychoanalysis

  Sigmund Freud was an Austrian physician who is known all over the world as the founder of psychoanalysis, a method to treat mental illnesses, usually involving dialogue between patient and doctor. He developed several innovative therapeutic techniques to cure his patients and delved into the subconscious thereby

10 Interesting Facts About Nicolaus Copernicus

  Nicolaus Copernicus is famous for being the primary man behind changing the age old belief that the earth was at the center of the universe. His revolutionary work De revolutionibus orbium

Leonardo da Vinci | 10 Facts On The Multi-Talented Genius

  Leonardo da Vinci was an Italian polymath during the Renaissance who is perhaps the greatest multi-talented genius in history. Among other things he was a painter, mathematician, engineer

Alan Turing | 10 Facts On The Man Who Broke The Enigma

  Alan Turing was a British mathematician, logician, cryptanalyst, and computer scientist. He is widely regarded as the father of computer science and artificial intelligence. Turing worked at

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SPORTS

Nadia Comaneci – The Girl Who Achieved Perfection

  Nadia Comaneci created a sensation in the 1976 Montreal Summer Olympics when she dazzled the judges with her performance to the extent that they had no choice but to give her a score of Perfect 10, a score which had never been achieved previously in Olympic history. Here are 10 interesting facts about this

Throw some Sanity in that Insanity Workout

The Insanity workout by Shaun T So, Beachbody’s Insanity workout by Shaun T is the new “in” regime now-a-days. Though promos and ads looking quiet intimidating, it is still one of

Teofilo Stevenson – Money Can’t Buy Me Love

  Born: 29 March 1952 Died: 11 June 2012 Country: Cuba After winning gold medal in the Olympic heavyweight division, Cassius Clay (1960), Joe Frazier (1964) and George Foreman (1968) became

Wilma Rudolph – The Tennessee Tornado

  Wilma Rudolph’s rise to become an Olympic champion is one of the most marvelous exploits in the history of sports. It remains and will remain in years to come a source of inspiration for

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