Facts - Strange Facts - Everyday Life
Catherine the Great relaxed by being tickled, preferably
by young courtiers. For she was an infamous nymphomaniac,
particularly as she got older.
It is estimated that you’ll spend a year of your
life looking for lost objects.
Austrian Adam Rainer is unique in having been classed
as both a dwarf and a giant. In 1920, at the age of
21, Rainer was just 3ft 10in tall. But then he suddenly
shot up to a height of 7ft 1in. The growth spurt took
its toll and left him weak and bedridden. He died at
the age of 51, by which time he stood 7ft 8in tall.
If you-re right-handed, you tend to chew food on the
right side of your mouth; if you-re left-handed, you
tend to chew on the left.
In school, Monica Lewinsky was voted by her classmates
as The Girl Most Likely To Get Her Name in Lights.
Former North Vietnamese President Ho Chi Minh once
worked as a pastry assistant in the kitchens of London’s
Al Capone’s business card said he was a used
Queen Elizabeth I owned the first wristwatch
Eleanor Roosevelt, wife of US President Franklin D.
Roosevelt, carried a revolver.
On average you spend two weeks of your entire life
waiting for traffic lights to change.
Alexander the Great ordered his entire army to shave
their faces and heads. He believed that beards and long
hair made it easy for the enemy to grab and cut off
his soldiers’ heads.
Peter the Great of Russia was obsessed with dwarfs.
When two of his favourite dwarfs got married, he invited
72 more to come from the farthest provinces of his empire.
The wedding feast was held at the royal palace, at which
Peter provided small tables for the dwarfs and large
tables for the other guests. When one of the same dwarfs
died, Peter staged a lavish funeral ceremony. The tiny
coffin was placed on a tiny hearse, drawn by small horses.
At the head of the procession walked a priest, selected
for his unusually short stature. Peter was also attracted
to giants. He returned from a trip to France with a
7ft 6in colossus called Nicolas Bourgeois and married
him to a Finnish woman of similar proportions in the
hope that they would produce huge children. The plan
failed but Peter continued to pay the couple an annual
salary of 600 roubles and to include Bourgeois in his
weird ceremonies, often dressed as a baby and paraded
on strings by a team of dwarfs.
A person uses more household energy (in the form of
water pumps) having a wet shave at the washbasin than
he does using an electric razor.
The average person spends two years of his or her life
on the phone.
Napoleon drew his battle plans in a sandpit.
William the Conqueror was so strong that he could jump
on to his horse wearing a full suit of armour.
St Patrick wasn’t Irish at all. He is believed
to have been born in South Wales and never set foot
in Ireland until he was kidnapped and taken there by
The mighty Attila the Hun was only 4ft 6in tall.
Edward VI recorded the height and weight of every caller
to his home at Sandringham.