Aug 13, 2007

We are great fools: He has spent his life in idleness. We say, "I have done nothing today." Really, have you not lived? This is not only the most fundamental but the most illustrious of your occupations… Have you been able to think about and manage your life? You have managed the greatest burden of all… To compose our nature is our responsibility, not to write books. To gain order and tranquility, not to win battles and provinces, is our goal. Our grand and glorious masterpiece is to live suitably. -- Michel de Montaigne

Aug 7, 2007

Aulophobia is the fear of flutes.

The longest confirmed lifespan on record was that of Jeanne Louise Calment of France. She died in 1997 aged 122 years, 164 days.

"Email," in French, translates as "enamel."

The oldest military unit is the Vatican's Swiss Guard. It dates back to January 21, 1506.

American and Russian space flights have always included chocolate.

The German phrase, "Sieg Heil," means "Hail to victory."

The average cup of coffee contains more than 1,000 different chemical components.

Catwoman's real name is Selina Kyle.

It is estimated that there are more than 169,518,829,100,544,000,000,000,000,000 ways to play the first 10 moves in chess.

George Michael's real name is George Panayiotou.

The "Dull Men's Hall of Fame" is located in Carroll, Wisconsin.

If you were to take a taxicab from New York City to Los Angeles, it would cost you $8,325.

Tipping in restaurants in Iceland is considered insulting.

Wyoming was the first state to give women the right to vote in 1869.

About 20,000 elephants are killed by poachers every year.

About 55% of all U.S. prisoners are in prison for drug offenses.

Helvetica, the name of the popular font, derived from Helvitia, the Latin name for Switzerland.

If humans could run as fast as a cockroach, we'd reach speeds of more than 300 m.p.h.

One side of the Nobel Peace Prize medal depicts three naked men frolicking.

The bloodiest battle in history was the Battle of Stalingrad, 1942-1943. More than 1.5 million people died.