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the distance around the Earth at the equator is 40,077 km (24,903 miles)?

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at any place on the Equator the Sun is directly overhead at midday on March 21 and September 23?

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in    a    horse-race    in    Britain    the    winner    and    runner-up    were    both    female    horses?

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places at the Equator can have 12 hours of daylight and 12 hours of darkness?

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Jesus Christ wasn't born on 0 AD but he was actually born on  4 BC?

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Europe is named after a Phoenician princess Europa?

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the oldest maps found are Babylonian; they were drawn on tablets more than 20,000 years?

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99% of all the animal species that have ever lived are now extinct?

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through blinking you send half an hour of your working day with your eyes closed?

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the temperature of the flames from a gas cooker is about 2000 degrees Celsius?

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the largest fish, the whale shark, weighs over 40 tonnes?

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there are more species of fish than there are of mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians put together?

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an ocean sunfish can lay as many as 300 million eggs but only a few hatch?

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the biggest flower is Raffliesa, which grows up to 1 metre across?

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one    child    dies    every    5    minutes    in    Iraq because of the economic sanctions?

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rice is the main food for more than half of the people of the world?

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one of the earliest known recipes was written on stone by the Egyptians in 1600 BC? It was for making sweets!

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in 1789 Louis XVI wrote in his diary "July 14: nothing," actually July 14 was the beginning of the French Revolution which was resulted in the execution of Louis himself and its now the national day in France?

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the golden dart-poison frog from South America is so poisonous that one adult contains enough poison to kill 2,200 people?

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the hyphae (threads of cells) of some rainforest fungi can spread for up to 500 m under the soil?

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