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the name 'millipede' actually means 'thousand feet'; millipedes only have 400 feet?

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the largest millipede is as long as a ruler while the smallest is only 2mm long?

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molecules in the air have a speed of 1800km/h even when you fell that the air is 'still'?

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as you climb a mountain, the temperature drops 1 degree every 150 m?

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although Everest is the highest mountain at 8863m, Mauna Kea in Hawaii has a height of more than 10,000m but most of it is below sea-level?

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a light wave can travel around the world 7 times in one second?

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Newton was the master  of the Royal Mint which is why his portrait was on the back of the last English 1-pound note?

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after 1066, all rich and educated learnt at least 3 languages: English, Latin and French?

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in ancient Greek theatres the 'orchestra' was the area in front of the stage where the chorus sang?

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there may be as few as 500 pandas and 1000 tigers left in the world?

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some parrots can live for up to 120 years?

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Picasso learned to draw before he could speak?

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the earliest surviving printed book was printed in China in 868 AD?

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the first regular public broadcasting began in 1920?

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there are 97 stops on the world's longest railway, the Trans-Siberian Railway? The journey from Moscow to Nakhodka takes over 8 days!

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the heaviest load ever moved on rails was a church in Most, Czechoslovakia? It took 4 weeks to move it over a distance of only 750 m in 1975!

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for every one tonne of paper recycled, only 2 trees are saved?

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Spartacus and another 6000 slaves were crucified for trying to make a revolt in ancient Rome?

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the largest living tree is a giant sequoia which is 83.8 metres tall and 31.4 metres wide? It is over 2,200 years old!

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during the Middle Ages, one fifth of babies died before their fifth birthdays and only a few managed to live for 55 years?

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