Antarctica has eight churches: four Catholic, one non-denominational, and three Eastern orthodox.
The inventor of the diesel engine died at sea under mysterious and still unexplained circumstances.
The Central African hairy frog can break its own bones and stick them through its skin as impromptu claws.
In 1929 Ronald Knox codified the ten rules that all detective fiction should follow.
Vidal Sassoon was an icon of 20th century fashion – and also beat up fascists in post-WWII London.
A significant proportion of the food in the deepest ocean falls from discarded giant larvacean houses.
A prehistoric Scythian tomb in Siberia contained the oldest surviving carpet in the world.
Temulji Bhicaji Nariman was a knight, a dean, a plague doctor, a sheriff, a grandmaster, and his marriage lasted longer than almost any other in recorded history.
In early Christian tradition, the power of saints’ relics could be transferred from object to object by a simple touch.
The Muhammad Ali vs. Rocky Marciano boxing match was screened in theatres across Europe and North America in 1970. In American theatres, Marciano won. In European theatres, Ali did.
Myrtle Corbin was born with four legs.
On March 31, 1913, a concert performance in Vienna ended with a riot and a famous slap.
The Asterix comics are notorious for obscure puns, but the most obscure may be the one used in Asterix and Cleopatra.
John I the Posthumous was the King of France for five days, from the time he was born until the time he died.
The first camel in Australia shot its owner, the English explorer John Horrocks.