The wings on a banana fly flap back and forth 200 times per second.
120 milligrams of arsenic is enough to kill you.
When pharmacist john pemberton was mixing the solution that later was to become coca-cola, he included in his experiental batches cocaine, coca leaves and cola nuts.
Thelma pickles was john lennon's first girlfriend.
Winston churchill was born in a ladies lavatory.
The chameleon has a tongue longer than its own body.
In 1999; the danish movie festen received a peculiar film award in germany for the worst dubbed movie.
If you cut off a cockroach's head, it can live for nine more days until it starves to death.
The electric chair was invented by a dentist.
During a flight, the concorde gets 7 to 8-inches longer. The heat from the friction causes the metal to expand.
There are more than 30,000 different kinds of roses.
The german friedrich sertner, when he managed to isolate the active substance from opium in 1806, gave the substance the name "morphine" after the greek god of sleep.
The koala is loved by children all over the world. But did you know that it's one of the sleepiest animals in the fauna? The koala spends 22 hours every day sleeping.
The shortest known alphabet is new guinea's rotokas. It has only 11 letters - a, b, e, g, i, k, o, p, r, t and u.
Dr. Alexander woods invented the hypodermic syringe in 1882.
In japanese, the words for "four" and "dead" are pronounced exactly the same. This is also true for "nine" and "pain". This explains why no hotel rooms in japan have the numbers 4 or 9.
If you fill a cone-shaped dram glass halfway, it's actually only filled 12 - 13%.
Have you ever tried to lick your own elbow? Even if you try, you will never succeed. It's physically impossible to do.
Phrenology is an old science that advocates that one can understand the characteristics of a person by the shape of their skull.
The african ostrich lays the largest eggs in the world. The shell is 1.5 millimeters thick and is strong enough to hold the weight of an adult man.
Another rare phobia is lutraphobia; - a deathly fear of otters.
The tallest picasso statue in the world can be found in kristinehamn, sweden.
The quartz crystal in a digital watch vibrates 32,768 times every second.
Steven spielberg didn't accept any money for the film schindler's list. He felt it would be blood money.
The seven beams in the crown of the statue of liberty represent the seven seas and seven continents.
Money contains cotton as well as paper. That's why it can survive a tumble through the washing machine.
Sharks are the only fish that can blink both eyes simultaneously.
A shark's skeleton is not made of bone like other fish and vertebrates. Instead, it is made-up of cartilage.
The actor dolph lundgren has a university degree from the royal technical university of stockholm.
The tutsis in congo, africa, are the tallest people in the world. Many are 7 feet tall. They live next to the pygmies who are the shortest people in the world.
Rhinoceros' horns are made up of compressed hair.
Originally, coca-cola was sold as a prescription to cure melancholy, hysteria and migraines.
The soho area of new york city is named soho because it is located south of houston street.
The national anthem of greece contains 158 verses.
The pig is the only animal that, like humans, can get a suntan.
The world's longest city name has 167 characters. Krungthepmahanakornamornrattanakosinmahintarayutthayamahadilokphopnoparatrjathaniburiromudomrajaniwesmahasatharnamornphimarnavatarnsathitsakkatattiyavisanukamprasit. It translates into: the great city of angels, the supreme unconquerable land of the great immortal divinity, the royal capital of nine noble gems, the pleasant city, with plenty of grand royal palaces, and divine paradises for the reincarnated deity, given by indra and created by the god of crafting. It is known to the rest of the world as bangkok, thailand.
Bruce willis is left-handed. To get a better camera angle, in the film sixth sense, he wrote with his right hand in one scene.
Grampus, a playful, black and white dolphin, can live to the ripe old age of 80 to 90 years.
It takes 240 million years for our solar system to travel around the center of our galaxy, the milky way. This is known as a cosmic year.
Some of the larger battle scenes in the film braveheart had to be done twice, because many people with walk-on parts could be seen wearing watches and sunglasses.
Antoine saint-exupry, the french author who wrote the little prince, died when his small plane crashed on july 31, 1944. Why the plane crashed is still unknown.
A mule is the spawn of a donkey and a mare.
Coulfophobia is the technical term for a fear of clowns.
Star trek, the famous tv series, was not a hit when if first started. After only two seasons, the tv network wanted to cancel it.
Wrigley's, the american chewing gum, was the first product in the world with a bar code.
If you suffer from polydactyl, you were born with more than 10 fingers and toes.
The nobel prizewinner marie curie was the first woman allowed to teach at the university of sorbonne in paris.
A lightning bolt will heat up the air around it to about 3,000272c (5432 degrees fahrenheit).
In an earlier version of the script for the film alien, ripley was supposed to be played by a man.
During the first world war, josef stalin got out of serving his military service because of his deformed feet. He had two toes that were grown together.
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Street Food in India
A North Indian staple, chaat in various forms is today a readily available treat found in almost every city and street. If legends are to be believed, this snack originated from Shah Jahan's kitchen. Over the course of time, a multitude of recipes and versions have evolved, differing from town to town, vendor to vendor. What they do have in common is that they are crispy, spicy and sweet all at once. Some famous chaats are bhel puri, dahi puri, paani puri and papdi chaat.