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Things You Never Knew About


Our Gayle is a mine of useless information, and every day brings you amazing, mind-blowing facts about a variety of topics. Here you can enjoy some of the mind-blowing facts she has shared on-air...


-The most expensive swimsuit in the world is a bikini that is worth $30 million dollars. It’s covered in diamonds which are all set in platinum.

-The 2000 Thong Song by Sisqó—boosted thong sales and revitalized the thong swimwear industry!

-Thongs are now illegal in Florida where you can be fined 600 dollars for wearing one or face a jail term.

-In the late 1800s, the first bathing suits consisted of padded bloomers made from wool, topped off with a knee-length dress, black wool stockings, shoes, and ruffled hats! It was of course impossible to swim like this.

-When the first bikini was introduced in 1946, it was marketed as a two-piece swimming suit that revealed “everything about a girl except her mother’s maiden name.”

-The original bikini was created by automobile engineer Louis Reard who said ‘it wasn’t a real bikini unless it could be pulled through a wedding ring’.

-Speedo is the world’s largest-selling swimwear brand. The name was created by a Captain Jim Parsons who won a company competition with the slogan “Speed on in your Speedos.”… 


It’s National kissing day!!!

-Your lips do not sweat! You don’t have any sweat or oil glands there.

-You cannot get addicted to using chapsticks and lip balms – it’s all in your mind, they do not eventually dry lips out, despite the myth!

-They have the highest density of never endings than anywhere else in the body – although nipples come a close second.

-Your lips will get thinner with age – due to the fact that we produce less natural collagen, also because the skin is so thin the sun attacks them - but good news – lipstick helps!!

-Waitresses who wear red lipstick, get bigger tips.

-The outline of your lips is called the vermillion border – we are the only animals that have this.

-The record for the most people simultaneously applying lipstick is 1002.


-Playing in mud will make you happier – it’s all to do with a tiny little bacteria which will boost your serotonin levels!

-Other words for mud in the English dictionary include slobber, slabber, mire, slushiness, ooze and silt!

-MUD is the acronym for Moose Utility Division, Multi-User Dungeon, Marrow Unrelated Donor and Multiple Unit Discount, among many others!!

-The saying ‘here’s to you mud in your eye’ either came from farmers who would be wishing each other luck at plough-time OR it came from the trenches in World War two where there was a lot of mud!

-It’s National mud pack day on the 30th September – designed to promote the revitalising benefits of having a mud pack!

-Peppa pig is known for her love of muddy puddles – but elephants, rhinos and zebras like them too – it helps keep them cool!


-The highest temperature ever recorded in the shade was 57.8C - 136F in Libya on September 13 1922.

-Keeping your phone cool and out of the sun will mean your battery lasts longer, as the heat affects the rate at which power is used!

-According to Nasa, when the temperature reaches 95F our work output drops by 45 per cent.

-The inside of a cucumber can be as much as 11 degrees C cooler than the outside temperature. Obviously that’s where the saying as cool as a cucumber comes from.

-The average temperature on Mars is minus 63C. On a summer’s day it could get up to 20 degrees, but it goes down to minus 100 at night.

-Hot water freezes faster than cold water – no one knows why!

-You’ll lose weight in the heat. But you’ll gain it back when you have a drink.

-Until they are needed, the balls at Wimbledon are stored in refrigerated containers at 68F.

-The first use of the term “heatwave” for a period of hot weather was in New York in 1892.


-Alexander I of Yugoslavia refused to attend public events on Tuesdays, after three family members died on that day of the week. After finally being forced to appear on a Tuesday, he was promptly assassinated

-The birthday paradox says that in a group of just 23 people - there's a 50% chance that at least two will have the same birthday.

-In Detroit in the 1930s, a baby fell from a high window and landed on a man called Joseph Figlock who was passing in the street below - The baby and Figlock both survived the incident. About a year later, the SAME baby fell from the SAME window and landed on the SAME guy! Again, they both lived!!

-Veteran Don Karkos lost his eyesight due to shrapnel from a grenade in WWII. 64 years later he was kicked in the head by a horse in the exact spot the shrapnel had been. It caused him to regain his eyesight.

-The sun and moon appear to be the same size because of an astonishing coincidence: the moon is 400 times smaller but 400 times closer. 


-A cow gives enough milk to make two gallons of ice cream a day.
-It takes 50 licks to finish a single scoop ice cream.
-Brain Freeze occurs when the ice cream touches the roof of your mouth.
-1 in five people will share their ice cream with their pet.
-The World’s tallest ice cream was over 9 feet tall – it was scooped in Italy.
Chocolate syrup is the World’s most popular ice cream topping.According to
-Nasa, Ice Cream is among the top three items missed by astronauts – the other most missed things are Pizza and fizzy drinks.


-Barbecuing and outdoor eating and entertaining is now the number one summer leisure activity enjoyed at home in the UK.

-Two out of three households own a barbecue and 14% of us now own two barbecues.

-51% of people prefer charcoal barbecues to gas barbecues.

-The precise origin of the word “barbecue” is unknown but many believe it comes from the Spanish word “barbacoa” which means a wooden frame used to cook meat, a form of fire-pit cooking.

-In the UK we get through 40,000 tonnes of barbecue charcoal every year.

-Many of us spend about £35 on food and drink for a BBQ nowadays, compared to £19 five years ago.

-The average number of barbecues hosted per family in the summer is now more than 9 – a sharp rise from the 2.5 a decade ago.

-Britons now prefer posh rather than traditional barbecue food, with many choosing to grill more unusual meats like duck and exotic dishes rather than the usual bangers, burgers and chicken drumsticks.

-The cases of food poisoning in the UK almost double over the summer months. The two major health risks are undercooked meat and germs spreading from raw to cooked meat.


-If you want to do well at a three legged race, the best tip is to look for a partner of a similar height and build.

-The longest distance run ‘three legged’ was 68.23 miles – Mike Howlett and Rab Lee did it at the 24 Hour Trail Race in the Cairngorms in 2013.

-British Olympic Heptathlete Denise Lewis cites her victory in an egg and spoon race as the origin of her sporting ambitions – she was just 6 at the time.

-Where did the sack race come from – so the story goes a drunk farmer climed into a sack only to see his tractor roll off down a hill – in his haste he jumped up and hopped down the hill after the machine, still in his sack.

-In Japan, they have their school sports days on a Saturday or Sunday , they call it undo kai.

-The World’s longest relay race takes place in japan – It starts in Nagasaki and continues for 1064 KM.


-In the last decade, the cases of food allergies have doubled and the number of hospitalisations caused by allergic reactions has increased 7-fold – nobody really knows why!

-The most disgusting allergy arguably is cockroaches. They can actually trigger an acute asthma attack, which is specifically linked to their salvia, poop and body.

-Jewellery containing nickel can trigger a lifelong metal allergy.

-People exposed to certain metals, medicines or plants may experience an allergic reaction known as baboon syndrome, that’s where your bottom turns bright red.

-One in five people will be affected by hay-fever in their lifetime.

-The worst place to go in the world if you have allergies is Knoxville, Tennessee it has a vast variety of plant wildlife, oaks, hickories and maples… which are a nightmare for tree pollen sufferers. The second worst place in the world LONDON.

-Tick bites can cause the immune system to produce antibodies which can make you allergic to meat! So a walk on the grass, could make you vegan.

-You are far more likely to be allergic to cats than dogs.

-But your dog or cat can also be allergic to you! Some creatures cannot tolerate your human dander!


-The fastest land animal in the world is the cheetah - it can reach speeds of 70 miles per hour.

-The slowest land animal in the world is the garden snail - it would take a garden snail 33 hours to finish a mile, going full pelt.

-To burn off a big mac(550 kcal), an eleven and a half stone man would have to run at a speed of 5mph for 55 minutes!

-Athletes dressed in red are more likely to win events than athletes wearing any other colour.

-In the UK one in five adults will run more than 4 times a year!

-Ricardo Abad Martínez is a Spanish ultra-runner! He ]holds the world record for the most consecutive marathons run on consecutive days – it stands at 607!

-Theoretically, an average man has enough energy in his fat stores to run non-stop for 3 days at 24km per hour. But the average pace is 10-12km per hour, so don’t try it!

-The oldest person to complete a marathon was 100 years old, Fauja Singh didn’t even start running until he was 89 years of age. So it’s never too late!

-Over 1 billion pairs of running shoes are sold world-wide each year.

-Physically active people have a 60 percent lower risk for Alzheimer’s disease than coach potatoes.

-In the feet there are 26 bones, 33 joints, 112 ligaments, and a network of nerves, tendons, and blood vessels that all have to work together when we run!

-In a recent study, when asked what food they couldn’t live without, most runners named bananas as their most adored foodie fix!

-The bouncing which occurs when running can cause ones boobs to sag due to the constant stretching of the copper’s ligaments, so it’s important to wear a good sports bra! 


-Unlike Mother’s Day, Father’s day was originally met with laughter. It was the target of much satire, and people complained that it would lead to mindless promotions such as ‘National Clean Your Desk Day’. Today is, by the way Martini Day and National Flip Flop Day!

-According to greetings card makers Hallmark, Father’s Day is the fifth-largest card-sending holiday.

-In Germany they don’t have father’s day they have Männertag (Men’s day) which is celebrated by getting drunk and indulging in regional food.

-Most popular father’s day gift is…. actually a tie.

-Feodor Vassilyev, a peasant from Moscow, had 69 children in the 1700’s - although spare a thought for his wife who gave birth to 16 pairs of twins, seven sets of triplets and four sets of quadruplets.

-Although there is no evidence of its origin, it is believed that the word "Dad" dates back to as early as the sixteenth century.

-In Thailand, Father's Day is always the same day as the king’s birthday. At the moment that’s December the 5th. The Canna Flower is the accepted gift, believed to be a masculine manly Bloom.


-Women think men with deep voices are more likely to cheat.

-Cheaters generally find their spouses more attractive than their affair partners. This is particularly true in the case of men.

-Men who cheat are more likely to have heart attacks than non-cheaters.

-Women are more likely to cheat if their mothers were cheaters.
In a recent survey of cheaters 73 percent of women said their mothers had also cheated. There is also a thrill-seeking gene which may make you more genetically predisposed to cheating.  

-Cheaters prefer to take their dates to chain restaurants and steakhouses.

-82 per cent of 18 to 34 year old's think that flirting is cheating, so beware overuse of a winky face emoji.

-Wednesday is the most popular day for people to cheat.

-Cheaters are not always miserable in their current relationship. 34% of women cheaters and 56% of men said they were… happy!


-A mouse can squeeze through an incredibly small space thanks to its soft skull. Zip up your tent at night–if there are holes bigger than a ballpoint pen, a mouse can get in!!

-Men would most like to go camping with David Attenborough whereas women want to go with Bear Grylls.

-The world’s biggest tent is in the capital of Khazachstan – it’s 500 feet high and covers an area larger than 10 football stadiums. It is a shopping and entertainment venue with squares and cobbled streets, a boating river, shopping centre, minigolf and indoor beach resort!!... it’s not really for camping. 

-The number one choice in the UK for camping is the lake district – Yorkshire comes in at number 6!

-In 2011, 700 perfectly good tents were left behind at the Leeds Festival.

-The main people reason go camping is to get away from the hustle and bustle.

-To keep mosquitos away, rub the inside of an orange peel on your face and arms.

-You can waterproof matches by depping them in nail polish or paraffin wax. Store them in a prescription bottle or empty 35mm film case.

-The closer you camp to water, the higher the likelihood of insects.


-In Denmark, it is illegal to burn foreign flags, but not illegal to burn the Danish flag. 

-Know alls often refer to the Union Jack as The Union Flag! Stating that it should only be described as the Union Jack when flown in the bows of a warship - but in 1908 the Union Jack received parliamentary approval stating that “it should always be regarded as the National flag”. So there. 

-The boy scouts burn the most US flags in the World, as it is actually the most respected way of disposing of a worn out flag and they always do it on a particular date. 

-The flag of the Vatican is square and the flag of Nepal isn’t a rectangle at all, it’s like two right angle triangles on top of each other. 

-The Jolly Roger is the flag used by pirates, but it wasn’t always a skull and crossbones, sometimes it would show an hourglass and in the 17th and 18th Century the pirate flag was simply black. 

-There is a flag for planet Mars. It contains three vertical stripes - Red, Green and blue. Symbolising the red planet of today and the green and blue of the future, suggesting we could live there some day! 

-The nylon American flag planted on the moon during Apollo 11 cost $5.50, was knocked over by exhaust from the Lunar Module’s ascent, and is likely to have disintegrated by four decades of heat, UV rays and radiation.

-Lichtenstein and Haiti developed identical national flags independently of each other. No one realized until the two countries competed against each other in the 1936 Summer Olympics. Confusion followed! 

-According the Flag Code, the American Flag should never be used for advertisement purposes in any manner whatsoever.

-The first Olympic flag went missing for 77 years after the 1920 games until a 1920 Olympian revealed he’d had it in his suitcase the whole time.


-The world record for the number of tennis balls held in a dog’s mouth is five.

-Tennis balls have only been bright yellowy green since 1972 when it was felt they would be more easily seen on colour tv's. The actual colour is optic yellow! 

-The world’s largest rubber band ball weighs over 9,000 pounds and is made of 700,000 rubber bands.

-Under the official rules of snooker, the referee shall, if a player is colour blind, tell him the colour of a ball if requested.

-In 1881 there were nearly 3000 people with the surname ball - now there are just 1,299. 

-Bobby Ball is not really called Bobby Ball at all! His real name is Robert Harper.

-In the early 14th century, King Edward 1st banned  football because of the great noise and the "hustling over large balls, from which many evils may arise".

-The world’s largest ball of string, in Cawker City, Kansas, measures over 38ft in circumference.

-A ball hit off a golf tee will reach speeds of 160 mph on average!

-If the Sun were the size of a beach ball, Jupiter would be a golf ball and the Earth would be a pea.

-He loved Heavy Metal!! He released a series of albums and He was also the oldest living performer to enter the charts - in 2013, jingle hell went into the American billboard charts at number 18.

-He was the step-cousin of James Bond author Ian Fleming - he also played Scaramanga in The Man With The Golden Gun!

-He appeared in more than 250 films.

-He was a record breaker - Most Connected Actor Living; Most Films With A Swordfight By An Actor and Tallest Actor In A Leading Role. 

-He was 6ft five.

-He was the only Lord Of The Rings actor to meet author JRR Tolkein. He was a young man when they met in s pub. Lee was so star struck all he could only manage 'how do you do!'

-He re read Lord of The Rings Every year.

-He could speak 6 languages.

-He saw the last execution in France in 1939 and used to fray end executioner Albert Pierpoints pub.

-He was attached to the SAS in WW2 

-More than one million fish fingers are eaten in Britain every day.

-Captain Birdseye is the most recognised captain after Captain Cook. FACT! 

-Clarence Birdseye actually invented the flash freezing method – he was a former taxidermist, not a captain at all. 

-In America, fish fingers are known as fish-sticks. 

-The largest fish finger in the world was made in Germany – it weighed 163 kg, was 6ft long and 5 cm long.

-One in five children think that fish fingers are made from chicken. 

-If you laid all the fish fingers ever sold in a line, they would go round the world 42 times. 

-Jamie Oliver’s fave comfort food is a fish finger sandwich. 

-There are 53 calories in a fish finger. 

-Graffiti artist banksy thinks fish fingers are art – in 2008 he featured them in an exhibition. They were swimming in a fish bowl.

-THE world's most expensive fish fingers were served at Barry Coutts' bistro in Aberdeen. Made with smoked halibut, king scallops, crayfish, monkfish and Beluga caviar, they cost £100 each.


-Flight is not the safest form of travel. The bus is on all measures. The motorcycle is the most dangerous!

-The average age of commercial aircraft is 19 years.

-Car salesman, Tom Stuker from Chicago is the World’s most frequent flyer! He has travelled over 10 million miles, that’s like going to the moon and back 20 times. 

-There are over 3 million people in the air on planes at any one time.

-KLM is the world’s oldest airline, established in 1919

-Lufthansa is the world’s largest purchaser of caviar, buying over 10 tons per year.

-In 1987 American Airlines saved $40,000 by removing 1 olive from each salad served in first class

-About 1/3 of your taste buds are numbed while flying. Maybe that meal was not bland after all?

-A commercial aircraft flies at an average speed of 800 kilometres per hour.

-Pilots and co-pilots are required to eat different meals in case of food poisoning.

-A jet engine would turn the titanic into a speedboat.


It’s national blood donor week… These facts are not for the squeamish ….

-One pint of donated blood can save up-to three lives. 

-A quarter of us will need donated blood at some point in our lives. 

-There are four major blood groups for humans, 4 for dogs, 10 for cats and 200 for cows!! 

-In Japan, blood type is believed to be an indicator to one’s personality – the belief is so prevalent that the Japanese version of Facebook has a “Blood Type” drop down option for profiles 

-It would take 1 million 200 thousand mosquitos to drain you of blood with just one suck. Although they would all have to be female as males mosquitos are vegetarian.

-Not sure how true this is - It was a tradition in Ireland that if you donated a pint of blood, they’d give you a pint of Guinness to replace the iron. 

-Pregnant women have fifty percent more blood  by week twenty than they did before pregnancy. 

-For every pint of blood you give, you’ll burn 650 calories, 

-In emergencies, coconut water may be used as blood plasma. 

-Our bodies contain 0.2 milligrams of gold which is mainly in our blood. 

-The average body contains eight to ten pints of blood, which accounts for 7% of your body weight. Babies of one month old only have about 10 ounces of blood, that’s like a cup full.

-Blood has three main functions: it carries food and oxygen to permit your body’s cells to work and grow; it carries waste from these cells to organs which take them out of your body; and it helps fight the germs that make you sick.


-Chimpanzees, baboons, horses, hyenas, elephants, bats and dolphins can all form friendships for life with individuals that aren’t from their species. There’s even documented proof of a friendship between a 100 year old turtle and a young hippopotamus in Kenya.

-Best friends are not the ones you see the most, but the ones you think of the most.

-Men see friends every five days, while women see them every 3.5 days. Both sexes however, see their best friend only once in eight weeks

-Every individual can only maintain 150 significant friendships at a time – you may have more on facebook, but are they ruining your real friendships?

-In a lifetime, one makes 396 friendships, but only one in 12, (33) stands the test of time.

-The majority of adults have 2 best friends – which can make one or both of them really jealous.

-A good friendship with your boss, can damage your credibility in the office.

-The characteristics which irritate us most in our friends are skepticism, gullibility, shyness, social boldness, perfectionism and obliviousness.

-People with a wide network of friends have less tension, suffer from less stress, have stronger defenses and ultimately, live longer.

-When you fall in love, you will lose two friends.

-It’s the friendship part of marriage that will make a marriage last.


-The amount of water on Earth is constant, and continually recycled over time: some of the water you drink will have passed through a dinosaur.

-A dog has the same ecological footprint as two Toyota Landcruisers; a cat the same environmental effect as a Volkswagen Golf; two hamsters the same as a plasma TV.

-A single bolt of lightning contains enough energy to cook 100,000 pieces of toast.

-1.6 billion people in the world do not have access to electricity. 

-40 percent of all bottled water sold in the world is actually, bottled tap water.

-Rainforests are cut down at a rate of 100 acres per minute.

-There is no known scientific way of predicting earthquakes. The most reliable method is to count the number of missing cats in the local paper! If it trebles, an earthquake is imminent.

-All newspapers in the UK are recycled and when a newspaper is recycled, it takes only seven days to become a brand new newspaper

-The world’s oldest trees are more than 4,600 years old.

-Landfills are composed of 35% packaging materials.

-At over 2000 kilometres long, The Great Barrier Reef is the largest living structure on Earth.

-In one person’s lifetime, using a cloth bag will save over 22,000 plastic bags!

-In China - only 1% of the 560 million people who live in cities breathe air that is considered to be safe.

-2.5 billion people do not have access to proper sanitation. 

-Almost 1 billion people don’t have enough to eat

-The first recorded recipe for a Yorkshire Pudding was in 1737 when it was called "A Dripping Pudding"! Surely not!
-The traditional way to eat Yorkshire Pudding was as a separate course before the meal! Folklore tells us that this was a trick used by Mums to fill-up the family so she could serve less meat, the expensive part of the meal. You may have heard the quote -  "Them that eat most pudding gets most meat"
-Aunt Bessie’s is the best selling brand in the UK with 60% market share and selling up to 20 million Yorkshire Puddings each week, in busy periods, and the brand is now worth £173m.
-Last year Iceland launched a Yorkshire Pudding filled with Chicken Tikka Masala  – But the World’s most expensive Yorkshire Pudding was worth £500 - stuffed with luxury beef, truffle and finished with gold leaf it is was available at The Devonshire Arms Hotel, Bolton Abbey.
-On the first Sunday of February some people celebrate ‘British Yorkshire Pudding Day’. Other good Yorkshire folk are already having Yorkshire so don’t even know it exists.
-The one point that all chefs seem to agree upon is that the fat must be very, very hot when the batter goes in, getting a good sizzle as the batter hits the dripping.
-In 1970 the last Yorkshire Pudding competition was held and won by a Mr Tin Sung Chan. He was the owner of the local Chinese restaurant called, ‘Chopsticks’. He said his secret recipe was luck.
-In 2007 a campaign was started to give the pudding protected status for it's Yorkshire roots. It was not successful.
-In 2010 it was voted the most popular and successful thing to come out of Yorkshire, ahead of York Minster and The Yorkshire Dales!

-Not just the birthplace of the Kit Kat, York has all this….

-More miles of intact city walls than anywhere else in England.

-There’s tours galore! Try the Historic Toilet Tour, take the Guy Fawkes Trail, discover the Saints and Sinners of the city or scare yourselves silly on the Graveyard, Coffin and Plague tour, to mention just a few….

-York is home to over 30 museums and tourist attractions – more than any other comparable historical city in Britain.

-The Shambles is believed to be the oldest shopping street in Europe, even getting a mention in the Domesday Book of 1086.

-The International Ghost Research Foundation announced in 2002 that York is officially the most haunted city in Europe.

-The earliest surviving silver chamber pot which was used by George 4th is put in front of presiding Lord Mayor at private dinner functions in the mansion house.

-York is home to the largest Railway Museum in the world and has the only Japanese Bullet train outside of Japan.

-The streets of York contain architecture from almost every main period in history. 


-Instead of The Rembrandts song I’ll be There For You, the theme tune was going to be Shiny Happy People by REM, but REM refused permission. You can still hear it on the pilot episode on You Tube.

-The Big Bang Theory was originally called Lenny, Penny and Kenny. We're assuming this means Sheldon was originally named Kenny, which is just plain not right at all.

-In 2012 a new species of bee was discovered in Brazil – it was named the ‘Euglossa Bazinga’ after Sheldon's famous catchphrase.

-The US version of the office ran for 9 seasons which added up to 201 episodes, compared to our original version which only ran for 12 episodes with two specials.

 -In Modern Family - Sofia Vergara, who plays Gloria, nearly became a dentist in real life. According to Forbes, she was the highest paid television actress in 2012. I bet she doesn’t regret that decision.

 -Kelsey Grammer made his Cheers debut as Frasier Crane in 1984. He was intended to be a short-lived character, but proved very popular.

 -So popular  in fact … Four months after Cheers ended in 1993, Frasier made its debut (on the redesigned Cheers stage funnily enough) and it ran for 11 seasons. Grammer’s two-decade run as the pretentious psychiatrist is a record-breaking one for an American comedy actor!

 -Will Smith only agreed to do The Fresh Prince Of Bel Air as he owed the taxman 2.8 million dollars. For the first three seasons, 70 per cent of his wage went to the IRS. 


-In 2001, a man in Ireland had his leg broken by a swan after he tried to provoke it.

-A group of wild swans is known as a herd, however a group in captivity are called a fleet.

-The swan has over 25000 feathers in its body.

-Cygnophobia or kiknophobia is the fear of swans.

-Swans can fly as fast as 60 miles per hour!

-A male swan is called a cob, and a female swan is called a pen.

-Socrates thought swans sang the most beautiful songs right before they died. This is why a last performance is sometimes called a “swan song'. 

-There are 7 species of swan around the World - In England though the queen owns all mute swans - the big white ones. Every year the swans on the Thames River are rounded up. Their beaks are marked with the queen’s brand. The queen sometimes gives swans as a special gift! She never eats them though!!

-It was still considered treason to kill one until quite recently and is still a criminal offence.

-Swans are quite grumpy - After they scare off other birds, they flap their wings and call to each other in celebration – sort of like a swan high-five!


-Romantic love - that feeling of euphoria, dependence, sweaty palms and butterflies only lasts about a year. After that first year, it becomes the “committed love” stage.

-The butterflies are caused adrenaline, which floods your body during flight-or-fight response situations.

-Being in love makes you a less productive person.

-Whenever you fall in love, you lose two close friends.

-Philophobia is the fear of falling in love.

-Break-ups, divorce, loss of a loved one, physical separation from a loved one, or betrayal can cause real physical pains in the area of one’s heart. This condition is called Broken Heart Syndrome.

-In ancient Greece if someone threw an apple at you, it was a declaration of love.

-There are 3 million first dates every single day.

-Men are more likely to say I love you first.

-Erotomania is when you believe a famous person is in love with you.

-Couples that are either too similar or too different don’t last very long. Apparently, there has to be a foundation of similarities, but there also have to be things that you learn from each other.

-When looking for a fling, the body wins over the face on a physical attraction basis.The opposite is true, however, for those who are looking for a long-term relationship partner.

-Long-term couples with deep, strong connections can successfully soothe each other’s pain simply by holding hands. Cuddling is also a pain reliever.


-In 2005 Javine's boob popped out of her dress during the BBC show to decide the UK's entry - the same year Kate Price failed to be chosen.

-More Eurovision winners have worn white than any other colour.

-No country has ever gone on to win from performing second.

-The shortest song was from our own Patricia Bredin in 1957 - it lastes one minute and 52 seconds. Today songs are limited to three minutes.

-Ireland has won the contest the most, having won it 7 times. Johnny Logan actually won it for them twice with What’s Another Year from 1980 and Hold Me Now from 1987 and he then wrote another of the winners Why Me?? From 1992.

-Despite the UK and Ireland being the only countries who speak English as a first language, in 2014, 34 out of 37 entries were in English!

-The best ever Eurovision song was Waterloo according to one poll – At the time in 1974, the UK gave them nul points.

-The UK has won the contest 5 times, but the last time the UK won was 1997 with Katrina And the Waves and Love Shine A Light.

-Danish singers Birthe Wilke and Gustav Winckler hold the record for the longest kiss during Eurovision. It lasted a whopping 32 seconds at the 1957 contest.

-This is weird - When Ruslana won for Ukraine in 2004 she was later rewarded with a seat in parliament.

-Sandie Shaw's Puppet on a String was the UK's first victory in 1967 and she hated it " from the first oompah to the final bang on the big bass drum. (she says) I was repelled by its sexist drivel and cuckoo-clock tune”.

-Over the years, the UK has hosted the competition 8 times – in London, Edinburgh, Brighton Harrogate and Birmingham.

-UK act Bucks Fizz stunned viewers in 1981 with their Velcro rip-away skirts. Just 48 hours after the performance, Velcro had sold out across the country!!

-One of the most unusual songs to date, Swedish Smorgasbord performed by Petra Mede for Sweden in 2013, featured lyrics about recycling, Ikea, H&M, ABBA, 'The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo', Bjorn Borg, and Vikings.

-There have been over 1,400 songs performed in the contest in total.


-In 1985 Friedhelm Hillebrand disovered that most complete sentences and questions were about 160 characters long and that’s why text messages used to be limited to exactly this length.

-Some research suggests that primary school pupils who text are actually much better spellers than pupils who don’t text.

-Peak hours for texting are still between 10:30 and 11:30 PM

-The original Nokia Phone Beep was actually Morse Code for SMS

-51% of women would like a text instead of a card on special occasions.

-In 2002 the Eurovision song contest introduced voting by text. It was the first time the system had been used in an event spanning an entire continent and is credited with breathing new life into the annual pop extravaganza!!

-Men communicate via text more than women but send shorter messages and are more likely to text about practical matters rather than relationships!

-Text messages are usually read within 15 minutes of being received and responded to within one hour.

-According to a study at the University of Queensland, in Australia, text messaging can be as addictive as smoking.


-Do goldfish have a three second memory?? No – studies suggest they can retain information for upto five months.

-A group of goldfish is called a troubling.

-In the right environment a goldfish could grow to be over a foot long!

-In the early 17th century it was traditional for men to give their wives a goldfish on their one-year anniversary! This was meant to symbolise a prosperous future.

-Goldfish can’t close their eyes!

-You should never pet your goldfish, as you may damage the slime coat that protects its skin from infection.

-In general the lifespan of goldfish is over 10 years. Some can live to be over forty!

-They can technically see more colours than us as they can see infra red and ultra violet light.


-In Norway, table manners are extremely important. Most meals – including sandwiches – are eaten using utensils. 

-In Bulgaria, never take yellow flowers to your host - they symbolize hatred

-In Mexico though, if you eat a taco with a knife and fork, you’ll appear snobby. 

-In Russia vodka is always drunk neat. Adding anything is seen as polluting the drink's purity  - unless the mixer is beer, which produces a beverage known as yorsh! And – never ever turn down a drink in Russia, even if it’s 9am, it’s like turning down their trust and friendship. 

-In France it is not only acceptable to place bread straight onto the table (without a plate) - it is actually preferred.

-According to Japanese custom, it’s considered very ill- mannered to point, play with, or stab food with chopsticks. 

-Staying in Japan, slurping your noodles would be a compliment, whereas tipping is seen as rude! 

-And China even has restaurants with a strictly no tipping policy. Belching is ok though – in fact it’s sign that you’ve enjoyed your meal.


-When Christopher Walken was 15, he travelled with the circus as a lion tamer!

-Steve Buscemi used to be a firefighter in New York!

-Robert De Niro was so dedicated, he actually gained 60 lbs for Raging Bull, he lived in Sicily for The Godfather Part II, he ground his teeth for Cape Fear, became a cab driver for Taxi Driver, and he learned to play the saxophone for New York, New York.

-Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet helped pay the nursing home fees for the last Titanic survivor, so that she would not have to sell anymore Titanic mementos.

-A pap was once punched so hard in the face by Marlon Brando that his jaw broke and he lost five teeth! The next time he took Brando’s picture, he wore a football helmet!

-Leonard Nimoy fought for Nichelle Nichols (who played Uhura) to get equal pay on Star Trek in the 1960s.

-In seasons 9 and 10 of Friends each of the star got paid $1 million per episode.

-Tom Hanks is a third cousin, four generations removed, of Abraham Lincoln.

-Tim Allen (Santa Clause and Home Improvement) was jailed for two years in 1978 for possession of drugs.

-After Samuel L. Jackson agreed to star in “Snakes on a Plane”, producers tried to change the title, but didn’t because Jackson had agreed to do the film based on the title alone!


-Did you know a newborn panda weighs as much as a cup of tea.

-A group of pugs is called a grumble.

-A group of bunnies is called a fluffle.

-A baby playtapus is called a puggle.

-A baby fish is called a fry or a fingerling.

-Baby puffins are called Pufflings.

-Mice like being tickled and they giggle if you tickle em.

-Parrots give their babies names immediately after they hatch!

-When a rabbit gets excited, jumping and twisting in excitement, THAT'S called a binky.

-When otters fall asleep in the water, they’ll hold paws so they don’t drift away from each other.

-Wombat poo is cube shaped to stop it rolling away.

-When puppies play fight, they will often let girl puppies win.

-If your cat head butts you it’s because you make them feel safe and they trust you.


-The closest star to Earth, apart from the Sun is called Proxima Centauri and is approximately 4.2 light years away. It would take about 70,000 years in our fastest space craft to reach it!

-Our Sun doesn’t officially have a name like Sirius, but some call it Sol or Helios.

-It’s about 4.5 billion years old and is a yellow dwarf – they usually last 10 billion years until they expand, and becomes a red giant. Eventually the red giant will run out of fuel and collapse into a white dwarf, ejecting most of its mass in the process. The end.

-Every star you see in the night sky is bigger and brighter than our sun. In fact some are 100 times bigger….

-The largest known star is the monster VY Canis Majoris. This star is believed to be 1,800 times the size of the Sun!!

-But the bigger they are, the shorter their lifespan – they might only last a few million years.

-You can’t see millions of stars on a dark night. On an exceptional night, with no Moon and far from any source of lights, a person with very good eyesight may be able to see 2000-2500 stars at any one time.

-Although you can see 20 quadrillion miles, at least.

-In the Milky Way Galaxy there are about 400 billion stars.

-Stars are not technically twinkling – the effect is merely the light from the star passing through the Earth’s atmosphere, and it is merely deflecting the light before it reaches your eyes.


-In 1981, the small town of California elected Mayor Bosco Ramos – he ran against two challengers, and easily defeated both of them… despite being a dog. A black lab Rottweiler mix actually.

-Malta has the highest turnout at the polls of any country in the world without mandatory voting – 94% of people regularly turn out. In 2010 our turn out was 65%.

-In 2009 a dead man from Florida won his local election - Earl Wood of Florida was 96 years old when he died leading up to his election. He wasn’t planning on running again until his nemesis— made plans to take his seat as Orange County Tax Collector!! Well, who’s laughing now?? Hard to say.

-In America, they reckon that 1.8 million registered voters will never turn out on election day because guess what - they are dead.

-In Ecuador in 1967, they voted for some foot powder to be their mayor. They had a great campaign Pulvapies Foot Powder’! … and people did.

-In Australia, Cyprus, Chile, Luxembourg and Turkey none voters can be fined – in Peru they can be stopped from banking for upto three months – In Brazil they can be barred from receiving wages or enrolling in Universities and in Argentina they can lose their civil rights.

-In the Isle of Man, Jersey and Guernsey – you can vote at age 16.

-In 2010, the Conservative Party technically received the highest number of votes – just under 11 million. But twice this number – 22 million – didn't vote at all! What a difference 22 million people can make.

-18-24’s are statistically the least likely to vote – of those asked only 24 percent said they were certainly going to vote compared with 79% of the over 75’s.

-Those in the poorest socioeconomic group were also least likely to vote.

-Women got the vote in this country in 1918 … but only if they were householders and only if they were over 30! It was in 1928 when we got equal rights.


It’s National Skin Care awareness day.

-Skin is your body's largest organ - An average adult's skin spans 21 square feet, weighs nine pounds, and contains more than 11 miles of blood vessels.

-The skin can releases as much as three gallons of sweat a day in hot weather. The areas that don't sweat are the nail bed, the margins of the lips, and the eardrums.

-The thinnest part of your skin is your eyelids – they are just 0.02 mm thick. The thickest part is on your feet.

-Your skin is home to more than 1,000 species of bacteria.

-Globally, dead skin accounts for about a billion tons of dust in the atmosphere! Your skin sheds 50,000 cells every minute.

-Sleeping with your face buried in your pillow can lead to wrinkles.


-Peppa Pig is shown in 180 countries and has been translated into 40 languages, bringing in revenue of £640 million last year -  Peppa was dreamed up in 2000 by three friends who who met at Middlesex Polytechnic in the 1980s - who are now all millionaires.

-When Frank Oz tried to get into character for the Muppets voices, he would give the each muppet a hook, Miss Piggy’s was "Truck driver wanting to be a woman”.

-The voice of Babe from the films was the same voice as Chuckie from the Rugrats. She’s called Christine Cavanaugh.

-The voice of Hamm in Toy Story is John Ratzenburger – he played Cliff in Cheers and is Pixar’s lucky charm having appeared in every single Pixar film.

-Percy Pigs are a popular Mark and Spencer’s sweetie, favoured by Cheryl Fernandez Versini – Between 2009 and 2010 Percy Pig sales grossed 10 million in the UK alone.

It’s International Drum Month!

-The drum is the oldest known instrument in the world dating back to 4000 BC in Egypt

-Drumming is one of the best forms of exercise, in some cases, more than than cycling, hiking, or weight lifting!

-When drummers play together, their happiness levels and ability to tolerate pain increases, similar to professional runners and cyclists.

-Viola Smith is one of the world’s most famous female drummers. She is 102 years old and claims that playing the drums contributed to her longevity.

-The world’s largest drum kit has 813 pieces to it and took 36 years to build. It takes 15 hours and 4 people to put it up.

-The longest drum roll ever was completed by Justin Daniel Arde of the Phillippines – he did it in 2013 for over 12 hours.

-Moby Dick by Led Zeppelin has one if the longest drum solos ever recorded in a song – It was drummer John Bonham's showcase song on early tours. His solo would last up to 20 minutes, while the rest of the band would leave the stage and have a cigarette or two. Bonham sometimes drew blood performing this from beating his hands on his snare and tom toms.

-In 2004 the most expensive drum kit was sold at sotherby’s  for 139,000 pounds – it had belonged to Keith Moon of the Who and went for nine times it’s estimate.

-Drummers are often ridiculed for their intelligence hence a whole internet full of drummer’s jokes like …

What do you call a drummer with half a brain? Overqualified.

How can you tell when a drummer's at the door? He doesn't know when to come in.

-However researchers have found that a steady rhythm can affect cognitive ability in an almost contagious way – in short, it makes us all better at problem solving!


-Figures show the average person will lose 13 lbs (5.8 kilograms) in their first year of cycling to work! 

-There are over one billion bicycles found throughout the world. 

-20 million bikes are owned in the UK, which means that 1 in 3 adults has one - although only 6 million people are regular cycle users. 

-There are about 13 million bicycles in beijing – not 9 million as Katie Melua tried to tell us!

-The longest “tandem” bike was over 20 meters long and it seated 35 people. It was recorded in the history of dumb ideas as a prime example.

-Before the word ‘bicycle’ become popular (coming from the French word ‘bicyclette’), bikes were typically called ‘velocipedes’. 

-In 1870, James Starley, became known as the father of the bicycle industry, he developed the famous Penny-Farthing in England. The name comes from the old British Penny and Farthing coins which represent the large and small wheels.

-Designer Damien Hirst created a bike design for Lance Armstrong on 2009 and he used real butterfly wings on the frame and the rims to create this unique design! Sotheby’s auctioned off the bike later that year – it went for half a million dollars!

-The slow cycling record was set by Tsugunobu Mitsuishi of Japan in 1965 when he stayed stationary for 5 hours, 25 minutes.


-The chances of having a twin pregnancy is increased in the over 30’s who are overweight.

-Tall women are more likely to have twins

-Women who eat a lot of dairy have more chance of having twins.

-About 1 in 250 pregnancies results in identical twins.

-Identical twins share the same DNA but do not have the same fingerprints. So in theory, they can concoct the perfect crime.

-Identical twins are not hereditary! You can be genetically predisposed to having none identical twins though. If your husband is a twin however – that will not affect increase your chances of having twins. It’s all down to the lady at the end of the day – we either release two eggs or one splits.

-Or to put another way - male twins will not have twins unless their wives have the ability to produce two eggs!

-22 % percent of twins are left handed, compared to 10% in singletons.

-Want to tell identical twins apart?? – Generally their belly buttons are different because this is not a genetically disposed characteristic, it’s just how the umbilical cord was cut.

-In 2009, Mia Washington gave birth to twins with two different fathers, a one-in-a-billion occurrence. (One month, Mia released two eggs instead of one. Her two sexual partners each fertilized one of the eggs, resulting in two babies with two dads).

-Jim Lewis and Jim Springer are twins – they were four weeks old when they were separated, with each of the twins going to different adoptive families! It was later discovered that their lives shared some truly remarkable similarities. Both had a dog named Toy as kids. Both married twice, first to women named Linda and second to women named Betty. Both drove Chevys, smoked Salem cigarettes, and drank Miller Lite.

-Women who give birth to twins are generally healthier and stronger to begin with than those who don’t. Some believe that twins are an evolutionary adaptation, where the healthiest of mothers take the chance to pass on double the genes at once.

-Nigeria has the highest rate of multiple births and more identical twins.

-China has the lowest rate for multiple births averaging 1 in 300.

-A study shows vegans are five times less likely to have twins than women who consume diary.


-Cabbage Patch Kids were originally called Little People and they were created by a 21 year old art student – they weren’t bought, they were adopted.

-Legwarmers were invented in 1980 by KD Dance to keep dancers' legs warm until they've performed an adequate warm-up routine. They surged in popularity upon the release of the 1983 teen film "Flashdance."

-Toy of the year in 1980 and 1981 was the Rubiks Cube – one in 7 people on the planet has tried to solve it – Inventor Erno Eubik could do it in under a minute.

-Plastic jelly shoes were so popular in America in the 80’s you could buy a pair for less than a dollar.

-Hair crimping was originally popular in the 80’s, but it has a resurgence every ten years, for about a year.

-The 80’s arcade game Pac Man generated more than 2.5 billion dollars just in loose change.

-Opal Fruits were named Opal Fruits by a man called Peter Pfeffer – he won five pounds in a competition for naming them – we now call them Starburst!

-Still lust after those little casio keyboards – you can get one for 23 pounds on ebay.

-The worst fashion item of the last fifty years – apparently, it’s the shell suit.

-Despite its popularity, only the first season of Thundercats was broadcast in the UK - the remaining 65 episodes didn't get an airing.

-Make Up has been around for a long time - The Aztecs used beetles to make red lipstick.

-Elizabeth Taylor allegedly banned other women on-set from wearing red lipstick.

-Cleopatra was said to have soaked her ship sails in perfume so everyone could smell her arrival.

-Every year there are close to 900 million lipsticks sold worldwide.

-The largest cosmetic company in the world today is L’Oreal. They started their business in 1909, and are currently owned by founder’s daughter Liliane Bettencourt and Nestle also own 23 per cent of it.

-In 15th century, women preferred not to have any hair on their face. Because of that fashion style, famous Mona Liza does not have eyebrows.

-The founder of Maybelline named the company after his sister Maybel who inspired him to create make up products

-The most common injury caused by make-up is scratching the eye with a mascara wand.

-In the Elizabethan era, coat tar was used as eye liner, mascara and eyebrow pencil.  Unfortunately, it smelled bad, caused blindness and is flammable.

-One of the most expensive lipsticks in the world is Guerlain’s KissKiss Gold and Diamonds Lipstick, which will set you back $62,000. The tube is made from 110 grams of 18k gold and encrusted with 199 diamonds. You also get your pick of 15 exclusive shades, and it’s refillable.

-While all other cosmetics were rationed in Great Britain during WWII, lipstick was kept in production because Winston Churchill felt it boosted morale.


-Owls don’t have eyeballs! – they’re more like eye tubes supported by bony eye sockets - as such they can’t roll or move their eyes like we do!

-They do however, have 270 degrees of movement in their necks – it is myth that they can turn them all the way round, but it does look like they can.

-An owl has three eyelids: one for blinking, one for sleeping and one for keeping the eye clean and healthy.

-Their hearing is incredibly sensitive – their flat faces help to collect the sound and their ears are actually different sizes and in different places on the head.

-Some owls have owl tufts that look like ears, but they aren’t – they are just for expressing moods like aggression and for helping with camouflage.

-Despite their size, owls are often called the silent fliers – they need to be quiet to catch prey. They’ll eat around a thousand mice a year, so if you’ve got a mouse problem – you know who to call.

-A group of owls is called a parliament OR a wisdom or a study – baby owls are called Owlets.

-Barn owls screech they don’t hoot - that’s tawny owls.

-Most barn owls only breed once and produce, on average, only two and a half young. 29 per cent of nests produce no young at all.

-The female owl is generally larger and more aggressive than the male.

-91% of barn owls they think are actually killed by rat poison.

-Are owls wise? They’re ok – but they’re not as wise as crows.


-The garden gnome first became popular in the mid to late 19th century Germany, but they think the very first garden gnome may have hailed from Switzerland.

-Gnomes are banned from the Royal Horticulture Society Chelsea Flower Show.

-There are three categories of mass-produced gnomes: Worker gnomes, who always carry tools like fishing rods, shovels, or hammers; at-ease gnomes who typically carry a pipe or who look relaxed and cultural gnomes who will have a musical instrument in hand.

-The largest garden gnome in the world sits in Poland and is almost 18 feet tall.

-The world’s oldest garden gnome called Lampy has been living at Lamport Hall in the UK for 125 years and is worth a cool £2 million, or €2.4m!

In the 1980s, the Gnome Liberation Front stole gnomes and sent the owners photos of them from landmarks around the globe.

-Each year at the Inman Park Festival in Atlanta, Georgia, marchers dress up as garden gnomes to try to break the Guinness World Record of the most marching gnomes! Britain currently holds the world record with 478 marching gnomes (as of 2012).


-William Shakespeare married an older woman who was pregnant with their child. Anne Hathaway was 26 years old when William married her at the age of 18. She gave birth to Susannah six months after the wedding.

-Shakespeare’s works have been translated into over 80 languages including Kling-On.

-Unlike most artists of his time, Shakespeare died a very wealthy man with a large property portfolio. He was a brilliant businessman!

-A play called Cardenio, which was credited to Shakespeare and performed in his lifetime, has been completely lost. Today there is no known record of its story anywhere.

-The Royal Shakespeare Company sells more than half a million tickets a year.

-There are more than 80 variations recorded for the spelling of Shakespeare’s name – in fact in the few signatures left he never once spelt it the way we do today.

-Shakespeare has introduced almost 3,000 words to the English language. His vocabulary was enormous compared to the average person – but if you’re making words up, it would be!


-We’ve been wearing hats for about 15,000 years.

-Students of the medieval theologian John Duns Scotus were the first to wear dunce’s hats. The idea was the cap would funnel God’s wisdom into the head.

-The tall chef’s hat or toque blanche traditionally had 100 pleats to represent the number of ways an egg could be cooked. It was worn to establish heiracy in the kitchen.

-The bowler hat, symbol of the City of London commuter, began life as a riding helmet. It was designed in 1849 by the London hatmakers Thomas and William Bowler as a tough, low-rise hat to protect mounted gamekeepers from low-hanging branches.

-London black taxies are made tall so that a gentleman can ride in them without taking off a top hat.

-The process of making felt for hats involved use of mercury which can cause damage to the nervous system, tremors and dementia. From that originates phrase “Mad as a hatter”.

-Where does the term hat trick come from? It first appeared in 1858 in cricket, to describe HH Stephenson taking three wickets with three consecutive deliveries. Fans held a collection for him, and presented him with a hat bought with the proceeds.

-Panama hat has never made in Panama. It is made in Equador.

-Those who supply men’s hats are called hatters while those who supply women’s hats are called milliners.

-French Magician Louis Comte was first to pull out a rabbit from a top hat in 1814

-Colours of hard hats can have meanings and are used to distinguish roles on the construction sites and for safety. White hard hats are for supervisors or engineers, blue are for technical advisers. Safety inspectors wear green hard hats. Yellow hard hats are for labourers while orange or pink are reserved for new workers or visitors.


-In 1903 Earl Russell queued all night outside London County Council to get the plate A1 – it was last owned by the Sultan Of Brunei’s son.

-The World’s most expensive Numberplate is said to be just the number 1 – it sold for £7.25 million a few years ago.

-Roman Abramovich owns VIP1 – he bought it for 285,000 and it was originally made for the Pope Mobile.

-Paul Daniel’s Numberplate is MAG 1C – that’s magic!

-Englebert Humperdinck’s is EH1 and Sir Alan Sugar’s is AMS 1 – you will have seen it on The Apprentice.  

-On dateless plates with 2 letters the numbers can go from 1 to 9999 – for three letters you can have numbers 1 to 999.

-It is not a legal requirement to have a vehicle for your private number plate -although if you forget to renew your certificate of entitlement, you lose the right to assign it to a vehicle and the DVLA could sell it on under your nose! You can renew it for up to ten years.


-The biggest inspiration for Bond was an English 16th Century genius called John Dee. He would sign his letters to Elizabeth I with '007', signifying they were for her eyes only.

-When Pierce Brosnan signed his contract for GoldenEye, he was informed that, though he was free to pursue other additional roles in-between Bond movies, the actor could not appear in another film wearing a tuxedo.

-It’s rare to see James Bond eating, but his favourite foods when off duty include grilled sole, oeufs en cocotte which is eggs and crème fraîche and cold roast beef with potato salad.

-The very first screen Bond was??? An American actor called Barry Nelson, who played card shark 'Jimmy Bond' in a terrible adaptation of Casino Royale for US TV.

-George Lazenby, was only Bond for one film, On Her Majesty’s Secret Service and he got the job after being spotted in an ad for Fry's Chocolate Cream.

-Around three quarters of Bonds love interests have tried to kill him.

-There are more double O’s than double O seven -- 002 is killed by The Man With The Golden Gun, 003 dies in the opening scenes of A View To A Kill, 004 dies in The Living Daylights, 006 was Sean Bean - 001 remains a mystery and 008 is on recuperative leave. And spare a thought for poor old 009 – he was killed while dressed as a clown in Octopussy.

-GoldenEye was the name Ian Flemming’s holiday house in Jamaica

-The Bond family motto was 'Orbit Non Sufficit' – The World is not enough!

-A blonde Bond caused controversy as Daniel Craig first played him in 2005, but more shocking is the fact that Sean Connery always wore a toupee.


-Men were the first to wear heels - In the 10th century, men who rode horses needed their boots to have heels in order to stay in their stirrups. And since owning horses was a sign of wealth, heels also became associated with the aristocracy! Now, just Prince wears them.

-The Leboutin red sole was inspired by an assistant who was painting her nails red when a prototype shoe was brought in. He borrowed her nail polish, painted the black sole red and the rest is very expensive history.

-A simple pair of suede Leboutin heels will set you back over 400 pounds.

-Dorothy’s original ruby slippers from The Wizard Of Oz were sold in auction for 612 thousand dollars. The most expensive shoes in the world were based on the Ruby Slippers, but were actually made from Rubies and other gems – they eventually went for over $3 million.

-Jimmy Choo constructed his first pair of shoes at the age of 11.

-The first lady’s boot was designed for Queen Victoria in 1840.

-Women on average own 19 pairs of shoes although they only wear four pairs regularly - while 15 percent of women have over 30 pairs.

-Former Philippine First Lady Imelda Marcos owned 1,200 pairs of shoes.

-In Hungary the groom drinks a toast to his bride out of her wedding slipper.

-To dream of losing a shoe predicts an illness. This may originate from an old rural superstition from the UK that advises to burn a smelly old shoe in the home to avoid infection in the house.

-Some daft laws about shoes ….

-It's against the law to take your shoes off if you have smelly feet in a theatre in Winnatka, Illinois.

-The 48 ballerinas of Britain’s Royal Ballet wear out 3,500 pairs of ballet slippers a year. A dancer gets through three or four pairs a week.


-If all the touring caravans in Britain were put end to end, they would stretch from Land's end to John O'Groats three times (3,000 miles).

-Caravanning for leisure use seems to have taken off in the beginning of the -20th century - It was then a pursuit for the wealthy in fact Harrods and Fortnum Mason used to hire them out! 

-The word caravan comes from the Persian word (karwan). It is the origin of the word 'van'.

-An oil sheikh has ordered what is thought to be the world's largest mothor home. The 40ft Desert Challenger cost £1 million and has a 13-litre engine - it carries 2,500 litres of diesel. 

-Will Smith (allegedly) has a two-storey motorhome complete with dance floor .

-In 2013 Rio Ferdinand took his family to a caravan park in Wales for their holiday.

-The caravan industry contributes 6 billion pounds a year to the UK economy through sales, related services and holiday bookings.

-It employs about 130,000 people, including part time and seasonal staff (mainly on parks).

-The World's oldest caravan is 130 years old and rests at the Cotswolds caravan club. The 30 foot land yacht is made from mahogany and maple wood, and painted black and gold - with a China cabinet, book case and piano. 

-We buy the most caravans in the World closely followed by Germany.

-The Caravan Club was established in 1907 and has nearly a million members.


-The giraffe is the tallest mammal in the World – even new borns are taller than most humans.

-Although a giraffe’s neck is between 1.5 and 1.8 metres long, they have the same amount of vertebrae as a human.

-Baby giraffes stand within half an hour of being born and can actually run alongside their family after just ten hours.

-Giraffes only spend between 10 minutes and two hours asleep a day. They have one of the shortest sleep requirements of any mammal.

-A female giraffe gives birth while standing up. The calf drops approximately 6 feet to the ground, but it is not hurt from the fall.

-They are sociable peaceful animals which rarely fight – they do perform necking sometimes – that is where they will hit necks – it doesn’t last long and rarely results in injury.

-No two giraffes would have the same spot pattern.

-Their tongues are 45 cm long.

-They have a higher blood pressure than any other mammal – it because it takes a lot of pressure for the blood to get to their brains.

-One kick from a giraffe would be enough to kill a lion.

-Giraffes are ruminants. This means that they have more than one stomach. In fact, giraffes have four stomachs, the extra stomachs assisting with digesting food


-Why April Fools?? Nobody really knows - It may stem from a calendar change in 16th century France, when they moved New Year’s Day from April 1 to January 1. So if you continued to celebrate New Year's Day on April The First, you were the fool, so people would play tricks on you.

-The holiday is known as Poisson d'Avril in France, which means "April Fish". On this day, children tape a picture of a fish on the backs of their classmate and wait until they discover it.

-In Denmark, April Fools is celebrated on May 1st and is called Maj-Kat.

The BBC are hilarious ….

-In 1957, the BBC fooled viewers into thinking that the Swiss were growing spaghetti on trees, and there was to be a shortage.

-In 1976, Patrick Moore told radio listeners that at 9.47am a rare alignment of Pluto and Saturn would temporarily decrease gravity on Earth. Moore said that if people jumped in the air at that exact moment they would experience a floating sensation. Many people rang in to say that they had felt the effect!

-In 2008 - The BBC ran a video clip of flying penguins as part of a story for its series "Miracles of Evolution." The presenter explained that the penguins were escaping the cold, harsh Antarctic weather by flying to the tropical rainforests of South America.

-In 1980 the BBC claimed Big Ben was for sale and they were going to replace the face with a digital clock – a Japanese gentleman subsequently made a bid.


-In 1998 Burger King announced a new left-handed Whopper with "the condiments rotated 180 degrees". The burger, it said, would be easier to hold for the 10 per cent of the population who are left-handed.

-In 2013 YouTube announced that it would stop accepting videos so that they could finally decide on the "Best video on the internet". YouTube said: "We are so close to the end. Tonight at midnight, will no longer be accepting entries. After eight amazing years, it's finally time to review everything that has been uploaded to our site and begin the process of selecting a winner. They said that process would take ten years. Charlie bit my finger probably would have won!!!

-In 2004, Yorkshire Water claimed their revolutionary new water treatment could help you lose weight - more than 10,000 people called the company to enquire about having a special tap installed in their homes.


-The tallest man ever was Robert Wadlow – he was 8 foot 11 when he died in 1940 - he was just 22 and there were no signs of him stopping growing at the time. 

-Tom Cruise isn’t that short  - he’s just over 5 foot 7 – his 6 foot ten body guards and tall wives have not helped his tiny image.

-The tallest man alive is Sultan Kösen who measured 8 ft 3 in 2011.

-The tallest woman ever was a Chinese lady called Zeng Jinlian – who was nearly 8 foot 2.

-Siddiqa Parveen is the World’s tallest woman at the moment – she’s from a small village in Dehli and she is 7 foot 8. The 28-year-old suffered from gigantism brought on by a tumour on the pituitary gland, producing excess growth hormone.

-Micheal Crichton Creator of Jurassic park is 6 foot 9!

-Pointless star, Richard Osman is 6 foot 7.

-You’re tallest when you wake up and you may be as much as one centimeter shorter by the day’s end.

-Of all the colours available for watches, most people will own or be given a black watch during their lifetime.
-In most watches catalogues you’ll find the time is displayed as ten minutes past ten o’clock or sometimes ten minutes to two o’clock. The popular meaning for this is that it’s “Happy Time” or that the clock is smiling which becomes an emotional marketing tool to encouraging you to feel good when you’re looking to buy that particular watch or clock.
-The World's most expensive pocket watch was sold at auction last year in Geneva. It was handmade from 1 kg of 24 carat gold in the thirties, it took 8 years to make, and went for 13.4 million.
-Before World War 1 only women wore wrist watches - gentlemen were quoted as saying they would rather wear a skirt than a wristwatch.
-In the reign of King Henry the 8th watches were so big they wore them round their necks.
-Rapper flavour flave also favours this fashion - he owns over 100 neck clocks because he believes time is the most important element in our lives.
-Developed in 1980 the swatch watch name is a combination of the words 'second watch' - the idea being that they are disposable and fun not a serious first or best watch.
-In the movies Daniel Craig as James Bond wears an Omega watch, Sean Connery as James Bond wears a Rolex Submariner. In the Bourne Ultimatum, Matt Damon wears a TAG Heuer watch.
-Breitling watches are very popular with celebrities, actors and world famous successful entrepreneurs including Sir Richard Branson and Sir Alan Sugar. If you've got between 2 and a half grand and 27 grand you could have one too!!
-The Rolex is often credited with being able to cope with the World's toughest conditions. In 1966 they attached one to the outside of a submarine - nearly 36 thousand feet deep, it still worked and kept time perfectly.

-The height difference between Clarkson and Hammond is a running gag – but it is actually an impressive nine inches.

-It’s a proper Yorkshire Show!... Clarkson hails from Doncaster – his Mum made the first ever prototype stuffed Paddington Bear. They proved so popular his parents could afford to send him to Private school.

-James May went to high school in Rotherham!

-Richard Hammond has a lot of North Yorkshire connections - moved to Ripon in the mid 80’s, he went to college in Harrogate and he later worked in York at another radio station!

-Years later in 2006 he would find himself back in North Yorkshire – on Elvington Airfield for that terrible accident. He was travelling at 288 mph when he the front tyre of the Vampire Dragster failed. This was to be his 7th and final run. He said he was a bit ‘fighty’ after the crash, he was then in a coma for two weeks.

-The theme tune to Top Gear is 'Jessica' by The Allman Brothers.

-In 2012 Jeremy Clarkson made more than £14m from the show, as the BBC bought out his 30 per cent share in the company.

-40% of Top Gear viewers are women.


-Boyzone’s Ronan Keating has hosted Eurovision in 1997 and Miss World in 1998!

-Westlife sold over fifty million albums – it did not stop Shane Filan going bankrupt though, after he poured all his money into property development in Ireland. He ended up owing 18 million.

-Super cool Abz of the band 5, is really called Richard Breen.

-N Sync received their name after Justin Timberlakes mother commented on how ‘In Sync’ their singing voices all were - And It was just ‘lucky’ that the name ‘N Sync’ also fully utilised the last letter of each original band members name.

-Blue’s Lee Ryan and Anthony Costa met as teenagers on This Morning – they were put in a boy band along with Will Young, as part of a competition. The band didn’t take off.

-Backstreet Boys are still the most successful boyband ever having sold 130 million records.

-Before Take That, Mark Owen showed no interest in music at school, instead he had trials for Man U, Hudderfield Town and Rochdale.

-Mike Nesmith, from the band the Monkees had a very clever Mum – she invented correction fluid or tippex if you like – she sold the idea to gilette for 48 million dollars when Mike was 38 years of age.

-In the 80’s Bros had a fanclub called Bros front – they gathered 3 million fans in just 6 months – long before the age of Twitter and Facebook.

-All members of Hanson are now married with children – in 2013 they released a beer called Mmmmhops.

-Typically successful boybands last between five and 6 years. JLS, The Wanted, 911, The Monkees, Take That (original run), Brother Beyond and East 17 all fall into this category. One Direction turn 5 at the end of this year … not long to wait.


-A mere 20 minutes of exercise, three days each week will increase your happiness by 10 to 20 percent after six months.

-According to a poll conducted last year, Harrogate is the happiest place to live in the UK.

-The first recorded use of ‘Happy Hour’ as a time to buy cheap drinks, was in 1951 in Los Angeles.

-According to a study in 2011, we are happiest when the temperature is 13.9C (57F).

-Married couples are happiest when the wife is more attractive than the husband.

-The only film with ‘happy’ or ‘happiness’ in its title to win an Oscar was Happy Feet which won Best Animated Feature in 2006. 

-The happier you are, the more antibodies your body generates – up to 50 percent more, in fact.

-Happy people generally earn more than unhappy people.

-Dancing increases happiness.

-Happiness has a fragrance. Clinical experiments on body odour have proved your scent changes between when you are stressed or happy

-The more you hug your children, the happier they will be as adults.

-The most powerful way to increase your short-term feelings of happiness is to perform random acts of kindness to others, or to send a letter of gratitude to someone you care about. Five such acts in a week will increase your happiness for up to three months.

-The most powerful way to increase your long-term feelings of happiness is to understand your strengths and talents, or life purpose, and to work on sharing those parts of yourself with others.


-In 1706 King Peter of Russia brought in a Beard Tax!

-For it to become apparent that you are balding you would need to lose fifty per cent of your hair.

-The Worlds longest ear hair measured 25 centimetres.

-Ladies spend an hour and 53 minutes a week drying and styling hair.

-Hair can cover the whole of the body apart from the soles of our feet, our palms and our lips.

-It has been worked out that Rapunzel’s hair could actually hold 45 men.

-Each hair strand can contain 14 different elements including traces of gold.

-100 grams of blonde European hair could net you upto 1000 dollars.

-Hair is the second fastest growing tissue in the body – the first is BONE MARROW!

-Hair consists mainly of keratin – the same substance which makes up a rhinos horn.


-It is a common myth that dogs can only see in black and white, but they can actually see colours - just not as vividly as humans.

-Dogs are as intelligent as two year old toddlers - border collies are the cleverest canines, with some able to understand up to 200 words. The other breeds in the top five are poodles, German shepherds, golden retrievers and dobermans.

-Not all wagging is happy! Dogs wag their tail to the right when they’re really happy and slightly to the left when they are frightened. Wagging low means they are feeling insecure.

-The normal body temperature of a human is 37C, but a dog’s temperature is a whole degree higher at 38C. That’s one reason fleas are more likely to be attracted to your dog than to you. And unlike humans, dogs don’t have sweat glands all over their body, just on the pads of their paws.

-Dogs do dream and small dogs have more dreams than big dogs.

-The wetness of a dog’s nose is essential for determining what direction a smell is coming from

-A one-year-old puppy is not a puppy, it’s an adult and is the equivalent of a 15-year-old human. 

-Touch is the first sense a puppy begins to use. 

-The nose prints of a dog are as unique as a human's fingerprints. 

-Many puppies mistake a human smile for aggressive behavior if the person shows his or her teeth when smiling. 

-Once their sense glands develop, puppies can smell up to 1,000 times better than a human.

-Puppies don't open their eyes until they are nine to 12 days old.


-From the centre of the UK - it begins at 8:30 reaching it’s climax at 9:29 and ending at 10:39.

-A solar eclipse is when the moon moves directly between the sun and the earth. It's unusual because the earth, sun and the moon all have to align.

-It is also rare because the shadow the moon casts on the earth is small and only affects certain places on earth.

-During solar eclipses, wildlife, insects and specifically birds, go quiet.

-The word eclipse comes from the Ancient Greek word ékleipsis, which means abandonment.

-The speed of the Moon as it moves across the Sun is approximately 2,250 km (1,398 miles) per hour.

-In Vietnam, people seeing an eclipse believed that a giant frog was devouring the Sun, while in ancient China a hungry celestial dragon was thought to be responsible.

-A few superstitions offer a positive slant on eclipses. In Italy some believe that flowers planted during a solar eclipse will be brighter and more colourful than at any other time.

-The last solar eclipse of such significance occurred on August 11 1999, and was “total” - with 100% of the Sun covered - when seen from Cornwall

-The next total eclipse is not until September 2090. It will happen elsewhere on the planet, just not here.


-The most popular name for baby girls 2014 were in the top spot Amelia, followed by Olivia, Emily Isla and Ava

-Most popular boys names were Jack, Oliver, Charlie, Harry, Jacob, Alfie and Noah!

-The top three house names in the UK are The Cottage, Rose Cottage and The Bungalow.

-The most common pub names in England are The Red Lion, The Crown and The Royal Oak.

-Icelandic names must be chosen from a register of 1,712 male and 1,853 female approved names.

-According to the last census, there are nearly 730,000 people named Smith in the UK.

-Donald Duck's middle name is Fauntleroy

-U2's original band name was Feedback.

-Who was the "Granny Smith" apple named after? Maria Ann Smith.

-The name FIAT comes from Fabbrica Italiana Automobili Torino?

-Jake the Jailbird is the name of the guy in jail on a Monopoly board.

-Barbie’s last name is Roberts.  Her middle name is Millicent!

-Ken's last name is Carson.

-Homer J. Simpsons middle name is Jay!!!


-The ostrich is the only bird that willingly takes care of other females’ eggs.

-The fastest flying bird in a dive is the Peregrine Falcon. It averages speeds of over 110 mph.

-An albatross can soar for as long as six hours without moving its wings.

-The smallest bird in the world is the Bee Hummingbird of Cuba. It is just over 2 in long, which is not much bigger than a bumblebee.j

-A group of crows is called a murder or congress. A group of owls is called a parliament, wisdom, or study. A group of flamingos is called a flamboyance.

-In the movie The Birds (1963), the scene where actress Tippi Hedren is attacked took a week to shoot. The birds were attached to her clothes by long nylon threads so they could not fly away.

-The Bald Eagle builds the largest tree nest of all birds, measuring about 9.5 ft. (2.9 m) across.

-The largest nest ever found was nearly 10 ft. wide and weighed close to 3 tons.

-The game Angry Birds has sold more than 7 million copies on Apple’s iPhone. The game was made by a team of just four people. It was such a low priority for the company that it took over 8 months to finish.

-Approximately 200 people have died since 1988 because of airborne collision between airplanes and birds.

-Only one other mammal can fly: the bat However, it flies differently from the bird.


-Ireland has won the Eurovision Song Contest a record seven times.

-The Irish report the lowest annual number of UFO sightings in Europe.

-70% of married Irish women would consider having an affair while on a foreign holiday without their spouse or children. The figure is even higher for men about 90%.

-73% of Americans are unable to locate Ireland on a map.

-Only 9% of the Irish population are natural redheads.

-May is generally the driest month of the year in Ireland.

-Dublin boasts one pub for every 100 people. A third of the population live in Dublin!

-The original Guinness Brewery in Dublin has a 9,000 year lease on it's property, at a perpetual rate of 45 Irish pounds per year.

-One traditional Irish cure for a hangover was to be buried up to the neck in moist river sand.

-An Irishman James Hoban, designed the White House

-St. Patrick’s clearing of the Emerald Isle of snakes isn’t true. There have never been any snakes in Ireland

-St. Patrick was not actually Irish, he was Roman

-There are nearly 8 times more Polish speakers in Ireland than Gaelic speakers.

-According to the Irish birthday traditions, people hold the birthday child upside down and bump the head slightly on the floor. The bumps correspond to the age of the child. It is believed that this tradition brings good luck.

-A single day of good weather that pops up in a long stretch of bad days is known in Ireland as a "pet day."


-In 1814 there was a ‘beer flood’ in London as 388,000 gallons of the stuff spilled out of a vat.

-Egyptian pyramid workers were paid in beer – one gallon a day.

-In the middle ages more beer than water was consumed – it was safer to drink.

-50 million people in the world are totally drunk right now.

-Ceno-sillica-phobia is the fear of an empty beer glass.

-The strongest beer in the world is more than 67% proof.

-At the wife carrying championship in Finland – the first prize is your wife’s weight in beer.

-In Africa there’s a beer brewed from bananas.

-There are 400 types of beer – Belgium has the most.#

-Vielle Bon Secours is the most expensive beer in the world – it’s 1000 pounds a bottle.


-Modern Mums have two children compared to the fifties where 3.5 children was the norm and in the 1700’s they had between 7 and ten!

-Mrs Vassilyev of Russia gave birth to 69 children between 1725 and 1765.

-There are 4.3 babies are born ever second.

-A preschooler requires mum's attention once every 4 minutes or 210 times a day.

-In 1955 Signora Carmelina Fedele gave birth to a 22 pound 8 ounce boy in Italy in 1955.

-A female oyster over her lifetime may produce over 100 million young.

-A mother giraffe often gives birth while standing, so the new born's first experience outside the womb is a 1.8-meter (6-foot) drop.

-The average weight gain during pregnancy for Mum is 30 pounds.

-Research suggest that Mums who give birth later in life will live longer.

-They say there are more phone calls made on Mother’s Day than on any other day of the year. But calls have declined since the popularity of e-mail and texting.

-Mother’s Day is the third-largest card-sending holiday.

-Mother’s Day is the busiest day of the year for restaurants.

-Barbara Streisand and Whoopi Goldberg have a rose named for them.
-In the 1600’s Tulip bulbs were more valuable than gold in Holland.

-Tulip bulbs can be substituted for onions in a recipe.

-Daisies are found everywhere on Earth except Antarctica

-The very expensive spice, saffron, comes from a type of crocus flower.

-The largest flower in the world is the titan arums, which produce flowers 10 feet high and 3 feet wide. The flowers smell of decaying flesh and are also known as corpse flowers.

-Hundreds of years ago, when Vikings invaded Scotland, they were slowed by patches of wild thistle, allowing the Scots time to escape. Because of this, the wild thistle was named Scotland’s national flower.

-Foxglove is an old English name, derived from the belief that foxes slipped their feet into the leaves of the plant to sneak up on prey.

-While daffodils are most commonly shades of yellow, gold or orange, varieties also exist in white, pink, green and red.

-Daffodils are know to cause skin reactions known as "daffodil itch" in some people.


-The flushing toilet was invented by John Harrington in 1596, which is where we get the nickname “the John.”

-Thomas Crapper increased the popularity of this system, he was a toilet supplier - so his name is also used sometimes.

-Mario and Luigi - the Super Mario Brothers – are the World’s most famous plumbers or are they?....

-Michael Caine was a plumber, Ozzy Osbourne was a plumber’s apprentice. And the late Bob Hoskins who once played Mario, was also an actual plumber too!

-Ever hear the myth that when you flush a toilet in the Southern Hemisphere, the water flows the opposite direction??? It’s not true. It’s possible for the water to flow either direction in either hemisphere.

-The word “plumber” comes from the Latin word “plumbum,” which means “lead.” They used to make pipes out of lead you see!

-There are two different types of plungers – a toilet plunger and a sink/shower plunger. Toilet plungers narrow at the bottom to fit into the toilet while sink/shower plungers are flat.

-The floating mechanism in your toilet’s water tank is called a ballcock and it controls the flow of water.

-Manhole covers are circular because if they’re turned sideways, they can’t fall through their own opening.

-In Japan, some urinals have voice-activated flushing mechanisms. The urinals respond to several commands, including “fire.”


-The Grand National has been won more times by horses whose names begin with R than any other letter.

-The Dubai World Cup is 6 million dollars, the richest horse race purse in the world

-Horses drink at least 10 gallons of water a day (more in hotter climates).

-The best way to determine the age of a horse – look at it’s teeth their teeth never stop growing.

-Horses never vomit or burp.

-Horses have been on the planet for about fifty million years, but initially they looked more like foxes.

-Some people have a fear of horses. It is called Equinophobia.

-There are more than 350 breeds of horses in the world!

-Within a couple of hours after being born, a foal can stand and walk! When foals are born, their legs are about 90% the height of their adult legs.

-A year is added to a horse's birthday on January 1st in the Northern Hemisphere and on August 1st in the southern hemisphere irrespective of their actual birth date.

-In most cases, the foal (young horse) is born at night, away from danger and prying eyes.


-Little Pumpkin was the smallest pony in history - it stood high at 14 inches and weighed 20 lbs.


-Old Billy was the oldest recorded horse who lived to the ripe old age of 62!


-The medical term for sneezing is “sternutation.” It is sort of a re-booting of the nose.

-Sneezes are very complicated! Involving muscles in your back, neck, abdomen, diaphragm, throat, vocal cords, face, and chest—with some muscles contracting and others relaxing. Even your eyelid muscles are involved. We close our eyes when we sneeze.

-The ancient Greeks thought that sneezing was a sign from the gods.

-In some people, sneezing can be triggered by sudden exposure to bright light. These people are called photic.

-Plucking your eyebrows can trigger a facial nerve, resulting in a sneeze!

-It is believed that sneezed air travels up to 100 miles per hour, and the spray can travel more than five feet!

-Most people sneeze once or twice or three times in a row. The longest sneezing spell is said to be 978 days: a record set by a woman named Donna Griffiths.

-We never sneeze in our sleep. It cannot happen!

-Your eyes won’t pop out if you keep them open when you sneeze, it’s just ridiculously difficult to do!

-If you try and keep a sneeze in though, you can crack a rib! Like most things - better out than in.

-10% of the World’s population are left handed.

-Famous lefties include Napoleon, Da Vinci, Michelangelo, Einstein, Newton, Bill Gates, Oprah, Obama and Jimi Hendrix.

-Right handed people tend to chew on the right whereas left handed people chew on the right!

-It is estimated that 2 and a half thousand left handed people a year, accidentally kill themselves using equipment that is meant for right handed people.

-Left handers die three years earlier than right handers!

-Premature babies are more likely to be left handed.

-Of the seven most recent U.S Presidents, 4 have been left handed

-Left handed college graduates go on to become 26% richer than right handed graduates

-On a QWERTY keyboard there are 1447 English words typed solely with the left hand, whilst only 187 are typed with the right hand.


-Sir Tom Jones, real name Thomas Jones Woodward is 74 years old.

-Jones has had thirty-six Top 40 hits in the United Kingdom and nineteen hit in the United States.

-In 1966 he won the Grammy Award for Best New Artist, he won an MTV Video Music Award in 1989 and he’s won two Brit Awards – Best British Male, in 2000, and Outstanding Contribution to Music, in 2003.

-At 12 years of age he was diagnosed with tuberculosis. Many years later he said: "I spent two years in bed recovering. It was the worst time of my life." During convalescence he could do little else but listen to music and draw.

-In March 1957 Jones married his high school girlfriend, when they were expecting a child together, both aged 16.

-The couple's son, Mark, was born in the month following their wedding.

-To support his young family Jones took a job working in a glove factory and was later employed in construction.

-He is still married to Melinda – despite a number of infidelities!

-Jones received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1989

-Over the years he has sold over 100 million records!


-The most common words in titles for horror movies are Dead Night Blood House and Vampire

-Silence Of The Lambs is the only horror movie ever to win Best Picture at The Oscars – Jaws and The Exorcist were nominated, but didn’t win.

-The shower scene in psycho took a week to film, it includes over 77 camera angles for just three minutes of film where you never see Janet Leigh’s skin being pierced in any way.

-Final Destination was originally supposed to be an episode of the X Files – it went on to be a hugely successful horror franchise with 5 films.

-Johnny Depp made his movie debut in a Nightmare On Elm Street a film in which 500 gallons of fake blood were used.

-Poltergiest and ET were filmed on the same street as Speilberg was making them at the same time.

-We spend six minutes a day laughing, but we're more miserable than we used to be - in the 50s we spent three times as long having a chuckle.
-We sunbathe for 2,170hrs in our lives.
-6mths just stuck in queuing.
-20wks on hold - That's 60 hours a year listening to muzak while waiting to speak to a human in a call centre.
-Men are in the toilet for one hour 45 minutes a week, while women spend just one hour 25 minutes.
-WE only spend 115 hrs quality time with the children.
-4yrs on the phone at work.
-Men spend 3,000hrs shaving.
-We have 366 days off sick
-We spend 11 years in front of the TV
-5yrs on the net.

-The oldest known pie recipe, is for a rye-crusted goat’s cheese and honey pie, eaten in ancient Rome about 2,000 years ago.

-The pork pie market is worth £145m a year, according to the Melton Mowbray Pork Pie Association.

-Pukka pies produce 180,000 pies and pasties per day. One of their steak and kidney pies contains 225 calories.

-The World pie eating championship is held in Wigan every year – last year the competition was voided, as the wrong sized pies had been delivered.

-Macdonalds apple pies are not suitable for vegetarians – it’s due to the risk of cross contamination in the frying process.

-The term "upper crust" refers to early America when the economy was difficult and supplies were hard to come by. Only affluent households could afford ingredients for both the upper and lower crusts of a pie; thus, the term "upper crust" was born.

-Pies first appeared in Britain in the 12th century, usually spelt ‘pye’ and containing meat. Fruit pies did not appear until the 16th century.

-The crust of the pie was then most commonly known as a ‘coffyn of paste’. The base was a rectangular box of pastry.

-The descriptive words most likely to precede ‘pie’ are ‘apple’, ‘American’, ‘mince’, and ‘humble’, with ‘pumpkin’ and ‘meat’ sharing fifth place.

-The World Custard Pie Championships were first held in 1967 in the village of Coxheath, Kent. The pies, do not contain any custard.

-There are few things as American as apple pie, as the saying goes, but like much of America's pie tradition, the original apple pie recipes came from England.

-The Chinese New Year is celebrated for 15 days, with each day holding a separate meaning!
-Most Chinese workers will get seven days off during the new year period.

-The second day of the New Year celebration is believed to be the birthday of all dogs; as such, all pets and stray animals are well fed by people as a ritual on this day.

-The phrase 'Happy New Year' in Chinese is 'Gung Hei - Fat Choi' which means 'May You Have Good Fortune'.

-China witnesses the world's largest human migration during the festival as over a billion people board planes, trains, boats, buses, and cars to reunite with their families. They call this migration Chunyan.

-Children in China receive red envelopes filled with cash as gifts on New Year's Day. The amount they receive is usually an even number but it cannot be divisible by four as number 4 means death in Chinese.

-The festivities are not complete without firecrackers - they scare off evil spirits.

-On New Year's Day, the Chinese don't wash their hair as they believe it might wash away their good luck for the rest of the year.


-Viking women had more freedom that most women of their era – they could inherit property, request a divorce and reclaim their dowries if their marriages ended.

-Viking gentlemen preferred being blond. To conform to their culture’s beauty ideals, brunette Vikings—usually men—would use a strong soap with a high lye content to bleach their hair. In some regions, beards were lightened as well.

-A Viking's most treasured weapon was his sword.  They were handed down generations via inheritance, were often named and could be inscribed with runes by talented smiths to magically increase their power.

-Vikings played Piggy in the Middle with rolled up bearskins.

-On average, Vikings would live to around their forties.

-Children would be considered adults by the age of twelve!

-The Viking diet was good and varied, accounting for their height not dissimilar to our own.

-Ordeals were a test of bravery to sort out arguments by picking stones out of hot water or carrying hot iron for nine paces.

-Vikings loved brightly coloured clothes, using woad for blue; weld for yellow and madder for red.

-Norse boats were very well made and were often named.

-A baldric was a shoulder strap to carry a sword.


-It is estimated that us Brits will use staggering 52 million eggs on Pancake Day - about 22 million more than on a regular day.

-Valentine’s Day and Pancake sometimes fall on the same day, but that day will not come again until 2040. 

-In France and Catholic communities of the United States, they refer to Shrove Tuesday as Mardi Gras, meaning Fat Tuesday.

-In February 2012, 890 people in Sheffield broke a world record for most people tossing pancakes! Unfortunately, some hadn’t practiced beforehand, as 40 participants had to be discounted due to either failing to toss their pancake within the time, or for dropping their pancake.

-In Canada small items are baked into the pancakes, such as rings, thimbles, coins and pencil stubs. Each item is meant to mean something - a coin could mean wealth, a ring could mean marriage and a thimble suggests that the finder might become a seamstress.

-It is tradition in France to touch the handle of the frying pan and make a wish while the pancake is turned, whilst holding a coin in one hand.

-In the 1999 New York marathon a man ran the race in 3hr 2min 27sec while tossing a pancake.

-The most flips anyone has even done with a pancake is 349 flips in 2 mins which set the bar pretty high as far as world records go - good luck to anyone who tries to beat that!

-The biggest pancake ever made measured a whopping 15 metres long and weighed 3 tonnes. Made in Rochdale in 1994, this pancake was estimated to contain a whopping 2 million calories!


-Only one person in two billion will live to be 116 years old.

-Armadillos have four babies at a time and they are always the same sex.

-An ostrich's eye is bigger than its brain.

-Wilma Flintstone's maiden name was Wilma Slaghoopal, and Betty Rubbles' maiden name was Betty Jean Mcbricker.

-The average ear of corn has eight hundred kernels arranged in sixteen rows.

-Underground is the only word in the English language that begins and ends with the letters "und"

-In the us frisbees outsell baseballs footballs and basketballs combined.

-Beethoven put his head in cold water before he combined,

-Banging your head against a wall would burn 150 calories an hour.

-The longest human pregnancy lasted for 17 months and 11 days.

-The international dialling code for Antarctica is 672.

-Shakespeare invented the words assassination and bump.


-You don’t like the original version of a song because it’s better, you like it because you heard it first.

-In 2008 Warner music collected $2 million for the usage of Happy Birthday.

-Your favourite song is probably your favourite because you associate with an emotional event in your life.

-There ‘mere exposure effect’ means you like music just because you’ve heard it a lot… that’s probably why you like Olly Murs.

-Barry Manilow’s song ‘I Write The Songs’ was not written by him!

-What’s the world’s best selling instrument?? The harmonica.


-Listening to music whilst working out immeasurably improves physical performance.

-Flowers grow faster when music is played to them and cows produce more milk when listening to music!

-The name Perfume comes from the Latin word “per fume” which means “through smoke”- as the earliest perfumes were incense based made from spices and herbs.

-One third of men’s fragrances sold, are actually worn by women.

-The average brit spends £23 a year on perfume.

-The fastest selling celebrity perfume of all time – not Britney, not Sarah Jessica Parker… One Direction’s - Our Moment.

-Jennifer Lopez makes £570 an hour from her perfumes – she’s lent her name to more than 18 different scents. She makes more money from perfume than music.

-Every 55 seconds someone buys a bottle of Chanel No.5 – established in 1921 – it is the most iconic perfume of all time. Famously it’s all Marilyn Monroe wore in bed.

-You can Increase the life expectancy of your bottle by just spraying on pulse points – these areas radiate more heat so help to diffuse the scent better – so spray only on the inner wrists, base of your neck, behind your earlobes, and your inner elbows.

-Don’t rub your wrists together after a spray, it literally squashes the scent and can distort the smell.

-The same scent can smell different on two different people -  Sweat, the environment, and even diet can play a huge role in how your perfume smells on you.

-Your nose gets used to your signature fragrance, and you can only smell it when it’s first applied or when you consciously pay attention to it. So do not over spritz or you’ll reek of it and you won’t know.

-The most expensive perfume in the world is Clive Christian’s Imperial Majesty, priced at $215,000 for 16.9 ounces. It’s served in a crystal bottle with an 18-carat gold collar and five-carat diamond.

-Ambergris, a perfume ingredient more expensive than gold, is the product of a whale’s irritated stomach. If you find any washed up at the beach, hang on to it, it’s the most expensive vomit in the world.

-Research has shown that a quick spritz can lift your spirits. Feeling overwhelmed? Apply a fragrance that contains lavender to promote relaxation. Coffee didn’t wake you up this morning? A citrus-infused scent will awaken your senses.


-Men who kiss their wives in the morning are said to live five years longer than those who don’t. So pucker up and start your day off right!

-Due to jobs, kids, TV, the Internet, hobbies, and home and family responsibilities, the average married couple spends just four minutes a day alone together

-80% of all marriages in history were between second cousins or even closer. Einstein, Darwin and Edgar Allen Poe married their first cousins.

-Nearly 60% of married adults have had at least one affair

-In France, you can legally marry a dead person.

-About 300 couple get married in Las Vegas every day.

-People who endure more than a 45 minute commute are 40 per cent more likely to divorce.

-First marriages that end in divorce usually last 8 years.

-In 2007 a woman married the Eiffel Tower.

-Most married couples are happy in their 3rd year of marriage.

-The more you spend on your wedding, the higher the chance of divorce.


-Paris syndrome is a psychological disorder suffered by people who realize that Paris is not what they expected.

-During its construction, the Great Wall was called “the longest cemetery on earth” because so many people died building it. Reportedly, it cost the lives of more than one million people.

-Venice is slowly sinking! It’s made up of over 115 tiny islands, but largely built on ancient wooden platforms which are at the mercy of aqua alta – this is when the water gets higher than normal.

-The name Spain comes from the word Ispania, which means the land of rabbits.

-In Tokyo, a bicycle is faster than a car for most trips.

-Tourists visiting Iceland should know that tipping at a restaurant is considered an insult.

-There are no clocks in Las Vegas gambling casino and there is one slot machine in Las Vegas for every eight inhabitants.

-There are more than 10 million bricks in the Empire State Building.

-A quarter of Russia is covered by forest.

-Italy is said to have more masterpieces per square mile than any other country in the world.

-The city with the most Rolls Royce's per capital is Hong Kong.

-Australia is well known as being as the country where criminals were deported to for many years and therefore it's no real surprise to learn that in 2007, around a quarter of the population had an ancestor that was a convict.  


-In the opening scene, Maggie used to ring up on the cash register as $847.63 because in 1989, that was the estimated price of raising a baby for one month.

-Why are the Simpsons yellow? – It’s so that when you are flicking through channels and you see them, you absolutely know you’re watching the Simpsons.

-If you watch an episode dubbed in French, Homer’s signature “D’oh!” is translated to “T’oh!” - The Spanish version, however is “Ouch!”.

-It takes six to eight months to create each episode.

-Lisa has celebrated her 8th birthday on two different episodes.

-Time Magazine said that Bart Simpson was one of the most influential people of the 20th Century.

-Until 1998, the six main voice actors for the show earned $30,000 per episode. From then until 2004, they earned $125,000 per show. Today, they get a whopping £400,000 per episode.

-In 1990, ‘Do The Bartman’ topped the UK Singles Chart. The song was co-written and produced by Michael Jackson.

-The length of the opening scene couch gag is dependent upon how long the episode is. If they need to fill space for a shorter episode, they’ll make an extended couch gag.

-In 1989, it took just two days for Danny Elfman to compose the show’s now famous theme tune.

-While Lisa’s first word was “Bart” and Maggie’s was “Daddy”, the first words out of young Bart’s mouth were “Ay caramba!”.

-Despite his youthful looks, Ned Flanders is actually 60!

-Fox owns the rights to the Simpsons until 2082


-Dinosaurs were the most successful creatures ever to colonize the earth – they roamed for over 150 million years! They’ve been gone for about 65 million years and we’ve been here for just 2 million years.

-The word "dinosaur" was coined by Sir Richard Owen, who also founded the Natural History Museum in London, England – it means terrible lizard.

-Dinosaurs were not lizards, most were warm blooded creatures and far from leathery, may have been covered in a downy feather-like coating.

-T-Rex is considered the most ferocious of dinosaurs, but it wouldn’t make the top 15 largest dinosaurs.

-Sauropods were the biggest type of dinosaur, they say some were 200ft long and their tails would have created a sonic boom with one swish.

-The Brontosaurus was a sauropod – although it may not have actually existed at all. It is now believed that the wrong skull was put on to a nearby ‘incomplete’ skeleton missing both legs and a tail. So it wouldn’t look exactly how we imagine it.

-A four tonne stegosaurs had a brain as big as a walnut.

-No one knows a dinosaur’s lifespan although some think they could have lived for up to 300 years.

-Some dinosaurs were as small as pigeons.

-Dinosaurs almost certainly evolved into birds. Some people say they are the dinosaurs amongst us.

-The vast majority of dinosaurs were plant eaters.


-Having 20/20 vision, the standard for normal visual acuity, means you can clearly see an image—like the letters on an eye chart—from a distance of 20 feet.

-The world record for human vision was set by Dr. Dennis Levi in 1985. He was able to identify a bright line a quarter of an inch thick from one mile away.

-Sitting too close to the TV may give you a headache, but it won’t wreck your vision. The same is true of reading in dim light.


-A large meal will temporarily make your hearing less sharp.


-The taste map you learned growing up (the one that showed the tip of the tongue registering sweet flavors; the back, bitter; and the sides, salty and sour) is a myth. While receptors for the five basic tastes do exist, they’re not confined to specific areas but are distributed across the tongue.

-French nutritionist Philippe Besnard recently discovered taste buds that seem to respond specifically to the flavor of fat.

-It’s believed that roughly one-quarter of all Americans are “super-tasters,” and another quarter are “non-tasters.” Super-tasters have more taste buds and are often sensitive to ­bitter foods. Non-tasters have fewer taste buds and tend to have a high tolerance for spicy foods.

-Your taste buds die off and ­regenerate every few days. As you age, the cycle slows, dulling your ability to taste—which explains why older people tend to like their foods saltier and spicier.


-The skin is your body’s largest organ and contains more than 4 million sensory receptors.

-Among the body’s most sensitive areas are the lips, the back of the neck, the fingertips, and the soles of the feet. The least sensitive is the middle of your back.


-One of the most evocative smells from childhood is…. crayons.

-The smell of a new leather jacket or pair of shoes makes everyone happy. But a new car smells best of all. An artificial “new car smell” is sprayed inside cars that lasts for six weeks.

-While humans each have a favourite smell, so too do animals. Lions like a mint smell and camels like the smell of tobacco apparently!

-The sense of smell is the first of all our senses to develop. Even before we are born, our sense of smell is fully formed and functioning.

-A woman’s sense of smell is much stronger than a man’s.

-Humans have five to six million odour detecting cells but that is nothing compared to the animal kingdom. Rabbits have 100 million and a dog 220 million.

-As it turns out, the phrase wake up and smell the coffee is more true than you would imagine. When you are asleep, they say your sense of smell shuts down. You can smell only the coffee after you have woken up.

-Your sense of smell accounts for 75-95% of the impact a flavour has. Without being able to smell the difference between onion and potato, it’d be difficult to tell them apart.

-People who cannot smell have a condition called anosmia. 

-In general, most healthy adults need seven to nine hours of sleep a night. However, some individuals are able to function without sleepiness or drowsiness after as little as six hours of sleep. Others can’t perform at their peak unless they’ve slept ten hours.
-We naturally feel tired at two different times of the day: about 2:00 AM and 2:00 PM. It is this natural dip in alertness that is primarily responsible for the post-lunch dip.
-The body never adjusts to shift work.
-Tom Cruise snores so loudly, he sleeps in a sound-proof "snoratorium."
-Winston Churchill took a two-hour nap every day.
-Mariah Carey surrounds her bed with 20 humidifiers and needs 15 hours of shut-eye per night. 
-Leonardo da Vinci's sleep schedule included 20-minute naps every four hours.
-Charles Dickens slept facing north to improve his creativity.
-Emily Bronte used to walk around her kitchen table until she felt tired. She suffered with insomnia.

-Bugs Bunny was named after the artist who created him. Ben ‘Bugs’ Hardaway.

-Roger Rabbit was based on both Warner Brothers and Disney Cartoons - His overalls are based on Goofy's outfit, his tie on Porky Pig and his gloves on Mickey Mouse.

-Beatrix Potters character, Peter Rabbit, was the very ever character to receive a merchandising license. He was made into a soft toy in 1903.

-The story of Bambi is based on a Novel which never featured his rabbit friend Thumper. Thumper was added by Disney for some much needed comic relief.

-We’ve had the pink Duracell bunny since the 70’s – in America though they’re now more familiar with the pink Energiser Bunny as that rival brand successfully trademarked a ‘battery bunny’ before Duracell realised what was happening.

-The Nesquik Bunny has also been around since the 70’s – in France though, they had a fat yellow dog call Gros-Kwik. In Portugal, they had a Kangaroo!

-Jive Bunny, the band who had global number 1’s in the late 80’s (with Swing The Mood, Let’s Party and That’s What I like) were actually from Rotherham!

-The Easter Bunny is five foot tall, lives in a secret location (not Easter Island) and delivers 90, 000 Easter Eggs in the UK every year.


-The cold is the most common disease in the World.

-We spend around two years of our lives just coughing and sneezing? The good news is you catch fewer colds the older you get, because you actually become more immune to them.

-Sneezes travel at 90 mph.

-The incubation period for a common cold is usually around two days. Only after this time will symptoms - such as coughing, sneezing and runny nose – start to appear.

-Surprisingly, common cold viruses are not easily spread through kissing. In laboratory experiments where people with colds kissed healthy volunteers, only one in thirteen people without colds became infected.

-You are more likely to catch cold through snuggling up in bed for eight hours with your cold-suffering partner because you need to spend several hours with someone to become contaminated.

-There are 200 types of common cold – the most common is the rinovirus or nose virus!

-To avoid a cold try not to touch your eyes – this is easiest way to spread germs from door handles straight into your body!

-A ‘Philtrum’ is the vertical groove above your top lip.
-The dots on dice are called ‘Pips’
-An aglet is the plastic tag on the end of shoelaces.
-Tittles are the dots on lowers case I’s and J’s.
-The Glabella is the flat bit between the eyebrows.
-Petrichor is the smell of nature after rainfall.
-Crapulence is the sick feeling you get after eating and drinking too much.
-When your second toe is bigger than your big toe, it’s called Morton’s toe or Sheppard’s Toe or Royal Toe!
-The thing they use to measure your feet is called the Brannock Device

-Rod Stewart holds the world record for the largest concert crowd ever! In 1994 on New Year’s Eve, he filled Copacabana Beach and performed to 3.5 MILLION people.

-Def Leppard are one of only five rock bands with 2 albums selling over 10 million – they were HUGE in America.
-The song Wild Thing performed by many a rock group, was actually written by Chip Taylor who is John Voigt’s brother and therefore Angelina Jolie’s Uncle.
-Motorhead’s Lemmy was once a roadie for Jimmy Hendrix.
-Axl Rose used to earn $8 an hour smoking cigarettes for a science experiment.
-Jon Bon Jovi is married to his childhood sweetheart – they have 4 children together.
-Ozzy Osbourne once did time for burglary – he cheered himself up by giving himself tattoos using sewing needles and grate polish. He had two smiley faces on his knees.
-The Honey Monster was first seen on TV in 1976 - so successful the Sugar Puffs he’s advertised for nearly forty years, are now called Honey Monster Puffs – Tell Em About The Honey Mummy! Well, I’ll tell you - the cereal contains just 3 per cent honey.
-Shrek has a star on the Hollywood Walk of fame – he’s not the only Monster there though, Godzilla has one too.
-Godzilla also received a lifetime achievement award at the MTV awards in 1996 – Patrick Stewart presented it!
-The Loch Ness Monster has been seen by more than a thousand people yet in 1987 when they did Operation Deepscan – nothing was foind and it cost 1 million pounds.
-The Cookie Monster was initially created by Jim Henson to advertise a foodstuff, but he was destined for greater things! The Cookie monster’s real name is Sid.
-In the movie animation, Monsters Inc, Sully (the big blue one) has 2.3 million hairs. It took 12 hours to render every single frame which featured him. 
-Want to keep your biscuits fresh? Put a slice of bread in your biscuit tin every so often.
-In America a biscuit is actually more of a bready product like a scone – they call biscuits, cookies.
Dunking a biscuit in tea or coffee gives it more than ten times the flavour – that’s why we like it so much.
-Rich Teas are said to be the best biscuit for dunking – optimum dunk time just 0.6 seconds. But if you like a long dunk, you need to go for a robust ginger snap.
-25 million people have been injured by biscuits, mainly through fishing in a hot beverage for the broken bit. The riskiest biscuit of all is said to be the custard cream.
-The most popular biscuit in the UK right now is a chocolate digestive. But if you eat it with the chocolate on the top, you’re actually eating it upside down according to McVitties.
-The biggest custard cream in the World was created in November 2010 at Chino Latino's restaurant in Nottingham. It weighed 34.7 lb.
-Wagon Wheels have NOT shrunk in size, Burtons the company who makes them say categorically that you have got bigger! However if you do have a Wagon Wheel in Australia they are 14 mm larger than ours.
-When it comes to the colour red, women can see many more varying tones than men. This is because the seeing red gene sits on the X Chromosone and we have two of them.
-This is also why more men than women are colour blind.
-For you info 8% of men are colourblind compared to 0.5% of women.
-Silver is the safest colour for a car.
-Pink calms you down and soothes the nerves.
-Orange and yellow are known appetite stimulators, so don’t put em in your kitchen near the fridge.
-The colour of the universe is Cosmic Latte – it’s a mixture of beige and white.
-Bulls are not angered by the colour red, it’s the ‘flapping’ of the rag that enrages them.
Hot chocolate tastes better in orange cups and coffee apparently tastes best in a BROWN CUP!
-The most retweeted tweet ever was Ellen’s Oscar Selfie from last year. In advertising terms, one publicist valued the picture at around a billion dollars.
-The dramatic rise in headlice in teenagers is down to them frequently putting their heads together for selfies.
-The celebrity with the most amount of tweeted selfies is Mylie Cyrus followed by ex-supermodel, Tyra Banks.
-On August the 28th 2013, teenagers on a pilgrim took the first ever Papal Selfie with Pope Francis.
-Over 93 million selfies are taken everyday. Women take more selfies than men.
-5% of people claim they have accidentally stepped on a pet whilst taking a selfie.
-One of the best inventions of last year was the selfie stick allowing you to get a bit of distance between you and the phone – some people call these Narcisticks, because we’re all becoming so vain!
-Selfies are most popular in Australia followed by the US and Canada – in Korea, they call the sel-cas which is a combination of self and camera.
-A photographer called Jim Krause claims he coined the term selfie in 2005, but the word was first seen on a forum in Australia in 2002 when a drunk person apologised for a picture that was out of focus, claiming it was a ‘selfie’.
-First up, Bananaman – he had his own version of kryptonite, which was …. Mouldy Bananas. A Bananaman film is said to be on the way this year, but no one knows anything about it!
-Next up - Supergran - The Supergran Theme, performed by Billy Connelly got to number 32 in the UK singles chart in 1985. Supergran - was so successful it was sold to 60 countries and won an Emmy! Only two series were ever made – then Tyne Tees decided to put more money into gameshows like Chain Letters.
-Next, Superted - In 1980 Warner Brothers studio wanted to buy the rights to Superted for a massive 250 grand! But creator Mike Young wanted to keep the superhero Welsh, so delined the offer.
-Next – Dangermouse - Each ten minute episode of Dangermouse required 2000 drawings – so they often used ‘in the dark sequences’ which just featured an eyeball for Dangermouse or two eyeballs for other characters – it saved time and money. A remake of Dangermouse is on the way this year with Alexander Armstrong as the title character and Come Dine With Me’s Dave Lamb as the narrator.
-Count Duckula was a spin off of Dangermouse – he appeared as a recurring villain.
Finally Thermoman in the sit com My Hero! Played by Ardal O Hanlan for 6 series of the BBC show, and regularly got high audience figures, until James Dreyfuss took over the role and viewers dissapeared, leading to it’s cancellation.
-The most commonly reported dream is the one where your spouse is cheating on you – it doesn’t mean they are cheating on you, it just our universal fear of being betrayed and left alone.
-Dreams have been responsible for many great ideas – Google, the sewing machine and the periodic table to name but a few.
-In our lifetime we will have about 100,000 dreams – we forget most of them within ten minutes of waking and 60% of people never remember them at all.
-People who have smoked cigarettes for a long time and then stop, have much more vivid dreams than they would normally experience.
-50% of people have at some point controlled their dreams, although some people can do it more frequently.
-Men dream about other men twice as often, as they dream about women - whereas women dream equally about men and women. Women also have more characters in general in their dreams and their dreams last longer.
-Our dreams are frequently full of strangers who play out certain parts – generally our mind is not inventing these faces – they are real faces of real people that you have seen during your life, but may not know or remember.
-12% of people dream purely in black and white.
-Toddlers do not dream about themselves until around the age of 3. From the same age, children typically have many more nightmares than adults do. Although it is worth noting that most dreams are negative… as they are often about fears, insecurities and danger.
-If all the coins in circulation were shared equally amongst the British population we would have 58 pounds 38 in loose change.

-Three in every hundred pound coins is a fake. If you think you have a fake – you shouldn’t spend it, that would be illegal. You need to hand it to the police, so they can work out where the hotspots are.

-The world’s first paper money was created in China 1400 years ago.

-According to a study, the key to happiness is spending your money on experiences and not posessions.

-Paper money can transport the flu virus for two weeks!

-The most expensive object ever built is the international space station – 150 billion dollars.

-Bob Marley’s last words were ‘money can’t buy life’.

-If Bill gates was to spend 1 million dollars a day, it would take him 218 years to spend all his money!

-Crisps are said to have been invented around 1853 by Charles Crum, a chef at Moon's Lake House in Saratoga Springs, in irritation at a customer who kept asking for thinner potatoes!
-The world's largest collection of empty crisp packets went on display at a museum in Vreden, Germany, in 2008. It included 2,000 packets.
-When Fredric Baur of Cincinnati died aged 89 in 2008, his cremated remains were put in a Pringles can and put in his grave according to his wishes... Baur had invented the Pringles container and the method of packaging the curved crisps in it.
-It takes about five to six potatoes or 600g to make a 150g bag of chips.
In the UK, we eat a tonne of crisps every three minutes. This would be enough to fill a telephone box every 43 seconds and an Olympic sized swimming pool every 14 hours.
-Snacking on a packet a day — can add up to the equivalent of drinking almost five litres of cooking oil per year to their diet.
-Modern crisps are also loaded with fat to provide something that the industry calls ‘mouthfeel’. We feel this fat through a nerve called the trigeminal, which sits above and behind the mouth. It sends tactile information to the brain. The better the mouthfeel, the more we desire it.
-Statistics reveal that 69 per cent of children’s lunchboxes have crisps in them.
Crisps are the only thing people like eating more than chocolate while watching television.
The World’s largest crisp was a Pringle – it measured 25 by 14 inches and weighed 5.4 oz. It contained 920 calories and was the equivalent of 80 regular Pringle's potato crisps.
-Spock’s Face was originally supposed to be red, but as many people were still watching on Black and White tellies, they decided he would just look weird.
-No one ever played themselves in Star Trek apart from Stephen Hawking. Star Trek Next Generation, Season 6, episode 26 – he was playing poker with Einstein, Isaac Newston and Data on the holodeck.
-Zachary Quinto, who played Spock in the newest films was so rubbish at the Vulcan salute, they had to glue his fingers together.
-Matt Damon was asked to be Captain Kirk in the newest Star Trek movies, but he declined.
-Martin Luther King was a big fan of the show. Once Nichelle Nichols who played Uhura told him she was going to leave the show… and he convinced her to stay.
-Gene Rioddenberry creator of the show was convinced there would be no chest hair in the future – so he made Shatner shave it off.
-Patrick Stewart was so convinced that The Next Generation would fail that for the first 6 weeks of filming the show, he refused to unpack his suitcases.
-The inventor of Petroleum Jelly (or Vaseline) used to eat a spoonful of the stuff every day! He lived to be 96.
-Leo Fender the inventor of the telecaster and Stratocaster …could not play guitar!
Charles Richter who invented the Richter scale for measuring earthquakes was a nudist!
-Walt Disney, Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, Henry Ford, Thomas Edison and Steve Jobs - none of them had a degree.
-The inventors of Bubble Wrap, Alfred Fielding and Marc Chavannes, were originally trying to make 3d plastic wallpaper, which was a failure.
-The Whoopee cushion was invented by a 14-year old Roman Emperor, who used it frequently on guests. He was assassinated by the time he was 18.
-Thomas Jefferson invented the swivel chair and sat on the first one while writing much of the Declaration of Independence.
-When Anders Celsius invented the temperature scale, he put 100 degrees as the point for freezing and 0 degrees as the point for boiling. Another scientist, Carl Linnaeus, waited until Celsius had died to change the scale to the way we read it today.
-The upside-down ketchup bottle earned its inventor Paul Brown 13 million dollars!
-According to the University of Kansas there are actually five types of flirting: traditional, physical, sincere, playful and polite! While 25 percent of flirting falls into the playful category, 30 percent is intended to sincerely lure a mate into our web of desire.
-Once you get that whole smiling thing down, go in for some eye contact. Not only is it a major signal that you’re interested, but eye contact can go as far as making someone even more attracted to you than they would have been. Studies have found that a “mutual unbroken gaze for two minutes with a stranger” leads to “increased feelings of passionate love.”
-Being tactile is useful, but we’re really just talking a friendly shoulder push or tap. Only go in for a face touch, if you’re really sure, otherwise it’s really creepy.
-Playing ‘hard to get’ really does work. Making yourself appear to be a “scarce resource worth having” while maintaining your interest is the ticket. People ALWAYS want what they can’t have.
-For men, age isn’t a factor. When it comes to a playful night out with the ladies and flirting just for fun, 83 percent of guys say they don’t care how old (or young) you might be.
-How you talk is a huge indicator. When we are being flirty women particularly talk more “smoothly and quickly.”
-The University of Newcastle in Australia have found that women are at our “most alluring” when we angle our heads forward, so we’re forced to look ever-so slightly upward. Men, in order to look more manly, can tilt their heads back and look a bit down their nose.

-The highest verified gust of wind in the UK was 173mph, on March 20th, 1986, in the Cairngorms.

-The windiest place on earth is Commonwealth Bay, Antarctica where winds of 200mph have been recorded.

-‘Aneemious’ is the word for a plant that grows in windy conditions. It is one of the rare words that contain all five vowels once each in the right order.

-Over three per cent of the world’s energy production now comes from wind-power.

-Australians call hurricanes…. willy-willies.

-Hurricanes are named using a rotating list of male and female names, but if a hurricane has been deemed too deadly or costly, the name will never be used again….

-Katrina is one such hurricane which in 2005 cost more than 1800 lives and 108 billion dollars.

-In 1987 weatherman Michael Fish said "Earlier on today, apparently, a woman rang the BBC and said she heard there was a hurricane on the way... well, if you're watching, don't worry, there isn't!". That evening, the worst storm to hit South East England for three centuries caused record damage and killed 19 people.

-He now says that if he had a penny for every time this incident was mentioned to him – he would have a million pounds.

-Also he is responsible for the ‘Michael’ Effect - this is where weather forecasters will predict the worst case scenario so as not to appear wrong.

-Ken Morley AKA Reg Holdworth – if he goes in, he could turn 72 in the house. It’s his birthday on the 17th Jan.
-Patsy Kensit – her band Eight Wonder was massive in Japan – their hit song I’m Not Scared was written by The Pet Shop Boys.
-Katie Hopkins – the lady who judges children based on their names, worked for the Met Office before she went into the Apprentice. She didn’t last.
-Daniella Westbrook was a child model – she did stuff for Asda, Next, Weetabix and was the face of Tammy Girl!
-Marcus Collins, runner up to Little Mix in the 2011 X Factor was mentored by Gary Barlow, who he still works with!
-Linda Evans, Crystal in Dynasty, appeared in Hell’s Kitchen with Marco Pierre White in 2009 and she won!
-Callum Best, no stranger to reality TV either – he’s done Come Dine With Me and Celebrity Love Island and some say he’s been offered 50k to appear in Celeb Big Brother.
-Finally, Keith Chegwin was supposed to appear on the 6th series Dancing On Ice, but he broke three ribs and fractured his shoulder on his first day of training, so he had to withdraw.
-The word umbrella comes from the Latin word "umbra" which means shade or shadow.
-Although the Americans used to call them Bumbershoots! We often say brolly as do the aussies – BUT Other synonyms include gamp, sunshade, rainshade and parapluie.
-Brolli-ologists study the origin and history of umbrellas. However, they cannot agree on where the umbrella originated. There is evidence that they have existed for thousands of years in civilisations such as the Ancient Greeks, Romans and Egyptians.
-Around 1750 an Englishman Jonas Hanway used an umbrella in the rain in London. His influence finally introduced umbrella to male population of England, and soon after entire world! Before that, they were purely a female accessory. So initially he was mercilessly mocked.
-Modern day umbrellas are coated with Teflon, which makes their canopy waterproof.
-The majority of modern umbrellas are made in China.
-One city in China has over thousand umbrella factories. They produce 350 million umbrellas a year, each worker sews forty an hour!
-First working "folding umbrella" was introduced in the 1920’s.
-In the US, 33 million brollies a year are sold.
-Penguins were once able to fly! Like millions of years ago.
-Getting off the ground eventually just took too much effort for birds that were becoming expert swimmers - So, they effectively traded in their ability of flight for another, more useful one.

-Every March and April Emperor penguins will waddle as much as 120 kilometers to reach their breeding sites.

-Emperor penguins go against conventional male–female parenting roles.
The male penguin incubates his mate’s egg while she goes out to feed. And once the little chick hatches, the male penguin feeds it with milk that he produces in his esophagus.

-Penguin colonies can consist of tens of thousands of birds, with the largest known colony on St Croix Island near Port Elizabeth, South Africa, numbering 50,000.

-A penguin’s eyes work just as well underwater as they do above ground.
Because penguins eat a wide variety of undersea prey – including fish, krill, and molluscs – this trait enables them to find food more easily, even in dark, cloudy, or murky water.

-Most penguins are monogamous.
In 2012, Argentinian researchers found that one particular pair of penguins had remained faithful to one another for sixteen years, despite spending long periods apart, making them two of the most faithful lovebirds in the animal kingdom.

-The Emperor penguin is the largest penguin species in existence, with a height of up to four feet and a weight of eighty-eight pounds. The smallest known penguin species is the Fairy penguin, who stands at just forty-five centimeters tall, and weighs two pounds.


-The traditional New Year’s song, “Auld Lang Syne,” means, “times gone by.”

-It’s tradition to ring in New Year’s with family and friends because the first people you see will either give you good luck or bad luck. So make sure to keep friends close and foes very far away

-In Italy, people wear red underwear on New Year’s Day to bring good luck all year long.

-In Colombia, Cuba and Puerto Rico, some families stuff a large doll, which is called Mr. Old Year, with memories from the past year. They also dress him in clothes from the outgoing year. At midnight, he is set ablaze, thus burning away the bad memories.

-If you want to have a happy new year, don’t eat lobster or chicken. Lobsters can move backward and chickens can scratch in reverse, so it is thought these foods could bring a reversal of fortune.

-Do not lend money or borrow money from anyone during New Year’s. Some people say that if you do, it will take the whole year for you to have it back or pay it out.

-The top 10 resolutions are usually to lose weight, eat more healthily, exercise more, stop smoking, stick to a budget, save money, get more organised, be more patient, find a better job and to just be a better person over all.


-According to the British Cheese Board, Britain has approximately 700 distinct local cheeses. It is thought that France and Italy have perhaps 400 each. That’s how good we are at cheese!

-Although we don’t eat as much as Greece and france who consume 25 Kilograms per person. That’s twice as much as we eat.

-Most cheese is produced from cow, sheep, or goat’s milk but it can and has been made from a plethora of milk-producing animals. A farm in Sweden for example makes moose cheese. It sells for a thousand dollars per kilogram because Moose don’t give milk for that long.

-Limburger cheese is notorious for its pungent smell. The bacteria known as brevi-bacterium linens causes this. It is the same bacterial which is responsible for body odor and cheesy feet.

-Cheese is a source of vitamin B12, which you need for red blood cell formation.

-The most popular cheese in the UK is Chedder – 55% of households buy it.


-We call him Santa of Father Christmas, but he goes by many names - in France they call him Pere Noel, in Spain he’s called Papa Noel, in Turkey he’s called Noel Baba, in Denmark he is Julemanden!

-In Australia, they leave a beer out for Santa and in Ireland they’ll leave out mince pies and a Guiness.

-Santa Claus was born in 270 AD. That means he is well over 1,700 years old. It’s the magic of Christmas that keeps him alive and well.

-Santa will travel through 3 different time zones on Christmas Eve. This gives him more time to deliver presents. About 31 hours in fact.

-Santa will visit over 91 million homes on Christmas Eve and if he had to buy the presents rather than make them in his workshop, he’d be looking at a bill for 280 billion.

-Santa’s sleigh travels at the speed of light. That is about 671 million miles per hour!

-Santa has 8 reindeer Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner and Blitzen. Rudolph is considered Santa’s 9th reindeer. He joined the team in 1939 on a really foggy evening.


-In 2009 Oprah Winfrey paid for 100 of her staff to go on a Mediterranean Cruise with their families, it cost her $750,000. A mere drop in the ocean.

-In 2008 Paris Hilton bought herself a Christmas present – a bright pink Bentley worth $250,000.

-Mariah Carey’s Husband bought her a car for Christmas – a customised, Rolls Royce Phantom worth $400,000 which was adorned with pictures of Mariah.

-In 2010 Jay Z bought Beyonce four Birkin bags – cost him 350 thousand dollars.
She trumped him buy purchasing a watch with 1,282 diamonds on it – that set her back $3 million.

-It is reported that Taylor Swift spent 80k on Beatles Memorabelia for… Harry Styles.
Jude law once bought Sienna Miller a baby grand piano which contained a diamond and saphire ring – worth $200,000.

-David Beckham, sounding a bit tight by comparison – he bought Victoria a pair of silk pyjamas for just $422.


-In the Czech Republic on Christmas day single women would stand with their back to the front door, then toss a shoe over their shoulder – if the toe of the shoe points to the door it foretells that they will be soon married!

-In Sweden Denmark, Norway and Iceland they have a kind of rice pudding on Christmas eve – if you find it you can make a wish.

-In Japan more than 240,000 buckets of KFC will be sold on Christmas Day. It’s a Christmas dinner tradition dating back to a very successful advertising campaign from the 70’s.

-In Finland, Christmas Eve is a day to visit the graves of ancestors and relatives, even if those relatives are many many miles away – graveyards will often be beautifully lit up with candles. They then go home and have a sauna.

-In the Ukraine, they adorn their trees with artificial spider webs! It dates back to the story of an old lady who could not afford to decorate her tree. In the night, a spider decorated it with webs and the morning light turned them to silver and gold, so she was never poor again.

-In Caracus, the capital of Venezula, when children go to bed they tie a piece of string to their toe and the other end dangles out of the window. Then the next morning, very early, people would roller skate through the street to early mass, gently tugging on the strings.


-Who gets the most fan mail on the show? Never the celebs or the professional dancers, it’s always Len Goodman! 7!!!!!!

-Dancers often go Commando – the leotard based dresses don’t leave much room for pants!

-Each dress has approximately 10,000 sequins, can cost over 2 grand to make by ten dress makers who get 2 and a half weeks.

-In one series of Strictly Come Dancing, an average of 504 cans of hairspray are used!

-Over 1 and a half million people apply for strictly tickets, most of em never get a sniff of the gallons of fake tan. They use around 4 gallons a series.

-The format is so successful it has been sold to 38 countries.

-In America, their version had the oldest contestant – and 80 year old Buzz Aldrin. Our oldest was Johnny Ball.

-Last December professional Dancer Flavia married actor Jimi Mistry after they danced together in 2010.

-Other romances included Flavia and Artem, not together anymore, Flavia and Matt Di Angelo not together anymore, Artem and Kara Tointon, not together anymore and…… ooooh Rachel Riley and Pasha…. Going out together!!


-Jingle bells was originally written for Thanks Giving and was called ‘One Horse Open Sleigh’.

-In 1965 Jingle Bells was the very first song to be performed live in space. Two astronauts performed it as a surprise for mission control. They had sleighbells and a harmonica.

-Deck The Halls was written for New Years Eve! Decking the halls with Holly was considered good luck.

-The song Frosty The Snowman never once mentions Christmas but wherever there is snow, there is Frosty.

-Let It Snow was written in 1945 on one of the hottest days of the year in Hollywood.

-According to the Guinness book of records - The biggest selling single of all time is believed to be White Christmas – as the song was written before conventional pop charts, it is based on ‘estimated’ sales. They believe it has sold more than Elton John’s Candle In The Wind.

-In the Twelve Days Of Christmas the five gold rings aren’t jewellery – it refers to five ring necked birds like pheasants and it’s not 4 calling birds, it’s 4 Colly birds, the old word for a blackbird.

-And if you wanted to buy everything on the Twelve Days Of Christmas you’d have to buy 364 gifts and it would set you back more than fifty grand.


-Every year in this Britain we throw away 227,000 miles of wrapping paper!

-6 million rolls of sellotape will be sold – that’s 55 times the length of the River Nile.

-We throw away the equivalent of 4.2 million Christmas dinners every year. That’s made up of 263000 thrown away turkeys, 740,000 chucked out Christmas puddings, 17.2 million binned brussel sprouts and most disgusting of all – 7.1 million pigs in blankets straight in the bin.

-We spend 700 million on unwanted presents. So at least one in ten of the presents we receive is totally useless.

-In the UK we’ll throw away around a billion Christmas cards in the first two weeks of January.
In short, in less than a month many of us will rack up more rubbish than we normally do in 3 months!



-The name Monday, comes from the old English ‘Moon Daag’ or Moon Day.

-50% of employees are late for work on Mondays.

-Most people moan for more than ten minutes on Mondays.

-Over 40’s suffer more on Mondays and moan for more than ten minutes.

-It’s the least productive day of the week – you can only really work for 3 and a half hours.

-There is 20 per cent increase in heart attacks on Mondays – probably caused by stress.

-Most people won’t even smile until quarter past eleven this morning.

-Monday is the best day to buy a car – you’ve got a bigger chance of getting a discount because they’re not expecting a good sales day.

-The song Manic Monday was written by Prince then given to the Bangles – ironically it was kept off number one in the US by Prince with his song, Kiss.


-Wine was discovered 6000 years ago in the middle-east – France is currently the biggest producer, but for a few years it was Italy!

-Oenaphobia is the fear or hatred of wine.

-The custom of bumping glasses with a “cheers” - came from old Rome where they would do this to stop people trying to poison each other, as bumping glasses could make the drink spill from one cup to the other. So became a sign of trust and friendship.

-If you visit Vietnam, ask your waiter a glass of cobra wine! This extreme beverage is rice-wine covered with snake blood that is killed on the spot.

-The smell of young wine is called an “aroma” while a more mature wine offers a more subtle “bouquet.”

-Since wine tasting is essentially wine smelling, women tend to be better wine testers because women.

-Women are also more susceptible to the effects of wine than men, partly because they have less of an enzyme in the lining of the stomach that is needed to metabolize alcohol efficiently.

-One bottle of wine contains 2.8 pounds of grapes and one average glass contains 111 calories.

-There is a right and wrong way to hold a wine glass. Wine glasses should always be held by the stem and not the bowl because the heat of the hand will raise the temperature of the wine.

-If there’s a real cork in the bottle, don’t keep the wine standing up. It causes the cork to shrink and can let air in the bottle.

-It is traditional to first serve lighter wines and then move to heavier wines throughout a meal. Additionally, white wine should be served before red, younger wine before older, and dry wine before sweet.


-Founded in 1996 by Larry Page and Sergey Brin when they were PhD students – they weren’t that good at websites actually, that’s why the homepage is so sparse.

-Google is also a spelling mistake – they were after the word Googol, which is a huge number, a 1 followed by 100 zeros – they wanted to imply that they had connections to a huge number of websites.

-There are 200 million Google searches a second. In fact ‘googling’ is now a verb in the English dictionary.

-They make 55.5 billion dollars a year.

-Google has photographed 5 million miles of roads – My dad was photographed on his road and I was photographed outside a former workplace - so that’s two members of the same family who are on Google street maps, in totally different locations – talk about Big Brother watching you.

-They’re known for their forward thinking workplaces – from relaxation pods to free haircuts, swimming pools to gyms and yoga classes – but they are perhaps most famous for the free meals.

-All food and drink is free – but beware the Google 15 – that’s the 15 pounds you will put on when you start working there.

-Also the queues are pretty long for dinner – they do this on purpose to get you talking to people in the queue and coming up with new ideas and ways of working.

-They are a dog friendly company – but they won’t let you bring your cat in.

-Want to work there?? Know when your beat, admit and celebrate your mistakes, know when to shut up and have humility – nobody off the Apprentice could EVER work here.


-Male reindeer shed their antlers in early winter and females shed theirs much later, meaning that Santa’s sleigh is likely powered by a group of she-deer!

-Reindeer lose their antlers every year, resulting in a lot of shed antlers strewn across the land. They are generally eaten by rodents as they are a great source of calcium and minerals.

-Unless they are magic, reindeers don’t usually fly – However they are all really good swimmers. They can swim up to six miles per hour.

-Reindeer are the only mammals that can see ultraviolet light.  It helps them spot things more clearly in the blaring light of the Arctic.

-Within 90 minutes of being born, a baby reindeer can run. Within a few hours, it is able to run several miles.

-Reindeer milk is said to be some of the richest and most nutritious milk produced by any terrestrial mammal. It has an impressive 22 percent butterfat and 10 percent protein; by comparison, cow’s milk has only 3 to 4 percent butterfat.


-The longest game of monopoly ever played, took 70 days! The underwater version took 50 days.

-Snakes and Ladders originated in India – It was called Mok-sha Patam and it emphasised the role of fate or karma in life.

-In chess the word Check Mate come from the Persian phrase Shah Mat – which means the King is Dead.

-In Star Trek Spok and Captain Kirk played chess just three times – Kirk won all three.

-Scrabble is the biggest board game in the world – 53 % of households have the game – it was originally called Lexico.

-The original name for Twister was King’s Footsie – it was developed as an advertising gimmick to sell shoe polish!

-Cluedo was created by Waddingtons in 1949 and was originally called MURDER! In America they just call it Clue.

-The American man who invented the game Operation is currently asking for Crowd Funding for an actual operation which is not covered on his insurance. He sold the rights to the game for 500 dollars in 1964 – he is now totally skint, even though the game has made over 40 million for Hasbro.

-Real Christmas trees came eighth in a survey of the nation’s favourite smells in 2004, just behind the sea but ahead of perfume.

-Fewer than one in five families will have a real tree.

-Manufactured Christmas tree ornaments were first sold by Woolworths in 1880.

-In the first week, a tree in your home will consume as much as 2 pints of water per day.

-The most common tree sold is now the Nordmann fir, which takes around ten years to grow and holds it’s needles the best.

-In 1930 the Addis Brush Company created the first artificial Christmas tree made from brush bristles. The company used the same machinery that it used to manufacture toilet brushes, but they were dyed green.

-Artificial trees will last for less than six years in your home, but for centuries in a landfill.


-As you’d probably guessed, the Boardroom isn’t real - it’s a studio. Similarly, Lord Sugar’s real-life HQ isn’t in central London - it’s in a business park in Brentwood, Essex.

-Tens of thousands of hopefuls apply online each year. They’re invited to auditions where they’re lined up and given 30 seconds to impress. They narrow it down with mock tasks then 30 are chosen and put through psychological assessments.

-All candidates are bound by a confidentiality agreement that forbids them from telling any more than a few nominated confidantes, what they're up to. Most only tell their parents, partner and employer. They tend to explain their two-month absence with cover stories like jury service or foreign aid work.

-Candidates are paid a modest fee of around £2,000 for being in The Apprentice - just enough to cover their rent or mortgage. This works out as decent pay if they’re fired in the first week, not so much if it’s nine weeks later.

-Oddly, the first thing candidates do is film their exit. Right at the beginning of the process, they’re all shot leaving a swish office building with a wheely suitcase and getting into a black cab. That means the winner does it too, it's just never aired.

-The wheely suitcases that the candidates drag into the “boardroom" scenes contain enough clothes for one night because when they get fired, they're whisked off to a hotel. They return to the house to collect their possessions the next day, when the house is empty.

-Two endings are filmed to ensure the series winner doesn’t leak out in advance. Lord Sugar doesn't tell the show’s production team or the finalists his decision until the day before the final is broadcast. So the winner and runner-up have both been told "You're hired,", but only one actually becomes the Apprentice.

-Chocolate milk is a good recovery drink after a work out!

-The smell of chocolate releases Theta Brainwaves which trigger relaxation.

-M and M’s were invented in 1941 as a way for American soldiers to eat chocolate without it melting.

-Every second in America a hundred pounds of chocolate is consumed.

-The world’s largest chocolate bar weighed over 12 and a half thousand pounds.

-Eating dark chocolate everyday reduces the risk of heart disease by a third.

-Chocolate has an anti-bacterial effect on the mouth and can protect against tooth decay.

-A lethal dose of chocolate for a human would be 22 pounds.

-70% of people would exchange their passwords for a chocolate bar.

-The film Willy Wonka and the chocolate factory was financed by Quaker Oats to promote its new Wonka bar candy – that’s why the film was called Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory and not Charlie and The Chocolate factory!#


-It was originally called Get Me Out Of Here, I’m Celebrity.

-In 13 series there have been 149 campmates.

-Medic Bob treats about 30 cases a day including crew.

-Over the course of a series, they use around 500 rats, 20 small crocodiles, 153,000 crickets, 250,000 cockroaches and 2.5 million mealworms.

-In 2006 Mylene Klass donned her legendary white bikini – she later sold it for 7 and a half thousand pounds to help families affected by the collapse of Fairpax, the Christmas savings scheme.

-Uri Gellar was the first person to ever be voted out of the jungle he was also the first person to do an eating trial, made worse because he is a vegetarian.

-Contestants can take three pairs of underwear, three swimsuits, one luxury item, no clocks.


They say there are more life forms on your skin than there are people on the earth! It’s all to do with microbes and bacteria.

Your feet can actually grow throughout your life – people who are overweight, get swollen feet and ankles or suffer with diabetes are more prone.

Women feel the cold more – the blood vessels particularly in our hands constrict more, making us colder than men.

Older people smell…. But they smell less than younger people. They have less raging hormones.

Aching joints can predict the weather. Every ten per cent drop in temperature corresponds directly to an increase in oesteo-arthritic knee pain.

Finally, it is not impossible to lick your elbow – some impressive individuals can actually manage it.


-Pantomime literally means ‘all kind of mime’, from the greek word ‘Pan’ meaning ALL.

-The first panto was performed in London in 1717 – it was called the harlequin sorcerer and it was directed by John Rich, the father of pantomime.

-It was in the early 1800’s when they started doing children’s fairy tales and nursery rhymes. Mother Goose is one of the oldes – first performed in 1806. This one is known as the Hamlet of panto as it is very demanding on the main character.

-a tenth of shows now have the principle boy played by a woman – although nearly all of them still have dames played by men.

-In 2011 Steve Macfadden , Phil Mitchell, reportedly received 200,000 pounds to play Captain Hook at The New Victoria Theatre in Woking. Pamela Anderson and The Hoff received in the region of 125 grand – Someone like Chloe Madely could expect to earn around ten grand.

-The most popular panto across the country this year is Aladdin, closely followed by Cinderella.
If you wondered why Boyzone’s Shane Lynch has a luxurious beard at the moment – it is perhaps because he is playing Ebenarza in Aladdin in Gravesend.

-Closer to Home Joe Mcelderry is in Snow White at The Bradford Alhambra, Sherie Hewson and The Grumbleweeds are doing Aladdin at Hull New Theatre and Samantha Womack and Andy from Cbeebies are doing Dick Wittington in Sheffield.



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