Here is another selection of trivia I have found online:
About 11 per cent of the British population is left-handed – up from three per cent a century ago.
Charles Dickens created 989 named characters.
Ernest Vincent Wright wrote a novel with over 50,000 words, none of which contained the letter “E”
For every insurgent killed in Iraq, 250,000 bullets have been fired.
Hitler was on the short-list for the 1938 Nobel Peace prize.
Humans share 35 per cent of their DNA with daffodils.
In the early days of in-car satellite navigation, German newspapers used to love running photographs of the roof of a BMW appearing just above the surface of the Elbe or Danube. The primitive mapping methods recorded only roads, not rivers. The result? Drivers slavishly obeyed instructions to “proceed for 10 miles” and then found themselves in the drink. As a result, today if you programme a satnav in England and set a destination in mainland Europe, the more ones will prudently say: “Warning! Channel crossing en route.”
Los Angeles’s full name is “El Pueblo de Nuestra Senora la Reina de Los Angeles de Porciuncula” – and can be abbreviated to 3.63% of its size: “L.A.”
Men produce twice as much saliva as women.
More than half of the London Underground network is overground.
Mosquitoes have 47 teeth.
Mozambique’s flag features a Kalashnikov – the only gun on a national flag.
No English manager has ever won the Premier League.
On an average day, about 3.3 per cent of the world’s population has sex. Less than 0.4 per cent of these acts results in a birth. For every human being on earth, there are about 200 million insects.
Queen Victoria spoke Urdu and Hindi.
Sixty-two of the world’s 100 richest men are married to brunettes.
The average pencil holds enough graphite to draw a line about 35 miles long.
The average person’s left hand does 56% of the typing. Stewardesses is the longest word that is typed with only the left hand.
The Eiffel Tower is six inches taller in summer than in winter because it expands in the heat.
The insults ‘moron’, ‘idiot’, ‘imbecile’ and ‘cretin’ were all once official medical diagnoses.
There are 336 dimples on a regulation golf ball.
There are only four words in the English language which end in “-dous”: tremendous, horrendous, stupendous, and hazardous.
While filming Eyes Wide Shut, Stanley Kubrick, shot 96 takes of Tom Cruise walking through a door.