Monday, March 2, 2009

Is it true...

The Anglo-Zanzibar War

The “Shortest War in History,” the Anglo-Zanzibar War between the United Kingdom and Zanzibar on August 27, 1896. It was all over in 38 minutes when Zanzibar’s only warship, the ageing Glasgow, was sunk by two shells.


Yellow tennis balls were not used at Wimbledon until 1986. Before that they were white.

Strunged Telephone Wires

There are 1,525,000,000 miles of telephone wire strung across the US. There are more phones in New York City than there are in the whole of Spain.

Drusilla

Caligula's 3 Sisters

Roman Emperor Caligula was so upset by the death of his sister Drusilla that he imposed a year of mourning. During this time, everyone in the empire was forbidden to dine with his family, laugh or take a bath. The penalty for transgression was death.


Each day is longer than the previous one by 0.00000002 sec. This works out at thirteen seconds each century.

Polar Ice Caps Melting

If the ice caps melted completely, the sea level across the world would rise by around 250ft – enough to put Big Ben under water.

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