- Incredible as it may sound, there is no such thing as a “fish”. The concept is merely a convenient umbrella term to describe an aquatic vertebrate that is not a mammal, a turtle, or anything else.
- The country that ritually burns the most American flags is America. Every year, the Boy Scouts of America and military veteran organizations like the American Legion burn thousands of US flags between them. This is because Section 176(k) of the US Flag Code (a set f rules on the correct treatment of the Stars and Stripes) provides that: ‘The flag, when is in such condition that is is no longer a fitting emblem for display, should be destroyed in a dignified way, preferably burning.’ Flag burnings are usually held on Flag Day, 14 June.
- English is not the official language for England, Australia or for half of the United States.
- Greek was the most spoken language in ancient Rome, not Latin.
- Holding a person in slavery became illegal in the UK on 6 April 2010.
- About 100,000 people in the UK die each year due to smoking. Smoking-related deaths are mainly due to cancers, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and heart disease.
- The railway is 1,138,632 km long in total. That’s 28 times earth’s circumference.
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