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Intelligent Animal

Pigs are the fourth most intelligent animal in the world.


Irish Channel between Scotland and Northern Ireland

The Irish Channel between Scotland and Northern Ireland is much the same distance, 37km (23 miles), but has stronger currents, very cold water, and is much harder to swim. The first person to do so was Tom Blower who took 15 hours 26 minutes in 1947.


Irish drink more tea

The Irish drink more tea per head than nay nation in the world.


Is your surname Smith?

If it is, you’re not alone. There are enough Smiths in England and Wales alone to fill the Wembley Stadium eight times over.


Jelly Belly

The brand name “Jelly Belly” was created in 1982 after Nancy Reagan made a much-publicized quip about her husband’s 20-pound weight gain.


Jumping Giant

Frogs have strong back legs for jumping. The biggest frog in the world, the Goliath frog, is also the best high-jumper. It can leap 3 metres into the air. In America, competitions are held to find the best long-jumping frogs.


Killer Crocodile

Crocodiles are the largest reptiles, and the estuarine crocodile, at over 8 metres, is the largest of them all. It is also one of the most dangerous, since it often adds people to its diet of fish and animals.


King George I of England was German

Did you know that king George I of England was German and could not speak English, and that Cleopatra, Queen of Egypt, was Greek?


King of Prussia gave treat to soldiers

Here’s a cake that takes some licking. Frederick William, King of Prussia, gave the 30,000 soldiers in his army a treat in 1730. He ordered a 24 foot square cake, which needed eight horses to deliver it. The recipe included a ton of butter, 5000 eggs and 200 gallons of milk.


Lake Baikal in central Siberia

Lake Baikal in central Siberia is the deepest lake in the worlds. It is 1940 meter deep, more than twice as deep as the North Sea. It has more water in it than any other Lake – 23,000 cubic km of it.

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