Only sixteen Concordes were ever made, the last in 1980. On New Year’s Eve 1994, one Concorde plane carried wealthy revelers on a 32-hour trip to nowhere. These travelers, who paid $23,000 apiece for the trip, rang in the New Year twice because they twice crossed the International Date Line.
Jeremy Bentham (1748-1832), the English utilitarian philosopher, had very decided views on what should happen to bodies after death. He even wrote a book on the subject: Auto-Icon, or the Uses of the Dead to the Living, in which he suggested that “If all bodies were embalmed, every man might be his own statue.” Bentham, who had been a founder of University College, London, bequeathed his body to the college so that his remains could be used for medical research. That was done, but the college authorities went a step further. Bentham’s skeleton was reconstructed, given a wax head, dressed in a suit of Bentham’s best clothes, and placed in a glass case. Thus for many years the deceased Bentham presided over meetings of the college committee – and was always described in the minutes as “present, but not voting.”
There are 296 steps to the top of the Leaning Tower of Pisa.
In third century China, kites were used as games, ritual objects, musical instruments, transmitters of messages, distance measuring devices, weapons, and parachutes.
Nine pennies weigh exactly one ounce.
Catherine de Medici was the first woman in Europe to use tobacco in a mixture of snuff.
The hundred billionth crayon made by Crayola was Periwinkle Blue.
A crack in the glass can travel as fast as 3,000 miles per hour.
It’ll take you 2,749 years to spend 1 billion dollars with 1000 dollars each day.