Category: fastfacts

Fast facts on politics

Bolivia holds the highest turnover of governments. Since their independence from Spain in 1825, Bolivia has had almost 200 governments. Since 1945, Italy saw more than 50 governments and more than 20 Prime Ministers. India is the world’s largest democracy with more than 700 million registered voters. The system of democracy was introduced 2 500 […]

Oscars fast facts

The shortest Oscar ceremony ever was the first, held in 1929; it lasted only about 15 minutes as all the winners had been announced three months earlier. The longest Oscar awards ceremony was in 2000, running for 4 hours and 16 minutes – beating a previous record by 16 minutes. Bob Hope has hosted the […]

History fast facts

The 16th century Escorial palace of King Phillip II of Spain had 1,200 doors. The world’s first travel agencies were Cox & Kings, founded in 1758, and Thomas Cook, founded in 1850. A dog was the first in space and a sheep, a duck and a rooster the first to fly in a hot air […]

Movies and TV fast facts

Scottish inventor John Logie Baird gave the first public demonstration of television in 1926 in Soho, London. Ten years later there were only 100 TV sets in the world. Today there are more than 1,5 billion TV sets in use. China has the most TV sets (500 million). US citizens watch the most TV. By […]

Music fast facts

To win a gold disc, an album needs to sell 100,000 copies in Britain, and 500,000 in the United States. Melba toast is named after Australian opera singer Dame Nellie Melba (1861-1931). Music was sent down a telephone line for the first time in 1876, the year the phone was invented. The CD was developed […]

Animal fast facts

Mammals are the only animals with flaps around the ears. African elephants only have four teeth to chew their food with. There are about one billion cattle in the world of which 200 million are in India. A house fly lives only 14 days. A dog was the first in space and a sheep, a […]

Vehicle fast facts

The amount of time that people spend on travel has been consistent at 1,1 hours per person per day in all societies. Traffic jams of New York, San Francisco and Paris are well known – beaten only by those in Seattle where a driver annually spends 59 hours stuck in traffic. Traffic jams are nothing […]

Religion fast facts

About 50 Bibles are sold every minute. It is the world’s best-selling book. Some 1 billion copies of Bibles have been sold. Christianity is the world’s most widespread religion (2.1 billion Christians – see list of largest religions). There are about 34,000 Christian denominations in the world. The Bible was written in three languages: Hebrew, […]

Technology fast facts

160 billion emails are sent daily, 97% of which are spam. Spam generates 33bn KWt-hours of energy every year, enough to power 2.4 million homes, producing 17 million tons of CO2. 9 out of every 1,000 computers are infected with spam. Spammer get 1 response to every 12 million emails they send (yet it still […]

Fast facts about your body

The length from your wrist to your elbow is the same as the length of your foot. Your heart beats 101,000 times a day. During your lifetime it will beat about 3 billion times and pump about 400 million litres (800 million pints) of blood. It is impossible to lick your elbow. Well, for almost […]