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  • The first recorded use of the abbreviation "OMG" was in a 1917 letter to Winston Churchill.
  • Russia spans 11 time zones. At one end of Russia it could be 7 in the morning and at the other it's 6 in the evening.
  • There is a fence in Australia that is longer than the distance from Seattle to Miami.
  • Tiffany was a common name in the 12th century (short for Theopania). It sounds too modern so authors and historians tend to avoid it. This is known as the Tiffany Problem.
  • In 1795, French cavalry successfully won a naval dispute with a Dutch fleet of warships.
  • There are more hydrogen atoms in a teaspoon of water than there are teaspoons of water in the sea.
  • In the 1974 NHL draft, the Buffalo Sabres drafted a fake player, Taro Tsujimoto. The GM at the time was fed up with the draft system and wanted to protest it.
  • Including ones that no longer exist, Michael Phelps has more Summer Olympic gold medals than 80% of all countries.
  • All pilots must learn English, the universal language of the skies.
  • After two years of indecision after the death of Pope Nicholas V, a hermit wrote to the cardinals saying if they didn't chose a pope soon, God would be pissed. The cardinals elected this hermit as Pope Celestine V.

 

                        Facts from Sean McVeigh

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