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Facts You Probably don’t Need

  • The Notre-Dame Cathedral features a carving of a knight fleeing from a rabbit, symbolizing cowardice. This carving inspired the Rabbit of Caerbannog scene in Monty Python and the Holy Grail.


  • Economy Class passengers have lost up to eight inches of leg room and two inches of seat width since the so-called golden age of flying. Seats also have narrower armrests allowing for an increased number of passengers per flight.


  • Herostratus is the guy who burned down the Temple of Artemis. The only reason he did it was to have his name written down in history.


  • The entire country of Malta was awarded the George Cross for its efforts in WWII. It’s still on their flag.


  • There is a town in the UK that publicly weighs their mayor before and after their term to ensure they haven’t gained weight at the taxpayers’ expense. If they have gained weight, they are publicly booed.


  • In 1714, Norwegian captain and an English captain had a 14-hour long ship fight. Afterwards, both ships were badly damaged, and the Norwegian captain was running out of ammo. He sent an envoy to the English ship asking if he could borrow some of their ammo. They said no.


                Facts from Sean McVeigh, factologist.

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