#1. Ellen DeGeneres was offered the role of Phoebe in the American sitcom Friends, but turned it down.
Yes, Ellen DeGeneres was offered the role of Phoebe in the American sitcom Friends, but turned it down. Reason unknown.
#2. A lion gets 32 teeth in a lifetime, just like humans.
Lions get 30 teeth in their lifetimes. But there are animals out there with the same number of teeth as humans. Giraffes have 32 teeth too!
#3. China is the 2nd largest country by area.
China has the largest population in the world, with over 1.3 billion people. It is the 3rd or 4th largest country by area. The order depends on what you want to calculate as total territory and that is also dependent on the validity of certain claims to territory. Total official territories and territorial waters combined, the USA is slightly larger. If all of China’s claims for territories are included, China is larger. If you just take mainland China and the lower 48 states, China is bigger. Add Alaska and Hawaii to that, they’re really close in total land area.
#4. Whitney Houston's super-hit I Will Always Love You was originally written and recorded by Dolly Parton.
The song is written and originally recorded in 1973 by Dolly Parton. It was written as a farewell to her former business partner and mentor of seven years, Porter Wagoner, following Parton’s decision to leave The Porter Wagoner Show and pursue a solo career.
#5. Eggplant (aubergine) is a vegetable.
Eggplant (or aubergine) is a species of nightshade that is grown for its edible fruit. Botanically, the fruit is classified as a berry.
#6. Albert Einstein was once offered the position of President of Israel.
Chaim Weizmann was Israel’s first president. Upon his death, Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion offered Albert Einstein the position as President of Israel, a mostly ceremonial post.
#7. Sweden had a colony in North America in the 17th century.
Sweden established colonies in the Americas in the mid-17th century, including the colony of New Sweden (1638-1655) on the Delaware River in what is now Delaware, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Maryland.
#8. Argentina is the only country in South America where the official language is Portuguese.
False. Brazil is the only country in South America where the official language is Portuguese. Argentina’s official language is Spanish.
#9. Thomas Jefferson served as the third president of the United States.
Thomas Jefferson was an American statesman, diplomat, lawyer, and architect who became the third president of the United States.
#10. Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta is better known as Lady Gaga.
Yes, we probably know Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta better by her stage name, Lady Gaga. The name Lady Gaga was inspired by Queen’s song Radio Ga Ga.
#11. British chef and restaurateur Gordon Ramsay has a bachelor's degree in psychology.
No, he does not have a bachelor’s degree in psychology. At age 19, Ramsay enrolled at North Oxfordshire Technical College to study hotel management. In the early 1980s, he worked as a commis chef at the Wroxton House Hotel then ran the kitchen and 60-seat dining room at the Wickham Arms.
#12. Earth makes two trips around the sun in about the same amount of time that Mars takes to make one trip.
Earth is closer to the sun, and therefore races along its orbit more quickly. Earth makes two trips around the sun in about the same amount of time that Mars takes to make one trip.
#13. Entomology is the study of insects.
True. Entomology is the study of insects. Entomology is crucial to our understanding of human disease, agriculture, evolution, ecology, and biodiversity.
#14. Every time a month begins on a Monday, it will have Friday the 13th.
If a month begins on a SUNDAY, the 13th will be a Friday.
#15. Mark Twain published his first novel when he was 15 years old.
False. Mark Twain published his first novel (The Gilded Age: A Tale of Today) in 1873 when he was 37 years old.
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