Sounds like a whale of a tale, but ...
... there are some whales alive today that were born before 'Moby Dick' was written in 1851. Found in the icy waters off Alaska, some of these so-called 'bowhead' whales are over 200 years old.
There's a monkey island near South Carolina
Oh, How We've Grown!
You probably don't remember this, but you and every other human being on Earth once spent roughly 30 minutes as a single cell.
Ostriches don't hide their head in sand
After realizing that no one has actually witnessed an ostrich partaking in its most famous act, researchers studied over 200,000 of them over 80 years and never witnessed a single bird burying its head once.
Ever read 'palindromes' backward?
Everyone knows that a palindrome is a word that is the same backwards as it is forward, but few know this: 'palindromes' spelled backwards is 'semordnilap,' which is a word itself.
What's a semordnilap? It's a word that, when spelled backwards, forms a completely different word.
Japan has one of the largest adoption rates in the world ...
... but here's the kicker — the majority of the adoptees are adult males!
Napoleon was not that short
Napoleon Bonaparte's actual height was 5 foot 6 inches which, in those days, was a completely average height for men. So where did all the confusion come from? The difference between English and French measurements. The English thought the French pre-Revolution unit known as the "pouce" was equivalent to their inch, but it was actually slightly longer. So everyone thought the dictator was only 5'2".
Some lip-locks go down in history
Some of the lines we remember best were never in the screenplay
20 celebrities with sky-high IQs that put them in a league with Stephen Hawking
12 candid quotes from Janis Joplin to mark the 45th anniversary of her death on October 4, 1970
Familiar people, places and events — seen from surprising new vantage points
25 unforgettable movie scenes that get to us every time
Stories behind 'Yesterday'—which topped the charts 50 years ago this week—and nine other classic Beatles songs
To mark her birthday, here's a selection from the legendary photographer's catalog, with candid comments from Leibovitz herself
These hopeful romantics heated up the sheets on screen and off