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Napoleon wore a packet of poison on a cord around his neck. When he finally was captured in 1814 he tried to use it to kill himself, but it had lost its strength and only made him painfully ill.
In many places, water sources are far from homes. In Africa, women and children walk an average of 3.7 miles a day just to get the water they need to survive.
Heath Ledger hid away in a motel room for about six weeks for preparation for his role as The Joker. He developed the Joker's every tic, namely the voice and laugh.
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was playing the violin as well as a professional at the age of 5. He was playing in front of royalty when he was just 6 years old.
The first woman to dunk in a professional basketball game was Lisa Leslie of the Los Angeles Sparks. She did a one-handed jam on July 30, 2002.
Miguel de Cervantes' novel Don Quixote has sold 500 million copies. It is widely considered to be the first true modern novel.
The world's first university was established in Takshila in 700 BC. More than 10,000 students from all over the world studied many subjects.
Above the sea, Mauna Kea only stands 13,796 feet in height. But when you follow the mountain to its base at the bottom of the Pacific, it's 32,808 feet - more than 3,000 feet taller than Everest.
Anthony Hopkins turned the very smart serial killer into an unforgettable movie touchstone in the “The Silence of the Lambs”. The role was originally supposed to go to Gene Hackman.
Johann Sebastian Bach has been generally regarded as one of the greatest composers of all time, but he did not compose a single piece of music for the piano.
The Olympic flag has a white background, with five interlaced rings in the centre: blue, yellow, black,green and red. The six colours are those that appear on all the national flags of the world.
The Codex Leicester, also briefly known as Codex Hammer, is a collection of scientific writings by Leanardo Da Vinci. It was sold to Bill Gates in 1994 for $30.8 million.
The wreck of the Titanic was discovered in 1985 and lies 370 miles off the coast of Newfoundland , around 12,500 feet below the surface.
Russia has 11 times zones. So when a russian on one side of the country is awaking at 8 a.m, another on the other side may be sitting down to dinner.
Charlie Chaplin was a perfectionist. Chaplin demanded 342 takes for one scene where Virginia Cherrill says just two words, "Flower sir?” in “City Lights”.
After signing a $5 million deal with Pepsi-Cola, Michael Jackson got severely injured while filming a commercial for them in 1984. He performed in front of 3 thousand fans. The accident caused burns to his face and scalp.
During the World Cup qualifier match for FIFA 2002, Australia set a world record for an international football match when they defeated Samoa by 31-0 on 11th April 2001.
In Victor Hugo's novel, Les Miserables, you can find a sentence that is 823 words long. However, there may be other sentences that surpasses this length. But this one is worth knowing.