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Fascinating Facts & Figures

Fascinating facts and fiqures, just what you need to impress your friends with your knowledge (or bore them to tears).

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In England middle names were once illegal.
Halley's comet takes seventy-six years to travel once around the sun.
Humming-birds are the only birds that are able to fly backwards.
At least once a year most birds moult - they shed their old feathers and grow new ones. Birds moult before winter so that the new feathers will have grown before the weather becomes colder.
Mozart was only five years old when he wrote the music of "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star."
The Statue of Liberty was built to celebrate the birth of the United States of America and to commemorate the friendship with France. It stands at the entrance to New York Harbour.
There are more insects in the world than all the other animals added together.
Dogs sweat through their paws.
The Pacific Ocean is the largest ocean in the world. It has an area of 70,000,000 square miles (181,000,000 square km).
The Bridge of Sighs is in Venice and connects the Doge's Palace with the old state prisons. It's name symbolizes the sadness of the prisoners crossing the bridge on their way to prison.

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