It’s the first Tuesday of the month, which in my world means it’s quiz night. My team won last month (mostly not through my efforts – I knew two answers). I wonder if we can do it again?
In honour of quiz night, I thought I’d write a post with some (hopefully interesting) random facts. Just in case you ever find yourself in need of some trivia. You never know… it could happen!
- The shortest war on record – between the United Kingdom and the Sultanate of Zanzibar – took place on 27 August 1896 and lasted 38 minutes.
- The first country in the world that allowed women to vote was New Zealand in 1893.
- The Bee Hummingbird is the smallest bird in the world. An adult male measures about 2.2 inches and weighs about 0.06 ounces.
- The first person on a British stamp other than royalty was William Shakespeare, in 1964. The first self-adhesive stamps were issued by Sierra Leone on 10 February 1964. (Obviously 1964 was the year for stamp-related trivia).
- Hong Kong is made up of 235 islands.
- The national bird of India is the peacock.
- The unit of currency in Ethiopia is called the Birr.
- The tallest waterfall in the world, at 3,212 feet (979 m), is Angel Falls in Venezuela. Second is Tugela Falls in South Africa, which is 3,110 feet (948 m).
- The first ever official international football match took place in Glasgow between England and Scotland on 30 November 1872. It finished in a 0-0 draw.
- The first SMS (text) message was sent over the Vodafone GSM network in the United Kingdom on 3 December 1992. It said “Merry Christmas”.
There you are – 10 random facts. Let it never be said that Confuzzledom is not educational 😉