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Did you know...
- ...that, although Mozart never visited Kroměříž, much of the Academy Award-winning film Amadeus was filmed at the local episcopal residence (pictured)?
- ...that A Perfect Vacuum, a 1971 book by Polish author Stanisław Lem, is an anthology of imaginary reviews of nonexistent books?
- ... that the disputed Sir Creek, a tidal estuary, has prevented India and Pakistan from setting a permanent maritime boundary in the Arabian Sea?
- ...that Harry Pursey started his career as a boy seaman in the Royal Navy, retired with the rank of Commander, and served as a Member of Parliament for twenty-five years?
- ...that Harvard's prestigious annual Dudleian lectures, endowed in 1750 for denouncing the supposed errors of Catholicism, were held by the Catholic Cardinal Carlo Maria Martini in 1998?
- ...that Dutch football manager Clemens Westerhof is credited with turning the Nigerian national team into a perennial powerhouse in African football, having guided them to victory in the 1992 African Cup of Nations as well as their first FIFA World Cup participation in 1994?
- ...that the historical painting called the Black Admiral (pictured), long thought to depict an African-American Revolutionary War officer, has now been discovered to be a 1970s fraud?
- ...that partly because of issues highlighed by the London matchgirls strike of 1888, the Salvation Army opened up its own match factory in Bow, London in 1891, which used harmless red phosphorus and paid better wages?
- ...that Joseph Wallace Oman, a future Governor of the United States Virgin Islands, was awarded a Navy Cross during World War I for commanding the seized German SS Vaterland (renamed the USS Leviathan), and delivering almost 120,000 troops to the war effort in Europe?
- ...that during the French Revolution, the lawyer defending Marie Antoinette, Claude François Chauveau-Lagarde, came under such suspicion for the able defense he made, that he was forced to defend himself before the Comité de sûreté générale?
- ...that the 2nd Queen Victoria's Own Rajput Light Infantry, a regiment of the British Indian Army, uniquely possessed an Honorary Colour granted for service under General Lake in 1803 and employed an additional jemadar to carry it?
- ...that the Mundum Neriyathum (pictured) is a remnant of the ancient saree worn by women in the South Indian state of Kerala including the Nair community noted for their matrifocality?
- ...that LT United's Eurovision Song Contest 2006 entry "We Are The Winners" was so well-received by the Lithuanian President Valdas Adamkus, that the group were invited to his Presidential Office to perform the song live for him?
- ...that the first pilgrimage made by Christopher Columbus upon discovering America was to the Royal monastery of Santa Maria de Guadalupe, the principal house of the monastic order of the Hieronymites?
- ...that Yakov Kulnev, a Russian general killed in action during Napoleon's invasion of Russia, was reputed to live in poverty, in order to emulate the soldiers of Roman antiquity that were his ideal?
- ...that the seal of Baruch ben Neriah, a legendary 6th century BCE scribe and disciple of the Biblical prophet Jeremiah, was found imprinted on two clay bullae excavated in 1975 and 1996?
- ...that the Basilica of Begoña in Bilbao, Spain has 24 bells, each imported from Switzerland?
- ...that schools of traditional Japanese arts such as Go, calligraphy, tea ceremony, Noh theatre and martial arts are based on a hereditary system of grand masters called Iemoto? (pictured: Sen no Rikyū, founder of 3 schools of arts)
- ...that Eastley End House, in Surrey, was used as a base for "burglar-hunting" parties?
- ...that with some 150,000 customers per day, the Seventh-Kilometer Market outside of Odessa, Ukraine, is among the largest markets of the world and consists almost entirely of shipping containers?
- ...that Garry Parker ran the full length of the pitch at Wembley Stadium to score a goal for Nottingham Forest in the final of the Simod Cup against Everton in 1989, which Forest won 4-3?
- ...that legislation concerning slavery in ancient Greece allowed guardians of unmarried women who lost their virginity to sell them as slaves?
- ...that the Cross-Harbor Rail Tunnel (map at right) is a proposed underwater tunnel for rail transport of freight between central New Jersey and southern New York City, United States?
- ...that Tanaka Shosuke is the first recorded Japanese to have travelled to the Americas in 1610, on the Japanese-built ship San Buena Ventura?
- ... that in the case of Sue v Hill, the High Court of Australia decided that the United Kingdom was a "foreign power" to Australia, recognising Australia's complete independence?
- ...that during the Iberian War, Kavadh I tried to make peace with the new emperor Justinian I by attempting to have Justinian adopt his son Khosrau I?
- ...that Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, President of the Republic of Kalmykia and head of the World Chess Federation, built the multi-million dollar Chess City complex for hosting international chess tournaments?
- ...that after winning Germany's only Eurovision victory in 1982 with a record margin, Nicole performed her reprise of the winning song "Ein Bisschen Frieden" in four different languages?
- ...that a group of angry American colonists inspired by the Boston Tea Party gave the owner of a tea ship, Peggy Stewart (pictured) the option to burn his ship or be hanged on October 19, 1774?
- ...that Michael Moorcock wrote the book The City in the Autumn Stars in tandem with The Laughter of Carthage, one during the day, and the other at night?
- ...that ergs are huge (> 125 km²) fields of sand dunes and that approximately 85% of all the Earth's mobile sand is found in ergs that are larger than 32,000 km²?
- ...that cracker butterflies acquired their name because of the unusual sound that males produce as part of their territorial displays?
- ...that advanced practitioners of Japanese tea ceremony are awarded ceremonial tea names that may incorporate the names of animals, trees or flowers, natural phenomena, or personal characteristics, or may be based on Buddhist teachings?
- ...that Richie Evans holds the record for the most NASCAR championships with nine NASCAR Modified championships, including his posthumous championship in 1985, the first year of the Whelen Modified Tour?
- ... that the first commission of printmaker Hashiguchi Goyo (pictured right, Goyo's Kamisuki) was to organize the layout and illustrations of Natsume Soseki's novel I Am a Cat?
- ...that the oldest remaining structure showing the establishment of Buddhism in Australia are two bodhi trees planted by Sinhalese immigrants on Thursday Island in the 1890s?
- ...that Harold Hardwick, an Australian swimming gold medallist at the 1912 Olympics, was also a national boxing champion and later an army colonel?
- ...that throughout the Second World War, there were four formations that carried the name of Polish 8th Infantry Division and two of them existed simultaneously?
- ...that the MacHeths were a Gaelic kindred who raised several rebellions against the Scotto-Norman kings of Scotland in the 12th and 13th centuries?
- ...that Broadway producer Jed Harris was the inspiration for both Laurence Olivier's interpretation of Richard III, and Walt Disney's Big Bad Wolf?
- ...that Heart Mountain (pictured) in Wyoming, USA, was transported to its current location by the largest landslide ever discovered, approximately 50 million years ago?
- ...that tent pegging is one of only ten equestrian disciplines officially recognised by the International Equestrian Federation?
- ...that the University of Liberia, founded in 1862, is the oldest institute of higher learning in West Africa?
- ...that an unnamed hurricane in October, 1804 brought up to three feet of snow to parts of New England?
- ...that Wojciech Bartosz Głowacki, a peasant, became a Polish national hero after he captured a Russian cannon during the Battle of Racławice?
- ...that one of the Sunken Forests of New Hampshire off the coast of Rye, New Hampshire, hasn't been above the surface of the Atlantic Ocean since 1978?
- ...that the Transport typeface was created for use on British road signs (pictured) following the introduction of the motorway network?
- ...that people with a Schatzki ring can develop sudden crushing chest pain, often termed the "steakhouse syndrome", if they do not chew their food properly?
- ...that the Sansenke, or "three houses of Sen," the three main schools of Japanese tea ceremony, are all associated with 16th-century tea master Sen no Rikyu and his descendants?
- ...the movie Spy Game depicts a burn bag, albeit used in an unintended manner?