Did you Know?

---Because the earth is an oblate spheroid, the closest point to the Earth's centre (~6,353 km (3,948 miles)) is the bottom of the Arctic Ocean (greatest depth 5,450 m (17,881 feet)) near the Geographic North Pole (the bottom of the Mariana Trench is nearly 6,370 km (3,958 miles) from the centre of the Earth).

---The stone labyrinths of Bolshoi Zayatsky Island are a group of 13 or 14 labyrinths on Bolshoi Zayatsky Island, one of the Solovetsky Islands in Arkhangelsk Oblast, Russia.

---The world's lowest railway is located in Japan's Seikan Tunnel, at 240 m (787 feet) below sea level.

---Approximately 65 percent of the human population has a reduced ability to digest lactose after infancy. Lactose intolerance in adulthood is most prevalent in people of East Asian descent, affecting more than 90 percent of adults in some of these communities. The reason for this is the difference between mother's milk and cow's milk.

---The most watched televised special event was the 1966 FIFA World Cup Final with 32 million viewers.

---Coldest year on record (since records were kept starting in 1880) was 1909 according to NASA climatologists. The warmest was 2014 (the last year for which complete data is available).

---The most watched single show in the US was the final episode of MASH with somewhere in the range of 105 - 125 million viewers, depending on what source your choose.

---Most  snow in a 24-hour period: 2.56 meters (100.8 inches) in Capracotta, Italy on 5 March 2015

---Every British armoured fighting vehicle, up to and including tanks, provides onboard tea making facilities. This was introduced at the end of the Second World War. It's safer for the crew than getting out to brew tea outside.

---European auto manufacturers put the gasoline cap where you can safely fill the car from a portable container if stopped on the shoulder. Which is on the right side in most of Europe.

---There are two countries in the world where Walmart was unable to make a profit: Germany and South Korea.

---In 2003, a study of U.S. accident data performed by University of Toronto researchers uncovered a 41% increase in motor vehicle collisions in the hours following the Super Bowl. The study compared crash data from 27 Super Bowl Sundays with that of the Sundays preceding and following the big game from 1975 to 2001

---Though difficult to pin down, the two nations with claims to being the oldest with generally unchanged borders are Portugal and Andorra.

---The earliest recorded use of an unmanned aerial vehicle for warfighting occurred on August 22, 1849, when the Austrians attacked the Italian city of Venice with unmanned balloons loaded with explosives. At least some of the balloons were launched from the Austrian ship Vulcano. Although some of the balloons worked and successfully managed to bomb The Republic, others were caught in a change of wind and blown back over Austrian lines.

---Non-Japanese misuse the word 'sayonara'. To a Japanese, it means 'farewell' as in 'won't be seeing you in a very long time, if ever'. To others it means 'see you later'. Actually, the proper term for that would be 'mata ne'.

---No U.S. President has ever died under a flag with the same number of stars as the flag he was born under

---52% of the world's web sites are primarily in English. English is spoken by 25% of the world's population.

---As of 2014, the VA estimates that 22 million Americans have or are serving in the US Armed Services. That is 7.3% of the population. Currently, .4% are on active duty.

---It takes the hide of approximately three thousand cows to provide footballs for one season of NFL games.