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12 Amazing Facts To Impress Down The Pub

Life goal: to never be stuck for an eyebrow-raiser again. Nothing impresses like knowledge, as The Open University knows.

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It gives a whole new meaning to the phrase "a bright spark", eh?

2. It's a mystery how gravity works.

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We know how gravity behaves, but because other forces have particles which make them work, physicists have proposed a hypothetical one for gravity – the graviton – but it's never actually been found.

3. Albert Einstein's eyes are in a safe deposit box somewhere in New York.

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It's also said to be a bit like gelatine.
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It's also said to be a bit like gelatine.

5. Woolly mammoths were still around when the pyramids were built.

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Though most mammoths died out 10,000 years ago, a colony continued to live on an Arctic island until 1650 BC, when the pyramids were already ancient.

6. A 2008 poll showed 58% of UK teenagers thought Sherlock Holmes was a real person.

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7. Oh, and 20 percent thought Winston Churchill was a fictional character.

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8. Mark Twain was on the first train to roll down London's Central line in 1900.

History does not record whether he got his bag caught in the doors.
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History does not record whether he got his bag caught in the doors.

9. Sphenopalatine ganglioneuralgia is the scientific name for:

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It's pronounced "Sfee-no-PAL-uh-teen gang-lee-oh-neur-AHL-jee-ah" in case you were wondering.

10. Crows are insanely clever.

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Studies have suggested crows have the reasoning ability of a 7-year-old child; they can solve complex puzzles, use tools, and have a great memory. Clever little crows.

11. Michael J. Fox's middle name is actually ANDREW.

He adopted the "J" in tribute to the actor Michael J. Pollard.
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He adopted the "J" in tribute to the actor Michael J. Pollard.

12. Abraham Lincoln’s son Robert fell off a train platform in 1864, but was saved by stage actor Edwin Booth. Less than a year later, Edwin's brother John Wilkes Booth assassinated Lincoln.

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