Arthur Guinness, founder of Guinness, signed a 9,000 year lease at the St. James’s Gate Brewery in Dublin for £45 per year back in 1759.
A 9,000 year old skeleton found inside a cave in Cheddar, England, has a living relative who was teaching history only a 1/2 mile away, tracing back nearly 300 generations.
At the age of 14, in 1905, Charles de Gaulle wrote a short story titled “General De Gaulle” in which he imagined himself leading the French Army to victory over Germany “sometime in the 1930s.”
A Utah Highway Patrol officer pulled over what he believed to be an impaired driver. It was a 5 year old who had stolen his parents car and made it on to the freeway after an argument with Mom because she wouldn’t buy him a Lamborghini. He was on his way to California with $3 to purchase one.
It takes 15 gallons of water to produce just 16 almonds and they rely on pesticides to grow successfully; the popularity of Almond Milk is causing environmental and sustainability problems in California where 80% of the world’s almonds are grown.
The largest treasure hoard in Britain was accidentally found by a man when he set out with a metal detector to find a hammer he had lost in a farm. It was a 1500 year old treasure hoard hidden by the Romans. The British government rewarded him with £1.75 million. He found his hammer afterwards.
In 12th century China, sunglasses with lenses made from smoky quartz were used by court judges to mask their facial expressions and appear impartial.
Ashrita Furman holds the world record for having the most Guinness World Record titles. He has set more than 600 records and currently holds over 200.
The largest snowflakes ever recorded were 15 inches wide. Guinness World Records lists the largest snowflakes as having fallen during a storm in January 1887 at Fort Keogh, in Montana. A nearby rancher, the book says, called them ‘larger than milk pans’.
The African elephant, Loxodonta Africana, has the longest known gestation period of all mammals. These elephants carry their babies in the womb for around 660 days or 22 months. Camels and giraffes also carry their babies for a long time – about 400 days for both animals.