Did you Know?

---The most common surnames in the world: Li and Lee are the surnames of over 100 million people of Chinese, Korean and Vietnamese heritage. The name derives from the Chinese word for "plum tree"; the name was popularized by the emperors of the Tang dynasty that used it. Zhang is also a surname for over 100 million people of Chinese origin. The name derives from the Chinese word for "bow stretch," most likely to identify bowmakers.

---There used to be a class of ship called a cruiser submarine, of which the French Surcouf was the largest.

---Layne Hall had a driver's license longer than anyone in the US and perhaps the world; from 1916 until he died in late 1990 - 74 years. Mr Hall was born in 1880.

---The U.S. Air Force's X-37B space plane is just a few days away from setting a record on its current clandestine mission. If the robotic vehicle stays aloft until March 25, it will break the X-37B mission-duration mark of 674 days, which was established back in October 2014.

---Feodor Vassilyev and his first wife, hold the record for the most children a couple has parented. She gave birth to a total of 69 children – sixteen pairs of twins, seven sets of triplets and four sets of quadruplets – between 1725 and 1765.

---By some accounts, smallpox has killed more people than any other infectious disease.

---It is illegal to photograph the Eifel Tower at night. http://www.snopes.com/photographs-of-eiffel-tower-at-night/ 

--- The Simms Motor Scout was the first armed petrol engine powered vehicle ever built.

---Do you know the difference between uninterested and disinterested?
-Uninterested means not interested, not engaged, not concerned. Disinterested means unbiased, not influenced; someone who has no particular interest in how something shakes out.
-A judge should be both interested (engaged, involved, concerned) and disinterested (unbiased).

---In regards to daylight savings time:  Trains always adhere to their published schedules, so when it’s time to “fall back” all Amtrak trains that are running on time stop in their tracks and wait an hour before resuming. When it’s time to spring forward the trains automatically fall behind schedule at 2 a.m. but just have to do their best to make up the lost time.

--- The deepest man has drilled is the Kola Superdeep Borehole. It reached 12,262 metres (40,230 ft) in 1989 and still is the deepest artificial point on Earth. It is deeper than the Challenger Deep in the Marianas Trench, which is 36,201 feet below sea level.

---An object for which no purpose has yet to be determined is the  Roman dodecahedron, which dates from the 2nd or 3rd centuries CE.

---The aircraft with the highest overall landing accident rate is the Seafire.

---La Rinconada is a town in the Peruvian Andes located near a gold mine. At 5,100 m above sea level, it is the highest permanent settlement in the world.

---Rongorongo (/ˈrɒŋɡoʊˈrɒŋɡoʊ/; Rapa Nui: [ˈɾoŋoˈɾoŋo]) is a system of glyphs discovered in the 19th century on Easter Island that appears to be writing or proto-writing. Numerous attempts at decipherment have been made, none successfully.

---The SS Ourang Medan was a ghost ship which, according to various undocumented sources, became a shipwreck in Dutch East Indies waters after its entire crew had died under suspicious circumstances. The story of the Ourang Medan has become something of a legend.

---Nan Madol is a ruined city adjacent to the eastern shore of the island of Pohnpei that was the capital of the Saudeleur Dynasty until about 1628.

---A pingo, also called a hydrolaccolith, is a mound of earth-covered ice found in the Arctic and subarctic that can reach up to 70 metres (230 ft) in height and up to 600 m (2,000 ft) in diameter. 

---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.