Catherine Zeta Jones' father owned a candy factory, but the star says she rarely indulged: "I had so many sweets and candy hanging around my house that I never even bothered with them".

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President George W. Bush and Playboy founder Hugh Hefner are cousins!

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New Zealand is the first country to allow women to vote.

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Even a small amount of alcohol placed on a scorpion will make it go crazy and sting itself to death.

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In 1979, actor Mel Gibson had an edge for the starring role in Mad Max because just before the audition he had gotten into a fight and his face was badly battered.

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In the great fire of London in 1666 half of London was burnt down but only 6 people were injured.

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Actress Michelle Pfeiffer was the first choice to play Clarice Starling in the movie Silence of the Lambs. She turned down the role because she found it too scary.

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The word taxi is spelled the same in English, German, French, Swedish, Spanish and Portuguese.

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Ted Turner owns about 2% of New Mexico.

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An anagram that reads the same backward as forward is called palindrome, e.g., "Anna".

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