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One in ten women cares more for a fictional man than for her partner. Dame Judi Dench has the James Bond theme as her ringtone. Almost everyone living in Pompeii escaped when Vesuvius erupted. 500 million people are at risk from volcanoes in the world today. 80% of the world’s gold was created by earthquakes. Half the gold ever mined has come from one place: Witwatersrand, South Africa. 5 feet. 2 mg; to mint one gold sovereign would need 40,000 people. In the American Gold Rush, only one in 25 prospectors found any gold.
Heinz sells two sachets of ketchup each year for every person on Earth. Heinz baked beans were first sold in Britain at Fortnum & Mason, as an exclusive luxury imported from America. Every Heinz baked bean passes through a laser beam to check that it is the right colour. The first laser was said to have the power of one ‘Gillette’ as it could burn through a single razor blade. In the first seven years after it opened in 2001, only one company traded on the Cameroon stock exchange. The central European republic of Carpatho-Ruthenia existed for just one day, in 1939.
The average human navel contains 67 different species of bacteria. Omphalodium is another name for tummy button. Michelangelo was called a heretic for giving Adam a belly button on the Sistine Chapel ceiling. Rembrandt’s The Night Watch was so over-restored in the 1940s it was nicknamed The Day Watch. Edvard Munch’s The Scream is based on a Peruvian mummy he saw in a Paris museum. The Louvre has a naked version of the Mona Lisa, painted by one of Da Vinci’s pupils. Victor Hugo made detailed erotic drawings of all the women he slept with.