French people eat 2 million eclairs every single day. It was invented in France where it was originally called "Pains à la duchesse."
In 1883 the world was covered by volcanic ash, causing an effect known as "the equatorial smoke cloud." The ash was produced in Indonesia by the world's biggest volcanic chain eruption ever.
The Popsicle was accidentally invented by Frank Eperson when he forgot his fruit soda outside with a stir stick in it during winter. He called it the Epsicle, which was later renamed to Popsicle.
Mark Twain had a cat that enjoyed stuffing itself inside the corner pocket of his billiards table and paw away at any balls that came close.
Bill Gates started his first company Traf-O-Data when was he 14 years old. It made $20,000 USD profit in it's first year of operation.
In the early automotive days, levers or handle bars similar to bicycles were used to steer cars.
The world Dracula actually comes from the Irish word "Droch Ola", which means "bad blood". It is thought that the author of Dracula wrote the book as a metaphor of the way Irish landlords treated their peasants(sucking the life out of them) during the 1845 great famine.
The term 'soap opera' was given because these shows were originally sponsored by soap manufacturing companies. The first soap opera aired in 1930.
The window and frame through which J.F.K was shot has been sold on eBay for three million dollars.
Roman soldiers were given raw garlic to eat before every battle; it was believed to increase courage and ensure victory.
Historically, people in Europe used frogs to predict rain or bad weather. The European Tree Frog is an example of a primitive living barometer. The frog starts croaking when the air pressure changes.
Van Gogh sold only one painting during his lifetime. It sold for what would be now about $1,000 US dollars. By comparison, in 1990 one of his paintings sold for $82.5 million US dollars.
Most people wrongly believe that Thomas Edison invented the light bulb. He improved the existing light bulb at the time, and he invented the electrical delivery system.
The "Solar Challenger" is a solar powered plane that was built in 1980 with the ability to fly using only the energy provided by sun. It's longest flight was 160 miles (260km), completed without the use of any batteries.
The Great Barrier Reef was discovered by captain James Cook, when his ship crashed into it. It took 7 weeks to repair his badly damaged ship.