H G Wells’ first name was herbert. He began life as a draper’s assistant before embarking upon a 60 year writing career.
Actor Dirk Bogarde’s real name was Derek Jules Gaspard Ulric Niven van den Bogaerde.
…..you are quite right of course @Grey-Wolf ….. panthers and leopards are the same genus…. the panther having an overdose of the dark pigment melanin, you will find looking closely (if you dare) that the panther still has spots under the black exterior.
This melanism can be found in a number of other species as well….. I recently put a photo of a ‘black grouse’ on another thread, but it was rightly corrected as a melanistic pheasant !
The Palace of the Parliament in Bucharest, Romania is the world’s largest palace; it has 1,100 rooms of which 400 are bedrooms, 55 kitchens, and 120 sitting rooms. 70% of it is empty. Completed in 1997, it is the fourth biggest building in the world. By weight, it is the heaviest building in the world, sinking every year by .2 inches (6 mm).
Spiral staircases in medieval castles rung clockwise because all knights used to be right-handed.
There are 365 steps on the front of the US Capitol Building – one for every day of the year.
Most of the small schools in the USA of yesteryear were painted red because it was the least expensive paint color.
Because heat expands the metal, the Eiffel Tower always leans away from the sun.
The Christ The Redeemer statue in Rio de Janero, Brazil is the highest statue in the world.
The first cup of Ty- phoo tea was blended by John Summer for his sister Mary Augusta from his Birminghan grocer’s store in 1903.
The Rolo was invented in 1937
Panthers and leopards are exactly the same animal, the former is black the latter has spots, there have been odd sightings of displaced panthers in uk , including Devon.
Jolabokaflod is the icelandic term for the xmas eve traditions of the peoples of iceland, rather than go high street shopping they exchange books with one another then go to bed early all snugly – wuggly and read and eat chocolate !
The British Library has over 206 miles of shelving.