The longest ever freight train measured 220 million lbs and was 4.6 miles long.
The Great Lakes of the USA which border 8 states account for 20% of the world’s fresh water.
In 1590 Pope Urban VII excommunicated anyone guilty of smoking a pipe or chewing tobacco.
.…and fantastic beasts.
Superpowers aren’t just the stuff of science fiction – they can be found in nature too.
The animal kingdom boasts an array of jaw-dropping talents. Turtles, for example, can survive for weeks without oxygen. Pythons can regenerate their innards in a matter of hours. Naked mole rats defy cancer and ageing. And tardigrades can achieve a state of suspended animation.
Source for fuller account: New Scientist
On a happier note….Renewables milestone:
Wind turbines, solar farms and other renewable sources of energy generated more electricity this summer than fossil fuels for the first time in the UK.
Following a clean up of 79 UK beaches with 2,000 volunteers, a total of 3,436kg of litter was retrieved. 859kg of this was recyclable (glass, paper, cans, plastic). The most litter collected being from Magilligan Point, Northern Ireland (251kg), Prestatyn, Wales (228kg) and Lochbuie ,Scotland (203kg). Least littered beaches were Clacton-on-Sea (2.9kg) and Minehead (1.5kg) both in England.
The footfall in UK shops has fallen by 10% since 2012 with the increasing prevalence of online shopping.
The Amazon River pushes so much water into the Atlantic Ocean that, more than one hundred miles at sea off the mouth of the river, one can dip fresh water out of the ocean.
The volume of water in the Amazon river is greater than the next eight largest rivers in the world combined and three times the flow of all rivers in the United States .
The Bournville factory in Birmingham manufactures 1.5 million Cadbury Creme Eggs every day, with an annual output of 200 million Creme Eggs, with Britons spending £55 million a year on the product.