Factoids

Hello. Here, we share some of the most interesting nuggets or factoids I have become aware of through my travel or other experiences. We will update them regularly. If you want to check them out, go here.

Tom and Jerry, the beloved cat and mouse cartoon duo have become so entwined with their names that people automatically associate those names with the animals. However, they were originally called Jasper and Jinx.

Vincent Van Gogh is one of the most recognized painters of all time, with his famous paintings decorating everything from coffee mugs to shower curtains, along with walls in the most prestigious museums. But great acclaim was only achieved after his death. During his lifetime, he sold exactly one painting— The Red Vineyard for 400 Francs. On the other hand in 1990, one of his paintings sold for $82.5 million.

J is the only alphabet not in the Periodic Table of Elements. 

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Q is the only alphabet not in the name of any US State.

The British royal family surname (last name) was Saxe-Coburg-Gotha until 1917. In protest of World War One, the English monarch at the time, King George V, renounced all the German titles belonging to him and his family and adopted the name of his castle, Windsor.  The British royal family is also known as the House of Windsor.

The Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge connects mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau. Since vehicles are driven on the right side of the road in mainland China and the left side in Hong Kong and Macau, the bridge includes a couple of points where drivers change side.

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There are 5 countries in the world that do not have a single airport - Vatican City, San Marino, Monaco, Liechtenstein and Andorra.

Apple had 3 founders – Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak and Ronald Wayne. Twelve days after Apple was created, Wayne quit the company and sold his shares in exchange for $800. These shares would be worth billions today. He also received 1,500 dollars a year later to settle any potential allegations for the newly established Apple company.

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