Random Factshttp://facts.randomhistory.comRecent 10 fact listsWed, 01 Apr 2015 19:04:01 -0500en-us63 Interesting Facts about Philippineshttp://facts.randomhistory.com/philippines-facts.html<ol> <li>The Philippines are named after King Philip II of <a href="http://facts.randomhistory.com/interesting-facts-about-spain.html">Spain</a>. Explorer Ruy Lpez de Villalobos named the Eastern Visayas <em>Felipenas</em> first, and the name was later applied to the entire archipelago. The countrys official name is the Republic of the Philippines.<sup>g</sup></li> ...Fri, 27 Mar 2015 17:54:10 -0500http://facts.randomhistory.com/philippines-facts.html65 Interesting Facts about Germanyhttp://facts.randomhistory.com/germany-facts.html<ol> <li>The name Germany comes from the Latin <em>Germania</em>, the Roman name for the lands north of the Alps, where the Barbarian tribes lived. The French, Spanish, and Turkish call it Allemagne, Alemania<em>, and </em>Almanya, respectively, after the Alemanni tribe. Italians call the country Germania, but the German language in Italian is called Tedesco.<sup>bb</sup></li> ...Tue, 24 Mar 2015 16:50:02 -0500http://facts.randomhistory.com/germany-facts.html66 Interesting Facts about Evolutionhttp://facts.randomhistory.com/evolution-facts.html<ol> <li>Ultimately every living thing can trace its ancestry to a bacterium that lived billions of years ago.<sup>g</sup></li> <li><a href="http://facts.randomhistory.com/bear-facts.html">Bears</a>, seals, and <a href="http://facts.randomhistory.com/2009/02/15_dogs.html">dogs</a> are closely related carnivores but are on a different branch of the evolutiona...Mon, 16 Mar 2015 17:09:09 -0500http://facts.randomhistory.com/evolution-facts.html73 Interesting Facts about Swedenhttp://facts.randomhistory.com/sweden-facts.html<ol> <li>Despite being a military power in the 17th century and one of the worlds largest producers of weapons, Sweden has not participated in any war for almost two centuries, including both world wars.<sup>q</sup></li> <li>Around 2,000 years ago, the Svear people gave Sweden its name. In their language, <em>svear</em> meant us and <em>rike</em> mea...Mon, 09 Mar 2015 17:35:23 -0500http://facts.randomhistory.com/sweden-facts.html50 Interesting Facts about South Carolinahttp://facts.randomhistory.com/south-carolina-facts.html<ol> <li>South Carolina was one of the original 13 colonies that formed the United States.<sup>f</sup></li> <li>While the British originally established Carolina as one settlement, they divided it in 1729 into North and South Carolina to make governing easier. To this day, surveyors walk through the landscape to figure out exactly where the lines are...Thu, 05 Mar 2015 16:14:48 -0600http://facts.randomhistory.com/south-carolina-facts.html43 Stirring Facts about Springhttp://facts.randomhistory.com/spring-facts.html<ol> <li>The first day of spring is called the vernal equinox. The term <em>vernal</em> is Latin for spring and <em>equinox </em>is Latin for equal night.<sup>m</sup></li> <li>According to a Facebook study, couples are most likely to break up in the spring and two weeks before <a href="http://facts.randomhistory.com/christmas-facts.html">Christmas</a...Tue, 24 Feb 2015 16:23:42 -0600http://facts.randomhistory.com/spring-facts.html70 Interesting Facts about New Zealandhttp://facts.randomhistory.com/new-zealand-facts.html<ol> <li>When it was determined by Dutch explorers that New Zealand was not attached to the South American continent, they changed its name from <em>Staten Landt</em> (South America) to <em>Nova</em> <em>Zeelandia </em>(New Zealand), after the Dutch province of Zeeland.<sup>k</sup></li> <li>The Mori name for New Zealand is <em>Aotearoa</em>, which me...Fri, 20 Feb 2015 17:08:48 -0600http://facts.randomhistory.com/new-zealand-facts.html43 Interesting Facts about Olympic Financeshttp://facts.randomhistory.com/olympic-finances-facts.html<ol> <li>In 1936, the German government paid about US$25 million, raised through <a href="http://facts.randomhistory.com/tax-facts.html">taxes</a>, to stage the Olympics in Berlin. In 1972, when the Olympics were held in Munich, it cost almost 70 times that amount.<sup>j</sup></li> <li>Mismanagement of the 1976 Montreal Games left the city with a US$...Tue, 17 Feb 2015 16:51:08 -0600http://facts.randomhistory.com/olympic-finances-facts.html43 Interesting Facts about Heroinhttp://facts.randomhistory.com/heroin-facts.html<ol> <li>When Dorothy collapses in the field of poppies in the <em>Wizard of Oz</em>, she has fallen under the influence of an opium. Treatment with a few chemicals can isolate morphine, the active ingredient in opium. Morphine can further be refined into diacetylmorphine, which is commonly known as heroin.<sup>b</sup></li> <li>The word heroine is de...Thu, 12 Feb 2015 17:04:12 -0600http://facts.randomhistory.com/heroin-facts.html83 Amazing Facts about Spidershttp://facts.randomhistory.com/spider-facts.html<ol> <li>There are approximately 38,000 known species of spiders. Scientists believe there are probably as many more to be discovered.<sup>b</sup></li> <li>Spiders are found on every continent except Antarctica.<sup>g</sup></li> <li>An estimated 1 million spiders live in one acre of land. The number might be closer to 3 millio...Thu, 05 Feb 2015 16:41:03 -0600http://facts.randomhistory.com/spider-facts.html