Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Did You Know That...

When the Suez Canal opened in 1869, the great composer, Verdi, had not quite finished his opera Aida, which was supposed to be performed a the dedication. Instead, Verdi's Rigoletto was what people heard instead.

A land of literacy and languages: Four different languages are spoken in Switzerland, They are German, French, Italian and Romansh. The life expectancy of the Swiss is 80; and, with a literacy rate of 99% most people can read and write.

Switzerland does not use the Euro as its currency; but, instead uses the Swiss franc. An industrialized country, it boasts a very low crime rate. About 20% of the population consists of foreigners.

Nine cities vied for the honour of hosting the 2012 Olympic Summer Games. London was chosen by the International Olympic Committee beating out Havana, Istanbul, Liepzig, Madrid, Moscow, New York, Paris and Rio de Janeiro.

Koalas like to sleep a lot. In fact, these Australian marsupials can be found snoozing for over 75% of the time. Their most active time is after sunset, when they move around and bark at their friends. Glad I'm not the only one that barks at my friends.

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