Did you Know

Business and Finance
  • The first ATM was installed in 1939 in New York City by the City Bank of New York.
  • Checks came into use in 1875.
  • The word credit comes from Latin, meaning “trust”.
  • The rarest dollar bill is the $2 and was printed in 1862.
  • Credit was first used in Assyria, Babylon and Egypt 3000 years ago.
  • American airlines saved $40.000 by taking one olive out of every salad served in first class in 1997.
Nature and environment
  • The fastest land animals are the Cheetahs and can run over 110km/h.
  • The blue whale is the biggest animal on Earth - and it’s also the loudest. Its calls are louder than the noise a jet plane makes when it is taking off!
  • The world's largest rainforest is the Amazon Rainforest, in South America.
  • The world's largest tree is the Giant Sequoia and is higher than 120m.
  • The biggest bird in the world is the ostrich.
  • The rarest animal in the sea is the Baiji Dolphin - or the Chinese River Dolphin.
  • A domestic cat can sleep for over 14 hours a day.
  • Plastic bags and other plastic rubbish thrown into the ocean cause the death of a million sea creatures every year.
  • Since 1950, we have consumed - as much as all the generations before us combined.
  • Recycled materials can return to the marketplace in 30 days.
  • Paper products make up approximately 40 percent of our trash.
Sciences and Technology
  • Water boils at 100 degrees Celsius and turn into ice at 0 °C.
  • The first computer was created in 1946.
  • The moon is about 400 times smaller than the sun.
  • There are approximately 2,000 different types of fruits but we, humans only eat 10% of them (200).
  • Sound travels about 4 times faster in water than in air.
  • The first two letters of the Greek alphabet are 'Alpha' and 'Beta' - that makes the "AlphaBet"!
  • Mars is called ‘the Red Planet’. It appears to be red because there is a lot of iron oxide (or rust) in the soil and rocks.
Lebanon and around the world
  • Lebanon’s area is 10 452 km2.
  • There are 15 rivers in Lebanon.
  • Byblos is the oldest city in the world.
  • The Arabic alphabet has 28 letters, 2 more than the English alphabet.
  • The Lebanese Cedars are mentioned over 70 times in the Bible.
  • Lebanon is one of the smallest countries in the Middle East.
  • Lebanon is the only country in the Middle East that does not have a desert.
  • The Nile is the longest river in the world.
  • Vatican City is the world's smallest state.
  • The leaning tower “Pisa” is in Italy.
  • There are 195 official independent countries in the world.
Art and entertainment
  • Mike Meyers and Cameron Diaz play the voices of Shrek and his wife Fiona in the Shrek saga.
  • The first superhero was Superman who appeared in an American comic book in 1938.
  • Mel Blanc (voice actor of Bugs Bunny) was allergic to carrots!
  • Donald Duck comics were banned from Finland because Donald Duck doesn't wear trousers.