Facts You Probably don’t Need

  • India has the longest written constitution in the world containing over 146,000 words.


  • The first and only child of a president to be born at the White House was President Grover Cleveland and First Lady Frances Cleveland’s daughter, Ester.


  • The Turkish capital of Istanbul is located in both Asia and Europe.


  • There are 31,557,600 seconds in an astronomical year. 31,536,000 in a standard year, and 31,662,400 in a leap year


  • There are 31.5 million U.S. residents who are of Irish ancestry. That number is more than six times the population of Ireland itself.


  • Babies are born without kneecaps. They don’t appear until the child reaches two to six years of age.


  • Pteronophobia is the fear of being tickled by feathers.


  • The word “mortgage” comes from a French word that literally means “death ledge.”


            Facts by Sean McVeigh, facto­logist.

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