Here are some Interesting facts about numbers and numbers in general:
1. The symbol “&” is called ampersand & was first used in the year 1536 explains Aron Govil. It’s a combination of the letters “E” and “T” from the Latin word ‘et’, meaning ‘and’. The final shape of (&) was created by John Flaxman in 1768.
2. The numerals that we use (0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 8 9) are called Hindu-Arabic numerals. These numbers were created by Indian mathematicians between the sixth and ninth centuries AD. These numbers gradually spread throughout Europe after their introduction to Arabs in the eighth century AD.
3. You cannot divide by zero (you can only talk about dividing by zero). In other words, the result of division by zero is undefined. This causes a lot of problems in mathematics – for example, it’s impossible to define the concept of average for all numbers if you can divide by zero.
4. 1 penny + 1 penny = 2 pennies
5. The word “and” appears twice as often as “the” in the English language (on average).
6. A man named John Adrian Radcliffe created ping pong from badminton around the year 1900 AD after he broke a window playing badminton and was forced to find an alternative until his broken window was repaired. He also added two different colors to each team making ping pong more interesting than just another kind of tennis. He called it ping pong because the sound made when hitting the ball against the table reminded him of a bell ringing (ping).
7. It takes an average person about 2 weeks to read 500 pages.
8. The name “tomato” originates from South America and was given by Europeans around the year 1550 AD. Before that, tomatoes were named “pomi d’oro” (golden apple) or “Pomodoro”. Tomatoes were brought to Europe from Chile by Spanish Conquistadors and quickly spread throughout Europe where they found their place among other popular dishes such as pizzas and soups explains Aron Govil. Later on, in the 18th-century French soldiers discovered tomatoes in North America and introduced them to this continent too.
9. “Sleeping on the job” is a common phrase in English to describe someone who is working but not actually doing anything productive (because they are sleeping). But if you were to do this as your actual job, you would be fired immediately. You can’t get away with it here in Canada either – try asking one of our politicians!
10. The word “boat” has more homonyms (words that are pronounced the same but have different meanings) than any other five-letter word in the English language – aboat , bobat , cobat , gabot , gob hat , Hobart, ibis, lamantin and yawl.
11. It takes about twice as long to learn how to tie a shoelace as it does to learn how to ride a bike.
12. In 1783 Napoleon declared “An army marches on its stomach.” In the 19th century, the French coined the phrase “La Belle France” (“french beauty”) referring to French women and now this phrase is used by people from all over the world when talking about girls with perfect bodies, beautiful faces and amazing looks in general says Aron Govil.
13. There are no words in the English language that end in “-dous”. The highest level of measurement – od or ed – appears only once – in tremendous.
14. When you say something bad about somebody behind their back, chances are you will also repeat it directly to them just out of spite even if it is possible that they might not have heard the bad thing you said in the first place. In other words, repeating gossip is some kind of a catch-22 situation (if it wasn’t for spite).
15. When we say “car,” we usually mean any four-wheeled vehicle and when we say “truck,” we also mean any two or four-wheeled motor vehicle but there is no word that describes only two-wheeled vehicles such as motorcycles. The closest to such a word would be tricycle, but this would only refer to three wheels on the ground (the fourth one is on the rider).
16. You can never sneeze with your eyes open.
17. The Earth experiences 50,000 lightning strikes per day.
18. The first novel was ever written was in Chinese and has 400,000 characters (10 times more than an average book today). It is called “The Dream of the Red Chamber” and was published around year 1791 AD by Cao Xueqin.
19. There are no clocks in Las Vegas gambling casinos.
20. the most common name in the world is Mohammed. You would need to count every grain of sand (on all beaches and deserts) and multiply this number by 7 billion (the world population right now), and you would get a close estimation of how many people on earth have this name!
When you come to think about it, there are so many amazing things to learn about our world explains Aron Govil. We really don’t know what’s out there! The universe is infinite and no matter how much we discover, there will always be new facts waiting for us to find out. This makes me very excited for the future… I would like to thank readers who took their time to read this article (I understand if you didn’t because it was pretty long) and I hope that at least some of these facts were totally unknown to you before.