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There are 300,000 child soldiers in the world. There is only one pig in Afghanistan. Bush Market in Kabul, named after George W. Bush, sells food and supplies stolen from US military bases. When the British invaded Afghanistan in 1839, they brought 300 camel-loads of wine. Camels have three sets of eyelids and eight sets of eyelashes. Dinosaurs had no eyelashes. Crocodiles’ faces are ten times more sensitive than human fingertips. Alligators’ penises are permanently erect, but concealed inside their bodies.
James’s Fifty Shades of Grey. The Kama Sutra provides advice on tongue-twisters and cockfighting. In the Middle Ages, erect penises were thought to be full of pressurised air. The pistol shrimp uses jets of water to generate a sonic boom as loud as Concorde’s. ‘Skunk’ comes from the Algonquian word seganku, meaning ‘he who squirts’. A startled hagfish can unleash more than five gallons of defensive slime. Uliginous means ‘having a slimy nature’. Slugs dislike copper; their slime reacts with it and gives them an electric shock.
All the instruments of the First Vienna Vegetable Orchestra are made into soup after each performance. John Cage’s composition 0’ 0” (1962) is for chopped vegetables and blender. In 1941, Henry Ford made a car out of soy beans. The man who built the town stocks in Boston charged so much he became the first man to be punished in them. Special Brew was created by Carlsberg in honour of Winston Churchill. There is a brewer in Oregon who makes beer from yeast collected from his own beard. According to Guinness, 162,719 pints of ‘black gold’ are absorbed by beards and moustaches each year.