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Interesting Facts

Weekly listening practice based on fun and interesting facts in easy English. Try the gap-fill exercises and comprehension quizzes.

Sarcasm Means To Tear Flesh
What did he really mean when he said I had nice hair?

The Birthmark Theory
Where did that red spot go?

Shrink Is Slang for Psychiatrist
Why are psychiatrists called shrinks?

The Cover That Came Before the Book
What does this cover have to do with the book?

Pica Means Magpie
Why is he eating sand?

Owls Fly Silently
Why didn’t I hear that owl fly by?

Twitter Was Born from a Hackathon
Is this why we always saw the “fail whale”?

Dolphins Get High on Puffer Fish
Can you pass the puffer fish?

Air Rage Is Common in China
The flight is delayed again!

Fingernails Grow Faster Than Toenails
Why do my nails take so long to grow?

A Disaster Was a Bad Star
What caused that flood?

Santa’s Reindeer Must Be Female
When do reindeer lose their antlers?

Shortbread Means Crumbly Bread
What’s so short about shortbread?

Boy’s Kite Helps Build Niagara Bridge
Who wants to go out and fly a kite?

Ben Franklin and the Turkey
What’s so American about a bald eagle?

Airplane Mode Saves Your Battery
Is your battery about to die?

Feathers Were More Valuable Than Gold
Would you kindly remove your hat?

Windowless Airplanes
Are we there yet?

The Word “Scissors” is a Defective Noun
By “scissors” do you mean one pair or more?

Keep Calm And Carry On
Who can use this slogan?

How the Ampersand Got its Name
Is it true that there used to be 27 letters in the alphabet?

Trailers Used To Come After the Film
What is the origin of the word “trailer”?

Wisdom Teeth Don’t Make You Smarter
Why don’t I have those teeth?

An English Breakfast Is A Full Breakfast
What’s the difference between a continental breakfast and an English breakfast?

One World Trade Center Stands 1,776 Feet High
Is it really the tallest building in North America?

Switzerland Has A Square Flag
Why is the nurse wearing the Swiss flag on her armband?

Caffeine Is A Natural Pesticide
Is coffee really a drug?

“Spaghetti” Means Little Strings
What does “vermicelli” mean in English?

Bangkok Is Sinking
How much longer do we have?

“Hen” Is A Swedish Gender-Neutral Pronoun
Does this word belong in Swedish reference books?

A Novel Without The Letter “E”
There is something missing in this book.

Bees Are Neat Freaks
It’s too sticky in here!

Photographers Line Up For Manhattanhenge
What are all of those people taking pictures of?

Goody Two-Shoes Was A Goody-Goody
Does she ever do anything wrong?

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