November 20, 2008

Zombie Fest and Superhero Pilgrims

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , at 6:18 am by davidmanning

Welcome to the first post on Fun Facts for You. I’m David, trivia-mad designer, and I probably won’t be posting this many tidbits each time, but here are a few of my favourite ones that have been building up for a while:

  • Dhaka Zoo in rural Botswana is the only site in the world with a live coelacanth in captivity.
  • The US city of Zombi, Ohio, held a yearly Romero Fest from 1981 to 1996 to honour the ‘Living Dead’ series of films. It was discontinued due to rising incidents of graveyard vandalism by revelers.
  • Douglas Adams fans rejoice! There is a real-life Babel Fish. However, unlike the fictional, telepathic translator fish from the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy books, the real Babel Fish is a small, dark lungfish native to the Dead Sea. It was first documented in 1861 by British naturalist Tobias Gregson, who termed it “a fish of Babylon.” Its name was shortened over the years.
  • The passenger list of the Mayflower pilgrim ship contains both a ‘Clarke Kent‘ and a ‘Bruce Wayne‘.
  • It’s illegal in the Canadian town of Goderich to have cutlery plated with gold.

That’s it for now!

Cheers, David


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