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First Street is the third most common. The oldest bridge in Paris is the Pont Neuf, or ‘New Bridge’. More than half the fish in the USA labelled as tuna is not tuna. Half of all animal and plant species live in only one country and nowhere else. Half of British adults don’t believe in evolution. Most clams begin life as males, but half of them turn female when older. The Green Zone Golf Club is on the border of Finland and Sweden: half the holes are in one country and half in the other. The first woman to play golf was Mary Queen of Scots.
Half the world’s deaths from air pollution occur in China. The Chinese state television company is called CCTV. Fortune cookies originated in America. First imported to China in the 1990s, they were advertised as ‘Genuine American Fortune Cookies’. The e-reader was invented in 1949. A group of kittens is called a ‘kindle’. J. K. Rowling has no middle name. Harry Potter in Calcutta (India), Harry Potter and the Big Funnel (China) and Tanya Grotter and the Magical Double Bass (Russia) are all Harry Potter rip-offs.
Before Amy Johnson flew solo from Britain to Australia, the furthest she had flown was from Hendon to Hull. Nearly half of all airline pilots admit they have fallen asleep on the job. The first man-made object in space was the German V2 rocket. Russian cosmonauts routinely took guns into space in case re-entry landed them in the Siberian wilderness. In 1905, the city of Birmingham banned rifle shooting in pubs. The gun laws in Tombstone, Arizona, are less strict today than they were at the time of the OK Corral.