• Australia's Bureau of Meteorology has had to add two new colors: deep purple and pink because the temperatures there are literally off the charts. The previous temperature range had been capped at 50 degrees Celsius (122F) and now it goes to 54 (129.2). This is well above the all time record temperature of 50.7 degrees that they reached on January 2, 1960.
  • The deepest mine in the world is the East Rand mine, which goes to a depth of about 3,585 metres. It is a 120-year-old underground gold mining operation on the Witwatersrand Basin at Boksburg, to the east of Johannesburg. The mine employs 2,740 people.
  • "Tis Hazari" got its name from a force of 30,000 Sikhs which encamped here under military general Baghel Singh in 1783.
  • The winter of 1932 was so cold that Niagara Falls froze completely solid.
  • The White House got its name when its exterior was painted white so as to cover the fire damage by British forces in the War of 1812.
  • King Tut became a pharaoh at the age of 9, died when he was 18, and was buried with 145 pairs of underwear.
  • With 21% of it's population experiencing depression, France is the most depressed country in the world.
  • In Thailand, it is customary to give presents on one's birthday rather than getting them.
  • 21% of the South Korean population has the last name as 'Kim'.
  • The world's smallest island nation is Nauru with a total area of 8.2 square miles.