In Saudia Arabia, oil is found in such abundance that it is cheaper than drinking water, a natural resource of limited supply. In fact, the country has been forced to invest massive amounts of money in desalination plants in order to meet the demands of the region which lacks natural waterways and groundwater.
The video game character Mario was originally called Jumpman. The name comes from the owner of the premises where Nintendo America was then established, a certain Mario Segali. The job of what would become the favorite Nintendo character was also carpenter at the time, not plumber.
Today the Eiffel Tower is bathed in lights, but in the past it served as a support for commercials: in 1925, a logo of the automotive company Citroen was affixed to the Eiffel Tower. Situated on the second and last floors, the illuminated inscription held letter measuring 30 meters in height.
The marathon is a long-distance running event with an official distance of 26 miles and 385 yards (42.195 km). In 1908, during the London Olympics, the royal family wanted the race to leave from Windsor Castle and to finish facing the royal box in the Olympic Stadium, which gave this distance.
Pablo Picasso was often found drawing on the paper tablecloths at his favorite restaurants. Restaurateurs would often ask him to leave the drawings instead of paying the bill. According to legend, when a restaurateur asked him to sign the drawing, Picasso reportedly replied "I came to eat, not buy the restaurant."
Dennis Bergkamp, a Dutch soccer player who was consistent star athlete for the Arsenal team, missed a lot of games. He suffered from a fear of flying, often preventing him from participating in away games, except when it was possible to travel by train or car to reach the match venue. His nickname was "The non-flying Dutchman".
Contrary to popular belief, Sharon Stone's IQ quite average. She claimed that she had an above average IQ, and stated that she was MENSA member, which is a group of people with high IQs. Once MENSA discovered this statement, they emphatically denied that she was a member.