The name of the sport ''Tennis'' gets its origin in the ''Game Of The Palm''. Once the game commenced, the player had to say ''Tenez!'' (Hold!). The Anglo-Saxons understood Tennis. The reason for this confusion comes from the fact that 17th century French the word ''Tenez'' was pronounced ''Tenets! ", using an ''S'' at the end, which does indeed sound like tennis.
In 1967, Sweden changed the direction of traffic. Instead of driving on the left side of the road as the were used to, they converted to right side driving like the rest of continental Europe. Authorities had to ban traffic for 5 hours in order to change all the signs, and the army was requisitioned to help.
The elected officials of the city of Redditch in England have come up with a new energy source to heat the local pool: a nearby crematorium. They intend to use the heat generated by the crematorium which is released into the atmosphere and re-directed to the pool via a network of pipes. Public consultation revealed that 4 out of 5 residents were in favour of the plan.
Lavoisier, also known as The Father of Modern Chemistry, was guillotined on May 8, 1794 (during the Reign of Terror) in Paris, at the age of 50, along with his 27 co-defendants. Although widely circulated as being true (doubtful) Lavoisier apparently requested a 15 day stay of execution in order to finish his research.