It is said that truth is stranger than fiction. Here is a handful of facts which might seem surprising, but are everyday sights in some places.
When a male dolphin wants to impress a female dolphin, he gives her a sponge as a gift. Male penguins have a similar custom, but they offer female penguins a stone.
The walls in the city of Nördlingen, in Germany, contain 72,000 diamonds. However, they are microscopic and can't be seen. An asteroid hit the region 15 million years ago, leaving behind rock made up of diamonds, crystals and other material. The town was built in the crater left by the impact.
Rich people in China who are sentenced to jail terms hire people who resemble them, and send them to jail instead.
Indian housewives own 11% of the world’s gold, wearing it as jewellery. They have more gold than Switzerland, the US, and Germany combined.
In Japan, some monkeys have learned that if they pick up coins in the street, they can use them to buy food from vending machines.
The shortest war in the world was the Anglo-Zanzibar War, fought between the United Kingdom and the Zanzibar Sultanate on 27 August 1896. It lasted between 38 and 45 minutes.