People

Fun facts about people as a whole, as is the case with an ethnic group or nation.

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Red sky at night, shepherd’s delight (is it true?)

You may have heard the saying: ‘Red sky at night, shepherd’s delight’ but does a red sunset really mean you are going to have good weather? Yes! The colour red indicates that dust particles are suspended in the atmosphere under the effect of high pressure. This mass of air coming from the west means that …

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Only 2% of the world’s population have blonde hair

Blonde hair is extremely rare globally. 84% of the world’s population have black or dark-brown hair, including most of Africa and Asia. Blonde hair is most common in northern European regions. https://www.holleewoodhair.com/hair-color-statistics/ Why do people have blonde hair? People evolved to have blonde hair because, as they migrated north, the lighter the skin and hair, …

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Why the French for undertaker is ‘croque-mort’ (bite the dead)?

An undertaker in France is called a ‘croque-mort’. ‘Croque’ meaning to nibble or bite and ‘mort’ meaning dead. It is thought that the word comes from the middle ages when undertakers used to bite the toe of the deceased to check that they were definitely dead. In France the word ‘croque-mort’ is given to employees …

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In Romani, the word for television translates as ‘fool’s looking box’

In the ‘gypsy’ language of Romani they call a television a ‘dinnilos-dicking-muktar’ which literally translates as ‘fools-looking-box.’ The words ‘chav’, ‘lollipop’, and ‘pal’ also come from Romani. Pal – a friend, from the Romani word phral, meaning brother. ‘Loli phabai’ means red apple which mutated to ‘lollipop’. Bonus fact: Some people call them ‘gypsies’ but …

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