1 Humans share about 50 per cent of their DNA with bananas.
2 “Get thee to a nunnery.” Hamlet thought that only life in a convent could save Ophelia.
3 The Battle of Bunker Hill was a great victory for the American Revolution.
4 The minutes of a meeting are so called because the notes are written small – to be transcribed later.
5 Emerson wrote: “Consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds.”
6 Eating ice cream makes you hotter rather than cooler.
7 Epicurus championed the value of the quiet mind.
8 The Pacific islands of Pago Pago are correctly pronounced Pango Pango, because their discoverers wanted a more musical name.
9 Iran is the old name for Persia.
10 A miniature painting is a small portrait.
11 Human nature continues to evolve with modern man.
12 Constantinople was renamed, in the Turkish language, as Istanbul.
13 A Jesuit moral theologian taught that if invited to a duel one might lawfully kill one’s opponent by stealth to avoid the sin of duelling.
14 The tulip originated in the Netherlands.
15 A lie detector cannot detect lies.
16 Our penances reduce our time in purgatory.
17 The Jerusalem artichoke is a popular vegetable from Israel.
18 Galileo did not drop objects from the Leaning Tower of Pisa to demonstrate gravity.
19 Tobacco was first brought to Europe by Sir Walter Raleigh.
20 The first temptation was the apple offered to Eve.
21 The first aeroplane was powered by a steam engine.
22 Marie Antoinette, faced by the hunger of the poor, said: “Let them eat cake.”
23 Catgut is not made from cats’ guts.
24 Thomas Aquinas taught that women were conceived as a result of a defect, possibly as a result of a south wind at the time.
25 If you are varnished from head to toe, you will be smothered because you cannot breathe through your skin.
26 You will enrage a bull better with a green flag than a red flag.
27 In the story, Noah’s Ark ended up on Mount Ararat.
28 Sherlock Holmes never said “Elementary, my dear Watson.”
29 The first Quakers were Muslims.
30 A Pelagian is a heretic. A semi-Pelagian is a very small heretic.