I've tried to check that these are correct, but my apologies if there are mistakes.
Did you know ...
... that 'dreamt' is the only English word to end with 'mt'?
Knowing this once earned me much respect from my team mates in a pub quiz. Don't think we won though. We only managed that once in three years of university.
... that 'stewardesses' is the longest word you can type on a keyboard with only your left hand?
You're trying it out now, aren't you?
... that the small pocket in the larger pocket of your jeans was designed for pocket watches?
Speaking of watches, if anyone wants to buy me this one I would be eternally grateful. It's worth a shot, right?
... that there are 31,557,600 seconds in a year?
Is it just me, or does that not sound like enough? (It is; I checked.)
... that Stephen Hawking held a party for time travellers but no one turned up?
Read more here.
... that the average person falls asleep in 8 minutes?
Unfortunately for my parents, I knew this one. I once used it as an excuse for getting up early on Christmas Day: "But I did try to go back to sleep! On average it takes 8 minutes to fall asleep, so I waited 8 minutes and was still awake, so I got up. Can we open presents now?"
Question: Do you have a favourite 'did you know' fact you'd like to share with the class?