…that the flowers of the common Persian Speedwell (Veronica persica) are always turned to face Perth Amboy, New Jersey?

…that Marie Antoinette spent the entire French budget for the month of July, 1782, on wig powder?

…that Samuel Johnson deliberately left the word “wombat” out of his dictionary because he had a morbid fear of the creatures?

…that the pope always wears underwear in the appropriate liturgical color for the season?

…that the Hittite language had no word for “diode”?