1. Charles Darwin married his first consin.
2. Officially, the longest war in history was between the Netherlands and the Isles of Scilly, which lasted from 1651 to 1986. There were no casualties.
3. King Richard II invented the handkerchief.
4. Albert Einstein was offered the role of Israel's second President in 1952, but declined.
5. New Zealand was the first country to enfranchise women. It gave them the vote in 1895.
6. Tomatoes were considered poisonous for many years in Europe and they were grown for ornamental reasons only. In fact, the leaves and stems of tomatoes are poisonous (but they can be used in moderation for food flavoring).
7. Soon after building started in 1173, the foundation of the Pisa tower settled unevenly. Construction was stopped, and was continued only a 100 years later. Therefore, the leaning tower was never straight.
8. Ancient Egyptians used slabs of stones as pillows.
9. People have been wearing glasses for about 700 years.
10. King Charles the Second often rubbed dust from the mummies of pharaohs so he could "absorb their ancient greatness".