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PEOPLE FACTS

People at a Glance
People have lived in the world for millions of years. Today, 6.3 billion people live on the earth.
The world's population grows by 100 million each year. Some 950 million people in the world are malnourished.
There are 106 boys born for every 100 girls.
The average male adult is 5'9'' tall and weighs 155 pounds. The average female adult is 5'3'' tall and weighs 125 pounds.

People in the World
“When in Rome, do as the Romans do” is a famous saying about customs. But what exactly do the Romans and other people do that is so different? Where do women wear rings in their noses to show they are married, for example? Where do people greet each other with a bow rather than a handshake? Here are some other ways people behave and beautify themselves around the world.

In Rome, Italy, adults drink coffee standing up at a coffee bar.
Throughout Europe, people eat with the fork in the left hand and the knife in the right.
In India, women wear rings in their noses to show they are married.

In New Zealand, chewing gum in public is considered impolite.
In Russia, powerful handshakes among men are often carried to extremes.
In Brazil, kids do not have sleepovers.
In most parts of Asia, it is taboo to touch people's heads, especially those of children.
In Taiwan, belching after a meal is considered a compliment to the cook.
In Australia, pancakes are served at dinner rather than breakfast.
In Thailand, people do not step on their doorsills. It is believed that a spirit lives in the threshold of every home.
In many North African countries, children ride to school on donkeys.


Canadian researchers have found that Einstein's brain was 15% wider than normal. Scientists at a University in Ontario, Canada have discovered that the part of Einstein's brain thought to be related to mathematical reasoning - the inferior parietal region - was 15 percent wider on both sides than a normal brain.

Barbie's full name is Barbara Millicent Roberts

The queen of England has two birthdays.

Attila the Hun died in 453 on the night of his marriage to Ilidico, he is thought to have been poisoned

About 3000 years ago, most Egyptians died by the time they were 30.

The shortest British monarch was Charles I, who was 4'9"

Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh cut off his left ear. His 'Self-Portrait with Bandaged Ear'' shows the right one bandaged because he painted the mirror image

The only married couple to fly together in space were Jan Davis and Mark Lee, who flew aboard the Endeavor space shuttle from September 12-20, 1992.

The average human will eat 8 mosquitoes/spiders while asleep in thier lifetime.

Collecting People
People who collect things are called by many names. Some of their names are as unusual as the items they collect.

Collector - Collection
Archtophilist - Teddy Bears
Bestiarist - Medieval Books on Animals
Bibliophilist - Books
Brandophilist - Cigar Bands
Conchologist - Shells
Copoclephilist - Key Rings
Deltiologist - Postcards
Dologist - Bird's Eggs
Lepidopterist - Butterflies
Numismatist Coins
Philatelist - Stamps
Philographist - Autographs
Phonophile - Phonograph Records
Plangonologist - Dolls
Receptarist - Recipes
Vecturist - Subway Tokens
Vexillologist - Banners or Flags

Bellhop: A hotel employee who escorts guests to their rooms, carries their luggage, and familiarizes them with their surroundings

Best boy: An assistant to a gaffer in TV and movie productions

Cabin boy: A boy who acts as a servant on a ship, especially to the captain

Caddie: A golf course worker who carries clubs and assists golfers

Cowpuncher: A ranch worker who tends cattle and horses

Diva: The principal female singer in an opera

Engineer: A person who uses the principles of math and science to plan structures such as bridges, engines, roads, and canals

Extra: A person with a nonspeaking part in a movie

Gaffer: An electrician in charge of lighting on a movie or TV set

Geisha: A Japanese woman who plays classical Japanese music and performs traditional dances at private parties in Japan

Guru: A Hindu religious teacher and spiritual guide

Hermit: A person who retires from society and lives alone, often for religious reasons

Intellectual: Someone who studies and thinks about ideas

Intelligence agent: Also called a spy

Maître d': The person who shows diners to their tables and supervises the waiters in a restaurant

Medicine man: A healer or sorcerer in a Native American tribe

Page: One who delivers messages and serves as a guide

Patron: A person who uses wealth and influence to help a person or a cause

Pirate: A person who robs ships on the high seas (outside territorial waters). Today's pirates use speedboats and carry guns.

Mary Read and Anne Bonny were female pirates in the early 1700s. Disguised as men, they served as pirates on the same ship.

Spy: One who collects and analyzes secret information about armies and battle plans

Spycatcher: One who tries to discover spies, also called a counterintelligence agent

Stand-up comedian: A person who tells jokes alone on a stage, usually in a nightclub

Stockbroker: A person who acts for others in buying and selling stocks or shares in a business

Undercover agent: Someone, usually a law enforcement agent, who pretends to be someone else in order to gain information

Valet: A personal servant who takes care of one's clothes, or a hotel employee who cares for clothes and does other personal services

Different Groups of People
Army: A collection of men and women trained to fight in battle

Band: A group of people or a group of musicians: a marching band or Robin Hood's band of merry men

Cabal: A small group involved in secret schemes

Caravan: A number of people traveling together, usually in a long line

Cast: A group acting in a play or movie

Choir: A group of singers who perform together

Class: A group of students at the same grade level: a third-grade class

Crowd: A large group of people in one place

Folk: A people, a tribe, an ethnic group, or a nation

Gang: A group of people who congregate together

Guild: An association of persons of the same trade who all have the same job interests

Huddle: In football, players gathered briefly in a circle to plan the next play

Mob: An excited or angry mass of people

Orchestra: A group of musicians who play together, using a variety of instruments that include strings, brass, woodwinds, and percussion

Procession: A group of people moving in an orderly manner

Retinue: A body of followers or servants of an important person; e.g., bodyguards, secretaries, or trainers

Staff: A group of people who work together

Team: A group of people who work or play together

Throng: A large number of people

Troop: A group of military people or scouts

Troupe: A group of actors, dancers, or acrobats who travel and perform together

Nobility
The children of nobility are called lords and ladies.

These are the descendants of powerful and wealthy landowners who passed their titles on to their children and grandchildren. From top to bottom, here is the order of British nobility as well as the terms of address. (Note that counts are European but not British.)

Rank Term of Address
King “Your Majesty”
Queen “Your Majesty”
Prince and Princess “Your Royal Highness”
Duke and Duchess “Your Grace”
Marquess “My Lord”
Marchioness “Madam”
Earl “My Lord”
Countess “Madam”
Viscount “My Lord”
Viscountess “Madam”
Baron “My Lord”
Baroness “Madam”

What Was So Great about Catherine the Great?
Catherine II, or Catherine the Great, was the empress of Russia from 1762 to 1796. During her reign, she built schools and hospitals, promoted the education of women, and allowed religious tolerance. She extended the borders of Russia by acquiring much of Poland. Many artists, teachers, and scientists moved to Russia because of the freedom of ideas she promoted.

Who was the Victoria of Victorian?
Queen Victoria ruled the British Empire for close to 64 years, longer than any other British monarch. She became queen in 1837, when her uncle King William IV died without an heir. During her reign, the British colonial empire was the richest in the world, owning one-fourth of the world's land and ruling more than one-fourth of the world's people.

The Six Wives of Henry VIII
Henry VIII was the sixteenth-century king of England who is remembered for his shocking treatment of his many wives. Here is what happened to his six wives:

Catherine of Aragon Married 1509, annulled 1533; mother of Mary Tudor
Ann Boleyn Married 1533, beheaded 1536; mother of Elizabeth I
Jane Seymour Married 1536, died in childbirth 1537; mother of Edward VI
Anne of Cleves Married and divorced 1540
Catherine Howard Married 1540, beheaded 1542
Catherine Parr Married 1543, survived him

More Royal Titles Around the World
The sultan of Brunei rides in a golden chariot for important events.

Czar/Czarina: The ruler of Russia until 1917.

Emir: The native ruler in parts of Asia and Africa.

Emperor/Empress: The supreme head of an empire. The ancient Romans had emperors; the Japanese still do.

Pharaoh: A ruler of ancient Egypt.

Raja: An Indian prince.

Shah: A sovereign of Iran.

Sultan: A head of a Muslim state.

People in Groups
Aristocracy: A society or group of people ruled by the upper class.

Democracy: A form of government in which the people hold power. People can either exercise the power or elect officials to do so.

Gerontocracy: A society or group of people in which older people are the most powerful.

Matriarchy: A society or group of people in ...


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