Rumour has it that the American state of Washington was originally going to be called Columbia, named after the river. In turn, the territory directly north of the state had be distinguished by adding "British" to the its name -- hence British Columbia.
Leonardo Da Vinci invented the scissors.
'Strengths' is the longest word in the English language with just one vowel The word also shares the distinction with 'screeched' as the longest one-syllable words in the English language.
The late Canadian actor Lorne Greene had one of his nipples bitten off by an alligator while he hosted Lorne Greene's Wild Kingdom.