CRAZY BUT TRUE runs for 3-4 hours in semi-public spaces (for example, the foyer of a large theatre). Visitors and participating children can come and go as they wish. They may come especially for it, or perhaps they chance upon it.

A participating child needs no rehearsal. Each session lasts 12 minutes. At any one time there are three performers. There’s a changeover every 4 minutes.

The text spoken is partially rewritten for each location.

Crazy but True. 9th September 2017, Riga.


(Sign at the door:)



As someone said in 1953…

Statistics are like bikinis:

What they reveal is interesting,

but what they conceal is vital.

Take notes.

If you don't have a pen,

ask for one.

And later - check the facts,

do your own investigations!


In mediaeval Europe, a "moment" was precisely 90 seconds.

A thousand seconds is about 16 minutes.

A million seconds is about 11 days.

A billion seconds is about 32 years.

And one trillion seconds is 32,000 years.

You can eat 32,000-year-old honey. Honey never spoils.

Honeybees have hair on their eyes.

Bees can recognise individual human faces

There's a facial recognition system in Finland called 'pay by face'.

Yes. You can pay for things by giving 'a meaningful nod'. 

You can find faces in clouds using facial recognition technology. It is being done by an art collective in Korea.

125 rich people have arranged for their remains to be launched into space, where they will orbit the Earth, for centuries.

It is physically impossible for pigs to look up into the sky.

A flamingo can eat only when its head is upside down.

There are more fake, plastic flamingos in the world than real flamingos.

More fake news was shared on Facebook than real news, during the last 3 months of the US presidential campaign.

17 out of the top 20 fake news stories had information favouring Donald Trump.

Both Trump and the actor Sylvester Stallone have their own brands of bottled water.

But - in a blind tasting test, Mr Stallone could not tell the difference between them.

More than 480bn plastic drinking bottles were sold in 2016 across the world, up from about 300bn a decade ago.

If placed end to end, those plastic bottles would extend more than halfway to the sun.

The process of producing bottled water requires 6 times more water than there is in the bottle.

The company Nestlé currently controls more than 70 of the world's bottled water brands.

Coca-Cola bottled tap water in Sidcup and sold it, calling it ‘Dasani’.

Nestle's Pure Life is also tap water

“Water is the new gold" That’s what Peter Brabeck said. Brabeck. He’s the boss of Nestlé.

Humans are made up of 60% water[ this version messed with order in this Water bit.].

Brabeck claims that access to water is not a human right.

Most humans cannot survive for longer than 4 days without water.

Water should be privatised, according to Brabeck. Owned by corporations like Nestlé, and paid for by anyone who needs it.

Brabeck personally earns about 10 million dollars a year.

His Nestle corporation sells water for 53 million percent more than what they buy it for.

Nestlé is powerful, and often forces local governments to agree to sell their natural water supplies.

If someone sees a way of making lots of money, they can often convince themselves that it's ok if other people end up sick or dead as a result.

Recently, Trump agreed an arms deal with the Saudis for 110 billion dollars worth of US weaponry.

In 1990, a satyrical magazine called SPY sent some of the world’s richest people cheques for 13 cents, to see who would cash them. Only 2 people did: a Saudi Arabian arms dealer, and Donald Trump.

If you yelled at the top of your voice for 8 years, 7 months and 6 days, you would have produced enough energy to make one cup of coffee.

Britain was the first country in the world to use coal for electricity, in 1882

On 21 April of this year, Great Britain went for a whole 24 hours without energy made from coal.

[ 2017 only]

Yes. It was the first working day without coal power since the Industrial Revolution.

“We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope,” said Martin Luther King

Since 1975, Latin America has lost 83% of it’s living creatures

Every year, 200 Million baby chickens are killed as soon as they're born, because they're male, and therefore useless for egg production.

Chickens are the closest living relative to the T.Rex.

Chickens. According to Genesis, the chicken came before the egg.

That's only if you believe what's written in the bible.

There are more people living today on the planet than all the humans who have ever died.

That’s only true if you don’t believe in the theory of evolution.

Ah, the theory of evolution. More than four in 10 Americans don’t believe in the theory of evolution.

They believe the world was created 6 thousand years ago.

And that there were dinosaurs together with the animals on Noah’s ark.

Fred and Wilma Flintstone were the first couple to be shown in bed together on prime-time American TV.

France was still executing people by guillotine when Star Wars first came out

There are more stars in space than there are grains of sand on every beach in the world.

Four hundred years ago, the Catholic Church believed that the Earth did not move and was the centre of the universe.

Well, today 20% of Americans today think the sun orbits the Earth.

Yes and more than half of all Americans still don't believe that humans are behind climate change.

Galileo, who wrote a book explaining how the earth moves around the sun, was forced by the Catholic church to say he was wrong.

Sunlight causes some people to sneeze, and scientists don’t know why.

Galileo’s middle finger is now on display in a museum in Italy. It's in an upright position, pointing towards the Vatican.

In 1992, the Vatican publicly admitted Galileo was right.

In 1992 the Galileo spaceship was travelling towards Jupiter.

On Jupiter, it rains diamonds.

A million diamond diggers currently working in Africa earn less than one pound every day.

Many of them are beaten, sometimes even killed.

They are forced to work, they have no choice.

yes, that's they call them blood diamonds.

About a quarter of all diamonds now in the shops are blood diamonds, and nobody can tell the difference

You can make diamonds from peanut butter. You just need extreme high pressure.

the energy from a single bolt of lightning has enough energy for toasting 100,000 slices of bread. 

In 1998, in the Democratic Republic of Congo, lightening struck during a football match. All the members of one team died. No-one in the other team was hurt. 

Lightening strikes the earth about 100 times every second.

Lightning bolts are so powerful they can reshape the atomic structure of the rocks they strike.

Yes, those changes are also found at the sites of underground nuclear bomb tests.

The UK nuclear arsenal, called Trident, has the destructive power to destroy over 80% of the 195 capital cities worldwide.

A year ago, it malfunctioned during a test off the coast of Florida.

Correct. The missile was supposed to head towards west Africa but went in the opposite direction towards the US mainland.  No explanation has been given.


A few months ago, the US military dropped a bomb in Afghanistan which they call the Mother of All Bombs. The single bomb costs 16 million dollars.

Correct. They killed three dozen suspected Isis members at a cost of almost half a million dollars per individual.

Eagles and vultures sometimes drop live tortoises from great heights to crack their shells open on rocks.

The Greek playwright Aeschylus was killed by a tortoise dropped by a bird. The bird thought his bald head was a big stone.

In the same year, Aristophanes was born, who wrote a play about birds gaining control over all messages sent by both men and gods.

One of his plays contains the longest word in literature, containing 183 letters. It is the name for a fictional food dish containing meat, fish, and wine.

In another of his works, he suggests that if you don't own any slaves, it's a sign of poverty.

In Ancient Greece, the police in Athens were most often slaves.

Today, as many as 2300 people in Latvia  live in conditions of slavery

It is estimated that 45 million people are today enslaved worldwide

26 percent of today’s slaves are children.

When they have eaten enough, children under five years old stop eating.

People think rich countries are providing aid to develop poor countries. But it's actually the other way round.

yes. developing countries on average send $2tn more to the rest of the world than they receive, every year.

how can that be?

Look it up.

In 2016, the 62 richest people in the world were as wealthy as the poorest half of the world's population.

But that's been updated. Today, it's only 8 people.

ok. So, the 8 richest people have the same money as the poorest half of all the people in the world.

Half the entire global population. 8 people.

Correct. And the richest 1% of the world's population now own as much as everyone else on the planet put together.

There are more members of that 1% in London than anywhere else on the planet.

To end extreme poverty worldwide would require $66 billion.

Bill Gates could provide that himself, and still have 21 billion dollars left over.

Bill is not short for billion. It is short for William.

Did you know that in English, there is no letter B in any number, until you reach a billion?

B is also for Bezos. Jeff Bezos, boss of Amazon, who is about to take over from Bill Gates as richest person in the world.

[ keep checking this]

Bill Gates has pledged to donate 95 percent of all his money.

That's nice. On average though, the richer people become, the less they care about other people.

Donald Trump once tried to sue an author for $5 million, because the book called him a millionaire instead of a billionaire.

Donald Trump has a personal fortune of 3.5 billion dollars.

Correct. Also, Donald Trump's administration team is the richest in modern history.

Most of them deny climate change, and are veterans or allies of the fossil fuel industry.

The fossil fuel industry spends about half a million dollars on disinformation every single day. Because they profit from burning fossil fuels.

The policies which they manage to push through government are often disastrous for inequality and the environment.

There's a US senator called James Inhofe. He said he believed in climate change - until he found out what it was going to cost!

In fact, delaying action on climate change is much more expensive in the end.

That's true, because, for every year the world delays taking action, we'll end up paying an additional $500 billion later on.

Denying a problem exists because you don't like its cure is common among drug addicts and alcoholics.

In the Baltics it's perceived that the more alcohol you can handle, the more of a man you are.

Yes. Everybody understands that it is absurd. But it is still there.

British men are no better. Many come to Riga because the alcohol is very cheap here.

They come here in order to deliberately get drunk and behave badly.

Sometimes, beautiful women with ties to mafia seduce those British men. They spike their drinks, and then empty their bank accounts.

Latvia produces more female models per capita that almost any country in the world.

We have a Beer Spa in Riga, where you can immerse yourself in a warm beer bath.

Riga is the first European city with a police unit dedicated to stag parties.

In Latvia, men are dying on average 11 years younger than women.

they're also four times more likely to commit suicide.

yes. Car driving and alcoholism are riskier for men than for women here.

recently, an AirBaltic flight was grounded after four of the five crew members failed alcohol tests, including both the captain and first officer.

Over 1,000 birds a year die from smashing into windows.

The hummingbird is the only bird that can fly backwards.

The hummingbird's heart beats at 1200 beats per minute.

The national animal of Latvia, the White Wagtail, does in fact wag its tail, but scientists don’t really know why.

Hummingbirds sing with their tales.

Yes. The wind goes through their tail feathers when they swoop, making a squeak like a startled rodent.

Rats laughter is very high pitched.

Excuse me. Did you just say 'rats laughter'?

Yes. Rats do laugh when they’re tickled. You need special equipment to hear it.

In 1962 there was an epidemic of laughter, in Tanzania. About a thousand people couldn’t stop laughing. It spread from village to village, and lasted about a year.

In 1518 there was an epidemic of dancing, in Strasbourg, France. Hundreds of people couldn’t stop dancing. It lasted a month.

The irrational fear of dancing is called Chorophobia.

Some people are so afraid of flying that they vomit at the mere sight or mention of an aircraft.

The chances of dying in a plane accident are one in 11 million.

The chances of dying in a car accident are one in 5,000

The chances of dying on your way to by a lottery ticket are greater than your chances of winning.

A fear of dying in a plane crash kills more people than dying in plane crashes.

Excuse me?

Well… after the attacks of 11th September 2001, people got scared of planes. They reckon 1600 extra people died in car accidents, who would have otherwise taken a plane.

2,606 people lost their lives in the attacks on the twin towers. It was the worst terrorist attack in world history.

In one of the towers, up on the 91st floor, there was an artist's residency programme.

yes. One of the artists, Michael Richards, had created a sculpture of himself being pierced by lots of aeroplanes.  He was the only person present on that floor when the planes hit.

A year before that, an artist group called Gelatin removed the glass from one of the windows. They made a little balcony on the 91st floor. They had a quick breakfast there, and then put everything back to normal.

Not quite true. They left a bit of chewing gum stuck to the outside of the building.

The Burj Khalifa is the tallest building in the world. It's three times the height of the Eiffel Tower. But it only has one underground level.

The lowest a human has ever gone into the ground is 4km, in a gold mine.

They're looking for a layer of gold, 4 km underground. The layer of gold is just 76cm deep.

At the top of the tallest building in the world, there is a vending machine which sells solid bars of gold.

The gold mine has to produce 60kg of gold a day.

that's the average weight of a human being.

To find that gold, the mine must remove 6 million kg of rock every day.

6 million kg is also the amount of ice the mine has to produce every day for its cooling systems.

6 million kg is also the amount of food that goes to waste dumps, every single day, in a city in Saudi Arabia called Jeddah.

In Jeddah, the new tallest building in the world is being built. It will be 1km high.

[ ready in 2019]

Correct. it will have 59 lifts.

It's being built by the Bin Laden family.

Same family as Osama Bin Laden, who brought down the twin towers in New York City. I mean, he financed the attacks of September 11th 2001.

Those twin towers had 110 floors, more than any other building in the world at the time.

And that was not surpassed until the Burj Khalifa which opened in 2010.

The Burj Khalifa is so tall that you can watch the sunset on the ground, take the lift to the top, and watch the sun set all over again.

At the top, there’s a vending machine which spits out solid bars of gold.

Somebody already said that

And, the vending machine is actually gold itself. It is covered in gold leaf.

More gold has been mined in the past 10 years than in the previous 6,000 years.

Most gold miners work in dangerous conditions and earn so little money that they live in poverty.

90% of gold is either hoarded in banks or used for jewellery. Gold is one of the most useless metals.

A thief in India once stole a gold chain by swallowing it.

When the police caught him, they made him eat 40 bananas, so that it would come out quickly.

Humans share 50% of their DNA with bananas.

Bananas are the world’s most traded fruit. There are 100 million tons produced every year.

For every ton of bananas produced, two tons of contaminated waste are left behind.

The banana industry spends much more money on chemicals than on human labour.

The chemicals have caused cancer, miscarriages, birth defects and mass sterilisation.

Bananas are naturally radioactive.

The radiation spillage from the Fukushima nuclear power station was running at 76 million bananas per hour.

76 million bananas is about half the amount of bananas being eaten worldwide, every hour.

76 million. That’s the population of catholic Filipinos.

The biggest container ship can carry 15,000 boxes, which would hold 746 million bananas.

740 million. That's the population of Europe.

That means a single container ship can bring one banana for everyone in Europe.

10,000 containers are lost at sea each year

Right now, there are at least 20 million containers traveling around the world.

Ninety percent of everything in the world that is sold travels via the shipping industry.

15% of those ships travel across the Baltic Sea. We have the most intensive ship traffic in the world. 

In the Baltic Sea, in the last 30 years, there have been 10,000 illegal oil spills.

Scottish cod is sent 10,000 miles away to China to be filleted - and then it's sent back to Scotland. 

That's because Chinese labour is cheap. People in poorer countries work for less, they don't have any choice.

Shipping is also cheap because they are allowed to burn the cheapest and dirtiest kind of fuel.

Yes. Shipping fuel is dirty in the extreme. Did you know the 16 largest cargo ships in the world produce as much sulphur pollution as all the cars in the world?

Why don't we change the rules, so they're not allowed to burn the dirty fuel?

Big companies don’t like regulation, because it means increased costs.  They often use intimidation, violence, and corruption to stop rules from being implemented, or changed.

4 percent of all climate change emissions are caused by shipping.

Global warming benefits shipping companies.

Yes. The Arctic ice is melting. That allows cargo ships to make shorter routes, meaning lower costs, and increased profits.

Climate change also benefits octopuses, and squids. Their populations are exploding worldwide.

Ice hockey fans in Detroit have a tradition of throwing dead octopuses onto the ice when their team reaches the League playoffs.

In 1930, an ice hockey goalie caught fire during a game when a puck hit a pack of matches that he had in his pocket.

In the early days of ice hockey, pucks were made from chunks of frozen cow poop.

The puck is the fastest moving object in any major professional team sport.

Blind people can also play ice hockey. They use a hollow puck with ball bearings inside, which makes sound as it moves around.

In a termite colonly, the workers and the soldiers are blind. They don't need eyes because they're always working in the dark.

Termites eat through wood two times faster when listening to rock music!

We cut down a lot of trees in Latvia. And they reckon a quarter of all the logging here is illegal.

That's because the European companies who buy the wood don't care where it comes from as long as it's cheap.

The richer they get, the more powerful they get, and the more they can control the regulations.

Very often a global corporation is richer and more powerful than a whole country.

Baroness Rothschild, whose first name was Philippine, had more money than the whole of the Philippines.

Filipinos make up more than one third of all shipping crews worldwide. There are half a million Filipinos at sea.

There are 76 million catholic Filipinos.

I already said that.

When the Pope visited The Philippines, 2000 traffic policemen were forced to wear nappies so they could continue working for longer.

Disposable diapers take 500 years to decompose.

The capital of the Philippines, has the worst traffic in the world.

When they opened a McDonald's restaurant in Kuwait City, there was a line of cars seven miles long.

The death rate on roads in Latvia is the highest in the EU.

Albert Einstein never knew how to drive a car.

There are 3 times more cars than people in Los Angeles.

Worldwide, the problem of air polution causes more early deaths than malaria and HIV combined.

90% of the world's children live in places where air pollution exceeds recommended limits.

Children's lungs are still developing. Therefore it's children who are most at risk.

If you laid out all the airways in an adult's lungs, they would stretch to 1500 miles.

In January this year[ 2017!

], a poor Chinese worker cycled 1500 miles in the wrong direction, trying to get home for the new year. [ About three billion trips are expected to be made across China during the peak 40-day period, including more than 350 million rail journeys and 58 million flights.  ]

A cat was recently found in Birmingham, 1500 miles away from where he was registered in Spain.

15% of All Internet Traffic is Cat-Related

Children laugh about 300 times a day. Adults only laugh about 15 to 100 times a day.

Babies are able to laugh when they are as young as 17 days old.

In the womb, all babies grow mustaches, and then eat them.

In the US, in 2015, more people were shot by toddlers than by terrorists.

A baby has around 3 times the amount of taste buds than an adult.

Butterflies taste with their feet.

Elephants have highly sensitive feet. Many of them escaped the big tsunami of 2004 because they FELT it coming.

Forty-four percent of Latvians feel that the survival of Latvian language and culture  is under threat.

45 percent of Russians believe that the survival of Russian language and culture in Latvia is endangered.

Seventy-five percent of Latvians do not think the Russian language or culture is threatened

Seventy-eight percent of Russians do not think the Latvian language or culture is threatened.

Everyone has a unique tongue print, just like fingerprints.

Xenoglossy is the apparent ability to speak a language that you’ve never actually learned.

A giraffe can clean its own ears with its tongue.

Slugs have 4 noses.

A male moth can smell a female more than 7 miles away.

An elephant can walk underwater, using its trunk as a snorkel.

Leonardo da Vinci could write with one hand while drawing with the other.

A french writer once wrote a whole novel without using the letter 'e'. His name was George Perec.

George "W" Bush, when he first arrived at the White House, found the letter W had been removed from all the computer keyboards .

George "W" Bush Won An Election with Less Votes Than His Opponent

So did Trump.

A lot of what Trump has said is unrepeatable in situations such as this performance.

Trump mocked a disabled reporter, and he has cut support for disabled people.

Some people are blind and deaf, therefore completely isolated. But with support, they can learn to communicate by hand touching.

Thomas Edison taught his second wife Morse Code, and asked her to marry him by tapping the question onto her palm. She tapped back, “Yes”.

As a child, Edison had learning difficulties, and his school declared him mentally ill and un-teachable. Now we know him as one of the most famous inventors of all time.

Yes. He invented the motion picture camera and the electric light bulb.

"We are never really happy until we try to brighten the lives of others." That's a quote by Helen Keller who was probably the most famous blind and deaf person of all time.

A coyote can hear a mouse moving under 30cm of snow.

A snowflake can take up to an hour to fall from a cloud to the surface of the Earth.

A Swiss ski resort announced it would combat global warming by wrapping its mountain glaciers in aluminum foil to keep them from melting.

In 1995 only 500 people in China could ski. This year, about 20 million Chinese will visit ski resorts.

In China, in the last 40 years, the consumption of pork has increased nearly sevenfold.

Livestock production is responsible for more climate change gasses than all the motor vehicles in the world.

Each kilogram of pork requires 6kg of food for the pig.

More than half of the world’s food crops will soon be eaten by Chinese pigs.

70 percent of the Amazon forest has been rased, to be used as grazing for these animals.

Vaclav Havel was in prison when he wrote that hope "doesn't depend on some particular observation of the world.  Either we have hope within us or we don’t; it is a dimension of the soul "

Mother pigs sing to their young while nursing.

Newborn piglets recognize their own names and run to their mothers' voices

Experiments have found that pigs are “capable of abstract representation” and can play joystick-controlled video games.

The first footballs were inflated pig bladders.

Qatar will host the football World Cup in the summer of 2022. Average summer temperatures in Qatar are too hot to spectate, let alone play football, or build the stadiums for it.

More than 1200 migrant workers died on construction sites in Qatar in only 3 years.

Swifts stay in the air for about 4 years when they first grow wings.

It is estimated that more than 7000 workers will die in Qatar before a ball is kicked in the 2022 World Cup.

That would make it one of the deadliest infrastructural projects in history.

40 years ago Qatar was known for little more than pearl fishing.

Thanks to oil and gas, Qatar is now the world’s richest country based on income per person.

That, despite poor migrant workers making up more than 90% of the country's population.

Workers in Qatar are sometimes not able to leave, even if they wanted to. It's a modern form of slavery.

They are paid as little as 55 cents an hour.

A hummingbird weighs less than a cent

90% of all money is digital, and doesn’t exist in physical form.

The USA is $19 trillion in debt.

The USA has five percent of the world's population, but twenty-five percent of the world's prison population.

yes. and it's $19 trillion in debt.

A trillion is one, followed by 12 zeros.

if you spent a million dollars a day it would still take 2,700 years to spend a trillion dollars.

A trillion seconds is…

Go on

A trillion seconds is 32,000 years.

We've had that already.

1 trillion millimetres  is …

Go on

1 trillion millimetres is one million kilometres

the company Google got their name from a number - a googol

A googol. That's a one, with 100 zeros on the end of it.

In fact, there isn't a googol of anything physical in the universe.

Not even grains of sand.

Not even atoms.

It's a concept number.

If you shuffle 70 cards, There's a googol of possible ways to arrange them.

Somebody say something.

70 cards. 70. 70. 70 years ago today, Navy engineers found a moth caught inside one of the first computers. This is now referred to as the first computer bug.

70. In Latvia, it costs 70 Euros to change your name. However, if your name is truly awful, they’ll let you change it for free.

Somebody say something.

You can't kill yourself by holding your breath.

But Dolphins can.

The air in some of China’s cities is so bad, people are paying for fresh air bottled in a different country.

You're joking!

Well. It started as a joke, but the demand was very high. A bottle with enough for 150 breaths costs about $30.

Since 1990 we have cut trees faster than they mature, harvested more fish than the oceans can replenish, and emitted more carbon into the atmosphere than the forests and oceans can absorb.

At this rate, we need an extra half a planet to supply humanity with enough resources.

Wars will break out, the planet will heat up, species will die out, but how many, how hot, and what survives depends on whether we act.

Every year, consumers in rich countries waste as much food as the entire food production of sub-Saharan Africa.

One-third of all food produced globally is wasted.

At the same time, 800 million people don't get enough to eat.

A starfish can turn its stomach inside out.

Fishing spiders move by bouncing along a water’s surface.

Pope Francis used to work as a bouncer in a nightclub.

Recently, the pope said that reading fake news is like eating poopoo.

That's crazy.

But it's true true.

The US presidential portable toilet travels with him, wherevere he goes.

Right. The secret service don't want people studying what he flushes away. His health is a secret.

About a third of all Americans flush the toilet while they're still sitting on it.

In a 2003 interview, Trump claimed his wife had not used the toilet in 3 and a half years.

A chinese manufacturer is marketing Trump toilets.

Trump Toilet has 85 percent of the Chinese toilet market.

Trump called climate change a hoax, created by the Chinese.

It took Trump's administration just one day to wipe all mention of climate change from the White House website.

2016 was the planet's hottest year since modern records began.

Before that, it was 2015

and before that, 2014.

A common argument is that tackling climate change is bad for business.

A Whipper-tooty means a bad excuse for not trying to do something.

When they want to hide, polar bears cover their nose with snow.

There are only 40 thousand square miles of ice today, in the Arctic. In 1984 the figure was 718 thousand.

Two thirds of people on earth have never seen snow.

According to Islamic belief, the prophet Muhammed's heart was purified with snow, by two angels.

The most common name in the world is Mohammed.

63 percent of Americans cannot locate Iraq on a map.

The heart pumps 7600 liters of blood per day. That's enough to fill about 10 bath tubs.

The US military is the largest employer in the world at 3.2 million people.

The second largest employer is a supermarket chain called Wal-mart, with 2.3 million people

That's more than the Chinese Army.

There are more lifeforms on your skin than there are people on the planet

Most of the dust in your home is actually dead skin.

Your skin sheds more than 30 thousand dead cells, every minute.

A broken clock tells the right time twice a day

The digital clocks of most microwave ovens end up using more electricity than the oven itself.

The US military uses 47 million litres of oil every day.

That' s more than most nations in the world.

70% of the world’s nations had US military activity in 2016.

In 2016, the US military under Obama dropped 26,171 bombs.

That's three bombs every hour, 24 hours a day.

The Iraq war contributed more to global warming than 60% of all countries’ emissions combined.

If the world’s military ceased activity for 8 days, the money saved could pay for a year of quality education for all the children in the world.

42% of children in Latvia live at risk of poverty and social exclusion.

Globally, today, there are 73 million children under 10 years old who are being forced to do dangerous work.

About 600,000 gold miners are children. Often, they are paid nothing. Some of them are only six years old.

The lowest a human has ever got to, is 4km underground in a gold mine.

I think someone already said that

In Chile, there is a copper mine with more than 3,000 km of underground tunnels.

3000km. It would take 5 hours travelling that far in a passenger jet.

If all the blood vessels in your body were laid end to end, they would reach 100,000 km.

That’s two and a half times round the world.

Almost all the copper from the mine in Chile is shipped to China. China is on exactly the other side of the world to Chile.

The deepest hole in the world goes 12 km into the ground.

The center of the Earth is a massive, solid ball made out of iron.

Pain is measured in units of “dols".

It has recently been proven that trauma can be passed down from parents to children through their genes.

The deepest natural cave in the world is over 2km deep.

When exiting a cave, bats always turn left.

All polar bears are left handed.

Bats wash behind their ears.

A quarter of all the mammals in the world are bats.

Half of the world’s animals have become extinct in the last 40 years.

50% of the world’s animals have become exinct, in 40 years.

In Latin America the figure is 83%.

one sixth of the Baltic Sea is dead

yes. there's a 45 000 square kilometre area of the Baltic Sea where life is no longer possible. 

That's about 2/3rds the size of Latvia.

Despair is not only self-defeating, it is unrealistic

Earth is the only planet not named after a god.

The first man to pee on the moon was called, “Buzz”.

The Romans used to clean and whiten their teeth with pee.

It would take most of us 487 days to pee as much as one fin whale pees in a single day.

The loneliest creature in the world is a whale with the wrong kind of voice.

Yes. For over twenty years, he has been calling out for a mate.

But his voice is too high pitched. Other whales don’t understand it. So they never respond.

There are more atoms in a glass of water than there are glasses of water in all the oceans on Earth.

The heart of a blue whale is so big, a human can swim through the arteries.

Blue whales can hold their breath for up to 90 minutes before coming up for air.

Blue whales are not actually that blue.

There's a blue pill called Viagra which some people take to help their relationships. One of the side effects of taking it, is that it can make everything look blue.

It can also cause hearing loss.

The sperm whale makes such loud noises that it disorients its prey.

The sounds that a sperm whale makes will not merely deafen you: they can vibrate the human body to pieces.

Sonar used by the US Navy to communicate underwater is so loud that it deafens whales and dolphins.

Yes. And a deaf whale is a dead whale. They rely on hearing.

in Switzerland, It's against the law to slam your car door.

Cows produce more milk when listening to soothing music

Hippo milk is pink.

Hippos and whales are related. They have the same ancestors.

Beluga whales like music. They express great curiosity and even sometimes join in synchronized dance.

female humpback whales not only make friends with one another but reunite each year.

One whale was found dead having swallowed a broken plastic DVD case.

Up to 40 tons of microplastics are released into the Baltic sea every year.

Yes. It comes from care products which contain little plastic beads.

8 million tonnes of plastic waste ends up in our oceans every year.

8 million tonnes?

That's the equivalent to dumping the entire contents of a garbage truck into the ocean every 60 seconds.

If no action is taken, this is expected to increase to four garbage trucks, per minute, by 2050.

We'll be about 40 years old. By then, they reckon the amount of plastic in the oceans will be about the same as all the fish.

In volume, or weight?

In weight. In volume it would be much more.

the world uses 160,000 plastic bags every second.

Plastic bags were introduced less than forty years ago.

A plastic bag has an average “working life” of 15 minutes.

Every year, we produce over 300 million tonnes of new plastic.

That's the weight of all the adults on the planet. Every year.

Our planet.

Up to 90% of seabirds have plastic in their guts

The following objects have been found inside sharks stomachs: Shoes, chairs, boxes of nails, drums, entire bottles of wine, and the rear half of a horse.

Sharks go through more than 30,000 teeth in their lifetime.

Sharks have been around for 450 million years. Dinosaurs only appeared 230 million years ago. 

On average, sharks kill 12 humans every year.

On average, humans kill more than 100 Million Sharks every year.

You are twice as likely to be killed by a vending machine than by a shark.

Teddy bears cause more human deaths every year than real bears.

In a single year, 75,000 teddy bears were left behind at the UK hotel chain Travelodge.

Travelodge has about 6.5 million guests a year.

There were 6.5 million people in the whole world, when the pyramids were being built.

There's an oak tree on display by the old town hall here in Riga which grew 3500 years ago, at about the time when Tutankhamen was the ruler of Egypt.

It took about 10,000 workers around 40 years to build a single pyramid.

It took the last 40 years to get rid of half the world’s living species.

The main reason for this is destruction of their habitats.

We know what the problem is and we are perfectly capable of putting it right.

In those 40 years the global population went from 4 billion to 7 and a half billion

Every 8 seconds, there are 34 births worldwide.

8 seconds is the average human attention span.

It used to be 12 seconds, back in the year 2000. It's less now,  apparently due to the internet.

Most internet users spend less than one minute on the average website

Every minute, approximately 50 babies are born into poverty

Every 3.6 seconds one person dies of starvation.

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In mediaeval Europe, a "moment" was precisely 90 seconds.

A thousand seconds is about 16 minutes.

A million seconds is about 11 days.

A billion seconds is about 32 years.

And one trillion seconds is 32,000 years.


Experiments and prototypes in Santiago de Chile (Espacios Revelados 2016), Athens and Kythira, Greece (‘No Future’ Performance Biennial), Santiago de Compostela, Galicia, Spain (Escenas do Cambio 2017) and Gent, Belgium (Vooruit /Blauwdruck, 2017). Many thanks to all these organisations for their support.

Coproduced by  2 Degrees Festival 2017 / Artsadmin (London), Kaaitheater (Brussels), Schwouburg Rotterdam, Vooruit (Ghent).

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