The poor areas of big cities(in the northern hemisphere) tend to be found in the East end. This is due to the prevailing wind generally blowing from West to East - meaning the posh/rich people lived in the West End to avoid the chimney smoke and stench of pollution being blown their way.
Italian sailors from Genoa where were known as "Genes" by the French wore cotton workpants. These became known as 'a pair of genes' which morphed into 'jeans' in the English language.
Every second of every day an area of rainforest the size of a football pitch is destroyed (80,000 acres a day, an area the size of Scotland & Wales per year).
Many astronomers believed Venus was once inhabited and was a planet of lush vegetation until either technology or a natural disaster created a runaway greenhouse effect which destroyed the planet. No observations were possible of Venus due to the thick cloud that covered the entire planet although the Russians made a couple of lander attempts which results were largely seen as disappointing (this was very much seen as another space race between the US and Russia, the first superpower to find life on another planet). Expectations of finding signs of a previous civilisation were high as Venus fell within the "goldilocks" zone of the sun and therefore evidence of liquid water in the form of dry river systems etc were expected to be found. That is until the early 90's and NASA's Magellon probe sent back radar images of the planets surface which revealed a fairly young looking surface in geological terms (judging by impact craters, an estimated age of 800 million years old) and rivers of lava, lava plains, volcanoes. Thus it was determined life was never, and will never be possible on our closest neighbour.