The word "impossible" dropped in use by 50% over the last hundred years.
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A physicist faced with a fine for running a stop sign in 2012 proved his innocence by publishing a mathematical paper. He even won a prize for his efforts.
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828 million people live in slums today and the number keeps rising.
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Every minute,
2 million searches are performed on Google.
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Sweden pays students
US$187 per month
to attend
high school.
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The World's Most Popular Fruit is the TOMATO.
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You can remove blood stains on clothes with Coca-Cola.
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Christopher Columbus thought that the world was shaped like a woman's breast.
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Facebook is estimated to spend US$30 million a month on hosting alone.
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Only about 9% of marijuana users become clinically dependent, according to a study.
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In New York City, pinball was illegal until 1976.
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Abraham Lincoln's wife was an opium addict.
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The Barbie has had
over 130 careers.
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The probability that you in any glass of water will find at least 1 molecule of water once drunk by Cleopatra is practically 100%.
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Chemotherapy is a by-product of the mustard gas used in WW1.
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In recognition of his work with electricity, Benjamin Franklin received the Royal Society's Copley Medal in 1753.
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The Statue of Liberty employs gum-cleaning staff who use specially designed "GumBuster" machines.
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A man is 35% more likely to be diagnosed with prostate cancer than a woman is to be diagnosed with breast cancer.
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When you look up at the blue sky and see white dots flying around, you're actually seeing your own white blood cells.
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Charlie Chaplin made his movie mocking Hitler with his own money because Hollywood was afraid of losing money if they took a stand.
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"King" in a snake's name signifies that it preys on other snakes.
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Internet spammers cost society US$20 billion per year, yet only make US$200 million in revenue.
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The average American eats 25 pounds (11.3 KG) of candy each year.
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More people live in caves today than during the Stone Age.
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If you had an 'insect of the month' calendar, you wouldn't have to reuse a species for 80,000 years.
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1 in 594
people in the world is a millionaire.
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Women are 50% less likely to access the Internet than men in poor urban communities.
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The first openly transgender athlete in a professional American sports team was Harrison Browne of the National Women's Hockey League.
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In 1781, Benjamin Franklin attended a concert in which he narrowly escaped death when the opera house caught fire and burned.
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All Dutch electric trains are powered by wind energy, serving 600,000 passengers daily.
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North Korea is
the world's only nation
to currently have
a US Navy ship captured.
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The Jews have been kicked out of 109 nations since 250 AD.
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The most dangerous job in America is President: over 9% have been killed in office.
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There is a store in Alabama where you can buy items found in unclaimed airport baggages.
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Abraham Lincoln was estranged from his father and didn't attend his funeral.
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A 3-year-long College Major in Exorcism is offered at a Lutheran Parish in Argentina.
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Tupac Shakur's godmother was convicted of killing a police officer, escaped prison, and fled to Cuba where she has been living since 1979.
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The company that owned the WTC had scheduled a meeting for 9/11/2001 on Tower 1 to discuss what to do in the event of a terrorist attack, but rescheduled the night before because someone couldn't attend.
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In the U.S., Homeopathy treatments must be labelled to say they do not work.
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Phrases in English such as "long time no see", "no go", and "no can do" come from literal translations of Chinese phrases.
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More Africans have access to cell phone service than piped water and electricity.
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One-third of global homicides occur in Latin America, even though the region has just 8% of the world's population, according to UN data.
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The top speed of the Bugatti Veyron is limited not by the engine, but rather its tires exploding.
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The population of Italy almost doubled during the 20th century.
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Men are struck by lightning five times more often than women.
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"Astronauts" come from America. Space explorers from Russia are called "cosmonauts."
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The Queen of the UK is the legal owner of one-sixth of the Earth's land surface.
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Recycling aluminium saves 95% of the energy cost of processing new aluminium.
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Facebook co-founder Eduardo Saverin renounced his U.S. citizenship to avoid paying US$700 million in taxes.
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Although only 1.5% of the state's economy, California's agriculture industry has the highest output of any U.S. state.
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7 in 10 Americans are disengaged from their jobs, according to a Gallup survey.
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