1. Despite the Watergate scandal, Richard Nixon won the election by a landslide, winning 49 of 50 states, the highest of any Republican nominee.
  2. In 2017, a 10-year-old boy in China spent 2 years collecting 160,000 plastic bottles, raising $2,700. He donated all this money to orphans of AIDS victims.
  3. The genome of wheat is five times larger than the human genome.
  4. The Czech general Jan Zizka ordered his skin to be turned into a war drum after his death. It was beaten at times of national emergency.
  5. More than 6,000 Swedish men have the first name "Love."
  6. The word ‘twelve' is worth 12 points in Scrabble.
  7. Modern homing pigeons find it more convenient to follow motorways and ring roads and turn left and right at junctions rather than using their in-built navigational abilities.
  8. The place where Hitler killed himself is now a children's playground.
  9. Phonophobia is the fear or aversion of loud sounds.
  10. Jackie Chan trains his stuntmen and pays their medical bills out of pocket.
  11. Cacao plants are slated to disappear by as early as 2050 thanks to warmer temperatures and dryer weather conditions.
  12. Director Guillermo del Toro owns a house called 'Bleak House' in which there's a room with a never-ending rainstorm projected onto all windows and audio to match. He often uses this room to write.
  13. In China, 171,000 people perished in 1975 due to the collapse of the Banqiao Dam, an event hidden from the world until 2005.
  14. HDMI licensed manufacturers pay an annual fee of US$10,000 plus a royalty rate of $0.15 per cable, reduced to $0.05 if the HDMI logo is used.
  15. In France, it is illegal to to publish photographs of handcuffed suspects, as they are not to appear guilty until proven so.
  16. Oklahoma's 2016 Teacher of the Year moved to Texas in 2017 for a higher salary.
  17. Netflix show 'Black Mirror' derives its name from the reflection you see in a switched off screen or monitor
  18. In 1985, Neil Armstrong and Edmund Hillary went
    to the North Pole together.
  19. Finland is the only country in the developed world where fathers of primary school-age children spend more time with their children than mothers.
  20. Electronic devices are scrambling the navigational cues used by migrating birds.
  21. Actor Martin Sheen has been arrested 66 times for protesting and other civil disobedience.
  22. Most people believe other people's social lives are richer and more active than their own, a study found.
  23. Hawaiian Airlines never had a fatal accident or a hull loss throughout its 88 year history, the oldest in the U.S.
  24. While apes can learn sign language and communicate using it, they have never attempted to learn new knowledge by asking questions to humans or other apes.
  25. The second officer of the Titanic, who survived by swimming from the sinking ship to a capsized raft, later in life sailed his civilian craft to Dunkirk and helped evacuate over 130 men.
  26. "Swatting" happens when someone makes a call to a police department with a false story of an ongoing crime –often with killing or hostages involved– in an attempt to draw a large number of police officers to a particular address.
  27. In 2017, a Texas wedding photographer was awarded a $1 million defamation verdict against a married couple whom the jury found posted false statements in a social media campaign after being unhappy about a surprise $125 fee.
  28. Beethoven managed to keep working even after he completely lost his hearing by the time he was 45. By clenching a stick in his teeth, holding it against the keyboard of his piano, he could discern faint sounds.
  29. Ghanaian soccer player Mohammed Anas accidentally thanked both his wife and his girlfriend in a speech after a match.
  30. A lychnobite is someone who sleeps all day and works all night.
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