1. The global average sea level rose by 19 cm (7.4 in) from 1901 to 2010, as oceans expanded due to warming and melting ice.
  2. Steve Jobs used to withdraw just US$1 as his annual salary from Apple's account as CEO.
  3. American Diplomat Frank Kellogg won the Nobel Peace Prize for the 1928 peace Pact in which Germany and Japan agreed to avoid future wars.
  4. The Simpsons have had more guest stars than they have had episodes.
  5. Elon Musk was ousted as CEO of PayPal because he insisted on switching from Unix-based infrastructure to Windows.
  6. September is the ninth month and the only month with the same number of letters in its name in English as the number of the month.
  7. At the time of his death, Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi was one of the world's richest man, worth US$200 billion.
  8. There is a stadium in Brazil in which the midfield line lies on the Equator, making each team defend one hemisphere.
  9. Trey Parker, co-creator of "South Park," has a signed photo of Saddam Hussein on his office wall.
  10. People interrupt close friends or family more than they interrupt strangers, a study found.
  11. Spanish and Brazilian women only spend about an hour and a half a week on housework, while French women spend almost no time on it.
  12. The phrase 'crocodile tears' refers to a medieval belief that crocodiles shed tears of sadness when killing and consuming their prey.
  13. Kangaroos are almost always left-handed.
  14. Helium is the only element discovered in space before it was found on earth.
  15. Before the Columbian Exchange, there were no oranges in Florida, no bananas in Ecuador, no potatoes in Ireland, no coffee in Colombia, no pineapples in Hawaii, no rubber trees in Africa, no tomatoes in Italy, and no chocolate in Switzerland.
  16. Mongooses were introduced to Hawaii in 1883 to control the invasive rat population. However, rats are nocturnal and mongooses are diurnal. Hawaii now has a problem with both.
  17. As a child, Elon Musk was bullied so severely, he once had to be hospitalized because of a beating from other students.
  18. A strong cough forces air out of the airways at speeds up to 1000 km/h, almost as fast as the speed of sound (1234 km/h).
  19. The third most serious nuclear accident ever recorded, the Kyshtym disaster in Soviet Russia, was not informed to populations of affected areas for a week. The world only found out years later.
  20. Charles Boycott, an English land agent, was so hated by the community he became a verb.
  21. Nazi German troops were routinely given a narcotic called Pervitin, which allowed them to march for longer than normal.
  22. London is still paying rent to the Queen on a property leased in 1211. Horseshoes, 61 nails, an axe and billhook are part of the rent.
  23. In 1875, the king of Fiji brought back measles from a state visit to Australia and wiped out a quarter of his own people.
  24. Tiramisu means ‘pick me up' in Italian.
  25. Polluted water kills children at a rate equivalent to a fully laden jumbo jet crashing every four hours.
  26. The most dangerous job in the United States is that of the logger, with 110 deaths per 100,000.
  27. There is a species of bison with the scientific name "Bison bison bison."
  28. A Chilean man is so obsessed with Julia Roberts that he has 82 tattoos of her face all over his body.
  29. George Washington is worshipped as a god by Japanese Shinto priests in Hawaii.
  30. Light travels 18 million times faster than rain.
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