1. 1.5 trillion dollars are paid in bribes every year, according to a World Bank estimate.
  2. At least 71% of dinosaur fossil records remain to be discovered, according to a 2006 study.
  3. Liam Neeson, now an action movie star, declined the role of James Bond in 1994 because he "wasn't interested in starring in action movies."
  4. The spiciness of a chili pepper is not in its seeds but in the white pith inside the pepper.
  5. The common experience of arriving somewhere only to realize you've forgotten what you went there to do is called the "doorway effect."
  6. No flat map is accurate because a sphere's surface can't be represented on a flat plane without distortion.
  7. Texting while driving increases the chances of a crash by 23 times.
  8. England's junction known as the "Magic Roundabout" consists of 5 mini-roundabouts arranged around a sixth central, anti-clockwise roundabout.
  9. The drop in temperature from Jupiter's shadow demolishes its moon Io's atmosphere, which then rebuilds once the shadow passes.
  10. Bearded vultures are the only birds known to wear cosmetics. They deliberately dye their feathers with red soil.
  11. During WW2, Hajimi Fuji volunteered for the kamikaze but was refused because he had a wife and two children. His wife then drowned her two young girls and herself.
  12. 3 AM is when most Americans are sleeping (95.1%). Conversely, 6 PM is when most Americans are awake (97.5%).
  13. An Iran Air passenger flight was shot down by a U.S. Navy missile in 1988. All 290 people on board died. The U.S. never apologized or acknowledged wrongdoing.
  14. The world's oldest tattoos ever found were on Ötzi, who lived 5300 years ago. He had 61 tattoos.
  15. Mail was delivered 12 times per day in Victorian London.
  16. In 1978, North Korea kidnapped two famous South Korean filmmakers, a director and a leading actress, and forced them to work on propaganda films.
  17. The parliament of Iceland, established in 930, is the oldest active parliament in the world.
  18. During WW1, the Ottoman Empire slaughtered over 1.5 million Armenians. It gave origin to the word "Genocide", although it is not officially recognized as such by most countries.
  19. Lyudmila Pavlichenko, the most successful female sniper in history, was credited with 309 kills during WW2, including 36 snipers.
  20. Although George Washington selected the site of the White House in 1791, he never lived there.
  21. Stalin was fond of American cowboy movies.
  22. Leonard Jones ran for U.S. president several times in the 19th century. His sole platform was that he would live forever. He died of pneumonia in 1868 after refusing medical treatment.
  23. The remains of England's King Richard III were found buried under a parking lot in Leicester in 2013. He was killed on the battlefield in 1485.
  24. Most flight delays in the U.S. are caused by mechanical problems and crew issues, not bad weather.
  25. Astronaut John Glenn became the oldest person in space at 77 after lobbying NASA for 2 years to fly "as a human guinea pig for geriatrics."
  26. Lucy, the most famous fossil, died 3.2 million years ago after falling from a tree.
  27. An Apollo astronaut lost his wedding ring during his trip to the moon and found it again during a spacewalk.
  28. Stevie Wonder is blind because doctors gave him supplemental oxygen as a baby.
  29. Switzerland sent 31 soldiers to Afghanistan in 2003, its first military deployment since 1815.
  30. NASA has discovered over 3,200 planets, all confirmed with 99% certainty.
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