1. One of the wealthiest drug lords in history died during a plastic surgery to change his appearance. The two physicians in charge were later found dead, encased in concrete inside steel drums.
  2. No U.S Navy submarine is ever considered "lost" if it does not return. It's considered to be "still on patrol."
  3. 65% of mothers and 70% of fathers exhibited a preference for once child, a study found.
  4. The U.S. has won over 1,000 cumulative gold medals since the founding of the modern Olympic games in 1896.
  5. Because Fidel Castro has chosen not to create a cult of personality, inside Cuba there are no streets, buildings, institutions or localities named for him.
  6. Saddam Hussein's love of a grilled fish dish called masgouf caused the U.S. to discover his hiding place in 2003.
  7. Jimmy Carter installed solar panels on the roof of the White House. Ronald Reagan had them removed.
  8. More than 40% of the Fortune 500 companies in 2010 were founded by an immigrant or the child of an immigrant.
  9. A five-year-old boy passed a Microsoft exam in 2014 to become the youngest person to become a Microsoft Certified Professional.
  10. Gender equality in the workplace could add US$4.3 trillion to the U.S. economy by 2025, a 2016 study found.
  11. 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.
  12. Michael Phelps, the most decorated Olympian of all time, was bullied as a kid for his gangly form and big ears.
  13. In 2004, a man waited 3 days for the shotgun seat of a helicopter giving Grand Canyon tours only to commit suicide by jumping from the aircraft.
  14. 70% of the time, ice from fast food restaurants was dirtier than toilet water.
  15. Army ants build living bridges by linking their bodies to span gaps and create shortcuts across rainforests.
  16. Alabama didn't lift its ban on interracial marriage until 2000.
  17. 8.5% of adults worldwide currently have diabetes. That's almost twice as much as it was in 1980.
  18. Bras were called "breast bags" in medieval times.
  19. Arabic numerals, like the ones we use today in English, were actually invented in India.
  20. The longest prison sentence served in the U.S. was over 68 years long.
  21. 64% of children who were bullied did not report it.
  22. Currency shaped like knives was in circulation in China from 770 to 220 BC.
  23. During WW2, most people believed Germany would quickly crush the Soviet Union in 3 to 6 months. It took three and a half years and they lost.
  24. Dubai man Mohammad Basheer bought a lottery ticket before boarding an Emirates flight that crashed. He escaped the crash and won the lottery.
  25. Ten trillionths of your suntan comes from the light of other galaxies.
  26. We can't remember much of our first few years because the hippocampus wasn't developed enough to build a rich memory of an event.
  27. Tigers wait until dark to hunt. Their night vision is six times better than that of humans.
  28. In the Saxon Kingdoms of Britain, 240 "sterlings" were minted from a pound of silver, hence the currency "Pound Sterling."
  29. Omphalophobia is the fear of bellybuttons.
  30. The IRS has tax rules about how to claim your child as a dependent if they have been kidnapped.
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