1. Riding a roller coaster can help patients to expel their kidney stones.
  2. The use of CAPITAL LETTERS TO DENOTE SHOUTING dates back to the 19th century.
  3. The world record for the most bird species seen by one person in a year is 6,833.
  4. ‘Bumpsy' is 17th-century slang for ‘drunk'.
  5. One contender for the geographical centre of the U.S. is a place called Center.
  6. Giant flying turkeys as big as kangaroos once roamed Australia.
  7. The US Embassy in Kathmandu has guidelines on what to do if a yeti is found.
  8. Australian compass termites build their mounds on a north–south axis.
  9. Life expectancy for Arabs in Israel is the highest in the Arab-Muslim world, at 79 years.
  10. Chris Farley was the original voice of ‘Shrek', but passed away after recording about 85% of his lines.
  11. Modern movies have an invisible watermark that can track any person filming at the theatre illegally.
  12. Flamingos can sleep while on one leg. The balancing act requires less muscular effort and allows the birds to sway less.
  13. Iceland has an official book-buying season - Jólabókaflóð. It runs from September to December, and over half of all books sold in Iceland are sold in the month before Christmas.
  14. Instead of selling 6 shares for 610,000 yen, a trader in 2001 sold 610,000 shares for 6 yen, which resulted in a US$100 million loss for his company.
  15. Abraham Lincoln was America's best president, in the opinion of 91 presidential historians surveyed.
  16. Only 14% of plastic packaging is collected for recycling globally, which means a great deal of pollution and loss of value.
  17. The U.S. has the most PhD graduates in the world: 67,000 in 2014, twice as many as Germany, its nearest rival.
  18. The words ‘Kosher' and ‘hummus' were recently added to official Spanish language dictionary.
  19. The U.S. is the largest contributor to the United Nations, giving $3.3 billion per year. That's 22% of the UN's overall annual budget.
  20. Ostriches are the only birds with a bladder.
  21. At 104 years old, a man called Jack Reynolds became the oldest person to get a tattoo. At 105 years old, the oldest to ride a roller coaster.
  22. The average BBC viewer is over 61 years old.
  23. Americans spend more than a year of their life flipping channels.
  24. People eating popcorn remember adverts less.
  25. 43%
    Covering buildings with olive oil protects them against acid rain.
  26. To ‘egrote' is to pretend to be ill to avoid work.
  27. Tidsoptimist is a Swedish word for someone who thinks they have more time than they actually do.
  28. The tallest cactus ever recorded was 78 feet tall.
  29. The Japanese words for wrist and ankle literally translate into "hand neck" and "foot neck".
  30. During its restoration in 1982, the Statue of Liberty's head was accidentally installed two feet off-centre.
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