1. In China, 171,000 people perished in 1975 due to the collapse of the Banqiao Dam, an event hidden from the world until 2005.
  2. 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.
  3. In France, it is illegal to to publish photographs of handcuffed suspects, as they are not to appear guilty until proven so.
  4. Oklahoma's 2016 Teacher of the Year moved to Texas in 2017 for a higher salary.
  5. Netflix show 'Black Mirror' derives its name from the reflection you see in a switched off screen or monitor
  6. In 1985, Neil Armstrong and Edmund Hillary went
    to the North Pole together.
  7. Finland is the only country in the developed world where fathers of primary school-age children spend more time with their children than mothers.
  8. Electronic devices are scrambling the navigational cues used by migrating birds.
  9. Actor Martin Sheen has been arrested 66 times for protesting and other civil disobedience.
  10. Most people believe other people's social lives are richer and more active than their own, a study found.
  11. Hawaiian Airlines never had a fatal accident or a hull loss throughout its 88 year history, the oldest in the U.S.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. "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.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. Ghanaian soccer player Mohammed Anas accidentally thanked both his wife and his girlfriend in a speech after a match.
  18. A lychnobite is someone who sleeps all day and works all night.
  19. Riding a roller coaster can help patients to expel their kidney stones.
  20. The use of CAPITAL LETTERS TO DENOTE SHOUTING dates back to the 19th century.
  21. The world record for the most bird species seen by one person in a year is 6,833.
  22. ‘Bumpsy' is 17th-century slang for ‘drunk'.
  23. One contender for the geographical centre of the U.S. is a place called Center.
  24. Giant flying turkeys as big as kangaroos once roamed Australia.
  25. The US Embassy in Kathmandu has guidelines on what to do if a yeti is found.
  26. Australian compass termites build their mounds on a north–south axis.
  27. Life expectancy for Arabs in Israel is the highest in the Arab-Muslim world, at 79 years.
  28. Chris Farley was the original voice of ‘Shrek', but passed away after recording about 85% of his lines.
  29. Modern movies have an invisible watermark that can track any person filming at the theatre illegally.
  30. Flamingos can sleep while on one leg. The balancing act requires less muscular effort and allows the birds to sway less.
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