1. Although George Washington selected the site of the White House in 1791, he never lived there.
  2. Stalin was fond of American cowboy movies.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Most flight delays in the U.S. are caused by mechanical problems and crew issues, not bad weather.
  6. 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."
  7. Lucy, the most famous fossil, died 3.2 million years ago after falling from a tree.
  8. An Apollo astronaut lost his wedding ring during his trip to the moon and found it again during a spacewalk.
  9. Stevie Wonder is blind because doctors gave him supplemental oxygen as a baby.
  10. Switzerland sent 31 soldiers to Afghanistan in 2003, its first military deployment since 1815.
  11. NASA has discovered over 3,200 planets, all confirmed with 99% certainty.
  12. The parody national anthem of Kazakhstan from the movie "Borat" was accidentally downloaded and played in 2012 for a Kazakh gold medalist.
  13. In 1948, a man robbed a bank by pretending to be a public health official and giving cyanide to every bank employee as a "dysentery inoculation."
  14. The first airline stewardesses in the U.S. were all nurses. The requirement disappeared when many nurses left to serve in WW2.
  15. Most mammals, from elephants to shrews, live for the same number of heartbeats, about 1.5 billion, before dying.
  16. When wolves howl together, they harmonize rather than sing on one note to give the illusion of greater numbers.
  17. In 1987, a man convinced 2.8 million people to send him a penny each for his college education.
  18. If you cool liquid helium just a few degrees below its boiling point, it can climb walls and defy gravity.
  19. The Millennium Prize is a US$1 million award given to whoever can solve any 1 of 7 math problems, but to date only 1 of the problems has been solved.
  20. The average European is 2.7% Neanderthal.
  21. Sniffer bees and wasps have been trained to detect illegal drugs and explosive materials, and their ability to do so rivals sniffer dogs.
  22. Saudi Arabia officially classifies atheism as terrorism.
  23. A Malaysian women spent over a month in a box full of over 6,000 scorpions. She only got stung 7 times.
  24. Saturn's rings are younger than the dinosaurs. They were likely formed just 100 million years ago.
  25. Anders Breivik, a Norweigan man convicted of killing 69 children, threatened to go on a hunger strike if his prison cell's PlayStation 2 wasn't upgraded to PS3.
  26. Wolverines are trained to find and rescue avalanche survivors, because they are naturally inclined to sniff out animals 20 feet below the snow and eat them.
  27. A typo prevented hackers of stealing US$1 billion in 2016. They misspelled "foundation" as "fandation" in a wire transfer request, prompting bank authorities to investigate.
  28. There's a hedgehog cuddling cafe in Tokyo.
  29. Humans empathetically experience pain when they see someone of the same race experience pain, but less so with someone of another race.
  30. A dead adult male tiger can sell for US$10,000 or more on the black market.
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