1. The Great Wall of China is being destroyed by farmers living around the structure who have been turning it into pathways, shelters and even fertilisers for crops.
  2. In India, Snakes are worshipped as gods even today. Many women pour milk on snakes, despite snakes' aversion for it.
  3. The are over 900 stone ring monuments in the British Isles. Stonehenge is just the most famous of them.
  4. Fossils demonstrate that some dinosaurs slept with their heads tucked under their arms.
  5. The oldest undisputed sculpture of a human being is about 40,000 years old and shows a woman with big breasts and elaborately carved genitalia.
  6. A container with almost 5 million Lego pieces fell into the sea off Cornwall in 1997. They are still washing up on Cornish beaches today.
  7. Turophobia is the fear of cheese.
  8. "Kakonomics" is the concept in which people expect mediocrity from others so less is expected of themselves.
  9. An Olympic gold medal in Rio 2016 gave British athletes an average of just over 9000 extra Twitter followers.
  10. 30 years ago, you had about about 17 minutes to escape a house fire. Today it's down to 3 to 4 minutes because newer homes and the furniture inside them burn faster.
  11. About one-fifth of all the gold held by the world's governments, worth about US$248 billion, is stored beneath the streets of London.
  12. Apple could buy Disney or Coca-Cola and pay in cash.
  13. In Japan, Christmas Eve is a time to eat strawberry shortcake and fried chicken.
  14. Ramen is now the most popular traded item in U.S. prisons, surpassing cigarettes.
  15. Nearly 50 athletes on the U.S. Olympic team of Rio 2016 weren't born in America.
  16. Microbiologists can make make electrical wires 60,000 times thinner than a human hair.
  17. Ancient Greeks asserted that the dilution of wine with water was a mark of civilized behavior.
  18. The U.S. dropped more than 2 million tons of bombs on Laos from 1964 to 1973 during the Vietnam War. That's equal to a planeload every 8 minutes for 9 years.
  19. Vasili Arkhipov, a senior officer on a Soviet submarine, refused to launch a nuclear torpedo in October 1962, perhaps preventing WW3.
  20. The FBI tracks animal abuse just like homicide, arson and assault.
  21. Once you learn about something new, you start noticing it everywhere. It's called the "Baader-Meinhof phenomenon."
  22. The Aztecs were the first to combine domesticated tomatoes and chilies to make what we now call salsa.
  23. In 2013, more than 800,000 international tourists visited Iraq, despite the fact that it was a war zone.
  24. Ten countries won their first ever Olympic gold medals at the Rio Olympics, including Vietnam, Singapore and Jordan.
  25. A cocaine addict's heart can beat for 25 minutes outside their body.
  26. Dueling with wax bullets was once an Olympic sport.
  27. The homeless of Tokyo, Japan, sleep in 24-hour Internet cafes, since it's cheaper than paying rent.
  28. Dyslexia is not limited to visual reading. Blind dyslexics are also affected when reading braille.
  29. More than a quarter century after the Tiananmen Square massacre, Chinese authorities still censor information about it.
  30. Queen Elizabeth II was courted by Prince Philip when he was 18 and she was only 13. They are also cousins.
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