1. The first Olympic disqualification for drug use was against a Swedish pentathlete who drank two beers before his shooting event to calm his nerves.
  2. A London couple kept a man from Nigeria as their slave for 24 years before he finally escaped. They were finally arrested and sentenced to 6 years in prison in 2015.
  3. After WW2, 1,500 German scientists were given amnesty on the condition that they work for the U.S. government .
  4. It took Quebec until 2006 to pay off its debt from hosting the 1976 Summer Olympics.
  5. The top speed at the world's first real automobile race in 1895 was just 15 mph.
  6. After the Crimean war, and until 1916, soldiers in the British army were required to sport mustaches.
  7. In the 19th century, doctors treated hysteria in women by inducing orgasms. This is how the vibrator was invented.
  8. The Allies parachuted dummies over Normandy on D-day to distract Nazi gunners from the real paratroopers.
  9. Tarantulas have evolved almost exactly the same shade of vibrant blue at least 8 separate times.
  10. About US$2 billion in lottery prizes go unclaimed every year in the U.S.
  11. Neil Armstrong threatened legal action against his barber for selling his hair to a collector for US$3,000.
  12. Studies show tattoos make it more difficult to find skin cancer, since a malignant mole can take on the color of the tattoo surrounding it.
  13. There is an island known as "Just Room Enough Island" that has just enough room for a tree and a house.
  14. Vegans in the UK went from 150,000 in 2006 to 542,000 in 2016.
  15. A female president's husband would be known as "First Gentleman".
  16. Lady Gaga wrote her hit "Just Dance" with her producer in just 10 minutes.
  17. Saudi Arabia didn't start sending women to the Olympics until 2012.
  18. The Bajau people of Malaysia live almost entirely at sea.
  19. Portuguese is spoken more in Angola and Mozambique than it is in Portugal.
  20. A Russian scientist attempted to achieve immortality by transfusing his blood with that of young people. He died after accidentally transfusing his blood with that of a malaria victim.
  21. New York's subway is the only rapid transit system in the world that runs 24 hours a day, seven days a week, almost nonstop since 1904.
  22. McDonald's paid Justin Timberlake about US$6 million to sing the "ba-da-ba-ba-bah" jingle in the first U.S. "I'm Lovin' It" TV spots.
  23. There was a toilet paper shortage in the U.S. in 1973 caused by a joke on a talk show that convinced people to hoard toilet paper.
  24. In 2004, an Australian research institute published a study on the loss of teaspoons in the workplace.
  25. The first colored man to win the Nobel Peace Prize was Ralph Bunche, who won it in 1950 for his mediation work between Arabs and Israelis.
  26. Spartan men were not allowed to live with their families until they left their active military service at age 30.
  27. The U.S. declared war on the Mormon Church in 1857 because they wanted to govern Utah under different, more religious laws than the Federal Government would allow.
  28. An estimated 80% of available jobs in the U.S. never get posted or advertised.
  29. 9 people died every day in 2015 while commuting in local trains of Mumbai, India.
  30. Trees "sleep" at night, relaxing their branches after dawn and perking them up before sunrise.
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