1. In Japan, Christmas Eve is a time to eat strawberry shortcake and fried chicken.
  2. Ramen is now the most popular traded item in U.S. prisons, surpassing cigarettes.
  3. Nearly 50 athletes on the U.S. Olympic team of Rio 2016 weren't born in America.
  4. Microbiologists can make make electrical wires 60,000 times thinner than a human hair.
  5. Ancient Greeks asserted that the dilution of wine with water was a mark of civilized behavior.
  6. 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.
  7. Vasili Arkhipov, a senior officer on a Soviet submarine, refused to launch a nuclear torpedo in October 1962, perhaps preventing WW3.
  8. The FBI tracks animal abuse just like homicide, arson and assault.
  9. Once you learn about something new, you start noticing it everywhere. It's called the "Baader-Meinhof phenomenon."
  10. The Aztecs were the first to combine domesticated tomatoes and chilies to make what we now call salsa.
  11. In 2013, more than 800,000 international tourists visited Iraq, despite the fact that it was a war zone.
  12. Ten countries won their first ever Olympic gold medals at the Rio Olympics, including Vietnam, Singapore and Jordan.
  13. A cocaine addict's heart can beat for 25 minutes outside their body.
  14. Dueling with wax bullets was once an Olympic sport.
  15. The homeless of Tokyo, Japan, sleep in 24-hour Internet cafes, since it's cheaper than paying rent.
  16. Dyslexia is not limited to visual reading. Blind dyslexics are also affected when reading braille.
  17. More than a quarter century after the Tiananmen Square massacre, Chinese authorities still censor information about it.
  18. Queen Elizabeth II was courted by Prince Philip when he was 18 and she was only 13. They are also cousins.
  19. The first Olympic disqualification for drug use was against a Swedish pentathlete who drank two beers before his shooting event to calm his nerves.
  20. 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.
  21. After WW2, 1,500 German scientists were given amnesty on the condition that they work for the U.S. government .
  22. It took Quebec until 2006 to pay off its debt from hosting the 1976 Summer Olympics.
  23. The top speed at the world's first real automobile race in 1895 was just 15 mph.
  24. After the Crimean war, and until 1916, soldiers in the British army were required to sport mustaches.
  25. In the 19th century, doctors treated hysteria in women by inducing orgasms. This is how the vibrator was invented.
  26. The Allies parachuted dummies over Normandy on D-day to distract Nazi gunners from the real paratroopers.
  27. Tarantulas have evolved almost exactly the same shade of vibrant blue at least 8 separate times.
  28. About US$2 billion in lottery prizes go unclaimed every year in the U.S.
  29. Neil Armstrong threatened legal action against his barber for selling his hair to a collector for US$3,000.
  30. 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.
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