1. In 1891, a ride was planned that would drop passengers in free fall from the top of the Eiffel Tower into a pond at the bottom.
  2. Parts of Africa no longer want your clothing donations. The vast amount of these imports have devastated local clothing industries and led the region to rely far too heavily on the West.
  3. The Netherlands
    was the first country
    in the world to make
    same-sex marriage legal in 2001.
  4. Ratings on Netflix are not actually an average of the ratings of all users, but rather a representation of what users with similar entertainment tastes as you thought of the movie.
  5. St Nicholas is the patron saint of penitent murderers.
  6. The Netherlands paved a bike path with recycled toilet paper.
  7. Having a better social life can be worth as much as an additional $131,232 a year in terms of life satisfaction, according to a study.
  8. On January 1st, 2018, recreational marijuana will be legal in California.
  9. Thomas Edison invented the tattoo pen.
  10. In the U.S., the death toll from guns is higher for kids ages 0-4 than it is for on-duty law enforcement officers.
  11. Studies show that trauma victims who don't search for a reason for their misfortune turn out to be the most well-adjusted years later.
  12. Between 2007 and 2016, only 4% of Hollywood directors were female and 80% of those got the chance to make only one film.
  13. The eyes of the celestial eye goldfish are bigger than its stomach.
  14. In 2017, US$10 made you a millionaire in Venezuela's local currency.
  15. French newspaper Charlie Hebdo's next issue after the 2015 shooting run almost 8 million copies in 6 languages, compared to its typical print run of 60,000.
  16. Carbon stocks in vegetation have a key role in the climate system; humans are responsible for reducing it by over 50%.
  17. Double stuffed Oreos are only stuffed 1.86x more than regular Oreos.
  18. Studies show that spending just a few minutes in the noisy New York City subway system every day can ultimately result in hearing loss.
  19. A study found that over three-quarters of U.S. workers use social media at work, regardless of any rules put in place by their employers.
  20. Since its creation in 2006, the United Nations Human Rights Council had resolved almost more resolutions condemning Israel than on the rest of the world combined.
  21. There is a strip club in Ontario, Canada that doubles as a church on Sunday.
  22. Shturmovshchina is Russian for working frantically to meet a deadline, having not done anything for the last month.
  23. Juries in the U.S. are often 12 in number as that was the number of Christian Apostles.
  24. The sign for the female sex (♀) represents the hand mirror of Aphrodite, the greek goddess of beauty.
  25. According to a study, men who express anger are more likely to influence their peers, while the opposite is true for women.
  26. In Ancient Rome, women donated their hair for use as military catapult elastic.
  27. Chuck Berry had a degree in hairdressing.
  28. Humans share the planet with as many as 8.7 million different forms of life, scientists estimate.
  29. John Williams has never seen any of the Star Wars movies he composed the music for.
  30. More people in America own more than 10 guns than there are people in the whole of Denmark.
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