1. Iceland has an official book-buying season - Jólabókaflóð. It runs from September to December, and over half of all books sold in Iceland are sold in the month before Christmas.
  2. Instead of selling 6 shares for 610,000 yen, a trader in 2001 sold 610,000 shares for 6 yen, which resulted in a US$100 million loss for his company.
  3. Abraham Lincoln was America's best president, in the opinion of 91 presidential historians surveyed.
  4. Only 14% of plastic packaging is collected for recycling globally, which means a great deal of pollution and loss of value.
  5. The U.S. has the most PhD graduates in the world: 67,000 in 2014, twice as many as Germany, its nearest rival.
  6. The words ‘Kosher' and ‘hummus' were recently added to official Spanish language dictionary.
  7. The U.S. is the largest contributor to the United Nations, giving $3.3 billion per year. That's 22% of the UN's overall annual budget.
  8. Ostriches are the only birds with a bladder.
  9. At 104 years old, a man called Jack Reynolds became the oldest person to get a tattoo. At 105 years old, the oldest to ride a roller coaster.
  10. The average BBC viewer is over 61 years old.
  11. Americans spend more than a year of their life flipping channels.
  12. People eating popcorn remember adverts less.
  13. 43%
    Covering buildings with olive oil protects them against acid rain.
  14. To ‘egrote' is to pretend to be ill to avoid work.
  15. Tidsoptimist is a Swedish word for someone who thinks they have more time than they actually do.
  16. The tallest cactus ever recorded was 78 feet tall.
  17. The Japanese words for wrist and ankle literally translate into "hand neck" and "foot neck".
  18. During its restoration in 1982, the Statue of Liberty's head was accidentally installed two feet off-centre.
  19. 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.
  20. 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.
  21. The Netherlands
    was the first country
    in the world to make
    same-sex marriage legal in 2001.
  22. 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.
  23. St Nicholas is the patron saint of penitent murderers.
  24. The Netherlands paved a bike path with recycled toilet paper.
  25. 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.
  26. On January 1st, 2018, recreational marijuana will be legal in California.
  27. Thomas Edison invented the tattoo pen.
  28. 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.
  29. 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.
  30. Between 2007 and 2016, only 4% of Hollywood directors were female and 80% of those got the chance to make only one film.
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