1. The ozone layer is showing signs of healing, thanks to the worldwide ban on chlorofluorocarbons.
  2. 14.8 million American adults have depression. That's 6.7% of the U.S. population age 18 and older.
  3. Pogonophobia is the fear of beards.
  4. There are 52,000 tonnes of minable gold still in the ground worth US$2 trillion.
  5. Honey has antiseptic properties due to its ability to produce hydrogen peroxide within.
  6. The Democratic Republic of the Congo is the most populated officially Francophone country, not France.
  7. Less than 10% of tiger's hunts end successfully.
  8. Machu Picchu wasn't known to the world until a Yale Professor , Hiram Bingham, re-discovered it in 1911.
  9. Deforestation rates in Africa are twice the average. More than 4 million hectares (9.9m acres) of forest are lost every year.
  10. Tardigrades are the most durable of known organisms, withstanding temperature ranges from −458 °F (−272 °C) to 300 °F (150 °C), and pressures 6 times greater than those found in the deepest ocean trenches.
  11. Female glow-worms attract mates by the green luminescence of their "lanterns."
  12. Some interns at Google earn up to US$90,000.
  13. Denver, Colorado, has more marihuana dispensaries than liquor stores or public schools.
  14. Human beings have as many brain cells in their stomachs as cats have in their brains.
  15. Billionaire Howard Hughes stored his own urine in bottles.
  16. The term "Banana republic" was coined in 1904 to describe Honduras.
  17. When Eminem won the Academy Award for Best Original Song, he didn't attend the ceremony. He was taking a nap after watching cartoons with his daughter.
  18. Mercury has the greatest temperature difference from day to night in the solar system: 840°F in the day, plummeting to minus 275°F at night.
  19. For about US$800 a night, you can stay at the Caverns Suite, located 220 feet below the Grand Canyon.
  20. Only the 5 first U.S. presidents were never photographed.
  21. Africa had up to 10,000 different states and autonomous groups with distinct languages and customs before it was colonized.
  22. Looking at a photo of a loved one reduces pain by 44%, a study found.
  23. 85%
    people survive breast cancer beyond 5 years.
  24. The Great Barrier Reef can be seen from outer space.
  25. Over 800,000 women served in the Soviet armed forces in WW2.
  26. The first computer programmers were women.
  27. The U.S. military spent over US$20 billion a year on air conditioning in Iraq and Afghanistan. That's more than NASA's budget.
  28. The typical American lives no more than 18 miles from their mom.
  29. Christopher Walken likes to edit the punctuation of every script he gets, so he can say things the way he wants to.
  30. The man who invented the Frisbee was cremated and made into Frisbees after he died.
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