1. Serbia is home to the
    World Testicle Cooking Championships.
  2. California was named after a fictional island in a 16th-century romance novel.
  3. Actress Carrie Fisher once delivered a cow tongue inside a Tiffany box to a predatory Hollywood producer who assaulted her friend.
  4. Before he became an actor, Clint Eastwood survived a plane crash, avoided jellyfish, and swam to shore.
  5. Researchers in Norway published a psychological scale to measure Facebook addiction in 2012.
  6. In 2005, an American woman lost $400,000 to Nigerian internet fraudsters, who promised her several million dollars from a long-lost relative. The money came from remortgaging her home and her husband's retirement savings.
  7. In 1980, 4 out of 5 employees in the U.S. got health insurance through their jobs. Now, just over half of them do.
  8. The median white U.S. household will have 86x more wealth than the median black household by 2020.
  9. While studying brain scans to search for patterns that correlated with psychopathic behavior, neuroscientist James Fallon found that his own brain fit the profile.
  10. 1.75 million worshippers went to the holy city of Mecca in 2017.
  11. India has 454 living languages and 16 official ones.
  12. Vladimir Putin's grandfather worked as a chef for Stalin and Lenin, and Rasputin.
  13. Records suggest that, between 1529 and 1532, King Henry VIII gambled away almost a million pounds by today's standards.
  14. A week's worth of the New York Times contains more information than the average 17th-century citizen encountered in a lifetime.
  15. When taking a photo, Chinese people often say their word for "eggplant" instead of saying "cheese."
  16. Adults spend more time each morning checking emails and using the internet than eating breakfast, according to a study.
  17. The more attractive a woman is, the less likely a man is to intend to use a condom during sex with her, according to a study.
  18. When she is in London, Queen Elizabeth II is awoken by a bagpiper playing outside her window.
  19. The band playing most of the songs on Michael Jackson's Thriller album was Toto.
  20. David Bowie had a heart attack on stage in 2004, paused for a minute, then continued the show.
  21. Quebec banned ads for toys and fast food aimed at children under 13, resulting in lowered childhood obesity rates.
  22. Fibrodysplasia ossificans progressiva is a rare genetic disease which causes damaged soft tissue to regrow as bone.
  23. In Northern Ireland, women earn 3.4% more than men on average.
  24. "Stan", from the Eminem song with the same name, was added to the Oxford English Dictionary, defining it as "an overzealous or obsessive fan of a particular celebrity"
  25. At the current rate, by 2020, Bitcoin will consume more power than the world does today.
  26. Today's human population is descended from twice as many women as men. About 80% of women reproduced, whereas only 40% of men did.
  27. 4.6 million Americans were severely behind on payments on student loans in 2017.
  28. In 2008, the Municipality of Florence officially apologized for expelling Dante Alighieri 700 years earlier.
  29. Corporatocracy is a term used to refer to an economic and political system controlled by corporate interests.
  30. Communist leader Vladimir Lenin spoke English with a strong Irish accent because his tutor was an Irishman.
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