1. The last Moorish kingdom in Spain fell in the same year Columbus reached the Americas.
  2. The U.S. threatened to attack Afghanistan two months before 9/11.
  3. Portuguese, not Spanish, is the most widely spoken language in South America.
  4. Texas has at least 200 ghost towns.
  5. If the average NYC smoker gave up smoking and instead invested the money in the SandP500, in 10 years, would have US$52,000.
  6. Dinosaurs often swallowed large rocks. These rocks stayed in the stomach and helped them grind up food.
  7. The American Civil War claimed the lives of 10% of all Northern males 20–45 years old, and 30% of all Southern white males aged 18–40.
  8. When a single anti Kim Jong Il graffiti was found in Pyongyang, North Korea, in 2011, they locked down the entire city for 3 days.
  9. Uranus was the first planet discovered with a telescope.
  10. When penguin mothers lose a chick, they sometimes attempt to "steal" another mother's chick.
  11. Lionesses find lions with darker manes more attractive.
  12. Conventional nuclear reactors only use about 3 to 4 percent of uranium's accessible energy. The energy left behind is what makes conventional nuclear waste.
  13. The Portuguese word for "turkey" is "peru".
  14. Sami people in Norway castrate reindeers using their teeth.
  15. The smallest thing ever photographed is the shadow of an atom.
  16. It is estimated that the Mexico drug cartels make US$152 million
    per year from growing and selling avocados.
  17. 19 U.S. states still allow spanking in school.
  18. Everyone thought Abraham Lincoln was ugly, including himself. Once when he was accused of being "two-faced," he replied, "If I had two faces, would I be wearing this one?".
  19. It takes 3 years of higher education to become a police officer in Norway. Graduates get a bachelor's degree in "Police Studies."
  20. In the 17th Century, 1 in every 10 British coins was forged. Isaac Newton oversaw a huge project to recall the old currency, and issue a more reliable one.
  21. The theory that the Sun is the center around which the planets orbit was first proposed by the ancient Greek Aristarchus of Samos in the 3rd century BC.
  22. Valentina Tereshkova, the first woman in space, orbited Earth 48 times aboard Vostok 6 on June 16, 1963.
  23. The Iconic "Do you know where you are?! You're in the Jungle Baby!" line was actually yelled at Axl Rose by a Homeless man in New York.
  24. The core of the Sun has a temperature of about 15,000,000 ° C (27,000,000° F).
  25. 1 in 50,000 penguins are born with brown rather than black plumage.
  26. In the 14th Century alone, the Black Death is estimated to have killed 200 million people. That's roughly the population of Brazil.
  27. There's an experimental township in India founded in 1968 and called Auroville, where citizens are from all over the world and there's no money or religion.
  28. Mercury's New Year occurs every 88 Earth days.
  29. A majority of Hindus eat meat, only 30% do not.
  30. George Washington suffered from diphtheria, tuberculosis, smallpox, dysentery, malaria, tonsillitis, carbuncle, pneumonia, and epiglottitis.
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