1. 75% of the world's active and dormant volcanoes are in the Ring of Fire, an area in the basin of the Pacific Ocean.
  2. YouTube's early headquarters were situated above a pizzeria and Japanese restaurant in San Mateo, California.
  3. Military commandos in Lebanon eat live snakes, a tradition to display their strength and daring.
  4. A frenzied scrum of Hyenas can dismantle and devour a 400-pound zebra in 25 minutes.
  5. Tristan da Cunha is the most remote inhabited archipelago in the world, lying 2,000 kilometres (1,200 mi) from the nearest civilization.
  6. North Korea, independent since 1948, is not recognised by Japan and South Korea.
  7. Ashton Kutcher tried Steve Jobs' fruitarian diet when getting into character for the jOBS movie and ended up in the hospital because it messed up his pancreas levels.
  8. The Galveston Hurricane of 1900 in Texas was the deadliest natural disaster ever to strike the U.S., killing between 6,000 and 12,000 people.
  9. A male Black widow spider avoids being eaten by a female by smelling how ravenous she is.
  10. Instead of mating, female octopuses will sometimes strangle males and eat them.
  11. Sharks have eyelids, but they do not blink because the surrounding water cleans their eyes.
  12. The inventor of intermittent windshield wipers tried to sell his idea to the auto industry and was turned away. When they began showing up on new cars, he sued, and won.
  13. Elephants have 3 times the number of neurons that humans have, and no-one knows why they aren't smarter than us.
  14. Thousands of condoms were issued to soldiers for D-Day. Most were used to keep their rifles dry.
  15. Every Cuban household has a ration book entitling it to a monthly supply of food and other staples, which are provided at a nominal cost.
  16. One of the biggest hits during the Great Depression was “Brother, Can You Spare A Dime?” by Bing Crosby.
  17. Humans have been hunting whales since the Stone Age. Ancient whalers used harpoons to spear them from boats out at sea.
  18. People with unfortunate initials, such as P.I.G. or A.S.S. have significant lower life expectancy, due to psychological stress related to childhood bullying.
  19. On Earth, the only ice is frozen water. On Pluto, nitrogen, methane and carbon monoxide also freeze solid.
  20. Green olives and black olives are not different species. The distinction reflects whether they were picked before or after ripening.
  21. In six hours, the world's deserts receive more energy from the sun than humans consume in a year.
  22. YouTube is the second largest search engine, right after Google. It's bigger than Bing, Yahoo!, and Ask combined.
  23. 37%
    of adults in Africa are illiterate.
  24. While most penguins are monogamous, they spend most of their year apart.
  25. Tigers were declared extinct in Cambodia in 2016.
  26. Venezuela had the world's highest inflation rate in 2015 with over 141%.
  27. Cockroaches have a much higher radiation resistance than vertebrates, with the lethal dose perhaps 6 to 15 times that for humans.
  28. Cocaine has a small number of accepted medical uses such as numbing and decreasing bleeding during nasal surgery.
  29. Towards the end of his life, Christopher Columbus produced a "Book of Prophecies," in which his career as an explorer is interpreted in the light of Christian eschatology and of apocalypticism.
  30. Uranus' axis of rotation is tilted sideways, so its north and south poles lie where most other planets have their equators.
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