1. Mark Twain was born shortly after a visit by Halley's Comet and died the day after the comet returned.
  2. Around 5,000 people attempted to escape over the Berlin Wall, with an estimated death toll ranging from 136 to more than 200.
  3. In 2004, gay rights activists in Australia started a micronation in the Great Barrier Reef called the Gay and Lesbian Kingdom of the Coral Sea Islands.
  4. 1 in 5 employees would sell their work passwords for money, a survey found.
  5. Male giraffes determine if a female is fertile by tasting their urine.
  6. Obama was the first sitting U.S. president to visit Cuba in almost a century.
  7. Mexico City is the Most Traffic-Congested City in the World.
  8. Alien hand syndrome is a disorder that causes one's hand to move without being aware or having control over it.
  9. After eating "miracle fruit," very sour foods will taste sweet for one or two hours.
  10. One gram of your DNA could store all of Facebook and Google's data.
  11. Earth has lost a third of its
    arable land in past 40 years.
  12. A beach was stolen from Jamaica in 2008. The 500 truckloads of sand are still missing to this day.
  13. Temperatures in Venus can reach a 870 degrees Fahrenheit (470 degrees Celsius).
  14. In 2013, a man from Wales threw away a hard drive with US$7.5 million worth of bitcoin on it.
  15. After the American Civil War, one third to one half of the currency was counterfeit.
  16. Hawaii, Vermont, Alaska, and Maine have all banned billboards.
  17. Pluto was demoted to dwarf planet status not because it was too small, but because it's not unique among a mass of objects that orbit the sun beyond Neptune.
  18. The last German WW2 POWs weren't released from the Soviet Union until 1956.
  19. Since 1981, Mexico does not extradite to countries that are seeking the death penalty, and has successfully defended 400 of its citizens charged with a capital offence in the U.S.
  20. Enya, one of the world's best-selling artists, sold over 100 million albums, but had never went on tour.
  21. Guy Fawkes is the reason guys are called "guys".
  22. For the first time since 1974, nobody climbed to the top of Mount Everest in 2015.
  23. A defector used balloons to air drop thousands of copies of the film "The Interview" into North Korea.
  24. Sweden has a bigger share of
    foreign-born residents than the U.S.
  25. An octopus will eat its own arms if it gets really hungry.
  26. Until 1950, U.S. Weathermen Were Forbidden From Talking About Tornadoes.
  27. Canada consumes the most doughnuts and has the most doughnut shops per capita of any country in the world.
  28. 70,000 women worldwide die each year from back-street abortions.
  29. The C.K. is in Louis C.K. doesn't stand for anything it's just how is real last name, Szekely, sounds phonetically.
  30. Ant queens can live for up to 30 years, while workers live from 1 to 3 years.
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