1. Records suggest that, between 1529 and 1532, King Henry VIII gambled away almost a million pounds by today's standards.
  2. A week's worth of the New York Times contains more information than the average 17th-century citizen encountered in a lifetime.
  3. When taking a photo, Chinese people often say their word for "eggplant" instead of saying "cheese."
  4. Adults spend more time each morning checking emails and using the internet than eating breakfast, according to a study.
  5. 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.
  6. When she is in London, Queen Elizabeth II is awoken by a bagpiper playing outside her window.
  7. The band playing most of the songs on Michael Jackson's Thriller album was Toto.
  8. David Bowie had a heart attack on stage in 2004, paused for a minute, then continued the show.
  9. Quebec banned ads for toys and fast food aimed at children under 13, resulting in lowered childhood obesity rates.
  10. Fibrodysplasia ossificans progressiva is a rare genetic disease which causes damaged soft tissue to regrow as bone.
  11. In Northern Ireland, women earn 3.4% more than men on average.
  12. "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"
  13. At the current rate, by 2020, Bitcoin will consume more power than the world does today.
  14. Today's human population is descended from twice as many women as men. About 80% of women reproduced, whereas only 40% of men did.
  15. 4.6 million Americans were severely behind on payments on student loans in 2017.
  16. In 2008, the Municipality of Florence officially apologized for expelling Dante Alighieri 700 years earlier.
  17. Corporatocracy is a term used to refer to an economic and political system controlled by corporate interests.
  18. Communist leader Vladimir Lenin spoke English with a strong Irish accent because his tutor was an Irishman.
  19. In 2016, a study found, only 27% of words spoken in the biggest movies were spoken by women.
  20. According to a 1967 U.N. treaty, nobody can own celestial bodies such as Mars or the Moon.
  21. Every year, Iceland gets wider by two centimetres.
  22. Red Bull was originally called Red Water Buffalo.
  23. A volcano in Guatemala has erupted almost once an hour since 1923.
  24. Airlines make more money selling air miles than seats: between 1.5 and 2.5 cents per mile.
  25. In 2016, a worker at the Royal Canadian Mint was caught smuggling gold coins out in his bottom.
  26. Obdormition is when your arm falls asleep from lying on it.
  27. Xin Zhui's body, who died in 163 BCE, is so well preserved that her skin is still soft her arms and legs can bend, and her internal organs are still intact.
  28. Science knows more about coffee, wine and tomatoes than it does about breast milk.
  29. Camels gave humans the common cold.
  30. Hugh Jackman was a party clown before being famous.
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