1. About 1 in every 3 songs recorded by Billy Joel were top 40 hits.
  2. A Canadian man who was freed in 2017 after being held in Afghanistan by Taliban-tied kidnappers for 5 years said he thought his captors were joking when they told him Donald Trump was president.
  3. Blind people are twice as likely to smell things in their dreams as sighted people.
  4. There are more than 1,000 species of banana. We eat only one of them.
  5. It is illegal to reproduce photos of the Eiffel Tower at night.
  6. Indians read more than 10 hours per week on average, the most for any country in the world.
  7. New York City is actually rainier than London.
  8. Although Shakespeare's works run to more than a million words, only 14 exist in his own handwriting.
  9. 200 years ago, 80 to 90 languages were spoken in what is now California.
  10. Steven Spielberg's ex-wife received a divorce settlement of $100 million after a judge invalidated a prenuptial agreement he had written on a napkin.
  11. Sea lions love the smell of cinnamon.
  12. Liver failure makes your breath smell of raw fish.
  13. Books may not enter or leave Tajikistan without written permission from the Ministry of Culture.
  14. Google has a database of 25 million books that nobody is allowed to read.
  15. There's a missing link in the European bison lineage that scientists call the "Higgs Bison" as a hat-tip to the discovery process of the Higgs boson.
  16. Collectively, humans have watched Adam Sandler movies on Netflix for longer than civilisation has existed.
  17. In the UK, drivers who cause death while using their mobile phones, speeding or drunk, face life in prison.
  18. A half-smoked Winston Churchill cigar sold for $12,000 in 2017.
  19. You don't gain and lose fat as your weight fluctuates. Your fat cells just bigger or smaller.
  20. In 2016, the U.S. Marine Corps changed 19 official job titles, such as “infantryman,” to a gender neutral alternative, like “basic infantry Marine.”
  21. Taylor Swift was born into wealth. Her father had a stake in Big Machine Records, her first record label.
  22. In the U.S., peanut butter must contain 90% peanuts, otherwise it must be called "peanut spread."
  23. The Brazilian wax was invented in New York.
  24. Opossums defend themselves by faking their own death.
  25. To visit every child in the world, Santa Claus would need to travel at 3,000 times the speed of sound.
  26. Phubbing is a new word meaning ‘ignoring your friends in favour of your mobile phone'.
  27. In the 90s, Cuba was unable to afford pesticides, so the government embraced organic agriculture. Organic honey is now Cuba's fourth biggest agricultural export, as pesticide use has been linked to declining bee populations elsewhere.
  28. The term "Genuine Leather" isn't reassuring you that the item is made of real leather, it as an actual distinct grade of leather and is the second worst type of leather there is.
  29. Muhammad Ali was stripped of his heavyweight title and faced a 5 year prison term for refusing to serve in the Vietnam War. "I ain't got no quarrel with those Vietcong," he said. "They never called me n****r."
  30. When Nintendo had a fall in revenue from the less successful Wii U, its CEO cut his pay in half for 5 months.
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