1. A genetic study in 2007 concluded that domestic cats are descended from Near Eastern wildcats, having diverged around 8,000 BCE in West Asia.
  2. The prehistoric Finns, along with most Siberian peoples, considered the bear as the spirit of one's forefathers.
  3. The Chollima, a mythical winged horse, is the national animal of North Korea.
  4. Politicians tend to express lies and inaccuracies through longer sentences, a study found.
  5. Millionaire Harris Rosen adopted an urban neighborhood in Florida, giving all families daycare, boosting the graduation rate by 75%, and cutting the crime rate in half.
  6. George Washington never chopped down a cherry tree. Parson Weems, author of The Life of Washington, created the myth.
  7. 3.5% of cancer deaths worldwide are attributable to the consumption of alcohol. The World Health Organization has classified alcohol as a Group 1 carcinogen.
  8. Snakes are immune to their own venom of the venom of close relatives, but not to the venom of other species of snakes.
  9. Pope Francis only has one lung.
  10. The script for the movie "Back to the Future" was rejected over 40 times by every major studio and by some more than once.
  11. Nearly one tourist has died every week in Hawaii, on average, from 2012 to 2015.
  12. Giant Pacific octopus moms have over 50,000 babies, of which, only a few survive, while moms die.
  13. The Harry Potter brand has been estimated to be worth as much as US$15 billion.
  14. Smoking costs the U.S. US$333 billion per year in health-care expenses and lost productivity to boot.
  15. The average smoker in the U.S. spends US$1,500 to US$3,300 a year.
  16. In China, human trafficking is punished with the death penalty.
  17. The Great Barrier Reef is greater in size than the United Kingdom, Holland and Switzerland combined.
  18. The air pressure on the surface of
    Venus is extreme: about 90 times higher than the pressure
    at sea level here on Earth.
  19. YouTube was founded by 3 former employees of PayPal.
  20. High-frequency sounds enhance the sweetness in food, while low frequencies bring out the bitterness.
  21. New York City is home to the largest transgender population in the U.S., estimated at 25,000 in 2016.
  22. Female blanket octopuses can be 40,000 times more massive than the male, it's the largest sex size discrepancy in the animal kingdom.
  23. Centipedes, latin for "a hundred feets," can't have exactly 100 legs. They always have an odd number of pairs of legs.
  24. 1 out of every 200 people have an extra rib.
  25. Birds can physically fart but never really need to.
  26. Sharks have survived 5 mass extinctions.
  27. Men's Testicles hang between the legs to keep cool because sperm dies at body temperature.
  28. Only once in history has one submarine deliberately sunk another submerged submarine.
  29. Texas has sued the federal government more than 40 times in this century.
  30. Depression can cause you to dream up to 3 to 4 times more than you normally would.
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