1. According to NASA, it would cost about US$18,000 to send a letter to Mars.
  2. Sanskrit has 96 words
    for "love"
    ancient Persian has 80
    and English only one.
  3. 20%
    of all women in London during the 1700s were prostitutes.
  4. The last words Abraham Lincoln heard were "you sockdologizing old man-trap," a punchline from the play "Our American Cousin."
  5. Left-handed people process things faster than righties while playing computer games or sports.
  6. Leonardo Da Vinci was the illegitimate son
    of a wealthy Florentine legal notary and a peasant.
  7. The White House Correspondent's Dinner was men-only until 1962, when JFK refused to attend unless women did.
  8. Facebook offers 4 months of paid parental leave to new fathers who work for the company.
  9. Iran sentences its citizens to the death penalty if they decide to change their religion from Islam.
  10. Over 500 girls have been named Hermione since the first 'Harry Potter' movie came out.
  11. Lake Michigan is so clear after winter, you can see shipwrecks from the sky.
  12. A smoker would theoretically have to consume nearly 1,500 pounds of marijuana within about 15 minutes to die of an overdose.
  13. No one knows what Christopher Columbus looked like. No authentic contemporary portraits of him were found. Most just reconstructed his appearance from written descriptions.
  14. Barack Obama's late father was a senior economist for the Kenyan government.
  15. Women undergoing abortion after 18 weeks gestation sometimes give birth to a fetus that may survive briefly. It happens in about 4 per 100,000 abortions.
  16. Germany was the first country ever to implement Daylight Saving Time in order to save energy during WW1.
  17. Most of a sperm whale's head is filled with a fatty, yellow tissue called "junk."
  18. The chemical element Uranium, discovered in 1789, was named after the newly discovered planet Uranus.
  19. Scientists believe cats are afraid of water because their ancestors lived in an area with very few large bodies of water and never had to learn how to swim.
  20. There are about 1,500 active volcanoes in the world.
  21. Venezuela's name comes from the Italian word "Veneziola" (little Venice). Explorer Amerigo Vespucci saw native stilt houses built in Lake Maracaibo, reminding him of Venice.
  22. The population of Ireland still hasn't recovered from the famine of 1845-1852. It was at 8 million before the famine and is at 6.5 million today.
  23. During WW2, India produced the largest volunteer Army in world history: over 2.5 million men. At least 38 Indians received the Victoria Cross or the George Cross.
  24. Hawaii's largest-ever earthquake occurred in 1868 and the aftershocks are still being observed.
  25. The classic Michael Jackson song "Thriller" was originally titled "Starlight" and had the same melody, but different lyrics.
  26. Polish midwife Stanislawa Leszczynska helped pregnant women in Auschwitz deliver over 3,000 babies.
  27. Neil Armstrong claims he said "one small step for *A* man" when he set foot on the moon and that audio analysis of the recording backs that up and it's been misquoted this entire time.
  28. During WW2, Allied forces sunk 3 ships carrying concentration camp survivors by accident, killing almost 10,000 survivors.
  29. The words 'idiot,' 'imbecile,' and 'moron' were originally medical categories for intellectual disability.
  30. There has never been snakes in Ireland because being cold-blooded, snake couldn't survive the frozen ground during the ice age in the past.
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