1. If it were a country, California would be the 8th economy in the world and the 35th most populous.
  2. Brazil has been the largest producer of coffee for the last 150 years.
  3. In Islam, the Bible is considered a revelation from God which had been corrupted by men. The Qur'an from Muhammad came to correct this deviation.
  4. Australia was inhabited by indigenous people for about 50,000 years before the British came.
  5. About 1 in 6 Jews killed in the Holocaust died at Auschwitz.
  6. Apple's brand is worth US$118.9 billion. It is the world's most valuable brand.
  7. Although myths and speculation about a Terra Australis ("Southern Land") date back to antiquity, Antarctica was only first sighted in 1820 by a Russian expedition.
  8. There is an annual conference on "boring things". In the past people have given talks on barcodes, sneezing and the sounds of vending machines.
  9. 93% of dogs and 75 % of cats that go missing in the U.S. are returned safely, a study found.
  10. Out of 46,000 discovered species of spider, only a single one has been found to be a herbivore.
  11. D-Day was originally set for June 5 but had to be postponed for 24 hours due to bad weather.
  12. Cockroaches are served fried in China, Thailand and other Asian countries.
  13. More than 1 million people live in the Atacama desert, the driest place on earth, extracting water from aquifers and snowmelt streams and raising llamas and alpacas.
  14. Over one million Chinese
    have moved to Africa since 2001.
  15. A 3-year-long College Major in Exorcism is offered at a Lutheran Parish in Argentina.
  16. About 50 different shark species glow in the dark. That's about 10% of all known sharks.
  17. The wars between Romans and Persians lasted about 721 years, the longest conflict in human history.
  18. Around 10% of the world's total fish species can be found just within the Great Barrier Reef.
  19. 59%
    of Americans would happily give up a kidney for US$50,000, a survey found.
  20. Machu Picchu was built around 1450 CE, less than 50 years before Christopher Columbus sailed to the New World.
  21. Empty Homes Outnumber The Homeless 6 To 1 in The U.S.
  22. Scientists can identify individual zebras by "scanning" their stripes like a barcode.
  23. The world's oldest university in continuous operation is in Africa: the University of Karueein, founded in 859 AD in Morocco.
  24. Scientists can locate colonies of Penguins from space just by looking for dark ice patches of penguin poop.
  25. Worldwide, around one quarter of pregnancies end in abortion. Nearly half are illegal.
  26. Almost four hundred billion trees
    belonging to 16,000 different species grow in the Amazon rainforest.
  27. Joe Ranft, co-writer and co-director on the film "Cars," died in a car accident while the movie was still in production.
  28. The extreme sport of "Volcano surfing" was invented in 2004 at Cerro Negro, Nicaragua.
  29. The skin of a female shark is much thicker than that of a male
    because males bite females during mating.
  30. The tuatara, a New Zealand reptile that pre-dates the dinosaurs, has three eyes.
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