1. Belarus is the last UN member country in Europe that still uses the death penalty. Convicts are shot with a pistol.
  2. Penis enhancement surgery is free in Cuba.
  3. It has been estimated it would take 70 cups of coffee to kill a 154-pound (70 kg) person.
  4. In 1994, a 75-pound bag of cocaine fell out of a plane and landed in the middle of a Florida crime watch meeting.
  5. The entire student body of the University of Mississippi enlisted for the American Civil War. They suffered a 100% casualty rate.
  6. The first Frenchman known to visit Japan was imprisoned, tortured and killed because he tried to promote Christianity.
  7. Cats share 95.6% of their DNA with tigers.
  8. Lying flat on your back is your best bet for surviving a falling elevator.
  9. Steve Jobs claimed that taking LSD was a profound experience, one of the most important things in his life.
  10. Cancers are primarily an environmental disease with 90 - 95% of cases attributed to environmental factors and 5 - 10% due to genetics.
  11. California uses inmates to fight forest fires. Prisoners take the jobs because it reduces their sentence, gets them outside, and pays better than typical prison jobs.
  12. There's a city
    in Brazil called
    meaning "Don't Touch Me."
  13. Landlocked Bolivia maintains a
    standing navy, in preparation
    for the day it reconquers coastline
    lost to Chile in the 19th Century.
  14. The Liberty Bell and Big Ben were cast by the same bell foundry and both bells are cracked.
  15. The last person who died at the Berlin Wall attempted to escape in a hot air balloon but fell to his death.
  16. Benjamin Franklin never patented any of his inventions. He reasoned that "we should be glad of an opportunity to serve others by any invention of ours; and this we should do freely and generously."
  17. Russians take guns into space to protect themselves against bears if they land off-course.
  18. Horseshoe crab blood is worth US$15,000/L, due to its ability to detect bacteria.
  19. Australia is the only Western country in the world to not have a Bill of Rights.
  20. If Apple didn't hold US$181 billion overseas, it would owe US$59 billion in U.S. taxes.
  21. There is just one insect native to Antarctica, the Belgica Antarctica.
  22. Anne Frank wrote in her famous diary, "When I write I can shake off all my cares. (...) But (...) will I ever be able to write something great?"
  23. Julius Caesar was pronounced 'YOO-lee-us KYE-sahr' in ancient Rome.
  24. Alexander the Great was not much admired in his lifetime, and was seen by many as a drunken tyrant.
  25. Providing birth control to women at no cost substantially reduced unplanned pregnancies and cut abortion rates by 62% to 78% over the U.S. national rate, a study found.
  26. The top 10% of American alcohol consumers ingest about 10 drinks per day.
  27. 37% of the Argentine population are of Italian descent, about 12,8 million people.
  28. In 2002, a 15-year-old boy, inspired by 9/11, stole an airplane and flew it into a skyscraper in Tampa, Florida. He was the only death.
  29. 41%
    of all amphibian species are at the brink of extinction.
  30. Steven Spielberg completed his degree course, 33 years after dropping out, by submitting Schindler's List as his final project.
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