1. Landlocked Bolivia maintains a
    standing navy, in preparation
    for the day it reconquers coastline
    lost to Chile in the 19th Century.
  2. The Liberty Bell and Big Ben were cast by the same bell foundry and both bells are cracked.
  3. The last person who died at the Berlin Wall attempted to escape in a hot air balloon but fell to his death.
  4. 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."
  5. Russians take guns into space to protect themselves against bears if they land off-course.
  6. Horseshoe crab blood is worth US$15,000/L, due to its ability to detect bacteria.
  7. Australia is the only Western country in the world to not have a Bill of Rights.
  8. If Apple didn't hold US$181 billion overseas, it would owe US$59 billion in U.S. taxes.
  9. There is just one insect native to Antarctica, the Belgica Antarctica.
  10. 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?"
  11. Julius Caesar was pronounced 'YOO-lee-us KYE-sahr' in ancient Rome.
  12. Alexander the Great was not much admired in his lifetime, and was seen by many as a drunken tyrant.
  13. 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.
  14. The top 10% of American alcohol consumers ingest about 10 drinks per day.
  15. 37% of the Argentine population are of Italian descent, about 12,8 million people.
  16. 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.
  17. 41%
    of all amphibian species are at the brink of extinction.
  18. Steven Spielberg completed his degree course, 33 years after dropping out, by submitting Schindler's List as his final project.
  19. The entirety of the world's population would fit into a city the size of Texas if the population density was the same as New York.
  20. Cockroaches can run on two legs, and that they can reach speeds of almost 5 feet per second.
  21. Open up a conversation in Facebook Messenger and type @fbchess play to start a game of chess with a friend.
  22. You don't catch a cold because of cold weather. People just spend more time indoors when it's cold, which allows germs to transfer between people more easily.
  23. Tibetan monks practicing a rare form of meditation known as "g-tummo" can raise their core temperature at will.
  24. While floating in lunar orbit, astronaut Al Worden was 2,235 miles (3,600 km) away from his companions, making him the most isolated human being ever.
  25. The Titanic crew had no binoculars , which may have helped them see the iceberg. They were inside a locker and the key was lost.
  26. Chimpanzees in West Africa have entered their own Stone Age: they have been using stone tools for generations.
  27. Tim Storms, the man with the world's deepest voice, can hit notes so low that only animals as massive as elephants are able to hear them.
  28. The human body emits upwards of 10^6 biological particles per hour, creating a detectible microbial cloud into surrounding indoor air.
  29. The largest prime number ever found is more than 22 million digits long.
  30. A single asteroid can contain US$20 trillion worth of metals.
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