1. Plants can tell when one of their leaves is being eaten, and react to try to stop it.
  2. Three-quarters of Americans are in debt when they die. And the average debt at death is nearly $62,000.
  3. During the First World War, 1,000 double-decker London buses, complete with drivers and mechanics, were sent to the front line.
  4. Germany has a Museum of Snoring.
  5. In 2016, a 155-year-old mousetrap, kept as an exhibit in a Berkshire museum, caught a mouse.
  6. The first animal to be ejected from a supersonic jet with a parachute was a bear.
  7. If a Formula One driver puts on 11 lb in weight, it can add 0.2 seconds to their lap time.
  8. The average U.S. gamer is 35 years old.
  9. China invests more each year in renewable power than any other country on earth.
  10. Iceland and Finland have the lowest infant mortality rate in the world.
  11. Macaulay Culkin was the first child actor to earn $1 million for a movie.
  12. Ta'u island in American Samoa runs on 100% solar energy.
  13. Of the 56 million abortions that take place worldwide every year, 45% are not considered safe by WHO standards.
  14. Sharks are older than trees.
  15. Older fish live longer if fed the faeces of younger fish.
  16. The tea genome is four times longer than the coffee genome.
  17. There's evidence that hominids were controlling fire already one million years ago.
  18. Pablo Escobar offered to pay the whole of Colombia's national debt in an attempt to avoid extradition to the U.S.
  19. Male ladybirds can spend up to four hours mating with a dead female before realising something is wrong.
  20. 97% of motorcycle riders in Paraguay don't wear helmets.
  21. Amazon employed over half a million workers in 2017.
  22. During the Industrial Revolution, 10-to-16-hour workdays were normal. Ford was the first company to experiment with an eight-hour day – and found its workers were more productive.
  23. People who work more than 11 hours a day are almost 2.5 times more likely to have a major depressive episode than those who work 7 to 8.
  24. Katherine Switzer was attacked in 1967 for being the first woman to run the Boston Marathon. She ran it again 50 years later.
  25. Usain Bolt's running gait is asymmetrical due to scoliosis, which has resulted in his left leg being longer than his right leg. Scientists aren't sure if his record-breaking sprint speeds are because of this or in spite of this.
  26. Jimi Hendrix served as a paratrooper in the U.S. Army's elite 101st Airborne division.
  27. Brazilians attested to showering more frequently than anybody else in the world with 12 times a week, a survey found.
  28. A Septuagenarian from Japan came to fame for creating magnificent paintings using nothing but Microsoft Excel.
  29. Las Vegas is not the largest gambling centre in the world. Macau surpassed its gambling revenues in 2006.
  30. Ancient Greek and Roman statues were actually brilliantly colored and not just bare marble or stone.
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