1. The state name "Idaho" means nothing,
    it was invented by an eccentric
    Congress lobbyist in the 1860s.
  2. Jim Carrey was supposed to be Dr. Evil in the Austin Powers franchise but he had to back out due to scheduling conflicts.
  3. In 2014, the state of Alabama paid Universal Records U$75,000 for 5-year rights over the trademark for the phrase "Sweet Home Alabama."
  4. In 2006, Russia gifted the U.S. a 9/11 memorial monument, which was erected in Bayonne, NJ.
  5. In 2014, 218 baby boys were named "Anakin" in the U.S.
  6. Vin Diesel named his newborn daughter "Pauline" after the late Paul Walker.
  7. Over 300 languages are currently spoken in London schools.
  8. The estimated cost of raising a ballerina in the U.S. is US$120,000.
  9. The United Arab Emirates has the biggest gender imbalance in the world, with 219 men for every 100 women.
  10. Franklin D. Roosevelt was the first presidential candidate whose mother was legally eligible to vote for him.
  11. The "keep calm and carry on" slogan was originally dreamt up as a way of preserving morale in the event of a Nazi invasion of Britain.
  12. Until 1913, children in America could legally be sent by parcel post.
  13. The word avocado comes from "ahuacatl",
    the Aztec word for testicle.
  14. Giant Victoria water lilies can support the weight of a small person.
  15. The first refrigerator used ether and ammonia to cool its contents.
  16. All champagne is produced in the Champagne region in France. Otherwise it is called sparkling wine.
  17. Nintendo was founded in 1889 as a playing-card company.
  18. Coco Chanel was raised by nuns in a convent orphanage, where she learned to sew.
  19. 60-80% of people who have lost a limb report having phantom sensations throughout their lives.
  20. Only about 15% of the Sahara Desert is covered in sand.
  21. Between 25% and 40% of all mentally ill Americans will be jailed or incarcerated at some point in their lives.
  22. Jimmy Carter, the 39th president of the United States, was the first American president to be born in a hospital.
  23. Newborn dogs are born blind and deaf. Most puppies open their eyes and respond to noises after about two weeks.
  24. You're more likely to get struck by lightning in Texas than find in-person voter fraud.
  25. There are more people in slavery today than at any time in human history.
  26. Mobile Phone Throwing is an official sport in Finland.
  27. Powerful people spend less time deliberating over what to put in an email, a study found.
  28. The film "Birdman" was shot in just 30 days .
  29. There have been more than 2,600 serial killers in the U.S. since 1900.
  30. The rock at the summit of Mount Everest is marine limestone and would have been deposited on the seafloor around 450 million years ago.
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