1. Hours after the start of the Iraq War, Saddam Hussein ordered his sons to steal nearly US$1 billion cash from the country's central bank.
  2. During the American Civil War, Generals were 50% more likely to die in combat than Privates.
  3. Margaret Thatcher was reportedly more proud of becoming the first Prime Minister with a science degree than the first female Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.
  4. The largest county in the U.S., located in Alaska, is roughly the size of Germany.
  5. The poverty line in America was designed assuming every family had a housewife who was a skillful cook.
  6. One share of Coca-Cola stock purchased in 1919 for US$40 would be worth US$9.8 million today.
  7. The man who ordered the grounding of all aircraft in the U.S. on 9/11 was on his first day on the job.
  8. Sean Penn once tied Madonna to a chair and beat her. After 9 hours she escaped and made it to a police station.
  9. The area surrounding Cape Canaveral was given the area code 321, like a launch countdown, after someone discovered it was not in use.
  10. Bananas have more trade regulations than AK-47s.
  11. A group of otters
    is called
  12. Pandas have one of the highest bite forces of any carnivore.
  13. 47%
    of the U.S. remains unoccupied, despite having a population of 310 million.
  14. The longest plank ever was held for 8 hours and 1 minute.
  15. During WW2, a Dutch warship was disguised as a tropical island to escape detection by the Japanese. It was the only ship of its class to survive.
  16. Otto Frank was given Anne Frank's diary by Miep Gies, one of the dutch citizens who helped hide the Franks.
  17. Your lungs
    can hold up to
    5 minutes
    worth of oxygen.
  18. The name for "Hannah Montana" was originally intended to be "Alexis Texas."
  19. Mathematician Paul Erdos could calculate in his head, given a person's age, how many seconds they had lived, when he was just 4 years old.
  20. Airplane tray tables hold more bacteria than most typical household items, a study found.
  21. The flag erected on the Moon during the historic Apollo 11 landing was purchased at a local Sears store for US$5.50.
  22. Pluto never made a full revolution around the sun while it was still considered a planet.
  23. Women can fly airplanes in Saudi Arabia, but can't drive cars.
  24. The top speed of the Bugatti Veyron is limited not by the engine, but rather its tires exploding.
  25. The population density of Manhattan is much lower today than it was 100 years ago, and total population has fallen by about 25%.
  26. In the UK, the most common cause of death for men under 50 is suicide.
  27. The author of Jaws dedicated the last decade of his life to the preservation of sharks to make up for the mass hysteria he helped create.
  28. McDonald's is set to have fewer locations in 2016, for first time ever.
  29. A Death Row study found that ice cream and pie were the most popular desserts for a last meal, followed by cake.
  30. Sharks can see up to 10 times better than humans in clear water.
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