1. Polar bears are nearly invisible under infrared photography.
  2. The Emperor of Japan is the only remaining monarch in the world reigning under the title of "Emperor".
  3. Mother Teresa just was 5 feet (1.52) tall.
  4. There were ancient stone tablets in Japan's 2011 tsunami struck areas with inscriptions "Do not build your homes below this point!".
  5. Morgan Freeman didn't appear in a movie until age 34, and didn't get a big role until he was 52, with Driving Miss Daisy and Glory.
  6. During the 70s, a suicide jumper from the Golden Gate Bridge left a note that read "I'm going to walk to the bridge. If one person smiles at me on the way, I will not jump."
  7. If a zebra is attacked, its family will come to its defense circling the wounded zebra and attempting to drive off predators.
  8. In 1944, by a huge coincidence, a crossword puzzle was printed with answers all containing D-Day operation "code names", which sent MI-5 into a panic thinking their invasion plans had been discovered.
  9. Over 3 million people perished from war, slavery, and the mines in Hispaniola under the rule of Christopher Columbus.
  10. In 1963, an East German soldier stole a tank drove it through the Berlin Wall to escape.
  11. Benjamin Franklin published a paper saying America's population growth was so fast, it would surpass Britain in 100 years. This alarmed British leadership and was a factor in their oppression of the colonies.
  12. The Chernobyl power plant didn't go completely off line until the year 2000.
  13. A secret radio belonging to a British POW in WW2 was kept so well hidden that, when he visited the camp 62 years later, it was still there.
  14. In 132 AD, a Chinese inventor built a seismograph which, at the moment of an earthquake, expelled a copper ball out of the mouth of a dragon and into the mouth of a frog.
  15. The Guinness World Records stopped awarding the fattest cats or any other animal to discourage deliberate overfeeding.
  16. In Japanese, there are at least 20 different ways to say "sorry."
  17. There are 5 planets you can see with the naked eye, not using a telescope: Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn.
  18. Saltless surfing takes place in winter months on the Great Lakes, with waves exceeding 30ft (9m).
  19. The Hercules beetle can lift up to 85 times its own weight.
  20. The state name "Idaho" means nothing,
    it was invented by an eccentric
    Congress lobbyist in the 1860s.
  21. Jim Carrey was supposed to be Dr. Evil in the Austin Powers franchise but he had to back out due to scheduling conflicts.
  22. 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."
  23. In 2006, Russia gifted the U.S. a 9/11 memorial monument, which was erected in Bayonne, NJ.
  24. In 2014, 218 baby boys were named "Anakin" in the U.S.
  25. Vin Diesel named his newborn daughter "Pauline" after the late Paul Walker.
  26. Over 300 languages are currently spoken in London schools.
  27. The estimated cost of raising a ballerina in the U.S. is US$120,000.
  28. The United Arab Emirates has the biggest gender imbalance in the world, with 219 men for every 100 women.
  29. Franklin D. Roosevelt was the first presidential candidate whose mother was legally eligible to vote for him.
  30. 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.
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