1. Until 1913, children in America could legally be sent by parcel post.
  2. The word avocado comes from "ahuacatl",
    the Aztec word for testicle.
  3. Giant Victoria water lilies can support the weight of a small person.
  4. The first refrigerator used ether and ammonia to cool its contents.
  5. All champagne is produced in the Champagne region in France. Otherwise it is called sparkling wine.
  6. Nintendo was founded in 1889 as a playing-card company.
  7. Coco Chanel was raised by nuns in a convent orphanage, where she learned to sew.
  8. 60-80% of people who have lost a limb report having phantom sensations throughout their lives.
  9. Only about 15% of the Sahara Desert is covered in sand.
  10. Between 25% and 40% of all mentally ill Americans will be jailed or incarcerated at some point in their lives.
  11. Jimmy Carter, the 39th president of the United States, was the first American president to be born in a hospital.
  12. Newborn dogs are born blind and deaf. Most puppies open their eyes and respond to noises after about two weeks.
  13. You're more likely to get struck by lightning in Texas than find in-person voter fraud.
  14. There are more people in slavery today than at any time in human history.
  15. Mobile Phone Throwing is an official sport in Finland.
  16. Powerful people spend less time deliberating over what to put in an email, a study found.
  17. The film "Birdman" was shot in just 30 days .
  18. There have been more than 2,600 serial killers in the U.S. since 1900.
  19. The rock at the summit of Mount Everest is marine limestone and would have been deposited on the seafloor around 450 million years ago.
  20. The word 'Buddha' is a title, which means 'one who is awake', in the sense of having ‘woken up to reality'.
  21. Most Hindus say Euthanasia interrupts the timing of the cycle of rebirth and both the doctor and patient will take on bad karma as a result.
  22. Already in 1985, Mother Teresa opened a hospice in New York for AIDS victims.
  23. The movie "Titanic" won 11 Oscars, but none for acting.
  24. During WW2, the lights of Big Ben were dimmed so that German bombers could not use it for reference.
  25. Some oysters, such as Eastern, change their genders based on environmental, nutritional, and physiological stresses, and sometimes annually.
  26. A cat's tail contains nearly 10% of all the bones in its body.
  27. Millionaire Michael O'Leary, CEO of airline Ryanair, has his own taxicab company with just one cab so he can legally use the bus lanes and avoid traffic jams.
  28. 9/11 was not the first terrorist attack on the World Trade Center. A bombing in February of 1993 killed six people.
  29. 97%
    of dieters in the U.S. regain the weight they lost and then some within 3 years.
  30. The world's second "smartest" man has an IQ of 192 and has spent many years as a stripper, bar bouncer and nude model.
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