1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. The Guinness World Records stopped awarding the fattest cats or any other animal to discourage deliberate overfeeding.
  4. In Japanese, there are at least 20 different ways to say "sorry."
  5. There are 5 planets you can see with the naked eye, not using a telescope: Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn.
  6. Saltless surfing takes place in winter months on the Great Lakes, with waves exceeding 30ft (9m).
  7. The Hercules beetle can lift up to 85 times its own weight.
  8. The state name "Idaho" means nothing,
    it was invented by an eccentric
    Congress lobbyist in the 1860s.
  9. Jim Carrey was supposed to be Dr. Evil in the Austin Powers franchise but he had to back out due to scheduling conflicts.
  10. 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."
  11. In 2006, Russia gifted the U.S. a 9/11 memorial monument, which was erected in Bayonne, NJ.
  12. In 2014, 218 baby boys were named "Anakin" in the U.S.
  13. Vin Diesel named his newborn daughter "Pauline" after the late Paul Walker.
  14. Over 300 languages are currently spoken in London schools.
  15. The estimated cost of raising a ballerina in the U.S. is US$120,000.
  16. The United Arab Emirates has the biggest gender imbalance in the world, with 219 men for every 100 women.
  17. Franklin D. Roosevelt was the first presidential candidate whose mother was legally eligible to vote for him.
  18. 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.
  19. Until 1913, children in America could legally be sent by parcel post.
  20. The word avocado comes from "ahuacatl",
    the Aztec word for testicle.
  21. Giant Victoria water lilies can support the weight of a small person.
  22. The first refrigerator used ether and ammonia to cool its contents.
  23. All champagne is produced in the Champagne region in France. Otherwise it is called sparkling wine.
  24. Nintendo was founded in 1889 as a playing-card company.
  25. Coco Chanel was raised by nuns in a convent orphanage, where she learned to sew.
  26. 60-80% of people who have lost a limb report having phantom sensations throughout their lives.
  27. Only about 15% of the Sahara Desert is covered in sand.
  28. Between 25% and 40% of all mentally ill Americans will be jailed or incarcerated at some point in their lives.
  29. Jimmy Carter, the 39th president of the United States, was the first American president to be born in a hospital.
  30. Newborn dogs are born blind and deaf. Most puppies open their eyes and respond to noises after about two weeks.
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