1. Osama Bin Laden was obsessed with Whitney Houston and wanted to make her one of his wives.
  2. Rio de Janeiro's beaches have 1.7 million times the disease-causing viruses of what would be considered hazardous on a California beach.
  3. The symbol "lb" for pound comes from an abbreviation of the constellation Libra, the scales.
  4. The chinese Giant Salamander can grow to be 6 feet (1.8 m) long, making it the largest amphibian in the world.
  5. Between 1990 and 2005, a new prison opened in the U.S. every 10 days.
  6. Alexander the Great once held a drinking contest among his soldiers. When it was over, 42 people had died from alcohol poisoning.
  7. It is estimated that only 2% of all humans have green eyes, making it the rarest eye colour.
  8. Lancaster, Pennsylvania,
    was the U.S. Capital
    for just 1 day
    September 27, 1777.
  9. In 1999, the U.S. government paid the Zapruder family US$16 million for the film of JFK's assassination.
  10. The founder of Alcoholics Anonymous demanded alcohol during the last few days of his life.
  11. New Mexico State's first graduating class in 1893 had only one student —and he was shot and killed before graduation.
  12. Several hundred people in the U.S. die every year from liver failure after Tylenol (acetaminophen) overdose.
  13. There are more than 1,200 water parks in North America.
  14. The term "astronaut" comes from greek words that mean "star" and "sailor."
  15. A 2009 search for the Loch Ness Monster came up empty. Scientists did find over 100,000 golf balls.
  16. If your dog's feet smell like corn chips, you're not alone. The term "Frito Feet" was coined to describe the scent.
  17. The verb "unfriend" dates back to 1659. It existed even earlier as a noun, as far back as 1275.
  18. The highest wave ever surfed reached a height of 24.3m (80ft).
  19. The world's largest swimming pool is in Chile. It's 1,013 m (3,323 ft) long and contains some 250 million litres (66 million US gallons) of seawater.
  20. The Nile Crocodile can hold its breath underwater for up to 2 hours while waiting for prey.
  21. In 1986, Apple launched a clothing line.
  22. Nutella was invented during WW2, when an Italian pastry maker mixed hazelnuts into chocolate to extend his cocoa supply.
  23. When three-letter airport codes became standard, many airports that had been using two letters simply added an "X".
  24. Homosexuality was still classified as an illness in Sweden in 1979. Swedes protested by calling in sick to work, claiming they "felt gay".
  25. In 1967, the Nigerian Civil War ground to a halt for two days because both sides wanted to watch soccer player Pele in an exhibition match.
  26. When scientist Niels Bohr won the Nobel Prize in 1922, the Carlsberg brewery gave him a perpetual supply of beer piped into his house.
  27. German chocolate cake isn't German. It's named for Sam German, an American baker.
  28. In the 1960s, the FBI spent 2.5 years analyzing the song "Louie Louie" to to determine if it had obscene lyrics.
  29. Spiders, lobsters and snails have blue blood due to the presence of hemocyanin which contains copper.
  30. Every piece of plastic ever made still exists.
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