1. Billionaire Howard Hughes bought the small Silver Slipper casino for the sole purpose of moving its trademark neon silver slipper. Visible from Hughes' bedroom, it had apparently kept him awake at night.
  2. Olympic medals and the bonuses that the U.S. Olympic Committee awards athletes for landing one of the top spots, all count as taxable income to the IRS.
  3. A former Macy's salesperson became Queen of Romania in 1948.
  4. There are over 30 places in the world named "Paris."
  5. Catholic priest Joseph Müller was sentenced to death for telling a political joke in Nazi Germany.
  6. In Japan, there are cafes where you can hang out with owls.
  7. The Simpsons released an album in 1990 and the lead single "Do the Bartman" was a worldwide hit. It was co-produced by Michael Jackson, who also provided background vocals and was a big fan of the show.
  8. In 1923, Babe Ruth set the record for the most home runs in a season, while also striking out more than any other player in Major League Baseball.
  9. At age 22, Walt Disney was fired from a Missouri newspaper for "not being creative enough."
  10. A study showed that it's not necessary to run, swim or work out at the gym. Household chores such as vacuuming or scrubbing the floor, or merely walking to work provide enough exercise to protect the heart and extend life.
  11. If you're an artist or a scientist, you'll be most likely to have your biggest creative breakthrough in your late-30s, according to a study of scientific innovators and Nobel Prize winners.
  12. The state of South Carolina gave Marilyn Manson US$40,000 not to play there, and schools in Florida threatened to expel students who attended his shows.
  13. Jack Daniels employees get a free bottle on the first payday of each month.
  14. People who stay up late tend to be risk-takers, a study found.
  15. When looking at a crowd, we can only recognize two faces at a time.
  16. Albert Einstein's last words were spoken in German to a nurse who didn't speak German and are lost for ever.
  17. 95% of Paraguayans are mestizos: people of mixed Spanish and Native-American ancestry.
  18. You can remove blood stains on clothes with Coca-Cola.
  19. Brain scans taken during a study showed that listening to poems activated parts of participants' brains that are not activated when listening to music or watching films.
  20. Friendships at work make the job more fun, enjoyable, worthwhile, and satisfying for employees, surveys found.
  21. Subway makes enough sandwiches in a year
    to wrap around the Earth 14 times.
  22. The last civil war casualty was Joshua Chamberlain, who died in 1914 from wounds he received at the Siege of Petersberg in 1864.
  23. North Korea's diplomatic mission to the UN has 1,300 unpaid NYC parking tickets going back to the 1990s, owing more than $156,000.
  24. Benjamin Franklin left the cities of Boston and Philadelphia $2,000 in his will, but they could not draw the full balance for 200 years. In 1990, the cities received $6.5 million.
  25. Switzerland, Sweden and The Netherlands were the most innovative countries in the world in 2017 according to the UN.
  26. It's unsafe for travellers to rely on ‘St Christopher' any more: he was removed from the calendar of saints in 1969.
  27. Children inherit four times as many new mutations from their fathers than their mothers, according to research.
  28. 6.7 million people were under correctional supervision during 2015 in the U.S. That's more than were enslaved in antebellum America and more than resided in the Gulag Archipelago at the height of Stalin's rule.
  29. More than half of U.S. troops overseas are stationed in just 4 countries: Japan, Germany, South Korea, and Italy.
  30. Unit 684 was a South Korean black-ops team of 31 convicted criminals whose mission was to kill North Korea's premier Kim Il-sung. They mutinied, hijacked a bus, and were shot by the army or committed suicide.
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