1. An earthquake on Dec. 16, 1811 caused parts of the Mississippi River to flow backwards.
  2. Diamonds are not forever. Under very high heat, they turn into graphite, the stuff of pencils.
  3. A grizzly bear has to eat almost 20,000 calories a day.
  4. 1 in 5
    top 100 country songs
    will refer to
  5. The letter combination "USA" is banned on Saudi Arabian license plates.
  6. Charles Darwin suffered from panic disorder and agoraphobia.
  7. GPS is owned and controlled by the U.S. Government. It can be 'switched off' at any time.
  8. Drug lord Pablo Escobar had a prison built to his specifications and to choose his own guards. It featured a soccer field, a giant doll house, a bar, jacuzzi and a waterfall.
  9. City of Industry, California,
    has a population of 219
    but is home to
    80,000 jobs.
  10. Alaska is so big, you could fit 75 New Jerseys in it.
  11. Grizzly bears have a bite-force of over 8,000,000 pascals, enough to crush a bowling ball.
  12. Inca architecture was built to be earthquake resistant. Inca masonry is effective in withstanding even major tremors.
  13. During the Vietnam War, American troops would eat small amounts of C4 plastic explosive to get high.
  14. There's a direct descendant of Christopher Columbus alive today. He's a Spanish noble.
  15. Richard Johnson, the 9th Vice-President of the U.S., openly treated an African-American woman as his wife, although legally she was his slave.
  16. The scientific name of the llama is "lama glama."
  17. In Judaism, there's a blessing thanking God for having the ability to excrete.
  18. Instagram banned the tags #curvy #sex and #nude as they violate their nudity guidelines.
  19. Several long-duration Russian cosmonauts have reported that months after coming back to Earth, they occasionally let go objects in mid-air, still expecting them to float.
  20. The fastest ascent from base camp to the summit of Mount Everest took just 8 hours and 10 minutes.
  21. In 1962, John F Kennedy secretly installed a taping system in the White House.
  22. Academy award winner Sir Ben Kingsley real name is Krishna Pandit Bhanji.
  23. Satan was never named "Lucifer." The only use of the word Lucifer in the Bible was by Isaiah, who was referring to the fall of Babylon, not Satan.
  24. Tylenol (acetaminophen) is one of the most commonly overdosed substances in the world. It puts about 60,000 Americans in the hospital every year.
  25. In 1961, Robert F Kennedy said the U.S. would have a black president within 40 years.
  26. The average women in Bolivia, Indonesia, and Guatemala is short enough to be considered a Dwarf (4'10 or under).
  27. Pluto, Mickey Mouse's dog, was named after the planet, not the other way around.
  28. In addition to aches, fever and pains, Tylenol (acetaminophen) also alleviates psychological pain, such as social rejection.
  29. Christopher Columbus correctly predicted an eclipse to trick the native inhabitants of Jamaica into giving him food and supplies.
  30. Since 1990, South Dakota has celebrated Native American Day instead of Columbus Day.
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