1. Anne Frank's father was an officer in the German army during World War I.
  2. Earth is the only known place where a fire can occur naturally.
  3. Alexander the Great was simultaneously the King of Macedonia, Pharaoh of Egypt, King of Persia, and King of Asia.
  4. Prehistoric Humans hunted giant Volkswagen-sized armadillos and used their massive shells as shelters.
  5. Steven Spielberg declined to direct the Harry Potter movies and said "It's just like withdrawing a billion dollars and putting it into your personal bank accounts. There's no challenge."
  6. In Thailand, Burma, Sri Lanka, Cambodia and Lao, the Buddhist New Year is celebrated for three days.
  7. John F Kennedy had such concerns about the space program's high cost, that he proposed partnering with the Soviet Union on a joint expedition to the moon.
  8. The average adult in Switzerland has a net worth of US$513,000.
  9. Two F16 pilots went on a suicide mission to stop Flight 93 on 9/11. In the end, the flight's passengers took the plane down.
  10. Nuclear power prevented an average of over 1.8 million deaths between 1971-2009 as a result of lower air pollution from reduced coal usage according to NASA.
  11. Harvard offers free tuition if your family makes under US$65,000 per year.
  12. If you're caught failing to flush a public toilet after using it in Singapore, there's a fine of around US$150.
  13. There is one-tenth of a gram of fecal matter in most people's underwear.
  14. Cy Twombly's painting "Untitled" is worth up to US$2,3 million.
  15. Fewer than half the world's cultures engage in romantic kissing, a study found.
  16. There is a "Gospel of Judas" not found in the Bible that speaks of Judas as the only one of Jesus' disciples who fully understood his teachings. He turned Jesus over to the Romans because Jesus asked him to.
  17. In 80% of rapes the victim knows the attacker, and he often exploits the trust of a relationship or rapport.
  18. Alexander the Great was tutored by Aristotle until the age of 16.
  19. One third of leprosy cases in the U.S. come from contact with armadillos.
  20. Mother Teresa was born as Anjeze Gonxhe Bojaxhiu.
  21. Loneliness increases a person's risk of mortality by 26%, according to a study.
  22. An Indian woman who lost her leg after being thrown from a moving train became the first female amputee to climb Mount Everest in 2013.
  23. 90%
    of doctors believe working while sick could cause harm. But 83% do it anyway, a survey found.
  24. You are more likely to die as a drug dealer in Chicago than as a death row inmate in Texas.
  25. The World's Oldest Sperm was discovered in Antarctica: 50-million-year-old sperm cells from a worm.
  26. John F. Kennedy won a Pulitzer Prize in 1957, although much of the book was ghostwritten by his aide Theodore Sorensen.
  27. Peter Hillary, Sir Edmund Hillary's
    son, climbed Mount Everest in 1990
    making the pair the first
    father and son to do so.
  28. In the Bible, God sent two bears to murder 42 children because they had mocked a man for being bald.
  29. In 2002, the comptroller of the City of New York estimated the impact of 9/11 on the city's wealth to be US$30.5 billion.
  30. Orb spiders mummify their prey before they kill it.
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