1. An astronaut threw a boomerang while visiting the International Space Station and it returned to him, even in the absence of gravity.
  2. Elvis Presley is considered the best-selling individual artist of all time, with over 500 million records sold.
  3. In ancient times, Chinese people feared pandas and described them as metal-devouring black-and-white "tapirs."
  4. Mars
    had an oxygen-rich
    atmosphere around
    4 billion years ago.
  5. There's a town named "Cool" and another called "Squabbletown" in California.
  6. It costs US$8,876 per year to own and maintain an average car in the U.S. That's US$443,800 in 50 years.
  7. After the Treaty of Versailles, French Marshal Ferdinand Foch said "This is not a peace. It is an armistice for twenty years." Exactly 20 years and 65 days later, WW2 broke out.
  8. The Amazon River once flowed in the opposite direction, from east to west.
  9. India is expected to be the world's most populous country by 2050. With 1.6 billion people, it will almost equal the U.S. and China's population combined.
  10. During the American Civil War, it was necessary to print out money in a hurry, so the Treasury released paper bills with designated values of fractions of a dollar.
  11. Noah and Emma were the most popular names in the U.S. for boys and girls respectively in 2014.
  12. Fossil evidence suggests that fish have been on Earth for about 530 million years.
  13. Germany's debt from WW1 was equivalent to 96,000 tons of gold.
  14. In 1989, an innocent man was punished with the death penalty in Texas because the jury confused him for another with the same name, looks and height.
  15. During the Holocaust, a Jewish woman exposed up to 3,000 hiding Jews to the Gestapo to save her family. Even after the Nazis sent her parents and husband to Auschwitz anyway in 1943, she continued to work for the Gestapo until 1945.
  16. Microwaving food does not diminish the nutrients. When done right, it's actually one of the most nutritionally sound methods in food preparation.
  17. Bald Eagles are so named because "balde" is an Old English word meaning "white."
  18. The Salema Porgy is a species of fish that can cause hallucinations when eaten. In Ancient Rome it was consumed as a recreational drug.
  19. Elephant brains can weigh as much as 5 KG (11 LB), more than the brain of any other land animal.
  20. A 14th-century medieval tower rises out of Lake Reschensee, in Italy. It's the only visible building of a submerged village.
  21. When Steve Jobs accused Bill Gates of stealing from Apple, Gates said, "I think it's more like we both had this rich neighbor named Xerox and I broke into his house to steal the TV set and found out that you had already stolen it."
  22. Tigers are the only predators known to regularly prey on adult bears.
  23. In Ancient Rome, women would drink turpentine to make their urine smell sweet like roses.
  24. In 1954, archaeologists excavating an 8th-century Viking settlement in Sweden found a Buddha statuette from India.
  25. In 1600, a volcano eruption in Peru caused a famine that killed about 2 million people in Russia.
  26. The wind speeds
    on Uranus
    can reach
    560 mph (900 km/h).
  27. NASA has a list of accurate space technology terms that writers can use in Science Fiction stories.
  28. Steve Jobs is buried in an unmarked grave.
  29. In 2006, an Australian man tried to sell New Zealand on Ebay. The starting price was AU$0.01 and managed to reach AU$3000 before Ebay closed the auction.
  30. The movie "Borat" was a huge hit in Israel, in part because Borat's "Kazakh" lines were all actually in Hebrew.
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