1. During the Black Death, incoming ships were forced to wait for 40 days to prevent possible infection. The Italian word for 40, "quaranta", is where we get the word "quarantine".
  2. During WW2, Canada gave out buttons to people who tried to enlist but were refused due to medical reasons to show their willingness to fight.
  3. Bald Eagles can swim and have a butterfly-like stroke.
  4. Breast cancer is one of the most survivable types of cancers over a five year period.
  5. Anne Frank was posthumously baptized "by proxy" into Mormonism at least 9 times.
  6. China has mobile "execution vans" to enforce the death penalty without moving to a proper execution ground.
  7. California is the world's 5th largest supplier of food.
  8. Beans increase flatulence because they carry a type of sugar called "oligosaccharides", which are hard for bacteria to break down, so they release gas in the process.
  9. Playing dead will help you survive a shark attack, MythBusters confirmed.
  10. Dr. Ruth, the famous sex therapist, was once a sniper in the Israeli army.
  11. Martin Luther King Jr. is a Grammy Award winner for Best Spoken Word Album.
  12. Mr. T's gold collection is worth over US$120,000.
  13. It is possible to set up a holiday meal inside a car's engine compartment and drive long enough to fully cook all of the food.
  14. Sugary drinks kill more people than violent crime in Mexico.
  15. Whale Fossils
    have been found
    on top of the
    Andes mountains.
  16. Martin Luther King Jr. was jailed 29 times.
  17. The President of Ecuador offered to let the U.S. keep an airbase in his country, but only if Ecuador could have a base in Miami.
  18. If you shout or make a sound that's 1,100 dB strong, it will create a black hole that would destroy our galaxy.
  19. Over 20% of the U.S. population still believe that vaccines cause autism.
  20. During WW2, Japanese war criminal Tojo Hideki attempted suicide after the surrender. He was saved and resuscitated by Allied forces, who then hanged him.
  21. Greece has been in a state of default for half its modern history as a sovereign state.
  22. There's a hotel in Bolivia made almost entirely of salt, complete with salt beds and chairs.
  23. Benjamin Franklin had an illegitimate son who remained loyal to the British and fled to London after the war. He stayed there for the rest of his life.
  24. Elvis Presley's manager Colonel Tom Parker used to sell both 'I love Elvis' and 'I hate Elvis' badges at his concerts.
  25. Butterflies can have half male and half female outwardly characteristics. It's a rare condition called gynandromorphy.
  26. Anyone who wishes to open a new store in France of more than 300 m2 must first gain permission from a government commission that includes other existing retailers.
  27. The Marshall Islands won't exist
    if we warm the planet 2 degrees.
  28. There is a 180-foot (55-meter) long stuffed pink bunny on top of a hill in Italy.
  29. Elephants and chimpanzees can display behavior patterns similar to post-traumatic stress disorder and depression.
  30. Tom Monaghan, the founder of Domino's Pizza, met his wife on his first pizza delivery.
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