1. At rest, your brain uses one-fifth of a calorie per minute.
  2. Both ancient Egyptian and Greek medicine recognized obesity as a medical disorder.
  3. Oprah Winfrey and Elvis Presley are distant cousins.
  4. Ernest Hemingway survived two plane crashes on two consecutive days in Africa.
  5. 7 in 10 Americans are disengaged from their jobs, according to a Gallup survey.
  6. Global warming could drive to extinction as many as 1 in 6 animal and plant species.
  7. A newly-discovered species of rust-eating bacteria will have consumed the wreck of the Titanic within 20 years.
  8. Only 10 police officers
    have been killed
    in Norway
    since WW2.
  9. Between 10 and 20 volcanoes are erupting somewhere on Earth every day.
  10. Cats sweat through their paws.
  11. The birth rate for twins has increased 76% since 1980.
  12. Winds in some places of Antarctica can reach 200 mph (320 km/h).
  13. Abraham Lincoln kept his important documents inside his hat.
  14. If Ancient Rome's Colosseum was built today, it would cost about US$380 million.
  15. A dog's nose is the equivalent of a human fingerprint: each has a unique pattern.
  16. 90%
    of the world's
    Internet Users
    Don't Use Twitter.
  17. Left-handed people earn up to 12% less than right-handed people, a study found.
  18. Singapore is the world's most expensive city, followed by Paris.
  19. Redheads are more likely to develop melanoma (skin cancer) than people with other hair colors.
  20. You can't name your child "Ikea" or "Elvis" in Sweden.
  21. Prostitutes in Spain have to wear reflective vests, like highway workers, to reduce accidents.
  22. The average thickness of ice in Antarctica is about 1 mile (1.6 km) .
  23. The mortality rate for abortions in the U.S. is 0.67 per 100,000 procedures. For colonoscopies is about 20 per 100,000 procedures.
  24. Laika, the first dog in space, did not die peacefully as initially reported by the Soviets. She died because the cabin overheated.
  25. Before the Holocaust, Hitler gave the U.S., Great Britain, and many other nations a chance to take in Jewish refugees. They refused.
  26. Britain accidentally invaded Spain in 2002. About 20 Royal Marines disembarked in Spain instead of Gibraltar for 5 minutes until the error was recognised and they all withdrew.
  27. The CIA operation to invade Cuba and take down Castro was dubbed "Operation Castration."
  28. Ancient Rome had a 4-story-tall shopping mall with 150 shops and offices.
  29. Air pollution in China increases snowfall in California.
  30. Norman Borlaug, an agricultural scientist, developed new strains of crops which yielded 4 times as much food . He is said to have saved the lives of over a billion people, making him one of the most influential men in human history.
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