1. The Climbing gourami is a fish that has the ability to climb out of water, breathe oxygen, and even walk for short distances.
  2. Tolstoy had his first cycling lesson at 67.
  3. In medieval times, the word ‘abracadabra' was written out in a triangular shape and worn around the neck in an amulet to make deadly diseases go away.
  4. Serial killer Charles Manson was going to get married in 2015 but he called off when he realized his fiancee just wanted his corpse for display as a tourist attraction.
  5. Only 20% of the Kama Sutra is about sexual positions. Most is about the philosophy and theory of love, what triggers desire, what sustains it, and how and when it's good or bad.
  6. Roman emperor Diocletian retired in 305 AD to grow vegetables in his home town of Split, Croatia.
  7. An article that does not exist was cited in nearly 400 academic studies and scientific papers.
  8. Salvador Dalí was the most famous Surrealist artist, although the movement later expelled him for being fascinated with Hitler.
  9. The Spanish Flu did not start in Spain. The rest of Europe was at war and news was strictly censored, so Spanish newspapers became the most reliable source of information about it.
  10. Reggae star Bob Marley has had a blood-feeding fish parasite named after him. The "Gnathia marleyi" lives in Caribbean coral reefs.
  11. Rabbits lived a life of luxury in the same Nazi complexes as concentration camps such as Auschwitz and Dachau. Their wool was used to make warm clothes for the German military.
  12. Despite appearances, rabbits aren't rodents, but lagomorphs, one of more than 50 species, including hares, pikas, jackrabbits and cottontails.
  13. In 1950, a court ruled that anyone who tries to sell or auction off their Oscar award must first offer it to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science for $1.
  14. The most common place to hide household valuables is in the sock drawer; this is also the first place that burglars check.
  15. The Chinese name for Winnie the Pooh was blocked on Chinese social media sites because people have been comparing the bear to China's President Xi Jinping.
  16. Papua New Guinea has 832 living languages, making it the most linguistically diverse place on earth.
  17. The military of San Marino still has an active crossbow corps which has existed uninterrupted since 1295.
  18. Since the 18th century, male academics cite their own papers on average 56% more than their female counterparts.
  19. The longest scarf knitted whilst running a marathon is 3.70 m (12 ft 1.75 in) and was knitted by David Babcock at the Kansas City Marathon.
  20. In 1013, Danish ruler Sweyn Forkbeard was declared King of all England. He was the shortest-reigning king ever, lasting only five weeks.
  21. The shortest nation in Europe is Malta. The Maltese have an average height of 5ft 4ins (164.9cm) compared with the EU average of 5ft 5½ins (169.6cm).
  22. William Henry Harrison, the 9th president of the United States, had the shortest term in office, lasting just one month, from March 4 to April 4 1841.
  23. 40% of the buildings in Manhattan could not be built today. They do not conform to at least one part of the current zoning code.
  24. Dogs can get PTSD. It affects 5-10% of working military dogs.
  25. Globally, prematurity is the leading cause of death in children under the age of 5 years.
  26. The first American woman to win an Olympic gold medal wasn't aware of what she'd won, and records suggest she went her entire life oblivious to her historic achievement.
  27. 2016 was the first year since 1990 that none of Japan's 4,000 public companies went bankrupt.
  28. 225 Canadian fishermen die every year while urinating over the side of their boat.
  29. Seeds use tiny "brains", bundles of specialized cells, to decide when to germinate.
  30. Half the wild boars in southwest Czech Republic are radioactive, even decades after Chernobyl.
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