1. The UK and Portugal hold the longest standing alliance in the world that is still in force. It was ratified in 1386.
  2. Abraham Lincoln was estranged from his father and didn't attend his funeral.
  3. In 2012, Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez rewarded his 3,000,000th Twitter follower, a 19-year old girl, with a new home.
  4. Anwar Sadat made Egypt the first arab nation to achieve peace with Israel in 1979. For this, Sadat won the Nobel Peace prize, Egypt was suspended from the Arab League and Sadat was assassinated.
  5. Cats can't see
    directly below their noses.
  6. Norway's first aircraft hijacking was resolved after the hijacker surrendered his weapon in exchange for more beer.
  7. After an 8.0 magnitude earthquake hit Mexico City in 1985, nearly all newborn babies survived a collapsed hospital for 7 days without nourishment, water, warmth or human contact.
  8. During WW1, a lone Portuguese soldier convinced the Germans that they were fighting against an entire unit.
  9. In 1492, the Catholic monarchs of Spain issued a decree banning all Jews from Spain. Sultan Bayezid, a Muslim, sent the Ottoman navy to Spain to rescue the Jews from Spanish persecution.
  10. Holy Roman Emperor Charles V was the first to propose creating a Panama Canal in 1534.
  11. During the outbreak of WW2, London Zoo killed all their venomous animals in case the zoo was bombed and the animals escaped.
  12. NASA engineers asked Sally Ride, the first American woman in space, if 100 tampons was the right number for her 7-day trip to space.
  13. Bill Gates' Foundation spends more on global health each year than the World Health Organization of the United Nations.
  14. The opah, or "moonfish", is the only known fully warm-blooded fish.
  15. A half hour of physical activity 6 days a week is linked to 40% lower risk of early death.
  16. After John F. Kennedy's WW2 PT boat was sunk, he wrote a message on a coconut asking for help. It worked. Kennedy kept the coconut and it became a Presidential paperweight.
  17. Actor Sean Bean has died on 32% of his movies, the highest percentage of any living actor of note.
  18. The ruins of Pompeii are so well preserved that you can still read graffiti from the period.
  19. In 2008, Norway donated US$1 billion to help save the Amazon rainforest.
  20. Alexander the Great had heterochromia iridum: one of his eyes was blue and the other was brown.
  21. East and West Germany still look different from space because of the different types of streetlamps used.
  22. Benjamin Franklin wasn't trusted to write the Declaration of Independence as it was feared he would put a joke in it.
  23. The US Dollar is the official currency of Ecuador, El Salvador and Panama.
  24. Freddie Mercury wrote "Crazy Little Thing Called Love" in 10 minutes as a tribute to Elvis Presley.
  25. In 2010, Nicaragua accidentally invaded Costa Rica because of a mistake in Google Maps.
  26. The Harry Potter series were the most banned books of the century in the U.S.
  27. 1 in 10,000 people has their internal organs reversed or "mirrored" from their normal positions.
  28. The city of New York will pay for a one-way plane ticket for any homeless person if they have a guaranteed place to stay elsewhere.
  29. It is illegal to bring a copy of "Robinson Crusoe" into the micro-nation of Elleore. The punishment is 11 minutes and 17 seconds in prison.
  30. Usain Bolt ate 100 Chicken McNuggets per day for 10 days before winning 3 Gold Medals at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
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