1. Christopher Columbus once punished a man found guilty of stealing corn by having his ears and nose cut off and then selling him into slavery.
  2. Ten days after the Chernobyl disaster, further risk of massive thermal explosion was identified. Three men known as "The Chernobyl divers" volunteered to swim through pooled water under leaked reactor to release the safety valves. They died a few days later due to radiation exposure.
  3. In India, it is not uncommon to consume marijuana in milkshake form.
  4. Alex, an African grey parrot, was the first and only non-human animal to ask an existential question: he asked what color he was.
  5. Christmas ham, originally a pagan tradition, was endorsed by the Catholic Church as a test of truthful conversion from Judaism.
  6. The last surviving WW1 Veteran was a woman. She was a waitress at an air base.
  7. People with autism are less likely to catch yawns. The more severe their condition, the less common the behavior gets.
  8. The largest known black hole has a diameter of 1 trillion KM, more than 190 times the distance from the Sun to Pluto.
  9. Al-Qaeda initially considered targeting nuclear power plants on 9/11 but decided against it, fearing things could "get out of control."
  10. The average woman in New York spends 19 minutes primping and 7 minutes deciding what to wear each day.
  11. New Zealand bans all advertising on TV on Christmas, Easter, Good Friday and ANZAC Day.
  12. Many ancient Egyptian Pharaohs were overweight and unhealthy, in contrast to their typical depiction, due to a sugary diet of alcohol, bread and honey.
  13. There's a moon named Cupid that orbits Uranus.
  14. There is a pilgrimage site in Sri Lanka that is holy to four religions for a "sacred footprint": Hinduism, Islam, Buddhism and Christianity.
  15. Dogs and elephants are the only animals that seem to instinctively understand pointing.
  16. After Michael Jordan scored a game-high 69 points, teammate Stacey King quipped "I'll always remember this as the night that Michael Jordan and I combined to score 70 points."
  17. Soccer fans in Italy are called "tifosi", meaning "carriers of typhus", because their fanatism is like a fever.
  18. A Japanese pilot who attacked a town in Oregon during WW2 returned years later to present his family's 400-year-old sword as a symbol of regret.
  19. Canada has fewer people than Tokyo's metropolitan area.
  20. In August 2001, actor James Woods reported 4 suspicious individuals on his flight. Authorities did not act on his claim and they later turned out to be the 9/11 hijackers.
  21. In 2011, a small town in Spain, on the brink of financial ruin, bet on the world's biggest lottery and won.
  22. Albert Einstein denounced segregation, calling it a "disease of white people" and worked against racism in America.
  23. More people live in caves today than during the Stone Age.
  24. Cats can swallow and digest their food without chewing it.
  25. The average 3-hour baseball game contains only 18 minutes of game action.
  26. In 2003, Leonardo Da Vinci's machines were built and tested according to his original designs for a documentary. Some were successful and others proved to be impractical.
  27. The Golden Gate uses the largest bridge cables ever made, long enough to encircle the world more than 3 times at the equator.
  28. Pope Francis said he has not watched television since July 15, 1990.
  29. Germany and Japan have the lowest birth rate in the world.
  30. It would take a snail nearly 4,575 years to circle Earth .
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