1. In 539 BC, Persian King Cyrus the Great issued the world's first charter of human rights. He freed slaves, declared that all people had the right to choose their own religion, and established racial equality.
  2. Jerusalem, Israel, has been destroyed twice , besieged 23 times, attacked 52 times, captured and recaptured 44 times and it's one of the world's oldest cities.
  3. In 1988, a customer closed out his million-dollar account after his bank refused to validate a 50¢ parking ticket.
  4. There's a restaurant built into a grotto in Italy.
  5. Indian housewives hold 11% of the World's Gold. That is more than the reserves of the U.S., IMF, Switzerland and Germany put together.
  6. The average serial killer in the U.S. has an IQ of 94.7.
  7. The average cost of a night out in New York is US$82.
  8. Elvis Presley was a karate black belt.
  9. Martin Luther King Jr. had previously used his "dream" rhetoric many times before his famous speech in other lesser-known speeches.
  10. The Taj Mahal was covered with a scaffold during WWII to make it look like a stockpile of Bamboo and misguide any enemy bombers.
  11. More than 86,000 people are injured by tripping over their cats and dogs every year in the U.S.
  12. It is estimated that the average person in the U.S. will have spent some 10,000 hours gaming by the time they are 21 years old.
  13. Moon landing conspiracy theories were proven wrong in 2011 when a NASA probe revealed high-resolution photos of the Apollo Moon landing sites.
  14. 21%
    of all New York City elementary students from all income levels are obese.
  15. It's okay to pee in the ocean since 95% of urine is water and the nitrogen in urea is used to feed ocean plants.
  16. Uranus rotates sideways and "rolls" around the sun rather than "spinning" like the other planets.
  17. There's an ongoing decrease in the pH of the Earth's oceans: they are 30% more acidic than in 1751.
  18. The surface gravities of Venus, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune are all quite similar (within 15%) to Earth's.
  19. The "Doggone Project" in Germany works recycling deceased pets into fertilizer.
  20. An astronaut threw a boomerang while visiting the International Space Station and it returned to him, even in the absence of gravity.
  21. Elvis Presley is considered the best-selling individual artist of all time, with over 500 million records sold.
  22. In ancient times, Chinese people feared pandas and described them as metal-devouring black-and-white "tapirs."
  23. Mars
    had an oxygen-rich
    atmosphere around
    4 billion years ago.
  24. There's a town named "Cool" and another called "Squabbletown" in California.
  25. It costs US$8,876 per year to own and maintain an average car in the U.S. That's US$443,800 in 50 years.
  26. After the Treaty of Versailles, French Marshal Ferdinand Foch said "This is not a peace. It is an armistice for twenty years." Exactly 20 years and 65 days later, WW2 broke out.
  27. The Amazon River once flowed in the opposite direction, from east to west.
  28. India is expected to be the world's most populous country by 2050. With 1.6 billion people, it will almost equal the U.S. and China's population combined.
  29. During the American Civil War, it was necessary to print out money in a hurry, so the Treasury released paper bills with designated values of fractions of a dollar.
  30. Noah and Emma were the most popular names in the U.S. for boys and girls respectively in 2014.
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