1. Fossil evidence suggests that fish have been on Earth for about 530 million years.
  2. Germany's debt from WW1 was equivalent to 96,000 tons of gold.
  3. In 1989, an innocent man was punished with the death penalty in Texas because the jury confused him for another with the same name, looks and height.
  4. During the Holocaust, a Jewish woman exposed up to 3,000 hiding Jews to the Gestapo to save her family. Even after the Nazis sent her parents and husband to Auschwitz anyway in 1943, she continued to work for the Gestapo until 1945.
  5. Microwaving food does not diminish the nutrients. When done right, it's actually one of the most nutritionally sound methods in food preparation.
  6. Bald Eagles are so named because "balde" is an Old English word meaning "white."
  7. The Salema Porgy is a species of fish that can cause hallucinations when eaten. In Ancient Rome it was consumed as a recreational drug.
  8. Elephant brains can weigh as much as 5 KG (11 LB), more than the brain of any other land animal.
  9. A 14th-century medieval tower rises out of Lake Reschensee, in Italy. It's the only visible building of a submerged village.
  10. When Steve Jobs accused Bill Gates of stealing from Apple, Gates said, "I think it's more like we both had this rich neighbor named Xerox and I broke into his house to steal the TV set and found out that you had already stolen it."
  11. Tigers are the only predators known to regularly prey on adult bears.
  12. In Ancient Rome, women would drink turpentine to make their urine smell sweet like roses.
  13. In 1954, archaeologists excavating an 8th-century Viking settlement in Sweden found a Buddha statuette from India.
  14. In 1600, a volcano eruption in Peru caused a famine that killed about 2 million people in Russia.
  15. The wind speeds
    on Uranus
    can reach
    560 mph (900 km/h).
  16. NASA has a list of accurate space technology terms that writers can use in Science Fiction stories.
  17. Steve Jobs is buried in an unmarked grave.
  18. In 2006, an Australian man tried to sell New Zealand on Ebay. The starting price was AU$0.01 and managed to reach AU$3000 before Ebay closed the auction.
  19. The movie "Borat" was a huge hit in Israel, in part because Borat's "Kazakh" lines were all actually in Hebrew.
  20. Writer Stephen King was addicted to cocaine between 1979 and 1987 and used it to create a buzz to write.
  21. The blue whale can produce the loudest sound of any animal. At 188 decibels, the noise can be detected over 800 km (500 mi) away.
  22. Despite being one of the most famous painters in history, only 15 paintings of Leonardo Da Vinci are known to exist.
  23. There's a resort in Finland where you sleep in a glass igloo to watch the northern lights.
  24. The underwater portion of Liberty Island, where the Statue of Liberty sits upon, is part of New Jersey , not New York.
  25. Mount Everest is pronounced "Eve-rest", not "Ever-est", as it is named after George Everest.
  26. Before Mating, the Female Giraffe Will First Urinate in the Male's Mouth.
  27. Nowhere in the Bible does it say there were three wise men, just three gifts.
  28. The Quran, Islam's most sacred book, means “recitation” in Arabic.
  29. Some women in Mauritania force-feed their daughters because obesity for women is idealized in the country.
  30. 10,000 shipping containers are lost at sea each year and 10% of those hold toxic chemicals which may leak into the ocean.
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