1. In 1600, a volcano eruption in Peru caused a famine that killed about 2 million people in Russia.
  2. The wind speeds
    on Uranus
    can reach
    560 mph (900 km/h).
  3. NASA has a list of accurate space technology terms that writers can use in Science Fiction stories.
  4. Steve Jobs is buried in an unmarked grave.
  5. 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.
  6. The movie "Borat" was a huge hit in Israel, in part because Borat's "Kazakh" lines were all actually in Hebrew.
  7. Writer Stephen King was addicted to cocaine between 1979 and 1987 and used it to create a buzz to write.
  8. 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.
  9. Despite being one of the most famous painters in history, only 15 paintings of Leonardo Da Vinci are known to exist.
  10. There's a resort in Finland where you sleep in a glass igloo to watch the northern lights.
  11. The underwater portion of Liberty Island, where the Statue of Liberty sits upon, is part of New Jersey , not New York.
  12. Mount Everest is pronounced "Eve-rest", not "Ever-est", as it is named after George Everest.
  13. Before Mating, the Female Giraffe Will First Urinate in the Male's Mouth.
  14. Nowhere in the Bible does it say there were three wise men, just three gifts.
  15. The Quran, Islam's most sacred book, means “recitation” in Arabic.
  16. Some women in Mauritania force-feed their daughters because obesity for women is idealized in the country.
  17. 10,000 shipping containers are lost at sea each year and 10% of those hold toxic chemicals which may leak into the ocean.
  18. The majority of women seeking an abortion are not teenagers: 58% are in their 20s, and 6 in 10 already have a child at home.
  19. In the early years of the 20th century, horses were causing so much pollution with their poop that cars were seen as the "green" alternative.
  20. A young Elvis Presley was once told: "Stick to driving a truck, because you'll never make it as a singer."
  21. If London's Big Ben was built today, it would cost about US$222,000.
  22. Residents of New York City can get free condoms and lube by calling 311.
  23. The Golden Temple in India feeds a vegetarian meal to over 100,000 people a day regardless of race, religion and class.
  24. Cats can get sick or die from eating chocolate.
  25. Abraham Lincoln is the only U.S. president to have obtained a patent.
  26. In 1818, the argentine pirate Hippolyte Bouchard attacked Monterey, California. After an hour of combat, Argentina's flag flew over it.
  27. Ben Guggenheim, heir to mining magnate Meyer Guggenheim, dressed in his finest suit, had a glass of brandy and smoked a cigar as the Titanic sank.
  28. The 9/11 attacks also destroyed US$100 million in art including work from Pablo Picasso.
  29. The Diary of Anne Frank is banned in Lebanon for "portraying Jews, Israel or Zionism favorably".
  30. On April 1, 1974, black smoke was seen rising from Mount Edgecumbe, a volcano in Alaska. When a Coast Guard pilot came closer to investigate, he found 70 tires burning and the words "APRIL FOOL" spray painted into the snow.
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