1. Ants have colonised almost every landmass on Earth except for Antarctica and a few remote or inhospitable islands.
  2. There are tuition-free Universities in Finland, Austria, Norway, Germany, and Sweden with careers in English for international students.
  3. Gleevec, a cancer drug that costs US$70,000 in the U.S. per year, cost just US$2,500 in India because it can't be patented there.
  4. Not a single engineer, out of the 30, made it off the Titanic: they stayed and kept the power on so others could escape.
  5. 150
    people punished with the death penalty were later exonerated by the U.S.
  6. The band Blink-182 incorporated under the name "Poo Poo Butt, LLC." because of how funny it would be to have their accountants, managers and attorneys having to say that over the phone every day.
  7. Sweden and Norway formed a United Kingdom from 1814 to 1905.
  8. Steve Jobs turned down a partial liver transplant from now Apple-CEO Tim Cook 2 years before dying of cancer.
  9. 20 million 20-year-old trees are cut down in China every year to make chopsticks.
  10. In 2013, Yuichiro Miura, an 80-year-old Japanese, became the oldest person to make it to the top of Mount Everest and down.
  11. Gustave Eiffel, the man who designed the Eiffel Tower, was also behind the design for the Statue of Liberty's spine.
  12. Italy is home to the largest number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites with 50.
  13. Argentina has the world's second-highest rate of anorexia, after Japan.
  14. The founder of WhatsApp went from an immigrant on welfare to selling his app for US$19 Billion in 21 years.
  15. 60% of NBA players are broke within 5 years of retiring from the game.
  16. The roar of a lion can be heard from 8 kilometers (5.0 miles) away.
  17. When Gmail was introduced by Google with an unbelievable 1GB free storage in 2004, Hotmail only offered 2MB.
  18. A sardine is not a species of fish, but a name that can apply to many small varieties of pickled fish, including herring and pilchard.
  19. A former
    slave ship captain
    wrote the song
    "Amazing Grace."
  20. 60%
    of South Korean families use professionals to find a name for their babies.
  21. U.S. Families living in extreme poverty, with less than US$$2 per day, has doubled to 1.5 million since 1996.
  22. India's "Go Air" airline only hires female flight attendants because they are lighter, so they save up to US$500,000 per year in fuel.
  23. Brad Pitt, Tom Cruise, Johnny Depp and Harrison Ford have never won Oscars as actors.
  24. Spain was neutral in WW1 and WW2, but experienced a civil war (1936-1939) which killed over 500,000 people.
  25. Van Gogh only sold one painting during his lifetime. The rest of his paintings, over 900, were not sold or made famous until after his death.
  26. Between 65% and 85% of the American public will support a military action when it begins.
  27. The head of the Statue of Liberty was displayed at the World's Fair of 1878 in Paris.
  28. Despite its name, more than half of the London's Underground network in fact runs above ground.
  29. Over 5,000 climbers have successfully reached Mount Everest's peak, including a 13-year-old, a blind person, and a 73-year-old woman.
  30. There's a family that lives on Liberty Island, home of the Statue of Liberty.
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