1. Hallucinatory 'voices' seem to be shaped by local culture. In the U.S., the voices are harsh and threatening while those heard by schizophrenics in Africa and India tend to be more benign and playful.
  2. There's a zipline connecting Spain and Portugal. It's 2,365 ft (720 m) and 60 seconds long.
  3. The logo of the Royal New Zealand Air Force is the Kiwi, a flightless bird.
  4. The primary founder and the first Prime Minister of Israel, David Ben-Gurion, was an atheist.
  5. Vladimir The Great, Prince of Kiev, considered converting to Christianity or Islam. He sent envoys to study both religions, but upon hearing that Islam forbade alcohol, he got baptized.
  6. In 1990, Belgium's government suspended its King from power for one day so that a law legalizing abortion could be passed without him, a Catholic, having to sign it.
  7. Michael Jackson wanted to do a Harry Potter musical, but J.K. Rowling said no.
  8. California 's official state animal, the California grizzly bear, is extinct.
  9. The five worst cities in the U.S. for air pollution are all in California.
  10. A British prisoner of war, captured by the Germans in WW1, was freed to see his dying mother, then went back to the prison camp because he gave the Kaiser 'his word' he would return.
  11. Dogs are as smart as a 2-year-old baby. They can learn and understand over 150 words.
  12. The U.S. has 19 aircraft carriers, compared to the rest of the world's 12 aircraft carriers combined.
  13. Global warming has raised the earth's average surface temperature about 1.5°F (0.8°C) since the Industrial Revolution.
  14. Rastafarians are legally allowed to possess marijuana in Italy due to it being a 'sacrament' to the religion.
  15. Nelson Mandela, Pope John Paul II and Whoopi Goldberg are Honorary Harlem Globetrotters.
  16. New York's area code is 212 because it was the fastest number to dial on a rotary phone.
  17. During a car crash, 40% of drivers never even hit the brakes.
  18. Mount Everest shrank one inch (2.5 cm) due to the 2015 earthquake in Nepal.
  19. The average U.S. college student with loans graduates with US$33,000 of debt.
  20. At rest, your brain uses one-fifth of a calorie per minute.
  21. Both ancient Egyptian and Greek medicine recognized obesity as a medical disorder.
  22. Oprah Winfrey and Elvis Presley are distant cousins.
  23. Ernest Hemingway survived two plane crashes on two consecutive days in Africa.
  24. 7 in 10 Americans are disengaged from their jobs, according to a Gallup survey.
  25. Global warming could drive to extinction as many as 1 in 6 animal and plant species.
  26. A newly-discovered species of rust-eating bacteria will have consumed the wreck of the Titanic within 20 years.
  27. Only 10 police officers
    have been killed
    in Norway
    since WW2.
  28. Between 10 and 20 volcanoes are erupting somewhere on Earth every day.
  29. Cats sweat through their paws.
  30. The birth rate for twins has increased 76% since 1980.
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