1. When you first meet people it is common to forget their names - a phenomenon called the ‘next-in-line' effect. This is because people are too worried about themselves, and what they'll say next, to focus on remembering the names of people they're introduced to.
  2. Until 1948, 7-Up contained "lithium citrate", a mood stabilizer used to treat bipolar disorder.
  3. Actor Frankie Muniz suffers from long term memory loss and doesn't remember being on Malcolm in the Middle.
  4. Pirates probably didn't wear eyepatches because of a missing eye; it's much more likely that they were keeping one eye ready to see in darkness, so that they could adjust quickly when going below deck.
  5. In the late Middle Ages, books were so valuable that libraries would chain them to the bookcase. This was widely practiced until the 18th century.
  6. The first woman to cycle round the world learnt to ride a bike a few days before she set off.
  7. 37% of Brits believe their jobs are meaningless and do not contribute to the world.
  8. The Museum of Bread Culture in Ulm, Germany, has a collection of over 18,000 objects, none of which is bread.
  9. When Czechoslovakia split, it split not only the country, but also the national anthem,
    which had verses both in Czeck and Slovak language.
  10. Three of the four members of Metallica divorced their wives during the recording of The Black Album due to its troubled production.
  11. A cyberchondriac is someone who scours the Internet looking for details of their illnesses.
  12. Cologne was originally produced as protection against the plague. It was widely believed that bad-smelling air spread the disease.
  13. A study using MRI scans showed that the brains of people who exercise moderately look 10 years younger than those who don't.
  14. Installed in 1410, the world's oldest astronomical clock still in operation is in Prague.
  15. 90% of Korea's shamans are women.
  16. The world's most expensive perfume is Clive Christian No 1 Passant Guardant. It costs $143,000 for 30ml and comes in a flask studded with 2,000 diamonds.
  17. Scientists at the University of Alberta spent seven years working out that human urine contains 3,079 different chemical compounds.
  18. Studies have suggested that losses are, psychologically, twice as powerful as gains. So winning $100 feels as good to us as losing $50 feels bad.
  19. 80% of mass shooters showed no interest in violent video games, a researcher found.
  20. Ben & Jerry learned how to make ice cream by taking a $5 correspondence course offered by Penn State, because one of them couldn't get into medical school and the other couldn't sell enough pottery.
  21. Research has shown that dogs actually like the silly, high-pitched voice their owners use to talk to them.
  22. Dostoevsky wrote The Gambler to pay off his gambling debts.
  23. During the Cold War, President Ronald Reagan and Soviet Premier Mikhail Gorbachev agreed to set aside their differences if the world was ever invaded by aliens.
  24. Sweden has a ski-through McDonald's
  25. The film Jaws is based on a Peter Benchley novel. When he couldn't think of a title, his father suggested 'What's That Noshin' On Ma Leg'.
  26. Mantis shrimps' eyes are more evolved than those of humans: they have four times as many colour receptors and can see UV, visible and polarised light.
  27. 1 in 3 children can use a tablet before they can speak, a survey found.
  28. 66%
    of Millennials in the U.S. have no money saved for retirement.
  29. Lin Ching Lan is a deaf Taiwanese professional dancer and choreographer who feels the vibrations of music through wooden floors.
  30. The town of Dildo in Newfoundland has an annual festival, Dildo Days, which is led by their mascot, Captain Dildo.
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