1. Scientists at the University of Alberta spent seven years working out that human urine contains 3,079 different chemical compounds.
  2. 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.
  3. 80% of mass shooters showed no interest in violent video games, a researcher found.
  4. 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.
  5. Research has shown that dogs actually like the silly, high-pitched voice their owners use to talk to them.
  6. Dostoevsky wrote The Gambler to pay off his gambling debts.
  7. 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.
  8. Sweden has a ski-through McDonald's
  9. 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'.
  10. 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.
  11. 1 in 3 children can use a tablet before they can speak, a survey found.
  12. 66%
    of Millennials in the U.S. have no money saved for retirement.
  13. Lin Ching Lan is a deaf Taiwanese professional dancer and choreographer who feels the vibrations of music through wooden floors.
  14. The town of Dildo in Newfoundland has an annual festival, Dildo Days, which is led by their mascot, Captain Dildo.
  15. King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia was shocked when Queen Elizabeth II drove him around her estate, since women couldn't drive in his country.
  16. Catholics in Nicaragua, who observe Lent by abstaining from meat, make meals of armadillo or iguana instead.
  17. The record for the most Wimbledon titles is held by Professor Bernard Neal: he was croquet champion 38 times.
  18. Self-driving cars play Grand Theft Auto to learn how to drive better.
  19. In 1978, president Macías Nguema changed Equatorial Guinea's national motto to "There is no other God than Macías Nguema".
  20. More than four tons of old U.S. paper money is mulched into compost every day.
  21. ‘Kennedy' means ‘ugly head' in Gaelic.
  22. You can get a Stand-up comedy master's degree at the University of Kent.
  23. US$1 million will only get you 16 square metres of prime property in Monaco, 22 square metres in Hong Kong, and 25 square metres in New York.
  24. Alexander the Great's army conquered the world while wearing armor made of linen that could stop any arrow made at the time.
  25. Norway's Coat of Arms has a lion depicted, although there are no lions in Norway.
  26. The oldest D20 dice was uncovered in Egypt and dates back around 30 BC.
  27. The two parts to the word “helicopter” are “helico” meaning spiral, and “pter” meaning one with wings, like pterodactyl.
  28. The cuckoo in the world's largest cuckoo clock weighs 330 pounds.
  29. The largest print photograph ever taken was 111 feet (34 m) wide and 32 feet (9.8 m) high.
  30. In Bolivia, llama droppings are used to purify water.
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