1. 40% of captive African elephants are obese.
  2. LBJ's wife's name was ‘Bird'; when she became First Lady, she was known as Lady Bird.
  3. TV show "The Office" was almost cancelled, but "The 40-Year-Old Virgin" saved it by making Steve Carell a huge star.
  4. In 2017, a group of scientists sent messages to any advanced alien civilization living in a star system 12.4 light years away, hoping to receive a response in 25 years.
  5. Nirvana played a concert in Buenos Aires where the crowd threw mud and trash at the all-girl opening act. Kurt Cobain sabotaged the show by playing mostly lesser known songs.
  6. Half of the entire population of Australia lives in three cities: Sydney, Melbourne, and Brisbane.
  7. Ada Lovelace, the daughter of Lord Byron, was the first computer programmer back in the mid 1800s.
  8. When Thomas Edison was confined to a wheelchair in the last years of his life, his friend Henry Ford bought one too, so that they could have wheelchair races.
  9. Bill Gates has sold most of his Microsoft shares and entrusts the investment of most of his money to one man, Michael Larson of Cascade Investment.
  10. Elon Musk proposed his second wife after 10 days together. They divorced 2 years later, remarried the following year, filed for divorce again, withdrew the filing, re-filed for divorce and finally followed through with it.
  11. Bumblebees were originally called Humblebees until about the mid 20th Century.
  12. The U.S. Navy has 3,700 aircraft, making it the second largest air force in the world.
  13. There are more than 40 airports in Antarctica.
  14. Leonardo Da Vinci was the first person to observe the curvature of the human spine. Until then everyone had assumed that it was straight.
  15. The brightest things in the universe are quasars, which can be 429 trillion times brighter than our sun.
  16. The term influenza comes from the Italian word meaning “influence”, an allusion to the influence the stars were once believed to have on our health.
  17. The Chinese are the single biggest source of global tourism income.
  18. In India, where the Taj Mahal and Delhi's Lodhi Gardens and Purana Qila fort have been badly affected,
    graffitists risk up to 1 lakh (about £970) in fines and up to two years in jail.
  19. A study suggests that owning a dog reduces the likelihood of depression by 3 times in patients with HIV, which can result in improved patient adherence to potentially lifesaving antiretroviral therapy (ART).
  20. The Chinese Government controls the central heating for every home in Beijing.
  21. Within only 2,000 years of humanity's arrival in the New World, indigenous peoples drove to extinction 84 of the Americas' 107 genera of large mammals.
  22. Tokyo is the city with the most millionaires in the world but London has the most multi-millionaires and New York the most billionaires.
  23. Gangster John Gotti had his neighbors' body dissolved in a 55 gallon drum of acid for accidentally running over and killing Gotti's 12-year-old son.
  24. The actor who played young Forrest Gump ended up enlisting in the U.S. Army and going into combat, just like his character.
  25. In the United States, airlines pay a maximum of $3,300 for a lost bag.
  26. The New Zealand badminton team was nicknamed
    ‘the Black Cocks', but had to drop it after complaints.
  27. The name "United Nations" was Franklin D. Roosevelt's idea. He rushed to tell Winston Churchill, who was towelling himself stark naked in his bathroom.
  28. The state of Rio Grande do Sul has only 5% of Brazil's population but provides 70% of its fashion models.
  29. "Bird" was originally spelled "brid."
  30. Deliveries by pigeon post during the Second World War were 95% successful.
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