1. In 1950, a court ruled that anyone who tries to sell or auction off their Oscar award must first offer it to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science for $1.
  2. The most common place to hide household valuables is in the sock drawer; this is also the first place that burglars check.
  3. The Chinese name for Winnie the Pooh was blocked on Chinese social media sites because people have been comparing the bear to China's President Xi Jinping.
  4. Papua New Guinea has 832 living languages, making it the most linguistically diverse place on earth.
  5. The military of San Marino still has an active crossbow corps which has existed uninterrupted since 1295.
  6. Since the 18th century, male academics cite their own papers on average 56% more than their female counterparts.
  7. The longest scarf knitted whilst running a marathon is 3.70 m (12 ft 1.75 in) and was knitted by David Babcock at the Kansas City Marathon.
  8. In 1013, Danish ruler Sweyn Forkbeard was declared King of all England. He was the shortest-reigning king ever, lasting only five weeks.
  9. The shortest nation in Europe is Malta. The Maltese have an average height of 5ft 4ins (164.9cm) compared with the EU average of 5ft 5½ins (169.6cm).
  10. William Henry Harrison, the 9th president of the United States, had the shortest term in office, lasting just one month, from March 4 to April 4 1841.
  11. 40% of the buildings in Manhattan could not be built today. They do not conform to at least one part of the current zoning code.
  12. Dogs can get PTSD. It affects 5-10% of working military dogs.
  13. Globally, prematurity is the leading cause of death in children under the age of 5 years.
  14. The first American woman to win an Olympic gold medal wasn't aware of what she'd won, and records suggest she went her entire life oblivious to her historic achievement.
  15. 2016 was the first year since 1990 that none of Japan's 4,000 public companies went bankrupt.
  16. 225 Canadian fishermen die every year while urinating over the side of their boat.
  17. Seeds use tiny "brains", bundles of specialized cells, to decide when to germinate.
  18. Half the wild boars in southwest Czech Republic are radioactive, even decades after Chernobyl.
  19. 40% of captive African elephants are obese.
  20. LBJ's wife's name was ‘Bird'; when she became First Lady, she was known as Lady Bird.
  21. TV show "The Office" was almost cancelled, but "The 40-Year-Old Virgin" saved it by making Steve Carell a huge star.
  22. 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.
  23. 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.
  24. Half of the entire population of Australia lives in three cities: Sydney, Melbourne, and Brisbane.
  25. Ada Lovelace, the daughter of Lord Byron, was the first computer programmer back in the mid 1800s.
  26. 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.
  27. 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.
  28. 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.
  29. Bumblebees were originally called Humblebees until about the mid 20th Century.
  30. The U.S. Navy has 3,700 aircraft, making it the second largest air force in the world.
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