1. When you donate your body to science, it can get used as a crash test dummy, for medical training, forensic research or to save a life through organ transplants.
  2. Texas declared its independence
    from Mexico in 1836
    and became a Republic
    until it joined the U.S. in 1845.
  3. The revolution that transformed Brazil into a republic was so uneventful that the few witnesses present didn't know it happened and the dethroned Emperor didn't even care.
  4. 300 workers, 18,038 pieces of wrought iron and 2.5 million rivets were needed to build the Eiffel Tower.
  5. Alfred Hitchcock filmed a documentary about the Holocaust in 1945. It was hidden until 1984.
  6. In 2017, Norway became the first country to turn off FM radio and switch completely to digital.
  7. 20%
    of Poland's population died in WW2, the highest percentage of any nation.
  8. Elvis Presley was just 22 years old when he paid US$102,500 for Graceland, the Memphis mansion that served as his home base for two decades.
  9. The hand print of Nelson Mandela resembles the African continent.
  10. 86%
    of people surveyed in Egypt are in favor of the death penalty as a punishment for abandoning Islam.
  11. Every year, Finland increases in surface area by about 7 sq km (2.7 sq mi) per year because it is rebounding from the weight of ice-age glaciers and rising out of the sea.
  12. On April 18, 1930, the BBC announced, "There is no news today," and played piano music instead.
  13. The Statue of Liberty's face was said to be modeled after the sculptor's mother, Charlotte.
  14. The giant panda spends around 55% of its life collecting, preparing and eating bamboo.
  15. Any text you put into the status update box is sent to Facebook's servers, even if you don't click the post button.
  16. If the U.S. can raise its 34.5% recycling rate to 75%, it will be the CO2 equivalent of removing 50 million cars from the road.
  17. Nelson Mandela co-authored a book with Fidel Castro.
  18. A quarter of all ice-free land in the world is used for grazing livestock.
  19. Starbucks has a different logo for Saudi Arabia because the original logo shows "too much female flesh".
  20. Recycling can take an aluminum can back on a grocery store shelf within 60 days.
  21. At least 400 descendants of Nazis have converted to Judaism and moved to Israel.
  22. Every year, the average meat-eating American ingests more than enough blood to fill a soda can.
  23. The gastric-brooding frog gives birth through its mouth.
  24. 63 Earths can fit inside Uranus.
  25. There are 1,007 people named James Bond, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
  26. More than 600 women dressed as men in order to fight in the American Civil War.
  27. Oceans cover 71% of the Earth's surface.
  28. Neptune has the strongest winds in the Solar System: 2,100 km/hour (1,304 mph).
  29. 6
    is all the time job recruiters spend reviewing each resume.
  30. Australia claims to own the largest territory in Antarctica: 5.8 million sq km (2.2 million sq mi).
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