1. Every resident of Alaska gets an annual "oil royalty check", a payment representing their share of revenue from Alaskan oil. In 2008, it was US$2,069.
  2. Purple is known as a ‘royal' color because it was the hardest dye to extract, as it came from sea snails, so only the royalty could afford it.
  3. Albert Einstein considered himself an agnostic, not an atheist.
  4. Male ants do not have fathers because unfertilized eggs become males while fertilized eggs become females.
  5. Iran has one of the largest rates of brain drain in the world. Up to 180,000 specialists leave the country every year.
  6. Bob Marley was seen as a "white man" in his native Jamaica, due to having a British father. He suffered racism and discrimination when growing up.
  7. Banana ketchup is popular in the Philippines.
  8. Government officials in Lionel Messi's hometown in Argentina have banned parents from naming their children "Messi."
  9. Every 9.5 minutes, someone becomes infected with HIV in the U.S.
  10. 2,000 babies were named Beyonce between 1998 and 2013 in the U.S.
  11. London has 72 billionaires, the most of any city.
  12. Kate Middleton is credited with boosting the UK economy by £1 billion in 2012.
  13. Over half of the world's population is under 30 years old.
  14. The most disliked video on YouTube is Justin Bieber's "Baby," with over 4,400,000 dislikes.
  15. 25%
    of Spongebob Squarepants viewers are adults with no children.
  16. Just 7% of people in China are religious, making it the least religious country in world. Thailand has the most with 94%.
  17. It's estimated that between 1981 and 1994, Princess Diana spent over US$2 million dollars on clothes.
  18. In 2014, about 89% of Google's US$66 billion in revenue came from advertising.
  19. At the time of its construction, the Eiffel Tower was the tallest building in the world.
  20. 40%
    of Greater London is green space.
  21. The average credit card debt for a US household is over US$15,000.
  22. A Queen of Thailand drowned in 1880 as her subjects looked on, because they were forbidden to touch her.
  23. Harry Potter books were translated from British to American English.
  24. Islam will equal Christianity in size by 2050.
  25. The sword-billed hummingbird is the only bird with a beak longer than its body.
  26. A priest on the Titanic refused to board a lifeboat twice. Instead, he stayed behind to hear confessions and give absolution to the people left on the ship.
  27. The word "nice" used to mean
    "foolish, stupid, senseless."
  28. In 2014, Scientists created the world's darkest material: Vantablack. It absorbs all but 0.035% of visual light.
  29. In 2011, IBM's Watson computer competed on Jeopardy! against two former winners and won the first place prize of US$1 million.
  30. Nearly a third
    of Germany
    is powered by
    Renewable Energy.
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