1. Frank Sinatra's mother ran an illegal abortion business from her home.
  2. A man who survived the sinking of a ship in 1871 was finally able to overcome his fears and decided to sail again in 1912: he died in the sinking of the Titanic.
  3. 47% of U.S. smartphone owners say their smartphone is something they "couldn't live without."
  4. Pope Francis is now nearly as popular as John Paul II was in the U.S.
  5. Former U.S. President Bill Clinton claims that Netflix series "House of Cards" is "99% real."
  6. Traffic crashes are the primary cause of death worldwide for people aged 15-24.
  7. A bottle of champagne contains 90 pounds of pressure per square inch, which is 3 times the pressure found in car tires.
  8. For every grain of sand on every beach on Earth, there are 10,000 stars in the universe.
  9. According to a textbook in North Korea, Kim Jong Un learned to drive at age 3.
  10. 95% of a car's lifetime is spent parked.
  11. The World Toe Wrestling Championship is held every year since 1976.
  12. Nelson Mandela lost his son to AIDS.
  13. Between 100,000 and 500,000 abortions per year continue to be performed in India solely because the fetus is female.
  14. The "Nation of Islam" movement states that White People are "Devils" created by a scientist named Yakub on the Greek Island of Patmos.
  15. Mount Everest grows 0.1576 inches (about 4 millimeters) per year.
  16. The women of the Mursi tribe in Africa wear plates on their lips that can be as large as 5 inches (12 cm) in diameter.
  17. In China, women who remain unmarried in their late 20s and beyond are called "Sheng nu" which means "leftover women."
  18. Elephants can detect rain 150 miles away.
  19. The average U.S. commuter wastes US$713 annually on gasoline while sitting in traffic. In Washington, D.C. it's US$1495.
  20. Recycling aluminium saves 95% of the energy cost of processing new aluminium.
  21. There's no evidence that any of Leonardo Da Vinci's inventions were ever built and none of his writings were published during his lifetime.
  22. The world record for the most passengers on a commercial flight is 1,088, by El Al, Israel's national airline.
  23. In Canada, Mexico, India, Russia and Israel, bank notes have Braille-like markings on them for the blind.
  24. It takes 64 seconds to get back to work after checking a new email, one researcher estimated.
  25. In Saudi Arabia, UAE, Sudan, Brunei, Qatar and others, people who abandon Islam and convert to another religion may face the death penalty.
  26. Google Translate generates its answers by trawling through decades of comparative human translated works, such as UN documents and Harry Potter novels.
  27. Daniel Radcliffe's stunt double for the first 6 Harry Potter movies was paralyzed from an accident on set in the 7th movie.
  28. Sideburns are named after American Civil War General, General Burnside.
  29. In 1962, the CIA told South Africa the location of Nelson Mandela, leading to his arrest, which put him in jail for 27 years.
  30. Islam allows abortion if the pregnancy is a threat to the woman's life or if it's the result of a rape and is less than 4 months old.
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