1. A con man in India repeatedly "sold" the Taj Mahal, the Indian parliament and various other heritage sites. He was sentenced to 113 years but managed to escape prison 9 times. The last time, he was 84 years old.
  2. In western Iran, there's a viper with a fake spider for a tail.
  3. U.S. Police killed more people in March, 2015, than the entire UK police have killed since 1900.
  4. Inherited genes account for just 25% of the chance of being left-handed, a study found.
  5. 1 in 40
    people in Scotland uses cocaine, the highest rate in the world.
  6. Ancient Rome in 150 CE had less income inequality than the U.S. today.
  7. Europe's oldest university in continuous operation is the University of Bologna, in Italy, founded in 1088.
  8. Denmark has more pigs than people.
  9. Historically, for every 100 climbers who have made it to the summit of Mount Everest, 4 have died.
  10. 1981 was the last year the U.S. went without any deaths in a school shooting.
  11. Replicas of the Statue of Liberty have been erected in Pakistan, Malaysia, Taiwan, Brazil and even China.
  12. Ants have colonised almost every landmass on Earth except for Antarctica and a few remote or inhospitable islands.
  13. There are tuition-free Universities in Finland, Austria, Norway, Germany, and Sweden with careers in English for international students.
  14. Gleevec, a cancer drug that costs US$70,000 in the U.S. per year, cost just US$2,500 in India because it can't be patented there.
  15. Not a single engineer, out of the 30, made it off the Titanic: they stayed and kept the power on so others could escape.
  16. 150
    people punished with the death penalty were later exonerated by the U.S.
  17. The band Blink-182 incorporated under the name "Poo Poo Butt, LLC." because of how funny it would be to have their accountants, managers and attorneys having to say that over the phone every day.
  18. Sweden and Norway formed a United Kingdom from 1814 to 1905.
  19. Steve Jobs turned down a partial liver transplant from now Apple-CEO Tim Cook 2 years before dying of cancer.
  20. 20 million 20-year-old trees are cut down in China every year to make chopsticks.
  21. In 2013, Yuichiro Miura, an 80-year-old Japanese, became the oldest person to make it to the top of Mount Everest and down.
  22. Gustave Eiffel, the man who designed the Eiffel Tower, was also behind the design for the Statue of Liberty's spine.
  23. Italy is home to the largest number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites with 50.
  24. Argentina has the world's second-highest rate of anorexia, after Japan.
  25. The founder of WhatsApp went from an immigrant on welfare to selling his app for US$19 Billion in 21 years.
  26. 60% of NBA players are broke within 5 years of retiring from the game.
  27. The roar of a lion can be heard from 8 kilometers (5.0 miles) away.
  28. When Gmail was introduced by Google with an unbelievable 1GB free storage in 2004, Hotmail only offered 2MB.
  29. A sardine is not a species of fish, but a name that can apply to many small varieties of pickled fish, including herring and pilchard.
  30. A former
    slave ship captain
    wrote the song
    "Amazing Grace."
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