1. There are more than 40 airports in Antarctica.
  2. Leonardo Da Vinci was the first person to observe the curvature of the human spine. Until then everyone had assumed that it was straight.
  3. The brightest things in the universe are quasars, which can be 429 trillion times brighter than our sun.
  4. The term influenza comes from the Italian word meaning “influence”, an allusion to the influence the stars were once believed to have on our health.
  5. The Chinese are the single biggest source of global tourism income.
  6. In India, where the Taj Mahal and Delhi's Lodhi Gardens and Purana Qila fort have been badly affected,
    graffitists risk up to 1 lakh (about £970) in fines and up to two years in jail.
  7. A study suggests that owning a dog reduces the likelihood of depression by 3 times in patients with HIV, which can result in improved patient adherence to potentially lifesaving antiretroviral therapy (ART).
  8. The Chinese Government controls the central heating for every home in Beijing.
  9. Within only 2,000 years of humanity's arrival in the New World, indigenous peoples drove to extinction 84 of the Americas' 107 genera of large mammals.
  10. Tokyo is the city with the most millionaires in the world but London has the most multi-millionaires and New York the most billionaires.
  11. Gangster John Gotti had his neighbors' body dissolved in a 55 gallon drum of acid for accidentally running over and killing Gotti's 12-year-old son.
  12. The actor who played young Forrest Gump ended up enlisting in the U.S. Army and going into combat, just like his character.
  13. In the United States, airlines pay a maximum of $3,300 for a lost bag.
  14. The New Zealand badminton team was nicknamed
    ‘the Black Cocks', but had to drop it after complaints.
  15. The name "United Nations" was Franklin D. Roosevelt's idea. He rushed to tell Winston Churchill, who was towelling himself stark naked in his bathroom.
  16. The state of Rio Grande do Sul has only 5% of Brazil's population but provides 70% of its fashion models.
  17. "Bird" was originally spelled "brid."
  18. Deliveries by pigeon post during the Second World War were 95% successful.
  19. Skateboards were banned in Norway between 1978 and 1989.
  20. At 21, Mussolini was homeless and living under a bridge in Switzerland.
  21. 20 minutes spent on the London Underground's Northern Line is as bad for your lungs as smoking a cigarette.
  22. The average English-speaker has about 50,000 words in their mind and finds the right one in 600 milliseconds.
  23. In 2013, Los Angeles became the first major city in the world to install traffic lights that make automatic adjustments based on car flow, reducing travel time.
  24. Elvis Presley wore a cross, a star of David and the Hebrew letter chai because he didn't want to "miss out on heaven due to a technicality."
  25. Actor Willem Dafoe was expelled from high school for shooting a pornographic film.
  26. 79% of Americans would take a pay cut to work for a company that's more "just" in their business practice.
  27. In 1986, London's bakers apologised for the Great Fire of London, 320 years after it happened.
  28. Hidden inside Grand Central Station, in New York, is the Vanderbilt Tennis Club.
  29. The Crucian Carp can live without oxygen for months.
  30. Mars has no magnetic field.
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