1. The average Major League Baseball salary in 2014 was US$3.8 million.
  2. Organised commercial bungee jumping first began in New Zealand in the 1980s.
  3. African-American men were not deemed equal members of the Mormon Church until 1978.
  4. In the 16th and 17th centuries, Europeans including royalty, priests and scientists, routinely ingested remedies containing human bones, blood and fat as medicine for everything from headaches to epilepsy.
  5. In 1917, Margaret Sanger was sentenced to 30 days in a workhouse for establishing the first birth control clinic in the U.S.
  6. Rather than be captured, a defeated Japanese Samurai would stab himself in the left belly, draw the blade to the right, then pull upwards.
  7. MySQL, the popular database management system, is named after its co-founder's daughter, called "My."
  8. In Finland, when someone earns their Ph.D., they are given a top hat and a sword.
  9. A safe surgery checklist, including questions such as "Do we have the right patient?" and “What operation are we performing?”, has been proven to reduce deaths by more than 40%.
  10. Stephen Hillenburg, the creator of Spongebob, is a marine biologist.
  11. Bill Gates wrote rival Steve Jobs a letter as he was dying. He kept it by his bed.
  12. 92% of public baby changing tables tested in the UK carried traces of cocaine.
  13. In 2013, Google founded Calico, an anti-aging company designed to ultimately "cure" death.
  14. In India, there is a vigilante group called the "Love Commandos" that offers protection from harassment to couples from different castes who fall in love.
  15. Every ten minutes in America someone gets horribly burned.
  16. Jonathan Lee Riches, a prisoner, has filed more than 4,000 lawsuits. After hearing the Guinness World Records planned to name him the "most litigious man," he sued them too.
  17. In the fiscal year of 2014, the U.S. government spent over US$49 million per hour in interest on its debt.
  18. Despite several high profile accidents, 2014 was the safest year on record for commercial aviation.
  19. 39 million people are blind worldwide. Of these, 80% suffer from conditions that can be prevented or cured.
  20. Buying things with cash lights up the brain's pain center while buying things with credit cards does not.
  21. Humans are killing 1,776 animals for food every second.
  22. Sex is banned aboard the ISS (International Space Station).
  23. There are approximately 850 million visits each year to American museums. That's more than the attendance at all major league sporting events and theme parks combined.
  24. Worldwide Child Mortality declined by half from 1990 to 2012.
  25. Polio was first recognized 4,000 years ago, just 200 years ago we figured out it is contagious, and 50 years ago we developed the vaccine to prevent it.
  26. The U.S. hasn't had a president with facial hair in over 100 years.
  27. Estimates for the total number of people killed in wars throughout all of human history range from 150 million to 1 billion.
  28. The human brain is composed of about 100 billion neurons plus a trillion glial cells.
  29. In the 1st century AD, polar bears fought seals in Roman amphitheaters flooded with water.
  30. Martin Luther King Jr. added the "I have a dream" line during his speech, it was improvised.
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