1. Leonardo Da Vinci was almost put to death for sodomy. When no witnesses came forward, his case was dismissed.
  2. While Beijing's pollution problem is more famous, the world's most polluted city is New Delhi, India.
  3. "Rebellion to Tyrants is Obedience to God" was Benjamin Franklin's suggested motto for the Great Seal of the U.S.
  4. "Stayin' Alive" has the optimum tempo for performing CPR on someone who has just suffered a heart attack.
  5. Norway's NRK TV channel shows include an 8-hour train ride, a 12-hour knitting show, a 12-hour log fire and 18-hours of salmon spawning.
  6. In 1971, Evita Peron's body was exhumed and flown to Spain, where Argentina's Ex-President Juan Peron and his new wife kept the corpse in their dining room.
  7. Tomatoes came from America and weren't introduced in Italy until the 1540s.
  8. The UK is the first country in the world to allow the creation of babies from the DNA of three people.
  9. 90% of all the rice in the world is consumed in Asia.
  10. Just 1 gram of DNA is theoretically capable of holding 455 exabytes, more than enough for all the data held by Google, Facebook and every other major tech company.
  11. Children who avoid peanuts for the first 5 years of their lives are up to 7 times more likely to wind up with peanut allergy, a study found.
  12. Michael Jackson patented 'anti-gravity' shoes after one of his most famous dance moves.
  13. Drug lord Pablo Escobar had his own personal Zoo that consisted of giraffes, ostriches, antelopes, exotic birds, and four hippos.
  14. David Warren, the inventor of the black box, was buried in a casket labeled "Flight Recorder Inventor; Do Not Open".
  15. The inventor of
    won a
    Nobel Prize for it.
  16. In 1891, London built a structure designed to surpass the Eiffel Tower in height. It was unsteady, never completed and demolished in 1907.
  17. King Harald of Norway vowed to remain unmarried for life unless he could marry his true love, the daughter of a cloth merchant. She became the Queen of Norway.
  18. The average Major League Baseball salary in 2014 was US$3.8 million.
  19. Organised commercial bungee jumping first began in New Zealand in the 1980s.
  20. African-American men were not deemed equal members of the Mormon Church until 1978.
  21. 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.
  22. In 1917, Margaret Sanger was sentenced to 30 days in a workhouse for establishing the first birth control clinic in the U.S.
  23. Rather than be captured, a defeated Japanese Samurai would stab himself in the left belly, draw the blade to the right, then pull upwards.
  24. MySQL, the popular database management system, is named after its co-founder's daughter, called "My."
  25. In Finland, when someone earns their Ph.D., they are given a top hat and a sword.
  26. 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%.
  27. Stephen Hillenburg, the creator of Spongebob, is a marine biologist.
  28. Bill Gates wrote rival Steve Jobs a letter as he was dying. He kept it by his bed.
  29. 92% of public baby changing tables tested in the UK carried traces of cocaine.
  30. In 2013, Google founded Calico, an anti-aging company designed to ultimately "cure" death.
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