1. 100 years ago, most Americans used to spend 43% of each day working just to get food. Now, it's just 7%.
  2. Animals, including pigs, horses, and even insects, could be tried and convicted of crimes for several centuries across many parts of Europe.
  3. Heroin derives its name from "heroic" as it was originally marketed as a non-addictive wonder cure for morphine addiction.
  4. Morphine derives its name from Morpheus, the god of sleep and dreaming in Greek Mythology, for its tendency to cause sleep.
  5. Performing the Nazi salute in Germany is a criminal offence punishable by up to 3 years in prison.
  6. Before publishing "Don Quixote," Cervantes was captured and kept as slave for 5 years in Algiers. A ransom was paid by his parents.
  7. It takes the average American taxpayer 13 hours a year to comply with the tax code by reading the rules, gathering receipts and filling out forms.
  8. American Civil War soldiers had a code of honor that forbade shooting at men while they were pooping.
  9. Diana Ross, who sang "Ain't No Mountain High Enough," lost her ex-husband to a mountain climbing accident years later.
  10. Before becoming an artist, Van Gogh was a teacher, a bookshop clerk, and a preacher.
  11. New Zealand's Ninety-Mile Beach is only 55 miles long.
  12. Recycling one ton of paper saves 682.5 gallons of oil, 7,000 gallons of water and 3.3 cubic yards of landfill space.
  13. Perfume or cologne appears to confuse ants. It makes it harder for them to tell friend from foe.
  14. 2,000-year-old seeds were discovered in 1963 inside an ancient jar in Israel. They were planted in 2005 and a tree that had been extinct for over 1800 years sprouted.
  15. Sweden's Volvo made the three-point seatbelt design patent open and available to other car manufacturers for free, in the interest of safety. It saves one life every 6 minutes.
  16. The steepest street in the world is Baldwin St. in Dunedin, New Zealand, with a 38° gradient.
  17. A man is 35% more likely to be diagnosed with prostate cancer than a woman is to be diagnosed with breast cancer.
  18. About a third of male fish in British rivers are changing sex due to pollution, especially from contraceptive pills, a research found.
  19. In 1999, an ex-prostitute in New Zealand, Georgina Beyer, became the world's first openly transsexual Member of Parliament.
  20. De-extinction is scientifically possible. Several viruses have already been brought back, including the 1918 flu pandemic virus.
  21. There is no scientific evidence that shaving or waxing will make your hair come back thicker.
  22. 29 days after the Titanic sank, a movie about it was released. It featured an actress who was actually on the Titanic and survived.
  23. During the Holocaust, Jewish boxer Salamo Arouch was imprisoned at Auschwitz. He was forced to fight fellow prisoners; the losers were sent to the gas chambers or shot. He survived over 2 years and 200 fights until the camp was liberated.
  24. A face-recognition software determined that Leonardo Da Vinci's Mona Lisa is 83% happy, 9% disgusted, 6% fearful, and 2% angry.
  25. In Ancient Egypt, killing a cat, even accidentally, incurred the death penalty.
  26. Hitler believed he was attractive to women, so he remained single for political gain. The German people were unaware of Eva Braun until after the war.
  27. Canada has the third largest oil reserves of any country in the world after Saudi Arabia and Venezuela.
  28. 23%
    rose the cost of living in NYC in just five years: from 2009 to 2014.
  29. Humans killed at least 2.8 million whales in the 20th century.
  30. In 1863, Venezuela became the first modern country to abolish the death penalty for all crimes.
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