1. Perfume or cologne appears to confuse ants. It makes it harder for them to tell friend from foe.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. The steepest street in the world is Baldwin St. in Dunedin, New Zealand, with a 38° gradient.
  5. A man is 35% more likely to be diagnosed with prostate cancer than a woman is to be diagnosed with breast cancer.
  6. About a third of male fish in British rivers are changing sex due to pollution, especially from contraceptive pills, a research found.
  7. In 1999, an ex-prostitute in New Zealand, Georgina Beyer, became the world's first openly transsexual Member of Parliament.
  8. De-extinction is scientifically possible. Several viruses have already been brought back, including the 1918 flu pandemic virus.
  9. There is no scientific evidence that shaving or waxing will make your hair come back thicker.
  10. 29 days after the Titanic sank, a movie about it was released. It featured an actress who was actually on the Titanic and survived.
  11. 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.
  12. A face-recognition software determined that Leonardo Da Vinci's Mona Lisa is 83% happy, 9% disgusted, 6% fearful, and 2% angry.
  13. In Ancient Egypt, killing a cat, even accidentally, incurred the death penalty.
  14. 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.
  15. Canada has the third largest oil reserves of any country in the world after Saudi Arabia and Venezuela.
  16. 23%
    rose the cost of living in NYC in just five years: from 2009 to 2014.
  17. Humans killed at least 2.8 million whales in the 20th century.
  18. In 1863, Venezuela became the first modern country to abolish the death penalty for all crimes.
  19. 103
    countries have abolished the death penalty. Notable exceptions include the U.S., Japan and China.
  20. Benedict IX was Pope on 3 occasions. He regularly held orgies in the Vatican and sold the papacy only to claim it back the following year.
  21. Ernest Hemingway, his father, his brother, his sister and his granddaughter all committed suicide.
  22. At least 20 million people died during the Taiping Rebellion in China, led by a man who claimed to be the brother of Jesus, and who attempted to impose a theocracy based on his interpretation of Christianity.
  23. Over 20% of all calories collectively consumed by humanity are from a single food: rice.
  24. The Dalai Lama was on the CIA's payroll from the late 1950s until 1974, reportedly receiving US$180,000 a year.
  25. When U2 singer Bono was 14 years old, his mother died at her father's funeral.
  26. The average person in Argentina spends over 20 hours a week listening to the radio, the most of any country, a survey found.
  27. There is a sect, offshoot of Christianity, that believes Jesus is currently living in China as a Chinese woman.
  28. Nearly 1 in 3 people in the Arab world is illiterate, including nearly half of all women, according to the Arab League Educational Organisation.
  29. The median wedding in the U.S. costs US$18,086.
  30. In 1975, Australia had a government shutdown, which ended with the Queen firing everyone and the government starting again.
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