1. 103
    countries have abolished the death penalty. Notable exceptions include the U.S., Japan and China.
  2. 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.
  3. Ernest Hemingway, his father, his brother, his sister and his granddaughter all committed suicide.
  4. 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.
  5. Over 20% of all calories collectively consumed by humanity are from a single food: rice.
  6. The Dalai Lama was on the CIA's payroll from the late 1950s until 1974, reportedly receiving US$180,000 a year.
  7. When U2 singer Bono was 14 years old, his mother died at her father's funeral.
  8. The average person in Argentina spends over 20 hours a week listening to the radio, the most of any country, a survey found.
  9. There is a sect, offshoot of Christianity, that believes Jesus is currently living in China as a Chinese woman.
  10. Nearly 1 in 3 people in the Arab world is illiterate, including nearly half of all women, according to the Arab League Educational Organisation.
  11. The median wedding in the U.S. costs US$18,086.
  12. In 1975, Australia had a government shutdown, which ended with the Queen firing everyone and the government starting again.
  13. There's a small town in France called "La-mort-aux-Juifs," meaning "Death to Jews."
  14. The first recorded use of Marijuana was in China, over 4700 years ago.
  15. In the 1920's and early 1930's, women dominated the screenwriting profession in Hollywood's movies.
  16. Sigmund Freud recommended Cocaine as treatment for depression, alcoholism, and morphine addiction.
  17. There's one kosher butcher in Cuba. Fidel Castro personally allowed him to stay and serve 1,500 people practicing Judaism.
  18. In Finland, fines are based on income. In 2002, a Nokia executive was fined with a US$103,000 speeding ticket.
  19. Norway was originally called "Nordweg," meaning the "Northern Way."
  20. In 1892, over 200 people left Australia to create "New Australia," a utopian socialist settlement in Paraguay.
  21. The least corrupt countries in the world are New Zealand and Denmark, according to the Corruptions Perception Index.
  22. Spain was the third most visited country in the world in 2013.
  23. Every single cell in our skeleton is replaced every 7 years.
  24. A Chameleon's skin is made up of tiny mirror-like crystals that reflect different levels of light, thereby changing its skin color.
  25. American kids rank 25th in the world in math, 21st in science, and 1st in confidence in their own abilities.
  26. Only about .003 percent of the water on Earth can be used by humans.
  27. CT body scans expose the patient to the same amount of radiation as that experienced within a mile and a half of the Hiroshima atomic bomb.
  28. Your taste buds are replaced every 10 days.
  29. Your eyebrows renew themselves every 64 days.
  30. The average age
    of a
    human fat cell
    is 10 years.
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