1. John Travolta owns a Boeing 707 and his house has an airport.
  2. Madagascar got its name from Marco Polo, who mistakenly thought he landed in Mogadishu, Somalia, and then misspelled the name of the city.
  3. Under the original terms of the U.S. Constitution, the President could not choose his vice president, instead it was the candidate with the second most votes.
  4. More Africans have access to cell phone service than piped water and electricity.
  5. The U.S. tried to purchase Greenland from Denmark for US$100 million in 1946.
  6. A coconut has been detained by Maldivian police in 2013 on suspicion of vote-rigging in a key presidential election.
  7. There's a theme park in China called Dwarf Empire where the main attraction is all the entertainment employees are of short stature.
  8. Only deceased people can appear on U.S. currency.
  9. If you spent one day on each of the islands in the Phillippines, it would take you almost 21 years to visit them all.
  10. Tokyo has been destroyed from earthquakes and tsunamis from 1608 to 1945, on average, once every five years.
  11. A plane crashed in 1972, killing 101 people, because the crew was distracted by a a burnt-out landing gear indicator light. They failed to notice that the autopilot had inadvertently been disconnected.
  12. The Atlantic Bluefin Tuna, when fighting fishermen, can have such high bursts of muscle activity that they cook their own flesh.
  13. As many as 60 tribes remain largely uncontacted in the Amazon, or live in voluntary isolation.
  14. It was to Western Union that Alexander Graham Bell and his co-inventors first took their patent for the telephone. But its chairman said it was "nothing but a toy".
  15. After 74 years of production,
    Kodak stopped selling 35mm colour film in 2009.
  16. "The unsuccessful self-treatment of a case of writer's block" is the shortest academic article ever: it has no words.
  17. Norway's Bouvet Island was discovered in 1739, then lost again for another 69 years.
  18. A cow-smuggling tunnel was discovered in 2017 under the India–Pakistan border.
  19. A grain of sand officially measures between 0.06 and 2 millimetres across.
  20. Butterflies use their tongues like drinking straws.
  21. The world's largest Spanish-speaking country is Mexico, followed by the U.S.
  22. California accounted for nearly half of the U.S. solar electricity generating capacity in 2015.
  23. There is a note in the end credits of "Frozen" stating that Disney does not support the consumption of boogers.
  24. Human DNA begins to degenerate at 55 years old.
  25. Norwegian scientists are aiming to collect milk teeth from 100,000 children in the hopes of detecting links between prenatal and childhood chemical exposure and diseases later in life.
  26. The Mayans drilled holes in their teeth to fit semi-precious stones in.
  27. Terry Davis, a schizophrenic programmer, spent 10 years of his life programming an operating system to "talk to God."
  28. Hitler's home phone number and address was listed in Who's Who book until 1945. It was Wilhelmstraße 77, Berlin.
  29. In 2009, Billy Joel's daughter tried to commit suicide by taking a bunch of homeopathic pills. She survived.
  30. The last survivor removed from the WTC collapse debris in 9/11 was found in the ruins of the North Tower 27 hours after its collapse.
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