1. Australia's National Science Agency claims to have invented the technology behind Wi-Fi and has sued companies using the technology without a license.
  2. The world's oldest existing lighthouse is the Tower of Hercules, in Spain, erected in the first century and still operational.
  3. WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange appeared on an episode of The Simpsons. He recorded his lines over the phone from the Ecuadorian embassy in Britain, where he has been granted asylum.
  4. Vladimir Lenin owned 9 Rolls-Royces during his Soviet leadership.
  5. Bolivia has 37 official languages.
  6. The domain GoogleSucks.com is owned by Google.
  7. Google
    has been acquiring
    2 companies per month
    since 2010.
  8. 2 out of 3 inherited family fortunes are lost by the new generation, a study in the U.S. found.
  9. The U.S. spends more money per person on healthcare than any other developed country, yet its life expectancy is below average.
  10. There's a bookstore in Australia where books are wrapped in paper with short descriptions so no one can "judge a book by its cover."
  11. The letter u as an abbreviation for "you" was first used by Shakespeare.
  12. In 2012, 22 baby girls in America were named "Kindle."
  13. Pope Francis was the first public personality in Argentina to sign a petition for justice in the 1994 AMIA terrorist attack.
  14. The Aral Sea was the 4th largest lake in the world, but it was drained for irrigation and now it's only 10% of its original size.
  15. Prince Jefri Brunei has a harem of 40 women, that once included a former Miss USA.
  16. Vending machines kill 13 people per year.
  17. The richest 1% of the population owns 48% of the world's wealth.
  18. Gelatin is derived from collagen, a protein collected from animal skin.
  19. In the U.S., meat is treated with carbon monoxide to make it look fresh.
  20. South Korean soap operas are popular in Cuba.
  21. 1816 was known as the "Year Without a Summer" because global temperatures decreased by 0.4 to 0.7 °C (0.7 to 1.3 °F)
  22. Red Wine Kills Cancer Cells.
  23. "Gone with the Wind" is the highest grossing movie of all time, when adjusted for inflation.
  24. You have a better chance of getting accepted to Harvard University than getting a job at the Apple Store.
  25. DNA discoverer, James Watson, believes human stupidity is a disease that can be cured.
  26. The world's largest coin pyramid had about a million coins and was over a meter (yard) tall.
  27. 78% of NFL players go bankrupt or face serious financial stress within two years after ending their playing careers.
  28. Traffic in central London moves at the same speed as horse-drawn carriages a century ago.
  29. Beauty pageants for children are banned in France. They are punishable with up to 2 years in prison and a €30,000 fine.
  30. The year 2015 will be one second longer than usual because of the slowing of the Earth's rotation.
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