1. Pope Francis was the first public personality in Argentina to sign a petition for justice in the 1994 AMIA terrorist attack.
  2. 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.
  3. Prince Jefri Brunei has a harem of 40 women, that once included a former Miss USA.
  4. Vending machines kill 13 people per year.
  5. The richest 1% of the population owns 48% of the world's wealth.
  6. Gelatin is derived from collagen, a protein collected from animal skin.
  7. In the U.S., meat is treated with carbon monoxide to make it look fresh.
  8. South Korean soap operas are popular in Cuba.
  9. 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)
  10. Red Wine Kills Cancer Cells.
  11. "Gone with the Wind" is the highest grossing movie of all time, when adjusted for inflation.
  12. You have a better chance of getting accepted to Harvard University than getting a job at the Apple Store.
  13. DNA discoverer, James Watson, believes human stupidity is a disease that can be cured.
  14. The world's largest coin pyramid had about a million coins and was over a meter (yard) tall.
  15. 78% of NFL players go bankrupt or face serious financial stress within two years after ending their playing careers.
  16. Traffic in central London moves at the same speed as horse-drawn carriages a century ago.
  17. Beauty pageants for children are banned in France. They are punishable with up to 2 years in prison and a €30,000 fine.
  18. The year 2015 will be one second longer than usual because of the slowing of the Earth's rotation.
  19. India has more population than the entire Western Hemisphere of Earth.
  20. 12,710 people
    have immigrated
    to North Korea
    since 1990.
  21. Elmo, from Sesame Street, testified before the U.S. Congress in 2002.
  22. Every year, residents of Naco, Arizona, join residents of Naco, Mexico, for a volleyball match at the fence that separates the U.S. and Mexico.
  23. Over a million Europeans were captured and sold as slaves to North Africa between 1530 and 1780.
  24. 2014 was officially the hottest year on record.
  25. Tortoises can run as fast as 1mph (1.6km/h).
  26. The doctor who discovered that hand washing prevented the spread of disease was committed to an asylum, where he died after being beaten by the guards.
  27. Leonardo Da Vinci was the first to explain why the sky is blue.
  28. Despite popular belief, studies show men are not more flatulent than women.
  29. Women experience significantly more nightmares than men and have more emotional dreams, a research found.
  30. People fart more on planes because of the air pressure changes. The gasses in the stomach expand when high in the air.
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