1. India has more population than the entire Western Hemisphere of Earth.
  2. 12,710 people
    have immigrated
    to North Korea
    since 1990.
  3. Elmo, from Sesame Street, testified before the U.S. Congress in 2002.
  4. 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.
  5. Over a million Europeans were captured and sold as slaves to North Africa between 1530 and 1780.
  6. 2014 was officially the hottest year on record.
  7. Tortoises can run as fast as 1mph (1.6km/h).
  8. 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.
  9. Leonardo Da Vinci was the first to explain why the sky is blue.
  10. Despite popular belief, studies show men are not more flatulent than women.
  11. Women experience significantly more nightmares than men and have more emotional dreams, a research found.
  12. People fart more on planes because of the air pressure changes. The gasses in the stomach expand when high in the air.
  13. The average salary in Cuba in 2013 was 471 pesos or US$20 a month.
  14. In 1997, an Israeli court charged and prosecuted a Jew for depicting Islam's prophet Muhammad as a pig.
  15. Walt Disney was so poor in his twenties, he had to eat dog food.
  16. In 536 A.D., there was a worldwide dust cloud that blocked out the sun for a year, resulting in widespread famine and disease.
  17. Human fingers can feel objects as small as 13 nanometers. If your finger was the size of the Earth, you would feel the difference between houses and cars.
  18. Couples who spend more money on their wedding have a higher divorce rates, a study found.
  19. No one born blind has ever developed schizophrenia.
  20. Icelandic has changed so little in the last 1,000 years that Icelanders today can easily read 12th-Century texts.
  21. Tears caused by sadness, happiness and onions look different under the microscope.
  22. Located within Italy, San Marino is the world's oldest republic (301 A.D.) and holds the world's oldest continuous constitution.
  23. Spiders eat their own webs to recycle them.
  24. A man in China fell into a coma after spending a week looking for business ideas on the Internet without sleeping. Five months later, he was woken up by the smell of money.
  25. Karl Marx's mother once said to him: "I wish you would make some capital instead of just writing about it."
  26. 1 in 50 priests are pedophiles, according to Pope Francis.
  27. For 214 years until 2012, it was illegal in Paris, France, for women to wear trousers.
  28. Musicians have the same life expectancy as Zimbabweans: the lowest on earth.
  29. U2 singer Bono wears sunglasses all the time because he suffers from glaucoma, an eye condition.
  30. Scratching an itch really does make it itch more, as it causes the brain to release serotonin.
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