1. Google has found GPA's and test scores to be "worthless as criteria for hiring"; they have teams where 14% of their employees haven't gone to college.
  2. Floating cities above the clouds of Venus may be our best bet for becoming a two-planet species. Conditions there are so similar to Earth a human wouldn't need a pressurized suit, the gravity is similar and transit times are shorter than to Mars.
  3. 55%
    of Americans surveyed believe they have a guardian angel.
  4. The heart symbol was first used to denote love in the 1250. Prior to that, it represented foliage.
  5. The only Jewish descendants spared by the Nazis where those with grandparents who converted to Christianity before the founding of the German Empire (1871).
  6. There's a colony in Brazil founded by 2,000 to 4,000 Confederate refugees who left the U.S. after losing the Civil War.
  7. From 1989 to 2009, about 2,000 schools were closed in Germany because of a scarcity of children.
  8. Antarctica is the only continent without a time zone.
  9. In 1998, all 11 members of a soccer team in Africa were killed by lightning while leaving the other team unhurt.
  10. There's an underground river 4 KM (2.4 mi) beneath the Amazon River in Brazil, that might be as long, but hundreds of times wider.
  11. Canada has no weapons of mass destruction since 1984 and has signed treaties repudiating their possession.
  12. Swearing on the Bible is forbidden by the Bible.
  13. The U.S. pays Cuba US$4,085 a month in rent for Guantanamo Bay, but Cuba refuses to cash the checks.
  14. There are no 24 hours in a day. It has 23 hours, 56 minutes and 4 seconds, the time it takes the earth to rotate on its axis.
  15. There are about 22,000 manmade objects orbiting around planet Earth.
  16. In 1876, a gang of Chicago counterfeiters attempted to steal Abraham Lincoln's body from his tomb and request a US$200,000 ransom.
  17. Coca-Cola's logo is recognized by 94% of the world's population.
  18. There are over 30 replicas of the Eiffel Tower around the world.
  19. Europe and Africa are only separated by 14.3 km (8.9 mi) of ocean and there are talks of creating the longest bridge ever.
  20. Germany made its final reparations payment from the WW1 Treaty of Versailles in 2010.
  21. Google has a version of their site translated into the language of the Klingons, from Star Trek.
  22. A Muslim family that saved Jews during the Holocaust, was later saved by Israel during the genocide in Bosnia, and converted to Judaism.
  23. Chile has a civilian town in Antarctica, complete with a school, hospital, hostel, post office, Internet, TV and mobile phone coverage.
  24. There's a programming language which uses Arnold Schwarzenegger quotes as syntax.
  25. At least 1 in every 100 people in the U.S. and Canada is a pathological gambler.
  26. The average visitor to Las Vegas gambles US$447.
  27. More Guinness beer is drunk in Nigeria than Ireland.
  28. New bacteria grows on a kitchen sponge every 20 minutes.
  29. 64% of Americans don't believe global warming will seriously affect their way of life.
  30. The average American household spends US$1000 a year on lotteries.
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