1. The movie industry relocated from New York to LA to escape from Thomas Edison's patents.
  2. An ostrich could run the New York Marathon in 45 minutes.
  3. There are 300 lakes beneath Antarctica that are kept from freezing by the warmth of Earth's core.
  4. Chinese checkers was invented in Germany.
  5. New York gets 15 times as much snow as the South Pole.
  6. Car doors injure around 600 cyclists in the UK every year.
  7. Switzerland only gave women the right to vote in 1971.
  8. There is only one gun shop in Mexico. 90% of the country's firearms are smuggled in from the USA.
  9. Nearly half the gold ever mined has come
    from one place: Witwatersrand, South Africa.
  10. British soldiers in WW1 had a tea ration of six pints a day.
  11. The human heart is not on the left-hand side of the body; it's in the middle.
  12. The average woman in the UK has 150 different hairstyles in her lifetime.
  13. The highest temperature ever recorded in Antarctica is 58.2°F (14.5°C).
  14. Wearing jeans is illegal in North Korea.
  15. The oldest bridge in Paris, France, is the Pont Neuf, or "New Bridge."
  16. Humans have caused 322 animal extinctions over the past 500 years.
  17. Company executives in China can get sentenced to death for committing fraud.
  18. Pope Paul VI claimed that animals can go to heaven.
  19. About one-third of designated drivers have at least one drink while carrying the title.
  20. 90% of text messages are read within 3 minutes of their delivery.
  21. Ronald Reagan
    was a lifeguard
    during high school
    and saved 77 lives.
  22. Sweden banned spanking and other corporal punishments of children in 1979.
  23. As a child, Beyonce charged her parents' house guests US$5 each to watch her perform.
  24. To earn enough to buy a Big Mac, the average person in India has to work almost 6 hours.
  25. The first-ever hot-air-balloon passengers were a sheep, a duck, and a rooster.
  26. When Menelik II, emperor of Ethiopia, felt unwell, he would eat a few pages of the Bible.
  27. Centenarians are the fastest-growing demographic in the UK.
  28. At the age of ten, Pharaoh Rameses II was a captain in the army and had his own harem.
  29. In the USA, ransom payments to kidnappers are tax-deductible.
  30. Flamingo tongues were a delicacy in ancient Rome.
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