1. The highest temperature ever recorded in Antarctica is 58.2°F (14.5°C).
  2. Wearing jeans is illegal in North Korea.
  3. The oldest bridge in Paris, France, is the Pont Neuf, or "New Bridge."
  4. Humans have caused 322 animal extinctions over the past 500 years.
  5. Company executives in China can get sentenced to death for committing fraud.
  6. Pope Paul VI claimed that animals can go to heaven.
  7. About one-third of designated drivers have at least one drink while carrying the title.
  8. 90% of text messages are read within 3 minutes of their delivery.
  9. Ronald Reagan
    was a lifeguard
    during high school
    and saved 77 lives.
  10. Sweden banned spanking and other corporal punishments of children in 1979.
  11. As a child, Beyonce charged her parents' house guests US$5 each to watch her perform.
  12. To earn enough to buy a Big Mac, the average person in India has to work almost 6 hours.
  13. The first-ever hot-air-balloon passengers were a sheep, a duck, and a rooster.
  14. When Menelik II, emperor of Ethiopia, felt unwell, he would eat a few pages of the Bible.
  15. Centenarians are the fastest-growing demographic in the UK.
  16. At the age of ten, Pharaoh Rameses II was a captain in the army and had his own harem.
  17. In the USA, ransom payments to kidnappers are tax-deductible.
  18. Flamingo tongues were a delicacy in ancient Rome.
  19. Only 5% of the world's population has ever been on an airplane.
  20. 500,000 Italians visit an exorcist every year.
  21. In German, "Dogging" is jogging with your dog.
  22. A pint of milk in a supermarket can contain milk from over a thousand different cows.
  23. 34.5%
    of the money the average American takes home is spent on interest, including credit cards and auto loans.
  24. In Norway, stripping counts as an art form for tax purposes.
  25. In 1939, 835 sheep were killed by a single lightning strike in Utah.
  26. Babies have three times as many taste buds as adults.
  27. 95% of the spiders in your house have never been outside.
  28. Babies are born with no bacteria in their bodies.
  29. Humans are 50% heavier and four inches taller in the past 100 years than they have been throughout most of human history.
  30. When Columbus "discovered" the Americas, the continent was already inhabited by 90 million people which was a third of the world's population.
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